Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Big Idea

Well we edge closer to Christmas and I'm getting that bit more excited and I keep having more ideas for christmas presents for me and others. Christmas used to be amazing as a kid having ideas and dreaming up your Christmas list for Father Christmas...

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

35 Soon

I cannot believe advent is ticking away and when we hit door 15, I turn 35 for one; where has the last 12 months gone. The last five days I've been made up with cold and flu and reflected its always good to be surrounded by good books. Which reminds me I must revisit Raymond Brigg's "Father Christmas"...

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas Lists

Well last week I did a talk about my work life and times at the High Melton University Centre to some great students. I wish them every success with there projects and careers. I've been out on my bike a few times after crocking my knee in Mallorca; its all good I need to get fit once more. Apart from that it's the second day of advent, I need to make a christmas list...

Monday, 11 November 2013

Busy & Cold

Today Ive done a lot of formatting and drawing and seemed to have not moved from my chair but this was something else I added some color to today. But by eck I've been cold today....

Friday, 1 November 2013

Spooky

Yesterday there was no getting away from the fact it was Halloween I decided late yesterday to conjure up a image to capture the day. I never had anyone knock on the door this year though...

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Yorkshire Fish "Coming Soon"

Here is something I've just been working on and launches early next month. The client was really happy with the artwork for the brand which I'm chuffed to bits with, cos this as a project was great for me especially...

Out Of The Saddle

This is a photo of me last year at the OOTS charity dinner with Dean Downing and David Harmon just before we auctioned my print for charity we went for £650. This coming Saturday I will be looking foward to this years charity dinner and auctioning a one off drawing I've done to raise money for the chosen charity that helps raise awareness and money for human trafficking...

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Drawing Workshop

Yesterday afternoon I conducted a drawing workshop with kids and parents at the Garden Room in Braithwell South Yorkshire. It proved to be a fun few hours of drawing exercises with some great food
and reciting the kids what its all about being an illustrator a little... Towards the end we did a drawing competition; well done Lucy on her fab drawing where she won one of my limited edition screen prints...

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Dockwood

Today I thumbed through a copy of "Dockwood" by Jon McNaught and it is simply beautiful. I love it nuff said get yourself a copy the artwork is amazing. Failing that I've been drawing myself some works destined for a website. But how about this dude I've drawn up....

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Future GB Star

Check these fantastic photos of my tee for Romster bike wear I did a while back. I didn't get out on my bike today but briefly caught up with one of my cycling buddies amongst other tasks. I'm betting lots of cyclists will be on the turbo's from tomorrow with the high winds that are predicted...

Friday, 13 September 2013

Blue Dude

Well its another wet afternoon and evening in Doncaster; I've been drawing more things hospitality based and then I broke off and drew this chap with the enormous head. I think I must have seen him in down town Doncaster earlier amongst all the race horse goers...

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Hospitality

Today along with drawing up all things "Hospitality" based I've drawn this little badger character up along with digesting many a pop tune along the way and pangs of guilt for nibbling on biscuits, while it rained off and on in deepest darkest Doncaster.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Cats & Dogs

This afternoon I've mostly drawn cats and dogs and debated with myself about growing a beard and having a new hairstyle. I've also listened to a lot of music and drank a lot of coffee. I've also thumbed through a book of maps.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Flying Sausage

Here is some artwork which is to be etched into a glass award for the best junior rider at the forth coming Tickhill Grand Prix on the 21st of September. The bike race action is sure to be great drama and I'm for one looking forward to that event...

Friday, 30 August 2013

Eat it

Over the last week I've been to Bakewell and took in the sights it has to offer, took my Brompton bike and rode up Box hill and beyond and around London for some inspiration. I've caught some Sun, read very little this week and completed the hungry image below...

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Something Good

Well six days into August and its all good, great weather; I'm getting some drawing done and a few miles done on the bike. Here is a little something I drew up today....

Thursday, 1 August 2013

First Of August

Well on turning my calendar this morning I thought I'd make my Christmas list but decided to get on with some drawing instead. But we are edging closer to that big festive date, I'm sure all the christmas goodies will soon infiltrate the stores very, very soon...

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Update

Earlier this year I met illustrator Nick Deakin in Sheffield; a few days ago I drew him after some advice he gave me seemed to stick with me. Sorry in the lack of updates to my blog but I've had a lot going of in my life. My dad passed away on the 3rd of July. I'm slowly getting things together, I promise...

