This week I have mostly been illustrating in pencil. Even though I have been
professionally illustrating for several decades, I’ve never used pencils for
the finished item – an unfortunate oversight as it’s a great pleasure.
Having been digital for many a year, it’s good to create something in
physical form, but with the option of ‘undo’ in the shape of an electric
This week I have been creating a presence on Deviant Art. Here I have been
posting previously unseen sketches from Larklight and various other bits and
This Botanist is from 2005, when I was trying out some inking styles…
Pop along to the Big Red Sofa in Chagford, Dartmoor, to view some original
illustrations from Larklight and Peter Pan in Scarlet, amongst others.
Terri Windling also has some originals there, some of which are for sale.
Rima Staines has also joined in…
Plus photography by Alan Lee and oil paintings by Jim Fortey.
Only up until Sunday…
I don’t know about you, but I like to spend my time watching a strange man
painting fish in the middle of Trafalgar Square…
Whilst renovating my fireplace, with the intention of installing a
woodburning stove, it occurred to me a mural of the Goddess Hestia might be
nice. She looks after the hearth, so hopefully there will be less chance of
setting fire to myself and other related misfortunes (of which I have had
Unfortunately, I painted her head and hands too big. I hope this won’t
affect her protective powers.
This customer has been haunting my thoughts for a while, so I’ve sketched
him out in the hope he’ll leave me alone.
Percy the kitten (who I am looking after for 10 days) likes to stand in
front of Old Goat and make things especially difficult.