Saturday, 14 April 2012


Hello, nice, friendly, Blogger site. Hello, easy-to-use site that I understand, and that doesn't turn me into a raging, sobbing hunchback.

I am trying to make a website. Something I was just going to casually do before doing all the other things I had to do today, which believe me was a LOT..

I have been trying to make a website, from a template described (by a liar) as "simple", since 8.30 this morning. That's eight hours. Yes, that's right, EIGHT hours during which I have been hunched, cold, hungry and stiff and weeping over the keyboard. My back literally doesn't straighten anymore. The dog has gone to bed, because I have screamed "WHY???" once too often.

I don't have a website and I DON'T WANT TO BE A WEBSITE DESIGNER. EVER.

Here's another version of a book cover I have been working on. I was going to save it for the website, but website, you don't deserve it. You won't beat me, though. Believe me, horrible cruel website, I will be back and you WILL be mine. Just as soon as I have straightened my back. You mark my words.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Lovely Animation

Thanks to my friend Abbie for showing me this really nice animation by Johnny Kelly, about a farmer changing his methods.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Easter Rabbit

As an Easter-Hater, I grumpily wish you a Happy Easter with a sketch of this very fine rabbit, who belongs to my friend. I love this rabbit and would very much like him to feature in a future project.

Thursday, 5 April 2012


Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my lovely friend Jo Empson's very first book launch! Her book, Rabbityness, is a beautiful picture book which tenderly explores the pain of loss but also celebrates the joy of uniqueness, creativity and

I studied with Jo on the MA, so I was lucky enough to see Rabbityness develop from its early stages right through to the wonderful end result. I know Jo has a fantastic career ahead of her - but I also know that Rabbityness will always have a very special place in her heart.

The launch party went swimmingly, with Jo signing books the whole evening...

She even managed to snare a real, live didgeridoo player...

The younger generation took to the didgeridoos like ducks to water...

But others only managed pathetic raspberries....

Martin Salisbury braved his toothache and did a grand job reading the story...

And here's a very proud friend with the author illustrator herself.

Congratulations, Jo. xxxx

Monday, 2 April 2012


Just a little model I've been experimenting with!