Deathly Thrones

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Tattoo design for a friend who wanted elements of both Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to be included. Here we have weirwood leaves and Arya’s sword Needle from Game of Thrones and a doe and lilies for Harry’s mother. A Deathly Hallows symbol is etched into the deer’s forehead. I made the deer an albino as I thought this would be a nice tie in with the white raven in GoT that heralds the coming of Winter πŸ™‚

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The Defences Get Higher

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‘He proceeded to build a fence another three feet above the gate to ensure I couldn’t see out and wouldn’t consider it an escape route in the future. I didn’t want to escape but I had to have routes planned in case the jet monster came back and I couldn’t control my fear. I watched with interest as Richard sawed and hammered in nails to make the defence strong.’

After numerous escape attempts by frightened Dylan, Karen and Richard decide to take action, raising the height of the garden fences to keep the scared pup at home. Will this effort stop him, I think not…

This is my eighth illustration for Karen Sanderson’s ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’.

Take control of the fear…

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‘Why was the Jet Monster trying to attack me and no one else? No! It’s just fear driving me away! I must try to take take control of the fear if I can. And with that thought in mind I collapsed on my bed, totally exhausted, and fell asleep.’

After escaping his owners, fleeing cross-country and hiding out in other people’s gardens – all in order to escape the Jet Monster – Dylan is finally returned home from his excursion, a little worse for wear.

This is my seventh illustration to appear in Karen Sanderson’s ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’, based on the experiences of her very own nervous dog. Visit his Facebook page to support the book and for news of upcoming stories πŸ™‚

The Jet Monster

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‘There was a sudden, horrific, rumbling noise above us and I was fearful for my life. It rattled the windows of the kennel and hurt my ears dreadfully. I looked up to see a winged monster in the sky. It was far bigger than any bird I had ever seen and had large, spreading wings. It left a trail of grey smoke as it flew by. Was it my imagination? It appeared to have sharp teeth and menacing eyes glaring down at me.’

Dylan’s first terrifying encounter with what he later labels as the ‘Jet Monster’. While boarding at a nearby kennels while his humans are away, Dylan hears the terrible roar of a huge metal beast screaming overhead. In a panic, Dylan tries desperately to escape, injuring himself in the process. The Jet Monster has struck once, will it return?

A great book for children, Karen Sanderson’s ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’ captures our pets’ worries and fears and allows children to relate to their animal’s behaviors. Visit Dylan’s Facebook page for more information :).

I’ve never caught a deer… YET!

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‘Sometimes Richard takes us through the thickest parts of the wood where we can see the deer. He doesn’t like us chasing them so I pretend to play Hide and Seek and run off to try to catch one. I never have… YET!

Dylan and Megan’s exploration continues as they discover a new favourite location – the woodlands near their home. For more information on children’s book ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’ by Karen Sanderson, please visit Dylan’s very own Facebook page.

Such a scaredy pup…

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‘…suddenly, a hug, wheeled container rumbled towards us along the road. I was certain we’d meet an early death so I struggled to free myself from the lead, turning frantically in circles, and getting tangled up with Megan… “You’re such a scaredy pup,” snarled Megan, “you’ve spoiled the walk.”

My third illustration in Karen Sanderson’s ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog.’ Dylan and Megan are venturing out into the wider world finding many more places to explore but also many new things for Dylan to be anxious about!

Please Like Dylan’s Facebook Page for updates and photos of the real-life cuddly canine characters.

“Can’t find me!”

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‘There were lots of things to explore: like a ball, lots of rubbery toys to chew on and a big box. The box was open at one end and Megan crawled inside saying, “Can’t find me.” I jumped up on top of the box and looked down. Her legs were sticking out which made me laugh. Then it was my turn to crawl inside. We were having such fun. Thinking back, I’ve always needed hideaway places in my life, especially when I’m anxious…’

Dylan and Megan’s exploration of their new home continues inΒ ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’ by Karen Sanderson. Information on both the book and the star-of-the-show Dylan can be found on his Facebook Page πŸ™‚

BED BUGS! Crikey.

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‘”What’s all this barking about?” Karen asked. “You’re quite safe but you need to understand that dogs sleep here and humans sleep upstairs. Now go back to sleep and I’ll see you in the morning.” She picked us both up and planted a kiss on the top of our heads, then put us back to bed saying, “Goodnight, don’t let the bed bugs bite”.
BED BUGS! Crikey. “Will they bite us Megan?”
“Oh dear, you’re scared of your own shadow Dylan. It’s just something humans say. They think it’s funny…”‘

This is my first illustration in ‘Where’s Dylan? The Story of an Anxious Dog’ by Karen Sanderson. The pups have been welcomed to their new home and face their first night in unfamiliar surroundings. Needless to say Dylan’s a little anxious! For news of the book, additional information and adorable photos of our heroes, please visit Dylan’s webpage πŸ™‚

 

Jungle Mural

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Finally had a chance this week to take a trip over to Langham CofE Primary School to see my mural in situ. The mural measures around 2.5 x 2.25m, is painted over 6 MDF boards using matt emulsion and took about 6 weeks to complete. The brief was for the mural to be, above all, colourful, have room to display students’ work and have a jungle/ruin theme to tie in with Indie and Anna, the school’s adventuring mascots. Indie-Anna. Get it?! Oh dear.

I’m really pleased to say the mural has been received really well by staff and students alike and is now up pride of place in the school’s assembly hall πŸ™‚