History and Art: the Perfection of the Imperfect.

History has always played an important part in my artwork – from learning traditional sign-writing to researching historic costumes for children’s books to working in an antique print gallery in Dorking when I was 18 that truly started my fascination with maps. As part of The ‘Walking Through Time’ project (for Mead Gallery at Warwick Art…

Travel inspires creativity -how Japan influenced my work.

It’s been a busy few months, peering solemnly out at the summer rain and working hard on projects I can’t yet talk about. There are new maps and storybooks and TV props all waiting to be revealed later in the year…In the meantime, the dim weather and hard work has got me thinking of travelling,…

Travelling to Mexico on the information highway.

It’s funny, as an illustrator, how many places I visit before I create a picture.  And by visit, I mean metaphorically travelling down a fast paced information highway, halting occasionally at random pitstops for a quick look around or perhaps, a longer stay. Throughout my career, I’ve visited many locations, hiking the snowy wastes of Greenland,…

A BIG talk about illustration (and life).

The following is adapted from a 10 minute talk I gave to Brighton Illustrators Group (BIG) in July alongside 5 other illustrators and designers. I was asked to talk about something inspirational or what inspired me. BIG was established 22 years ago and exists to support and advise illustrators living and working in the Brighton…

Sometimes your work is more visible than you realise…

A short post this – I am still juggling copy edits after the mammoth task of writing my book on hand drawn maps with painting the illustrations for a new children’s book about the seasons. Time is tight. ..But I thought I’d write briefly about a book review I recently received and also about how sometimes…

‘You never know what will happen…’

In 2008, there was a devastating recession in the UK.  Money was tight and as a freelancer, work was very thin on the ground.  Contracts were cancelled and I took on second and third jobs to keep the wolf from the door.  I struggled to create sample work that I thought would be commercial, bring…