Illustration, Surface Pattern Design and Social Media Coaching
Children's Book Illustration
Oh to storm the seven seas and set sail on an adventure! Will ye join the crew me hearties?
The Cap'n has got a bit of colour in his cheeks now so here I am bringing him to life with some textures. Can you see him pillaging the pages of a story book or frolicking across the seas on some fabric?
Character development exploring emotions with a mid-century vibe.
Mavis - The mouse who earned her wings
Mavis lives at the Mayfair London home of Lady Heath, the first woman in Britain & Ireland to hold a commercial pilot’s licence. Influenced by the go-getter attitude of the time & her landlady’s aviation adventures, Mavis longs to make a name for herself in the golden age of pioneer flying. Will our brave mouse break away from the nest? Or will the mischief cause her mayhem? What adventures lie beyond the clouds?
Here we see that Mavis is preparing to earn her wings as an aviatrix with help from her friend, Henry Hummingbird. This snazzy toy plane that they’ve found in the playroom should be just the ticket to help Mavis soar into the clouds!
Sketches & Inspiration
Inspired by the stories of World War II Spitfire Girls and female aviatrix.
Initial sketches for Henry Hummingbird
Pet Problems book cover
The trouble with pets is trying to find the right one in the first place!
Looks like Eleanor the pigeon has brought the entire contents of the nest with her! Character development for children's book illustration.
Eleanor takes her "pet" to the tallest tree in the park. I think someone's not so fond of heights!
Jazz in the park
Eleanor takes her new friend to the park for a spot of impromptu jazz.
What a performance!
Eleanor finds herself in a tricky situation with Cyril the Sea Lion.
Surface Pattern Design
Candy House Cosmetics Packaging
When surrounded by sweets as I paint it’s only natural that such influences appear in my work! Original abstract art piece in metallic watercolours makes this cosmetics packaging look as sweet as candy.
As a spectacle wearer myself I'm always on the look out for a pair of funky frames to refresh my style. These thick frames are a throw back to the rock 'n' roll days of Buddy Holly but there's a modern twist to them in these bright and bold colour ways.
Take a ride into the city in one of these retro style cars!
Retro Cars Print
Fast, fun and bright, this retro car pattern would brighten any kid's room.
There's nothing as cute as a llama wrapped up in it's winter woollens, including some snazzy leg warmers!
Bold Botanicals Pattern
Inspired by lush colours and oversized leaves this pattern is a refreshing tropical twist.
Notebook and pen mock up featuring Bold Botanicals pattern.
Bold Botanicals Tin
Tin mock up featuring Bold Botanicals design.
Springtime Fields Abstract floor cushion
Watercolour art work inspired by colourful fields of wild blooms in springtime.
Springtime Fields Abstract cushions
Springtime Fields Abstract Cushion
Candy House Abstract Cushion
Bold Botanicals Cushion
Watercolour Wall Clock
Ellis Tea Set
Tea set design inspired by immigration through Ellis Island in the early 1900s and modern immigration to New York.
New York Skyline
Art work for Ellis Island inspired tea set
Ellis Island Boy
Sketch of a young boy who travelled through Ellis Island immigration offices in the 1900s.
Let your specs wearing sweetheart know you're thinking of them with this fun and playful greetings card.
Celebrate in style with a Blue Hawaiian cocktail
Love of gardening journal cover
Gardening Journal Cover
Leaf surface pattern
Leaf surface pattern inspired by plants in the garden.
Lift open the cover on my sketchbook and join me for some exploration in illustration and design!
Watercolour and ink pen drawing detail of city buildings.
Exploring the urban jungle with watercolours and ink pen.
Look into my eyes...
It's all about expression in the eyes.
Candy House Abstract Art
Inspired by the sweet colours of the candy shop and the tastiness of the treats that fuel my work.
Abstract digital art piece.
Accessories for Children's Book
Eleanor is a lass after my own heart! She carries a lot of items in her super shiny rocket bag so that she's ready for anything!
Spectacles - Character Design
Masses and masses of wonderful glasses! Which would you wear?
Street scene pencil sketch
A quick sketch of the view from my window, working on settings for children's book illustration.
Pastel pink watercolour beetle
Using my pastel paints for some dreamy beetle painting. Working on a collection of these motifs for a quirky surface pattern.
In your best David Attenborough voice over: "The crimson pastel beetle can often be found resting near murky paint waters."
Drawing body poses with the help of this little dude. As you can see, he's rather excited about being a model!
Watercolour flower jar detail
Work in progress on a jar of flowers using watercolour paints.
Experimenting with metallic watercolours with this autumnal pumpkin.
My favourite medium to work with at the moment is watercolour paints. I've amassed quite a collection of paintbrushes to go with my paints collection!
Sketching ideas for the character of a little girl, Jitna, who is enjoying her first visit to a fun fair.
Anyone for a doughnut?
Feeling very hungry having painted these watercolour watermelons and iced doughnuts!
Supplies at the ready and a brew half supped! It's painting time!
The gang's all here for some monster fun!
Painting shiny botanical motifs for a surface pattern.
Birds of a feather
My what a feathery flock! Getting inky with Spectrum noir pens and a fine liner for detail work.
Digital lettering piece on the iPad using procreate app.
Halloween vibes are in the air! My drawings have started to take on a bit of a scare!
A quick character sketch of Fifi, the bunny who should be in bed but has snuck down the burrow for a midnight feast instead!
Quoth the raven, "Nevermore". Digital piece drawn on the iPad.
Sketching and Strictly Come Dancing
This is pretty much my favourite way to spend a Saturday evening. Sketching cheerful pirates whilst watching the dancing!
Starting a new sketchbook gives me the same heebie jeebies as cutting into fabric for the first time! Eeek!
Sewing Themed Layout
Vintage sewing paraphernalia meets modern rose gold objects in this soft, cosy flatlay photograph.
Scavenger Annie Blog Image
Sewing themed flatlay edited for blog purposes and promotion on Pinterest