Monday, 30 November 2009

Looking For Eric

Readers if you haven't watched "Looking For Eric" get it watched I really enjoyed this film by Ken Loach its a great heroic comedy. I was rolling about laughing at some of the dialogue; maybe cos I'm a bit of rough from the north and love the working class man and working class heroes, but I cannot praise it enough this film. "The Gulls they follow the Trawler Alreet".

Saturday, 28 November 2009


Early morning on my bike ride I spooked a fox then he proceeded to run alongside me whilst I was stepping up the pace on the pedals to keep warm; it was freezing early doors. I can sniff december and the christmas pudding this year where has it gone.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Reference Book

Just been out and about I could not stop myself a quick peruse in the bookshop. I stumbled across a reference book on adventures I couldn't leave behind. I think its an excellent book of reference points which could provide a platform for a piece of work for me with a Northern twist.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

How Windy?

Well I rode my bike for seven and half miles in a nice wind. I really struggled to get into a rhythm. At the end of it my face was glowing red I felt drained. I've also had the pleasure of having to look through some old images of mine which made me cringe. But we continue, kettle on.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Fly With Me

Readers, I posted this image a little earlier; but I could not help myself tinkering with the image some more to be content with it. This is a drawing from a notebook I drew in a few weeks back.

All I Want For Xmas

From the 26th of November and all this coming weekend if you after an Al Heighton limited edition screen print visit The Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane London E16QL find the stand "A Little Bit Of Art" Gina Cross will be there to sell you one.

Monday, 23 November 2009


Forgot to mention readers last week on my travels I spotted my first house already with a christmas tree all decorated; plus they had these two foot tall drummers in the upstairs window. I know the retailers are ramming christmas down are necks, but its a bit early the 20th of November to have the tree up in the house. Reet kettle on.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Out Of The Saddle

Last Night Dean and Russell Downing those cycling superstars held there Out Of The Saddle charity auction and disco.It was attended by many cycling fans and superstars even the veteran Malcolm Elliot. They made a heap of money for there chosen charity. The limited edition screen print I donated went for a whopping £160 which I'm pleased about. It was beautifully modelled see the above, Its a good job I wasn't employed for that task readers eh!

Arctic Monkeys

Last night I saw the Arctic Monkeys play at Manchester Evening News Arena, many thanks dan from Devote for the ticket and invite. Mr Turner thas alreet from South Yorkshire wi your guitar and lyrics. Readers I helped eat one big pizza last night it was huge. Anyhow kettle on.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Boob Weekend

Well I've already had a walkout for the papers its very grey and wet. I've returned and thought kettle on and lets doodle some smiley faces. Looking through the papers its all X factor, handball drama and boobs in the jungle what more do you want on a weekend.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Gifted Charity Art Auction

I recently donated one of my limited edition screenprints to 'Gifted' a forth coming Charty Art Auction to raise money for teens with cancer check All the works are being exhibited from the 23 - 26th of November 2009. There are some fantastic works by Jonathan Yeo, Rankin, Steve Wilson, Yuko Kondo, Rose Stallard, Mr Bingo, Damien Poulain and many other great artists. The auction day is the 26th of November. The venue Ground floor 9A Devonshire Square London EC2M 4YE.


Today I visited  the new Nottingham Contemporary gallery to see the works by David Hockney 1960 - 1968 : A Marriage of Styles exhibition. Its a great new gallery space, the building is very interesting. More to the point the works on show really interested me, especially the etchings by Hockney. They have a great shop I got myself two new books. I shall surely visit this space again in the future. Readers if your in Nottingham go see it.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Walking With Bradbury?

I just want to confirm readers it wasn't me who bid 10 grand to go hillwalking with Tv's Julia bradbury for charity. Not that I wouldn't go walking with Julia with a big flask of tea and some shortbread and one of her great scarfs. Julia bradbury eh!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009


Find my illustration in tomorrows Guardian back page of the Sport section. Looking out of my window it looks a little sunny. Ok kettle on and I'll have a gingerbread man please.

