I think there is a wedding coming up

I have two main styles that I use: a very finely executed graphite style and a looser, more fluid style in watercolour and indian ink. Most of my work is the former but commerically, the later is more in in demand. However it’s harder to do because I have to let go a bit more. You have to trust the ink and the brush and accept that a splat or quite flurry with a brush could muck the whole thing up. Even though I have Photoshop (Gawd bless that software), you still end up holding your breath at certain points.

Prince Harry in watercolour and indian ink

This fairy queen kicks arse

The delightful girl that posed for this photo was so brilliant at giving off an air of, “I don’t give a fuck” that this has become one of my favourite illustration I’ve done in a long time. She’s a cocktail fairy if you can have such a thing. She’s holding some of the ingredients for the Bramble cocktail with mint, lemon and blackberries in the background.

Portrait of fairy queen holding lemons, mint with a bramble background

Red underwear

This illustration was a pitch for a magazine editorial inspired by the cover of Gemma Bovery, a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds and one of my favourite writers and illustrators. This doesn’t have the punch Posy’s cover does because the lead has a shifty look in her eyes but I’ve always loved that crimson flash on danger on a deep blue background.

The laughing nun

This is an illustration I’ve completed for a Dutch magazine illustrating the connection between religion and emotional well being. As I quite often do, I’ve linked detailed pencil work (and watercolour) with a block of colour for punch and drama. This time, I’ve added the block colour with acrylic but I often will add it afterwards digitally.

While I love intricate work, with the need to keep costs down as I am paid by the hour, I need to have an illustrative style that is appealing to art directors on tight deadlines!