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

193 miles

Last friday I kicked of and rode 11 hours 20 mins to clock up 193 miles my biggest mileage to date; and I loved it, really loved it. All in aid to raise funds for cancer charities. The image is my print from the show Wunderkind which celebrates students that have gone through the university of Salford from 2001-2013...

Monday, 17 June 2013

Wunderkind

I got asked to contribute to Wunderkind on the 26th of June which documents and celebrates a small cross section of past and present students that have gone through the University of Salford. I believe the work is up for two weeks at 2022NQ 20 dale street Manchester Northern Quarter. Past students have gone onto Ilovedust,Young, Vault49 and Vogue among a heap of other great creative roles and employers in the Graphic design and Illustration world....

One Man Band

The One Man Band shebang 2013 is on Morecambe Promenade Sunday July 21st 12 -5 pm and will hopefully be a fun festival for all ages; with acts from across the uk including music and comedy. It sure was fun drawing this chap for this event.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Tickhill Velo

Here are some of the Tickhill Velo cycling club members, who had just completed the Peak Punisher sportive 100 miles of cycling hell over some brutish hill climbs in the Peak District.  I resolved the clubs ident and artwork and got these members into wearing "Magenta" they love it.... I think...

Sketchbook Page

Here is a recent sketchbook drawing I did. Where I managed to make the mistake of missing a finger off, which really bugged me, but we all make little mistakes from time to time. Just the other day read an article about sketchbook work in the latest Aoi publication. Weeks back I got my paws on the Jason Brooks sketchbook works he has completed in Paris; it truly is scrummy to pour over.

Tickhill To Cleethorpes

On Sunday just gone I did the club ride with the DRC ladies and gents and did 120 miles on my road bike, it was a cracking route to do and the weather was spot on for it. I really enjoyed that bike ride a lot  and laughed loads, the fish and chips were just awesome and well deserved after the mileage. It wrapped up in a great BBQ which ended the day really well.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Aspire

Here is a little bit of my work used in a Aspire college course guide for Bolton College. A healthy blend of photography in partnership with illustration. Other news on monday for the first time I tackled the Peak District on my bike and tackled the infamous Strines. It was a tough ride the scenery was beautiful and by the end of my bike ride I'd ridden 105 miles and was real hungry...

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Impact

Last thursday one of my Tour de France prints was auctioned at a charity event in Nottingham for the charity Impact helping youngsters in there educational requirements. It raised a £1000 and I was well chuffed about that. Sir Steve Redgrave was there and the star of the night who people were keen to meet and enjoy an evening with; in conjuction with Gleeds.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Nude

Here is a little nude I drew up for a little show of nudes drawn and painted on postcards which will be at the Horsebridge Centre in Whistable Kent. Other news its a little breezy outside and I've got a stack of books I'm ignoring reading at the moment I just seem to fill my time doing stuff.

Friday, 10 May 2013

sketchbook

Here is an edited view of a drawing I conjured up in my sketchbook thinking about a little contribution I could make to a project possibly. This morning just did 24 miles on my bike and found breakfast at the Garden Rooms in Braithwell, which felt well earnt this week after some of my bike riding this week.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Smugglers

Here is an ident for Smugglers a hostel in deepest Scotland. Where you can rest your weary head after hiking or cycling exploring the beautiful landscape it serves up. Got to admit its a tad windy today I fear those cyclists on strava will be working out tailwinds to go top ten on certain segments...

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Giro

Well the Giro is well under way, the weather over Donny Monday and Tuesday was beautiful to cycle in. It felt like I'd been reborn cycling in shorts after months of wet and cold weather. My mates on the bikes are starting to look like pieces of sculpted mahogany. I'm sure my strava said other day you went out looking like a milk bottle and returned like a piece of mahogany. Meanwhile you can get this Giro Wiggo tee over at Romster bikewear...

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Mural

Here is a cheeky little mural I did on a wall at a branch of Marks & Spencers its soon to be painted over in the next week or so I've been told. Today I've completed 65 miles on my bike the afternoon riding through up some lovely little hills to get me fitter.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Giro d' Italia

Well its almost upon us once more, I for one hope Sir Wiggo can win this epic race. I would love to see a British rider win this grand tour. Today over Donny my way its been sunny and this afternoon I did a crafty few hours in the sun. It was great after months of cold and wet it felt really refreshing to be outdoors..

Monday, 29 April 2013

The Beach & The Bike...

Every now and then I have a vision of walking the beach in my khaki shorts; one hand holding my sandals the other holding hands with a lady. She will be all lovely and in a two piece costume we will be all happy. Then on other days I have this vision like this one just riding round the country lanes happy and giggling...

