Saturday, 8 October 2011

Nice Bomb, shame about the.....

Nice wee job appearing today in the Saturday Times. Illustrating a short story by Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) about a bomb that drops into a family house. The bomb is a 'nice bomb' though and proceeds to help the family with the housework and in general in their lives. 'Nice' until one christmas when the bomb apologises to the family and......

Monday, 3 October 2011

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Sooty and Sweeps

Chimney Sweep Q&A for BBC History....

Monday, 29 August 2011


Delighted to announce that I won an editorial gold award at the Association of Illustrators 'Images 35' awards last thursday. I won the prize for my 'Sawney Skull' illustration for BBC History Magazine. The image is part of the Images 35 exhibition starting now at the Bankside Gallery in London and touring the country.

p.s. the head of design at the Times who presented the award is on a stage. I'm small but not that small!

Monday, 18 July 2011

G n Tees

Just added to the Red Bubble website. Thought I'd put some of my pics on T shirts and see what happens.....

Roman Eric

The new one in the series for BBC Hands on History - 2 more in production too

Brand Communications

Some roughs just seem to work sometimes. Not in the fact that they are approved and are used - just in that some have a nice feel to them. I liked the rough for this job but I was very pleased with the final too.
This one was to show 'Benefit of Clergy' where people were cleared of the death sentence by claiming they were members of the church. They were given more lenient sentences but were branded by the local hangman with a letter so they could only claim this 'benefit' once.

Thursday, 30 June 2011


Message from BBC History Magazine - it's the wrong Cromwell.
THOMAS not Oliver! Changed and fixed in time for copy deadline

Friday, 24 June 2011

Gloves off...

I resisted going ahead with this idea to show the battle between Mary Tudor and Cromwell. Thought the boxing/wrestling spoof poster might be a bit naff - but it seemed to work in the end!

Monday, 30 May 2011

BBC Homepage

Nice to be on the BBC homepage again this afternoon. See more on the Hands on History website

Thursday, 19 May 2011


A tasty selection of the 16 illustrations for the Wellcome Trust study guide on 'food'
1 - Apparently we sense food not only by taste but with our eyes and nose too.
2 - a Rhesus monkey (not sure why they want this yet)
3 & 4 cards from a series of 12 showing the pros and cons in the production of food

Monday, 28 March 2011

Blighty Wound

Soldiers in the WW2 trenches sometimes wished for a 'blighty wound'. A wound that was serious enough to be sent home to 'blighty'

Version 1 was the original which was deemed to be too offensive to older readers. Version 2 was redone to be muddy not bloody!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

New website Live

My brand spanking new website has just gone live!

Sunday, 27 February 2011


Sometimes a wee sketch gives as much as a final illo

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Whale of a.....

An nice afternoon drawing whales and dolphins - getting progressively more 'cartoonlike' ooh I hate that word!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Eric stoneage

They've done another one nicking my style!

Hands on History -the Ancients

BBC Hands on History - have a look at the downloadable activity packs here

Fighting in Parliament

A Q&A for BBC History asking whether politicians have ever really come to blows in the House of Commons. I thought a comment of politics in general would be a good pic for this one....