Friday, February 15, 2013

The Chapel of Skins

A recent illustration for the Radio Times, about a radio play called The Chapel of Skins. More of my work at

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New Portfolio And A Tumblr Page

After ten years as an illustrator I’ve finally sorted my portfolio out. I've always had bits of old stuff on there which just looked out of date, or my style had moved on. But lately the look of my work seems to have settled down a bit, I'm not even sure why. I'm really happy with it all though - so much so I'm even considering going all Year Zero about it and deleting a large part of this blog... though that would be rather a shame as it's kind of a very public diary of my mid-twenties onwards, and all the illustration dead-ends therein. Anyway, if you want to have a look at the new stuff it's all at

Oh, and I've got a Tumblr account, too. I might even move this whole blog over there soon as most of my writing efforts go into the comics these days, and Tumblr is much better for images and spreading them around the internets. Earth-shattering news, I know...

(The image above was an early draft of the Guardian Weekend Christmas cover illo, which was rejected but I liked it, so I painted it up in posh.)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

A Tom Gauld Original For Christmas

Tom Gauld's been a big comics influence for me for ages now, so I was Well Pleased when Hannah bought me one of his originals for Christmas. Here it is:

Tom Gauld does jokes better than most people. It's a type of quiet, understated satire which is about a million miles from the boysy showing off of satirical panel shows or whatever. I don't think I've ever seen him draw a politician, for instance, and yet his comics get at the ideas behind things in a sort of roundabout way which seems a bit more fundamental and incisive than just slagging someone off. He makes jokes about the ideas people have about the world, and where they backfire on us. Like a sort of comics Adam Curtis, if Adam Curtis stopped worrying about politics and just drew some aliens. 

Now to find a nice frame for it.

Sunday, January 06, 2013