Friday 31 December 2010

Friday 17 December 2010

Website Time!

... and now I plunge deeper on my quest into the weird world of cyberspace:

Take a butcher's at my website, you'll find most of the same work but maybe a few extra things. Enjoy!

Wednesday 15 December 2010

The Pains of Building My Own Website

For the past six weeks I have been building a website for myself (still not launched) and it has been a challenging experience. I like it when it works but it often doesn't for example I have two links on one page that don't currently work and I have no idea why they won't work.
But anyway I've been creating imagery for this project and I quite like it and have therefore decided to post it.

This is for my about bit, I do enjoy hand drawing type. I did more for Contact information too:

It also appeared that it might be an idea to post an image of myself to go with this information on me:

It should hopefully turn out well, I have at least enjoyed creating the imagery parts for it and playing with type. I don't think I'll ever be happy with it, since I'm a bit of a perfectionist, there will always be something else to add or change. But at least I now have a vague logo too.

Monday 13 December 2010


Ink sketching...

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Friday 26 November 2010

Twycross Zoo's very own Dumbo

Ganesh the baby elephant at Twycross Zoo, ok so he isn't at all like Dumbo other then he's a baby elephant. I took this photo in August 2009 not long after he was born. I think he's adorable.

Noah's Ark

The animals came in two by two hurrah! hurrah!

This was a piece of work for my latest uni project: Collections. The brief was to create a catalogue of a collection without the use of type. My collection was toy animals and it seemed fairly obvious to connect it with Noah's Ark. But since it's my collection I've renamed it Elly's Ark. It doesn't look much like a catalogue since it doesn't have any information on any of the actual objects but I like it and enjoyed making it. It works more as a story and I prefer it to be that then a list of objects with a list of boring details.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Friday 19 November 2010

Gentlemen Broncos

This movie looks brilliant-anous:


Ink sketches of a toy Moose named Chocolate.

Thursday 18 November 2010

Land ahoy!

And on a exciting expedition of experimentation, I am creating landscapes.

Thursday 11 November 2010

Michal Cihlar

This is Michal Cihlar who is super amazing at lino printing:

My friend Petra who is a Graphic Designer on my course showed me him yesterday because I have been doing lino cut experimentations (see previous posts). He does loads of political illustrations:

But I really love his stuff for Praha Zoo:

For More Super Cool Stuff go to:

Hey, what's the big deal? I'm an animal

I'm having a super fun time playing with drawing, lino prints and mac!
My Current Uni project is to create a catalogue of a collection that we supply. My collection is my very own zoo and so I spent the last two weeks drawing, painting, printing, inking and diffusing images of toy animals. I spent today doing these:

A mixture of Lino prints, photoshop layers and rough sketches I have found myself really having fun. It's a bit different to my previous post of Roy the Tiger but I like them both.
But now I must carry on and actually design a catalogue and not just experiment with different styles. Onwards towards a catalogue!

Wednesday 10 November 2010

Oooo Linoleum

Lino cut printing is fun.

Fun, Fun, Fun.

I did lino cutting in school once and at the time it wasn't worth the injury but then I saw the lino cutter and choice of blades with a stack of linoleum and before I even knew it I had bought it. This is the result of my fun lino experimentation. More is probably going to appear, I very much enjoy Lino cutting. Probably because I haven't injured myself yet.

Thursday 14 October 2010


New Project! How exciting! This one is another typographically based project but has more illustration to it. We are designing a leaflet/handout/mailer about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The leaflet is dance or music. By the powers dictated by short supply of printing credit I am doing Music. Now for the illustration part: all illustrations have to be done by us. It doesn't have to be drawing but I think I'll play to my strengths personally. And so yesterday I spent my time drawing musicians and here they are so far:

I'm really enjoying this I hope I still do later on in the project.

Pauline Baynes and Smith of Wootton Major

I'm a fan of JRR Tolkien, I admit it. Although I'll also admit that I never finished Lord of The Rings, I got bored of Frodo. But anyway, knowing my like of Tolkien, last year my parents came to visit me in Carlisle and went to the second hand book shop. My next birthday arrived and I unwrapped this book. This beautifully illustrated book.

The story is about a boy who swallows a Fay-star that was put into a great cake. When he grows up he then takes great adventures and sees a tree growing many different fruits, a red lake and he meets fairies and elves. It's a really good story (in my opinion) and it's enhanced by its lovely line drawn illustrations by Pauline Baynes.

Baynes was an English book illustrator who died only a few years ago in 2008. She did many collaborations with JJR Tolkien and also with CS Lewis. I really like her style and she's made this book even more special then if it was just pure text and a birthday present. Another favourite illustrator.

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Grids, Spreads and Sneezing Cows

Second Year of Uni. Second Project - Grids. We have been learning about grids and spreads in magazines and books. Learning and then doing. We picked a name out of a tub/envelope and then created a double page spread upon our designer/illustrator.

I picked Jim Flora. An amazing illustrator who designed Album covers in the 1940s and 50s for jazz artists such as Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa. Then went on to do freelance magazine illustrations and children's books, including titles such as: 'The Fabulous Firework Family', 'Charlie Yup' and 'The Day the Cow Sneezed'.

He was a brilliant designer, his work has real feeling in it and a great sense of animation. I admire it so much that I recently ordered 'The Day the Cow Sneezed' which was recently republished. It arrived yesterday and I've already read it twice.

I think I have found my new favourite illustrator. I love his work and expect it to influence me in future projects.

For more information on Jim Flora please go to: where you will find plenty more information and links to other websites.

So here it is; the end spread, complete with Sneezing Cow, and made with grids.

Friday 10 September 2010


pootle tootle chug.

Wednesday 11 August 2010

This is where I want to live...

... in a yellow house on the back of tapir with the sky in the windows.

Sunday 8 August 2010

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Summer is not the funnest time in our house. Me and my sisters tend to go a little crazy with no where to go and so yesterday our Mum took us out to a Book Farm. Astley book farm is a second hand bookshop on a farm not far from where we live, there were books upon books and it was pretty cool.

It was here that I discovered a book: 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' by Anita Loos. Published in 1925 and then made into a film in 1953 and starred Marilyn Monroe.

When I picked it up I was interested first in the title, I've seen the film and really enjoyed it, and hadn't realised it was a book. Then I took the book out of it's sleeve and saw the back cover.

I liked this picture from the moment I saw it. I think that these guys ooze character even though they look very similar in structure. After discovering them I was buying the book even if it turned out to be totally rubbish after a cheeky first chapter read. I turned the book over and the front cover was also pretty cool but I like it less then the gentlemen on the back.

She is the star of the book and the character played by Marilyn Monroe. She's pretty cool and I quite like her fashion, the way she's posing shows her character and I like that. Still however prefer the gentlemen.

So about an hour later after riffling through a several more rooms of books and books and books I purchased 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' for £7.50. It was only when I got home that I opened the book and discovered more amazing illustrations (that I haven't scanned on being silly and not wanting to flatten in) and a lovely typeface in brown on pale yellow paper. I am so happy I bought this book.


Basic ink pen sketching of Cassowarys.

A real Cassowary

I don't think I've done too badly.