Monthly Archives: February 2014

London Serco Competition


I was working on a competition distributed by London Transport Serco and although I did complete the brief and enter the competition, I felt that that my final illustration didn’t quite meet the criteria of the brief. I don’t feel dis-heartened by that though, as I felt that I discovered quite a lot about my drawing style and also that my style is still developing at a very slow pace!! The brief took lots of turns and twists and I came to love the little characters that I had developed towards the end.

I began looking at time machines to try and portray the time over the years within London but also changed midway to the history of London transport shown together.

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Mrs Pepperpot to the Rescue..Re-illustrated


Narrowing down my illustrations to the children’s sector, I have been looking at Mrs Pepperpot to the Rescue by Alf Proysen.

I thought that this would be an interesting book to illustrate as not only was it one of my childhood favorites, but there has not been a lot of illustrations based on this book and therefore I felt that there was less influence to my ideas.

After reading through the book one more time, I had decided which parts of the stories I would like to try and illustrate.

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The above illustrations show the progress of planning my drawing, looking at water color and tone and using Photoshop to place the illustration example into the book itself to see how it would look.

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Character development, this was my favorite illustration to work with from this subject. I really enjoyed finding and applying the reference to create the character (George) and trying to figure out how to add a dragon into the picture without drawing the obvious and using the dragons shadow for shape and negative space.

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The roughly, not so finished cover I have been working on, still trying to establish, plan and prioritize what really needs to be in the illustration, how to make it inviting to draw the eye in.

pregnancy digital illustration


This is something I drawn and edited to represent how I feel during my pregnancy. It was nice to work away from the style I use for a change, it has evolved from an illustration, through splatty ink process and eventually edited within Photoshop.


Bodelwyddan Castle


I will be taking my family to Bodelwyddan Castle this week as we had such a fantastic time when we went to see the Quentin Blake Exhibition.

What’s on?

23 November 2013 – 30 March 2014 Alexander Adams and Portraiture

5 April – 13 July ARTIST ROOMS: Francesca Woodman, the STUDENTS STUDIO and Liberated and Lost (Vivienne Rickman-Poole)

23 July – 28 September Bob Collins: Shooting Stars (NPG) and Watercolours and Drawings: 18th to 21st Century

4 October to 14 December Fire and Fibres by Anna O’Higgins (fibre art), Sue King (pottery) and Ruth Bitowski (watercolours)

That is just a small portion of thing that are happening at the castle,

Bodelwyddan Castle and Park presents a series of special exhibitions throughout the year.

Admission to these exhibitions is included in the cost of a Castle and Park ticket.

For people who live locally, or other people who enjoy visiting us from further away, an annual ticket is a great way to see all the exhibitions at a low cost.

The castle also covers weddings, occasions, learning workshops, gallery, hotel and much, much more. take a look on their website for more information and exciting events or contact them via email or even twitter and facebook!!

Find the castle here.


Remember to keep an eye on my blog to see my report after visiting the venue this week!!!



As an illustrator, Artist, Human Being, I have encountered many difficulties during my studies withing my creative journey. I didn’t realize that having little confidence and low self esteem could effect my my chances of fulfilling my goals and dream of becoming an illustrator, and so my tutor suggested that I look at that subject area for my dissertation. His way of thinking was that I would be able to investigate other artists to see how they tackled their insecurities and still be able to fulfill their goals.

The question?

How can the insecurities of the artist inhibit creative potential?

This is the question I worked by for my dissertation. I have not yet received my results but if I am honest, I have gained a great insight not only into other artists and their insecurities but about myself, my insecurities, making myself aware of them and how I can move forward- not only as an individual but as an artist and hopefully a qualified illustrator.

When I began my investigation, I tried to look at a variety of artists and insecurities because there is a wide spectrum of the art industry covering music, painting, poetry and much more.

I found it difficult to narrow down the information into just one dissertation essay and had to focus on prioritizing what information was necessary as the more more I discovered, the more interested i became in the wide variety of artists and inhibitions. I found the Right and Left Hemisphere a very interesting subject to explore and I could have easily delved into the scientific and physiological sectors that the hemispheres entail, and again with Creative block. I only had chance to briefly skim across these subjects for the matter of the essay but for the sake of my knowledge and further learning they are like a tip of an iceberg that I can return to at any time for my own personal gain.

Bob Dylan and Jackson Pollock were some of the artists I investigated, I was highly drawn to Jackson Pollock and felt that I could have based the whole dissertation on him as an individual let alone his creative journey. I was very intrigued by the life style and mental heath difficulties that Pollock lived through and I’m sure that any future essays will be based on him!!

Some of the insecurities that I didn’t get chance to write about was the Jonah complex and procrastination. I would have like to look at Tina Turner but I really had to prioritize.

Having said that There was a lot of areas that I didn’t get chance to cover almost makes me feel like taking them on for the sake of mt ow benefit…i’m sure that is something that I will bare in my next time I have some free time.

I have revealed further info from my dissertation, which you will find a short distance down my blog, that includes books that I used and some more detail so feel free to take a look 🙂 .




So what tips can I offer for tackling the dissertation?

*Firstly, does it benefit you? have a think about your level of interest on your chosen subject matter, I can assure you that if your interest is limit then you may struggle.

*Start early. Start as soon as possible, leaving you plenty of time for research, investigations, breaks and anything else that prevents you from working, Leaving things until last minute is a weakness of mine but I am grateful that my tutor advised that we work over the summer ready to tackle the initial essay after the holiday.

*Will you or anyone else gain from it? knowing that you will learn from the information you find is another key to keeping the interest flowing throughout your research and essay.

*Prioritize! Try to remember to include information that is required and relevant to the  question you are trying to answer. Prioritize your essay, when its done..its done!!

*Categorize. Make a list of categories, prerequisites, bu doing so you will be making a whole essay into smaller sections and there fore it will be easier to work by.

*Variety. Add variety to your research, watch films, listen to pod casts, read books and newspapers, browse the web and interview people

*Mind map and make lots of notes

*Question. make a list of questions that you require to research, what do  you want to know? why? who? how? when?



Where has the time gone??


It has certainly been a while since I have blogged a post!!
In my defense, I am a mum studying for an illustration degree with a new addition to the family on the way!
Although it has been some time since I have blogged, I have got lots to catch up on over the next few weeks including what I have been up to at Uni-how my drawing style has shaped and lots of new stuff I have leaned, creative futures has come around again so there will be some interesting and exciting new people to type about and also the dissertation! I think that there is a lot of speculation about the big D (dissertation) and hope it will be helpful to others to blog about how I tackled it.
Uni aside, I’ll be visiting Bodelwyddan castle again next week as they have some exciting events coming up so keep an eye on my blog!