Harry Potter-inspired tattoo


Tattoo design for my friend and work colleague who is Harry Potter mad :). Original request was ‘a snowy owl with the deathly hallows symbol’, but this soon flourished to incorporate lilies and a Felix Felicis bottle. My friend loved the design and is taking it to see her tattooist very soon, I’m really looking forward to seeing the result!

Leopard Empress


I’ve been commissioned to do a lot of black and white illustrations recently. When this occurs,¬†I often find myself creating a vibrant, colourful illustration on the side. It’s almost like a vent, letting some of my creativity escape the confines of the commission. Weirdly, I don’t find these pictures a distraction, rather they keep me on track. Ok, they take a little time efficiency away from the¬†project I’ve been set, but if I didn’t have this outlet, I’d get frustrated with having to work continuously on one piece, or one set of images.

This particular image was created while working on a set of black and white illustrations for ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3’ published by Mother’s Milk Books. The leopard empress is¬†inspired by neotraditional tattoo artistry and was an excellent image for practicing shading and colour blending, particularly in the leopard’s muzzle. I also added a little shading behind the leaves and leopard to help the design pop off the page ūüôā

Inktober 2016 – Day 1 – ‘Life on Mars?’


For 2016’s Inktober, I’ve decided to focus on illustrating designs inspired by the various forms, shapes and patterns in Sacred Geometry – this is anything form the Fibonacci spiral to The Metatron Cube to dodeca-whatsits. Day 1’s illustration shows a small section of the geometry ‘The Seed of Life’, itself a small section of ‘The Flower of Life’. A very black and white Mars (only monochrome because my red pen is currently A.W.O.L) makes up the centre circle.


The Autumn Phoenix


I really don’t like summer and I realise that announcing that makes me somewhat of a heathen – in Britain at least. No, autumn is where it’s at for me and I look forward to it every year. I think it’s the colours. I love seeing the masses of green foliage cycle slowly backwards through the colour wheel to¬†the fiery brilliance of the yellows, oranges and reds that set the countryside ablaze, made all the more bold and stunning by the heavy¬†roiling greys of the frequent storms. This is my time of year.

But I wouldn’t want it to last forever. Change has to happen and it is perhaps the driving force of all inspiration. Routine breeds complacency,¬†especially in art. It’s difficult to balance the aim of mastering a technique whilst remaining open to new ideas and processes, and that is something I really struggle with. But I’m working on it. I think I have backed into my little hermit shell with my penwork of late and consequently my reluctancy to risk adding colours to designs has returned somewhat. So no more! Inktober’s coming up (what?! Only two days to go!?) and although undoubtedly the majority of my work will be in monochrome, I will be continuing my colour studies¬†alongside.

And during that 31 day period, the countryside will be dropping its leaves as a phoenix drops its feathers in preparation for rebirth. The foliage, once so fearsome in its blazing hues will shrivel to brown and lie as ash beneath our feet.