Saturday, 27 April 2013

21st of September 2013

Here you go a little bit more artwork of mine for the Tickhill Velo Grand Prix which happens on the 21st of September 2013. Its the first one and this will kick start T-fest where there will be loads of live music at four locations round the historic South Yorkshire village of Tickhill loads of beer and food. Come along the bike racing starts 10am...

Friday, 26 April 2013

This Week

This week I got a brompton folding bike, which I think with those big gears will bring on my fitness when I ride my road bike going forward. On wednesday I saw a black, white and red woodpecker which made my day. As I've never seen one in the flesh before. I managed to sunburn my arms on a ride. I managed to work a new look with my clothes which can be described as the Brokeback Moutain look. I also managed this image... I also managed to see one of my best mates...

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Pick Me Up

Look what the talented Jon Burgerman has drawn me at London's Pick Me Up Art fair, while I'm indoors on a windy day in Doncaster. Yesterday I attempted the chain gang but couldn't get on at 34 mph. Those boys were really going flat out at 42mph; when I tried to get on in  really tough cross and head winds. But frankly my legs were feeling heavy from the ride I did the day before in the windy conditions and it didn't go to plan.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Heart

Here is a little drawing I did a few days back in my sketchbook; when I was alone with my thoughts on a cold day after a bike ride. I'm pleased to say looking out the window it looks brighter and warmer today even though I have a bit of a sniffle...

Saturday, 30 March 2013

How Good

At the last count I'm dibbing in and out of five books which I'm currently reading. But I did get engrossed with this one pictured and read it cover to cover with a hot drink or two current climate. My concentration is about zero but I worked hard to digest this book in two sittings...

Friday, 29 March 2013

Good Friday

Well I'm having a good Friday; I've not got belly ache, I've done a turbo session rather than venturing out gulping cold air to make me ill once again. I've been drawing and listening to lots of Simple Minds I'm now in search of a hot drink I think... click to enlarge the image

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Amusing Doodle

Here is one of the doodles I've done recently, I just shouldn't be allowed to day dream and let my mind wander at all.. I've doodled so much I've had to order me some new sketchbooks to work in. I just wish this weather would pick up I'm getting through the hot drinks a plenty...

Cold

Last week I did an awesome ride although the picture attached is not from last week. But I rode from Tickhill to Chinley in the Peak District it was epic and cold and really tiring, but some of the views were awesome. Meanwhile I seemed to have done a lot of doodling since then...

Monday, 11 March 2013

Five Star

I recently had my work spotted at a five star hotel in York, England the cedar court hotel & spa apprently the best in the area. They apparently hang in there bar / lounge area so look out for them when your wooing your date in the bar area of that establishment. Always nice to get your work spotted out and about. meanwhile i'm itching to ditch my winter bike and get the summer bike out and start working on the tan lines. Come on the Sun...

Monday, 4 March 2013

Postcard

Here is a little postcard I drew out for a charity auction which I will post more about soon. Great to see the Sun has been making the odd cameo appearance over Doncaster recently. It certainly lifts moods on bike rides with the lads after a long period of cold weather. I'm looking forward to pulling on the shorts and light night rides...

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Food & Drink

Here is a lady I drew up days ago enjoying a tipple. Just thought all going well, I shall be visiting Manchester this weekend first time in over a year I'm sure to see a mate. Might even take my sketchbook for the train ride over there and back...

Jelly

The other day was thinking I've not had jelly in ages and somehow arrived at the image above. Thank goodness the snow was brief and melted away sharpish in my neck of the woods. Only managed one cheeky ride so far this week and boy it was a windy affair.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Easy Rider

Well its another Snow day, keeping the majority in deepest South Yorkshire off there bikes today. meanwhile I've drawn up the above. Yesterday I stumbled across the Parker graphic novels, the artwork looks great, the synopsis had me salivating. Just cannot wait to start reading one of them

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

A Pint

Well the last few weeks the weather has kept me from the roads on my bike. But when I did get out it was stunning with the fields covered in snow and seeing buzzards and kestrels up close on the roadsides looking for food offerings among other wildlife...

Monday, 14 January 2013

Sketchbook Work

Here you go readers I've drawn this in my sketchbook this morning all before 9am. This could be me when I've found love; running around the garden. But Not today folks there's snow on the ground in these parts of Doncaster. Click the picture to enlarge...

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Urban Cycle Storage

Here are some stickers for Urban Cycle Storage who produce some fantastic cycle storage solutions for up and down the country visit www.urbancyclestorage.co.uk all made in the Uk. Talking of bikes I punctured three times in one day thanks to an annoying shard of glass.