Friday, April 30, 2010

Oxford, from above

I drew a big cartoon map of Oxford city centre.

Here's some more detail (you click the pictures to view them bigger... you knew that right?).

There's an article about the whole process in B4 Magazine ("your guide to business in Oxford"), which is nice.

You can read the article online here, if you want. It's on page 100.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Solipsistic Pop

Here's the first of my four pages in the latest Solipsistic Pop - my longest ever story by at least 75%.

Solipsistic Pop is "a biannual anthology designed to spotlight the best in alternative Comic art from the UK." It puts an emphasis on quality production and content and features some of my heroes and some other people I've never heard of.

Here's a pretty girl engrossed in my story.
There's a launch party tonight. Sadly I won't be there, but Robin Ince and some bands will be, so that's nice.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Scaredy Cats

The shortlist for this years Kate Greenaway thing ("the Oscars of the kids book world", they no doubt say) features There are Cats in this Book, which is really very good. And that reminded me: I have my own Cat-based title that I've yet to share with the world: Scaredy Cats.

So here it is.

Like it?

Monday, April 19, 2010


All flights are off so here's a chance to travel to the Spaghetti-boot via the magic of a drawing instead. I recoloured this picture of Lily's Italian house I drew ages ago so the colours evoke the national flag, an idea that is completely original and not at all stolen from these lovely book covers by one of my top five Finnish illustrators, Pietari Posti.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Mumtastic is a book about fantastic mums. It's written by Martha Valentine (still not sure if she's a real person or not) and the pictures are all by me (so, so real).

Here's the book artfully photographed on a chopping board.

And here are some of the mums you'll find within...


Everything-is-under-control Mum

Embarassing-dancer Mum

Home-before-11-or-I'll-send-your-father-out Mum

Baby-photos-always-at-the-ready Mum

Scared of technology Mum.

It was the perfect gift for Mothers Day, but you've missed that now haven't you. Why not buy it now for 2011?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Islington then

Here's a quick cartoon for Islington Now, "The voice of the borough" - some news website run by City University journalists-to-be. It's to accompany this article. I'm still not completely sure what it's about, but as far as I can tell there is a hospital facing closure and the next nearest one, whilst being geographically close, takes ages to get to because of the labyrinthine local road system (and thus people will die).

Here it is more or less as intended, but do look at it on the Islington Now site to see it horribly squashed and miscredited.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Daily Draw: No more

Both of my regular readers (mother, girlfriend) will have noticed a lack of posts of late. Not least because I've stopped doing Daily Draw which has made up the bread and butter posts of this blog (boring, of low nutritional value) for the last 15 months: a series of sketchbook spreads in which I drew something every day. A television or a commuter's bald spot usually, though the limited range of subjects belie the strain of deciding upon one interesting enough to draw each day, and it all began to stress me out. So it not being quite worth having a breakdown over, I just quit it.

These are my last few.

Charlotte writing her own diary.

Some Polish guys and the White Cross in Richmond.

The Wrestler, on a laptop and Alexa Chung, on a magazine.

Some soup.

Some vegetables.