Monday, 16 November 2009


Well readers I've done some drawing with the sniffles the cold is back due to my cycling in the rain, but with a smile I continue grafting while my looks fade with old age. I'm 31 soon boo!

Sunday, 15 November 2009


Well one month today and I turn 31. I'm still single, with no pets, quick ladies these looks are fading quick. Did I mention I make a nice cup of tea. We continue.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Wind & Then Rain

Well I did some miles on the bike in the wind and the rain. I've had one idea and managed a doodle. Its saturday and that means more X factor drama best digested with a brew.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Soaked On A November Evening

Well I got soaked on my bike this evening, the rain is really coming down out there. 70 mph winds are on the cards tomorrow I can hardly wait. Reet kettle on. We continue.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Flora & Fauna

Well readers I've been drawing flora and fauna subject matter, whilst there are grey skies looming outside and workmen sup tea out of thermos flasks in High Vis jackets. I've perked up a bit more. I've been doodling and back to making jokes. Fear not. Kettle on.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Global Contexts

I've just had delivered a copy of Basics Illustration 04 Global Contexts by Mark Wigan author and graphic artist. Its a great little book, find me on page 31 which feels quite apt, I'm 31 this year readers next month on the 15th to be precise. Other featured contributors include Andy Smith, Gemma Correll, Mike Redmond [ who I taught briefly], Simone lia and many more. Its packed with some thought provoking commentary and a good journey through contemporary illustration landscape.

Perked Up

To be honest I feel better than I have over the last four or five days. I'm hoping the worst of my cold is behind me, I need to crack on. Here is a cute little whale, I recently bought a book on Whales which the talented Jon Burgerman recommended to me, admittedly during the transaction of buying a copy for a few seconds; I fell in love with the lady selling me it, in the bookstore. Readers she was gorgeous, but enough I need a brew.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Another Hot Drink

Well readers I've still got a cold. I'm wrapped up complete with scarf sat on my radiator feeling rubbish supping hot drinks. I hope I can shift this cold soon.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Lemon & Honey

Readers I'm still full up with cold. I'm sneezing every few minutes I feel rubbish. I may manage a doodle or two in my sketchbook. Reet lemon and honey drinks for me today.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Full Up With

Well readers I'm full up with cold, or man flu perhaps both. But I continued to graft while my nose ran and eyes watered cos I'm from Donny!. I did spot a picture of Katy Perry in a West Ham united dress which made me chuckle. It was quite an outfit. Remind me when I next step out with a lady to have her wear a Doncaster Rovers dress.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Busy With Sniffles

Today I've done lots of drawing with lots of sniffles and a sore throat. But we continue. I shall be busy readers.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Cold En Route

Well readers I'm filling up with cold for sure it started with a sore throat this morning. At the time of writing my nose needs blowing. I don't look attractive at all. The brews will be replaced with Lemsip for sure. But I must plod on.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Jungle Time

Here you go readers a little jungle scene for you. I do know its a jungle out there. Reet kettle on.

Packing & Sorting

Well I've already braved the wet weather to go get some packing and wrapping materials. I even donned flat cap and scarf readers. I have much to sort in my work space. I best crack on grafting the kettle will be on later.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Poets & Me

I read today in "How to be Idol" by Tom Hodgkinson with excellent illustrations by Rodrick Mills "Coffee is for winners, go-getters, tea ignorers, lunch cancellers, early risers, guilt-ridden strivers, money obsessives and status-driven lunatics. It is an evervating force. We should resist it and embrace tea, the ancient drink of poets, philosopers and meditators". Nuff said, I say "kettle on tea bags at the ready".

Sunday, 1 November 2009

November Rain

I got soaked and truly blown about out on my bike today, its a proper art I'm sure riding your bike in a cross wind. I did however have a fantastic bit of shortbread with a brew today.