Friday, 4 March 2016

Onion Head

Onion Head 
(Mixed media in A5 sketchbook)

One of the potential difficulties with having my work split between this blog and Boogie Street is that occasionally there can be an overlap. Were it not for having completed this image in a sketchbook in a Sketchbook Circle which is definitely at the Fine Art end of the spectrum, I'd almost certainly have posted it here as an Illustration.

Well, nothing's perfect.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

At the Gym

(Black marker and digital colour)

Back on the treadmill, as it were. This is for the latest challenge from the Cartoonists' Forum Cartoon Competition. Caption Competition No 337 asks for a cartoon on the Theme: AT THE GYM.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Theme Park

Trying my best to keep this thing going, here's another another challenge from the 52 Week Illustration Challenge

This is Week 3 : Theme Park (Black markers and digital colour)

Wednesday, 13 January 2016


Another week, another challenge from the 52 Week Illustration Challenge
Week 2 - Outdoors. Black marker and digital colour.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Fancy Dress

In yet another effort to push myself along, I've signed up to the 52 Week Illustration Challenge on Facebook. They also have a blog here

This week, the Challenge is FANCY DRESS and while I intended to hand colour my black marker drawing, I let things slide and ended up using the easy Photoshop alternative.

Must do better.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015


People (Oil on canvas, Photoshop)

It's a long time since I posted here and even longer since I contributed to Illustration Friday. So here is my contribution to this week's challenge - People.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Film Lines

This week, the Cartoonists' Forum Cartoon Competition asked for something on the subject of  - Film Lines.

[Later]: I'm pleased to announce that this one won First Place in the competition!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Are you trying to be funny ...?

After a very long lay-off from cartooning, or indeed drawing of any kind, I'm back with an entry to the Cartoonists' Forum Competition. This week's challenge was a cartoon using the set caption "Are you trying to be funny ..?" the answer to which is, I guess ... yes, I am.

It's always nice to renew acquaintance with Dr Frankenstein and his Monster.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Daily Star 4 (Late Night Edition)

Pens of Yesteryear

I've been sorting out some of my drawing equipment and in the process uncovered the bottles of ink needed for two of my favourite drawing pens. One was a very small bottle of black Rotring ink for a marker pen I used to draw "Journey" below. I stood the pen up with its reservoir in the ink bottle but even after several hours the nib still wouldn't work, so I binned it (and the bottle).

Better results with the old bottle of Quink and the Osmiroid sketching pen. That's what I used for "Daily Star 3" below and it looks like it works really well. Hurrah. Looking forward to using it again.


"With hope in his heart and all his worldly goods on his back, he set off on his great journey."

An illustration for this week's Illustration Friday topic - Journey.

Thursday, 14 August 2014


This week's challenge from Illustration Friday is : King. I've dug out another cartoon from the Archive (originally done with a sketching fountain pen and ink), changed the caption and run it through Photoshop to colour it.

It's nice to be back on the treadmill.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Proteus Pencil

1B pencil on lined foolscap

Here's something from a long time ago. This is a pencil drawing I did for the cover of a fanzine called PROTEUS, some time in the mid-60s. I'd have traced this onto a wax stencil before cutting through the wax to produce something that could be run off on a duplicator. 

Technology has moved on a bit since then.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Could have gone better.

This week, the challenge from The Cartoonists' Forum Competition was a cartoon using the given caption - Well that could have gone better.

Saturday, 8 March 2014


This week, the Cartoonists' Forum Competition asked for something using the given caption "Of course you know this means war."

I've taken an old fanzine illustration and given it a retread.