Thursday, 29 July 2010

Woody Allen

On my travels this morning to Nottingham onboard a train full of cricket fans and spotting an old teacher from my former secondary school; I've learnt that after me and my mate spotted Owen Wilson in Paris on sunday I've learnt he is making a romantic comedy with the french president's wife. Woody Allen is directing this comedy film in which Carla Bruni makes her acting debut I believe, the film is obviously set in and around Paris.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Here you go a snap of Bradley Wiggins aka "Wiggo". You know what cannot wait till next years tour de france. click to enlarge the photo of Wiggo.

Le Tour photos

Here you go some snaps from sunday in Paris and one lance armstrong in a trendy new radioshack kit. You cannot beat the drama of the tour de france whilst drinking an ice cold drink. Reet, best get on with some work

Tuesday, 27 July 2010


This morning the postman delivered me a copy of the fantastic "Werewolves of Montpellier" by Jason published by fantagraphics I've just flicked through it with a grin. This looks to be another classic cannot wait to start reading this graphic novel.

Monday, 26 July 2010


Got back from Paris late this afternoon what a weekend. I loved watching the end of the tour de france I saw Lance, Wiggo, Cav, Schleck. Me and mr drury gave one mr Sastre a high five. We even spotted Owen Wilson from the movies. Check me in this photo beside on of Lances bikes from last year. I look far from glam in this shot but hey this blog is warts and all reet.

Thursday, 22 July 2010


Well readers I've created my own stamp do you like it? It will be interesting drama again in the Tour de france today me thinks. I'm thinking Wiggo is gonna pull summet out the bag saturday on the time trial to make his mark on this years tour for himself. I'm looking forward to sunday though to see the end of it amongst the crowds.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

One of Them Days

Well got me a copy of the Guardian, lance armstrong was pictured on the front of the sport section; my picture of Rory McIlroy was on the back of that section. Well today I've completed some work for a project, then this aft drawn some stuff for me in my sketchbook. I so wish Lance could have got the stage win yesterday it would have been fitting for his last tour.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Back On It

After a long break due to the World Cup, find me in tomorrow's Guardian sport section on the back page. For a funny little installment based around a haircut and some trousers catch it tomorrow. Reet I need a brew at the time of writing.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Dreamspace Gallery

Recently I was in an exhibition at the Dreamspace Gallery in London in conjunction with "Spot The Tiger" see there was a host of creative talent involved including the brilliant Lee Ford. Just been on his website his sketchbook pages are scrummy and you can just tell at a glance this man draws a lot from the mark making. Go hide you blushing behind a brew sir. Many thanks to Mike at Spot the Tiger your a gent.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

More Graft & A Mill Pond

Well this weekend I've been working on resolving some cover art I think I've almost resolved it I think. Apart from that I watched Green Zone on dvd, and took a walk round my village today digesting the mill pond and the ducks. Not walked round there for a few years to be honest.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Tony Whieldon

When I was an A- level Art student back in the mid 90s at Edlington Comp [ Edlo Comp ], I completed an essay on the decline on Sporting Art. For that project I had a trip to Doncaster museum where they dug all these great horse racing paintings by Munnings and thomas rowlandson and others which documented the Doncaster St leger from years and years ago the majority produced before the World Wars. But back then in my teens I used to do some angling I was also a paper lad and it was like a religion to read the Anglers Mail and in particular the illustrated comic strip by Tony Whieldon. It used to be a great double page spread documenting the ups and downs of match man Dave Coster and his hauls of fish and whatever else cropped up and I can still remember the morning sat heart broken and my old mate Alex Sweetman quizzing me what was wrong. They had shrunk the strip to less than half a page. Well being a paper lad I also lived on a diet of Arena magazine, Esquire and indeed GQ magazine aswell as FHM and Mens Health when in there infancy. Well as part of my "Decline of sporting Art" essay I wrote to the Anglers mail. Weeks later one Tony Whieldon phoned me up out of the blue. I think back then I was star struck and struggled to ask him questions. But Tony played a part in my path of becoming an illustrator along with the editorial illustration I digested in the mens magazines, people like Ian Wright, Reggie Pedro, Joe Magee, Kam Tang and Jason Ford among others. Well I purchased the other week an old copy of Anglers Mail Coarse Fishing Year which documents Dave Costers fishing year brilliantly illustrated by the talented Tony Whieldon. It truly is one of my favourite books.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Pop For Me!

Here you go readers this is summet I did a while back, I don't think its made it on my blog but here goes. Yesterday I enjoyed the highlights last night of the Tour de France looks like a two horse race with Andy Schleck and  mr Contador. I'm hoping Wiggins can make a top ten finish. I feel gutted for the legend Lance Armstrong I hope he can get a stage win or set one up for Levi. Click to enlarge the image folks; Reet I need a brew for sure. Before I go; I have watched a few episodes of "The Fall Guy" season 2, that Heather Thomas in that show was gorgeous, plus Colt Severs rocked some great western shirts. Oh my dad tells me they are making Police Academy 8!! yep I know forget "Mission to Moscow".

Monday, 12 July 2010

Long Day Folks.

Well I've done another long one started at 8am, at the time of scripting this its almost 9pm. Take note students I'm a busy man please email questions; bear with me I'll try and answer them when I can. Reet I need a brew.

Sunday, 11 July 2010


Well I felt gutted for Lance Armstrong he had a stinker of a day on the Tour de France today. This hot weather is really draining I did some miles the last couple of days and I really did feel uncomfortable. The heat is sweltering but hey Lance continues, Wiggo continues, I continue.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

A Horse On A Velo!

Well I've been busy today on an image, this evening I've watched the tour de france highlights well done an emotional Cav. The above image; I dont think I've posted this on my blog full of warts and all. I competed it a while back; click on it to enlarge if you wish readers. Lots to do must dash, I need a  brew.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

By Design

Well I feel in a way like doing a lot of writing and quite a few blog entries. But at the time of writing I've done about 8 straight hours sat in front of the screen. I'm currently working on quite a complex image for a project that I'm on with and it isn't complete. I will recommend in this update the book "Puffin by Design" 70 years of imagination 1940 -2010 by Phil Baines; there is simply some stunning images in there I now own a copy you should too. One of those books you can pick up when you feel a bit mis there are so many nuggets in there to make you smile. Take my word for it.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

"Nice Helmet Sir"

Here you go readers stop giggling at the back, I digested a little illustration of Calvin Klien in the Red Bulletin today and the schoolboy in me said I'm going to do my version of it, he,he. This is what that illustrator wouldn't have got away with I'm sure.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Books & Bike Riding

Well its the village Gala where I am today, although I cannot be bothered with it. I've done some work this morning, this aft I'm doing an hour or so on the bike. I've spotted some more books I want to read. The above is summet I've had in my sketchbook for a while. The Tour de France is upon us "Cmon Wiggo".