Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Apple Heart: a new illustration & print for St Valentines Day

This one is for all you fruit lovers out there. I decided to not be a party pooper and embrace all things heart shaped for this coming Valentines Day. This illustration is inspired by my love of love and my love of the humble apple. It also is available as a limited edition print to order from my online shop.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Personal Work: Household Appliances

My recent house move has caused me to contemplate electrical, household appliances. I set myself the challenge of creating an illustration which celebrated the mundane items that are very much part of our everyday existence but we rarely pay any mind to.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

An Illustrated map for Delicious Magazine

I was recently commissioned by the lovely folk at "Delicious" Magazine to create an illustrated map of the UK for their "Great Restaurant Road Trip" article. I created illustrated icons for some of the UK's foodie highlights.  To see more travel inspired illustration, visit my

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

"Love is Here" The Illustration of John Alcorn

My first post of 2015 celebrates an illustrator of yesteryear. John Alcorn has always floated about on my peripheral vision but I’d never really investigated his output until a few weeks ago. Recently I was required to work with black outlines and block colours instead of my usual outlineless colour approach and I found that this seemed to deaden the image somehow. This experience made me more aware of illustrators who use outlines with colour and John Alcorn is indeed one of these but his work flows and and are striking and seem to breathe with life. His 1967 illustrations for “Pocahontas in London” by John Wahl demonstrate this particularly.

Alcorn worked in the influential Push Pin Studios in the USA in the 1950’s and went on to be a prolific illustrator, whose style is emblematic of the 1960’s aesthetic. Surveying his output, I am struck by how varied his work is, how he and creates both abstract imagery and figurative forms and can be minimal and then overtly decorative and detailed whilst never losing a strong sense of identity within his work. An explosion of colour, line, nuance, atmosphere and humour, he has now graduated to one of my favourites.