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Friday, 28 February 2014

Werewolves, killer tomatoes & mummies...

A werewolf trying to find a job, a sad tomato & a mummy wrapped in pink toilet paper from 'Making Monsters Happy' by Susan Gates.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 so bracing

Dreaming of the seaside - my drenched Soho homage to John Hassall's famous Skegness design

Splashing into the streets

Wet night in Soho last night reminded me of the line 'The boys just dive right off the cars
And splash into the street' from Time by Tom Waits (very little relevance apart from that but it's always good to have context)

Monday, 17 February 2014

More (late) valentines beasties

Some valentines based beasties drawn on a wet Valentines Friday afternoon

Friday, 14 February 2014

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Reward - a diamond dog

I always like to promise a nice reward to anyone who returns a lost sketchbook*

* the 'gold helicopter' I promised in another book hasn't tempted anyone to return my lost sketchbook from the summer last year : (

Cross robot/lizard hybrid far...

Ruminations on the interweb...

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Diary of Dennis the Menace - available now!

Some time in early May last year I was contacted by my agent to say that Puffin were looking for someone to give a 'new illustrative approach' to Dennis the Menace for a series of books written by award winning children's author of 'The Wrong Pong' Steven Butler.
I paused from sipping a large gold flecked martini on my yacht, waved away a palm frond bearing serving girl & thought '...hmmm, draw one of my childhood heroes...HELL YEAH!'

*montage of furious scribbling, various life events, getting an invite to the Beano 75th birthday party, uplifting music etc.*

...& so, the first book, The Diary Of Dennis The Menace is published today, it's very funny, keeping the right level of mischief & chaos (you bumfaces you!) nicely designed by Mandy Norman, & the pictures ain't too shabby either.
Has been an extremely enjoyable job, I dearly wish my mum was still around so I could proudly present her with a copy.
Here's a few of the pictures (I got to draw a few other old favourites too! : )

(Puffin Books, TM © DC Thomson & Co. Ltd.)

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Pensive monkey

I dreamed about lots of brilliant monkeys last night but was too slow to photograph them in the dream. I feel a bit sad about this today