Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Value study for an upcoming children's #ebook

I've been developing these characters over the past little while and I'm excited about how they have come together and relate to each other through a story I have written. I am not an experienced writer but you have to start somewhere to get a feel for the writing process and why not try to self publish. 

So, now my goal is to finish illustrating the book and retail it as an ebook on Kindle and iBook. I'm doing a good amount of reading to prepare myself for this. I will post details about how it all went once I finish the book and publish it. 

I would love to hear from anyone who has already gone down this road and how it went for them?

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Writing is scary business

Lately between work assignments as an illustrator I've been developing my first real attempt at my own children's book. It's centered around a group of woodland creatures who decide to put aside their burdensome work and enjoy the day together. 

It's a scary venture for me in so far as the writing side goes. I've read a number of books on writing for children and they have been helpful but I think I need genuine feedback from others who have already gone through the process. 

So if there is someone out there who is willing to critique my story or is part of a good writing group, please let me know.

Friday, 21 August 2015

April Fairy

I recently illustrated my daughter April as a fairy using Procreate on my iPad. It has taken me a while to get used to using this program but I'm starting to get the hang of it. I just need to spend more time on it. Pretty cool results so far for a $5 app. 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Little boy study

This study was really all about practising cross hatching with a "pencil" brush. The more I practice, the more realistic the digital illustration looks to an actual pencil sketch. I'm starting to get the hang of it -- thank you Will Terry for your YouTube lesson. 

I overlayed a kraft paper pattern for the sepia tone.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Monochromatic Illustrations

Sometimes I get colour block and can't seem to come up with a good pallet for the drawing I'm working on.

This lead me to do a monochromatic look for this illustration. Kind of a "loud" choice of colour for the mood of the piece but I like it.

Any comments?

Sunday, 24 May 2015

#Vida Voices Designer

Just recently, I received an email from VIDA. They are a global partnership of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful products. And the best part is that a portion of the proceeds goes toward creating literacy programs for the makers, so that they have opportunities to learn reading, writing and basic math that they would not otherwise have.

They asked me to be a designer for them by contributing some of my illustrations. I thought this would be an exciting way to help promote my work and also a unique way to showcase art. See My VIDA design page.

There are many talented designers already on board and they are looking for many more. So if you're an illustrator, photographer or fine artist have a look at their website

Learn more by clicking the image below.

Friday, 17 April 2015


Often when I'm reading through the bible I stop and wonder how the characters of the bible must have reacted to some of the awesome miracles God performed before them. Whether it was Elijah gazing upon the fire being sent down from heaven upon the water soaked alter he built or the crowds who witnessed the raising of Lazarus from the dead by our Lord Jesus. They must have had looks of shear terror on their face because what they witnessed transcended the physical world they knew.
Moses witnessed many miracles but the first miracle he witnessed was God speaking out of a fire enveloped bush that refused to burn up. I wonder what his expression was at that moment. I tried to illustrate it here but I don't think I came even close.
Moses of course went on to be instrumental in many of the miracles God performed throughout the next 40 years of his life and I'm sure that gave Moses great confidence that God would redeem His people.
In our own era, we are not privy to these types of miracles yet we have something far greater, we have the word of God -- the bible. We have truth and through that truth we can have life -- abundant life.

Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, 
you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

John 20:29

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


This a recent illustration I did during my spare time. I love drawing woodland creatures but drawing mythological creatures can also be very rewarding. I'll have to try an elf or ogre soon.