A little feature about me and my Etsy shop can be found in this Illustration Special of the Dutch edition of FLOW magazine. Thanks to Anneke Bots for the very pleasant interview! I *think* I come across ok, but if there’s any Dutch speakers out there please confirm/deny. Hartelijk bedankt!
The ManRepeller is a fashion blog and if the name of the blog doesn’t make you want to read it then well, you are on the wrong website. Aside from advising on fashion and writing editorials about what’s weird about Twilight (where to begin! Although that does not temper my affection but that’s another story) they also teach their readers new words. In this case I illustrated fatoosed and fachatted. You can read the definition here: www.manrepeller.com
Hopefully you already know about 826 Valencia in San Francisco but if you don’t: it’s a Pirate Supply Store that sells amazing things like Mermaid bait or a jar of leeches but also runs a school project that helps kids in the Bay Area with their writing. So it’s basically the stuff of childhood dreams but it’s REAL. And I know that because I’ve been there. Which makes it all the more exciting that my illustration is part of a postcard set that’s available in the shop now. Check it out here: 826valencia.org
The article that this illustration was for is really worth a read, it was a privilege to work on. It’s great to see that mental health issues are getting the attention and sensitivity they deserve. This article is by an anonymous blogger that speaks about what it felt like to be institutionalised and how she maintained moments of joy regardless. You can read it here: www.the-pool.com.
If you were drawn in by that title, I might disappoint you. I have no intense rants to unleash (not online anyway; outside of the spectre of mass surveillance that IS my favorite thing to do) Myself Magazine is a German publication that celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary this month with five different covers for the five emotions they were investigating. I drew some corresponding icons for the website and here is the illustration for fear. Unlike the English ‘scaredy-cat’, Germans prefer the term “fear rabbit” so that’s what I drew. You can see the rest of the collection on my Pinterest page: Pinterest.
Another quick illustration for The Pool on how sometimes being ignorant of what’s to come is a better way to live and perhaps even how the Universe intended it. Just going to switch from my chronic tendency to worry and stress about the worst possible outcome to this new life philosophy. Shouldn’t take too long to erase 30 years of anxiety as modus operandi. While you wait, here’s a link to the piece: www.the-pool.com.
In the current issue of Digital Arts you can get a peek at how my images come together when I work on B&W imagery. So if you’d like to see some seriously sophisticated (read messy and pixelated) sketches and the original linework behind some of my illustrations click here: Digital Arts.
I recently went to Amsterdam and everyone bikes there! It’s so great and as a Londoner I just couldn’t understand how there’s children without helmets until I realised that the city is just designed better, drivers are responsible and it’s actually just safe. The city certainly delivered on being picturesque what with all the canals and waffles and willowy Dutch people loping about everywhere and seemingly enjoying themselves despite living in a capital city. It was revelelatory! Life could be so good! Why am I not on a boat right now enjoying the sunshine?