Thursday, 17 November 2011


I found this drawing in amongst a whole heap of roughs tucked away from yesteryear. I had forgotten I had done this but upon seeing it again I was transported back to the very moment of drawing it. Nicky was in the year below me at Leicester Polytechnic and at the time was busying herself with making a lino cut.

Invitation to attend Editorial Workshop at the Royal College of Art, London

I have been kindly invited by Nanette Hoogslag to attend an editorial workshop taking place tomorrow, (Fri. 18th November) at the Royal College of Art.This is part of the 'Edge of our Thinking' conference and willl involve practicing illustrators, researchers and educators.

The workshop will inform part of Nanette's PhD research which she is conducting at the Royal College of Art and is focussed on the understanding and description of the qualities of visual contribution of editorial illustration within the changed parameters of the online news environment.

Workshop: “Think-editorial-Illustration: analysis of founding qualities of editorial illustration”

With a series of proposed ʻfounding qualitiesʼ this workshop will focus on the nature of editorial

illustration. Participants, coming from their own practice and experience, will challenge and build upon

these starting points and play with the ideas that can lead towards new online illustration formats.

Where the print media industry is rapidly shifting towards the online environment, the role the visual,

be it photographic, moving or illustrated is being re-evaluated. If editorial illustration is to remain a

significant contributor within the new media formats, its ask for a deeper understanding. Beyond the

pretty picture, what are the qualities that make an editorial illustration; in print and online?

This workshop aims to create a deeper insight into editorial illustration as a medium, through

exploration of its potential in existing and developing media contexts; in print and online.

Illustration will be the subject, but also the debating tool, to stimulate an outcome in words and images,

there will be plenty of pencils and paper, do bring your own laptop if you wish...

The main outcomes will be collected for a small publication, which after the event, will be sent to all


Wednesday, 3 August 2011

20 year retrospective, (1992-2012)

It's fast approaching my twentieth year in which I have been creating pictures for the illustration market, graduating from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design in 1992 and stepping out, onto the golden streets of London town.
Since then I have produced thousands of illustrations for a diverse range of global Clients but my work has become most synonymously linked with the British editorial market.
In order to mark the occassion I have been invited to hold an exhibition of my editorial work early in 2012 at the Furnival Gallery by Sheffield Hallam University, UK . This will highlight my working processes, anecdotal references and pictorial reactions to the stories of the day.
The below photographs show a small proportion of newspaper pages utilising my illustrations and created for The Guardian newspapers 'Comment & Debate' section in the last few years. I have spent the last few days selecting the ones which may make the show.

I'll keep you posted with exact dates very soon.

'Storm in a teacup' - reaction to story of rolling news items

'Australian Culture'

'American Influence in Egypt'

Monday, 1 August 2011

Scalloped Oak moth

My daughters were delighted to discover this beautiful creature in the back garden yesterday evening. They had disturbed it from its hiding place whilst hosing the garden.
For anyone interested in British & Irish butterflies and moths you can delight in the Cockayne collection held at the Natural History Museum.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Animal themed baby bunting

I have just created these baby bunting designs as a gift for a close friend who has just had her first baby. My friend loves bunting and hand crafted designs so I intend to create these both as screenprints and one off knitted designs for her.
The bat seems to be most peoples favourite at the moment - might be nice just to have a row of these.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

1930's Nestlé Show Card, (Lithograph)

You can see this beautiful example of an advertising show card at the V&A. It was produced in the 1930's by Nestlé and is currently on show in an exhibition of chocolate packaging and paraphenalia.
I think I was born in the wrong era. Chocolatastic!

Friday, 25 March 2011

More Graphis - Graphis 120, (1965)

Look at these beauties from the great Strasbourgian Tomi Ungerer. Fig. 17, (soldier with machine gun) is unbelievable!
One of the greats who melts the distinctions of fine and commercial arts.
One who fuses biting social commentary with harmless fun.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Graphis Magazines

My brother, (who is in construction) recently handed me a box of old Graphis magazines, (circa 1962-1965) which had been thrown away during a recent school demolition. He saw the covers and thought I might appreciate them.
Indeed I do. I am slowly thumbing through them with great delight licking my lips all the way.
These two images are taken from a double page spread from Graphis 109, a feature on illustrator Francis Deransart.
Graphic wit with an 'angel delight' lightness of touch. Delicious!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Friday, 18 March 2011

Champagne & Cocktails

Hot off the press 2: Toilet signage/wallpaper for trendy club/bar. I will be taking this to screenprint very soon.
I am growing increasingly intrigued with the idea of collaborating with other designers/craftspeople/artisans in rendering certain designs in alternative mediums, (ie not just for print). Could the below signs be rendered in ceramics? Glass? Precious metal?
Step forward if you are interested...

My debut with Debut Art

I have recently joined illustrators agent Debut Art.

Friday, 11 March 2011

New Website

It will be my 20th anniversary working in illustration this year and so alongside showing brand new work I have created a new site hosting many past commissions making up the online portfolio of imagery.
Much of my work has always derived from an editorial market so would have only been seen at the time of print. Its nice to upload these images to get an overview of the work.

To view more visit

Judging 3x3 International student show competition

If you missed the opportunity to submit work to this years V&A illustration awards, (see earlier post) there is another competition that you may like to take a look at. I have kindly been asked by Charles Hively of 3x3 magazine if I would join the panel of judges for this years student competition.

Here's some information for you

call for entries: 3x3 Student Show
Deadline: March 25, 2011
3x3 is the only annual that showcases the world’s best young illustrators.
¶ Judged by our distinguished panel of illustrators who are also educators. Easy online entry. Low entry fees. Cash prize of $1,000 for Best of Show, $500 cash value prize for each gold medal winner.
¶ Plus winners receive a free copy of our annual that also features the best professional and children’s illustrators judged this year—on either side of the ocean. Sure it’s tough getting into our show, but when you do you’ll be among the best of the next generation of illustrators.
Enter Student Show now.

Open to all undergraduate and post-graduate students in all countries enrolled during the calendar year 2009. If you graduated during the year you are still eligible to enter this competition. Only non-paid projects are eligible in the student competition, for paid projects please enter our professional show, deadline March 4.

We encourage you to enter all types of illustrations including projects for advertising, editorial, book, self-promotion, animation, 3D or personal work.

entry fees
Our entry fees are one of the lowest out there $15* for single entries and $35 for series—a series must be three to five images in a related subject.
*10£, 22£; 11€, 26€

Andrew Foster, Central St Martins, London
Frazer Hudson, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Steven Guarnaccia, Parsons The New School of Design, New York
Allan Drummond, Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah
Chris Buzelli, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Lars Henkel, Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, Germany

Judging Victoria & Albert Illustration Awards

I was kindly invited recently by Martin Flynn, (the illustration awards manager at the V&A) to judge this years student awards alongside last years winner, Sarah Carr.
Sarah and I have been simultaneously looking through and judging this years student entries and pleased to say that the standard was extremely good.
We both met with Martin at the V&A last Monday 7th March to agree our winning finalists.
To view all the entries visit
The winners will be revealed on 6th June at the awards ceremony - good luck to all of you who entered!