Sunday, 28 December 2008

Coming in from the Cold

After a lovely, quiet Christmas at home I'm heading back to Edinburgh tomorrow for New Year. Expect regular blogging to resume shortly but for now here are some photos from a wonderful afternoon at the beach with my family.

Friday, 19 December 2008

White Winter Hymnal

This is some artwork I did for Edinburgh based band The Kays Lavelle a while back. I'm yet to do the back cover as the tracklist is still up in the air but I thought I'd share it as this picture pretty much sums up the weather outside my window today. So nothingy and cold.

Charlotte X. C. Sullivan has done some lovely bubble drawings. I remember doing this when I was really young. You mix ink with washing up liquid or bubble solution or whatever and blow bubbles onto your page and eventually they just pop and dry to your paper. I love all the ghostly greys in hers.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Christmas Joy!

After a not so enjoyable nine hour train journey I'm back home in the South West for Christmas
. Its really wet and cold (colder than Scotland!) but its nice to be home and I'm very much looking forward to some festive-ness. I'm smug in the knowledge that I've done all my Christmas shopping (thankyou internet) but just in case you haven't here are some nice UK based treats...

Roddy & Ginger make beautiful vintage inspired bags and homewares. I want pretty much everything in their lovely wee store. (via Bloesem) Gemma Correll makes awesome stuff. Seriously everything she does is dangerously cute and really fun. I LOVE these tattoo transfers (so pretty). And her matroishka badges are lovely too.

New badges
from Sir Kolakovic. King of slightly bizarre but always amazing illustrator merchandise (chocolate anyone?)

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Jessica Hische is amazing

I have many illustrative crushes. Too many in fact (although the most enduring will always be for Carson Ellis who is easily to blame for my switch from fine art to illustration) but that doesn't stop me adding more every now and again. My newest crush is Jessica Hische who does everything amazingly. Her type is the stuff of dreams. Honestly. Go and have a look and swoon.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Nice Things

Nous Vous
have got their new site up and running. Its great to see all their exciting new work. I particularly loved this record cover for Mount Analog when I saw it After School Club.

Ashley G has made these amazing ceramic pieces. They look so beautiful all hung together!

Poketo Sale! Nice!

east kingsley

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

6x10 Out Now

Hurrah! The first issue of 6X10 is OUT NOW. Hand screen printed, folded and bound this is a lovely wee publication put out by FormFiftyFive with the expert help of Eddy & Isabelle at the lovely Owl&Lion Gallery. Its £10 +p&p and has one of my illustrations in alongside others by a handful of very talented artists.

Monday, 8 December 2008

December Work

Here's an drawing from a couple of weeks ago for a christmas brief we got. Its not massively christmassy I'm afraid but I guess thats not really my thing anyway.

And here are some painty doodles that I scanned to piece together into something else.

Thursday, 4 December 2008


LinkI've been reading Said the Gramaphone for a couple of years now so it was a wonderful surprise when I visited this evening to see my name there. Sean had some very nice things to say about 'I Am The Friction'

"But more beautiful still - and I'm very belated in writing about it, - is [Jez Burrows] and Lizzy Stewart's I Am The Friction. They are stories inspired by drawings & drawings inspired by stories, and while the works are funny and weird and melancholy, more than anything it feels like a love-letter from friend to friend, a shared smile, the kind of collaboration that comes from many hours by the same lamps. It's a handsome thing to hold in your hand, to read and enjoy, but it also makes you long to slip into the moments of its making; eyeglints, gifts, ink on fingers."

This kind of sums the book up to me and for someone else to see it too makes me feel pretty happy.

By the way there are like four copies left or something crazy like that. They'd make a nice christmas present. Maybe. I don't know.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008


Tomorrow is the opening of 'None the Less' at Analogue Books. Its an exhibition of 60+ prints from the Tiny Showcase archive (including mine) and its going to be pretty awesome. Fact.

I really love Leanne Shapton's work. Her lettering and book design stuff especially. That cover for 'The Cylist' is particularly tasty. I love those colours together.

Lovely necklace from Cursive Design

Monday, 1 December 2008

Hey Mama Wolf

An image for an editorial project from an article about Devendra Banhart (who does his own lovely drawings).

Nice work by James Datz

and from Will Bryant too! (colours!)

I am intrigued by the H&M home collection.