New Years Resolutions – Not a Big Fan!

I’m not really a big fan of setting New Year’s Resolutions, mainly because I don’t stick to them, by the time I’m mid-way through January they have usually been forgotten and I find this demotivating, a constant reminder of my poor willpower.  But I know that a lot people do buy into the resolutions thing so here’s some my thoughts and some shares from other … Continue reading New Years Resolutions – Not a Big Fan!

Happy Birthday Dave McKean

Born on this day in 1963 is one of my favourite modern day illustrators – Dave McKean.  He’s probably best known for his collaborations with author Neil Gaiman and his work on graphic novels and comic books and whilst I’m not a fan of his genre I do love this illustrations. Some of my favourites are The Day I swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The … Continue reading Happy Birthday Dave McKean

2019 Calendar – Free download

A couple of weeks ago I spent a dreary Sunday playing around with paper cutting.  I was quite pleased with a few of the pieces so created a calendar for 2019. Download – Colourful 2019 calendar and if this design doesn’t float your boat here’s a couple of other options for starting the new year monochrome design literary themed calendar Continue reading 2019 Calendar – Free download

Peter Pan Stage Right

Apparently on this date in (27th December) in 1904 Peter Plan was first performed as a play at the Duke of York theatre in London The stars of the play were Gerald du Maurier (father of the author Daphne du Maurier) as Captain Hook and Mr Darling and Nina Boucicault as Peter. The play was a success with London audiences so was taken across the … Continue reading Peter Pan Stage Right

Nutcrackers Galore

A few weeks ago we had a wander through the German Market in Birmingham city centre which I believe is the largest in the UK. I had been sketching some nutcracker figures from photographs so was very excited when I stumbled on an entire stall of them – so this sketch is from an actual figurine, which is now sitting on the fire mantle in … Continue reading Nutcrackers Galore