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The re-worked Centaur illustration for my Bestiary Project.

All 12 done now! Now working on some typography and printing options to get these printed as calendars this week. Then I’ll be looking into local venues to have my own little exhibition and sell some prints and cards, which should also be going up on the online shop I’m setting up this month. :)

— 3 hours ago with 1 note

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Updated my Mermaid from my Bestiary Project a little. Re-did the tail. 
Just a few more bits of editing to do and then I can order the 2015 Bestiary calendar! :)

Updated my Mermaid from my Bestiary Project a little. Re-did the tail. 

Just a few more bits of editing to do and then I can order the 2015 Bestiary calendar! :)

— 4 days ago with 4 notes

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My final Bestiary illustration: Amphisbaena!

I still have to go back and do some editing on some of the older ones in the set but other than that I’m pretty much done. Can’t believe I’m finally looking at the end of a project I’ve been working on for nearly 2 years on and off!

— 6 days ago with 3 notes

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Bestiary Project illustration no. 11: the Catoblepas. 

Only one more to do! :)

— 1 week ago with 4 notes

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Creature drawing for one of my last two Bestiary Project illustrations, which I am working on at the moment. This one is Amphisbaena.

Creature drawing for one of my last two Bestiary Project illustrations, which I am working on at the moment. This one is Amphisbaena.

— 1 week ago

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A coat of arms design for Birmingham University RocSoc.

The first one is the finished coloured version and the black and white ones are refined roughs. They’d normally be much sketchier but I got carried away because I really enjoyed designing this one. I would love to do some more coat of arms designs in future.

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes

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A cookbook cover I made for a competition and for fun. The official judging is meant to be unbiased but if you like my design you can vote for it for a smaller ‘community’ prize. See my entry on Talenthouse to do so here

It’s been fun to work on something simpler after spending so much time on my labour-intensive bestiary illustrations. I only have two more of those to do now so once I’m done I’m going to work on some quicker/more casual personal projects to boost my portfolio range.

— 3 weeks ago with 1 note

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Completed Bestiary Project illustration number 10: Cerastes!

Cerastes is a serpent that hides underground with only it’s plant-like horns exposed, which it uses to lure in unsuspecting prey. Apparently the real snake is named after this medieval beast.

— 4 weeks ago with 2 notes

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Work-in-progress crop. Just finished the outlines on this one today. Time to start colouring!
so…many…small…circles! Wow my hand aches now! :p

Work-in-progress crop. Just finished the outlines on this one today. Time to start colouring!

so…many…small…circles! Wow my hand aches now! :p

— 1 month ago with 3 notes

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A little progress gif of the Manticore illustration for my bestiary project. :)

A little progress gif of the Manticore illustration for my bestiary project. :)

— 1 month ago with 4 notes

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I’m running more workshops at the Museum of Cambridge on Wednesday. We’re going to be creating creatures by morphing together the shapes of objects from the museum, so I needed to create some examples. (the kids always make much more interesting creatures than me!)

Monster 1 is made from the shape a pot and a horse’s jaw bone. 

Monster 2 is made from the shape of an old rake head and a set of bellows.

— 1 month ago with 4 notes

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More Herbs and Spices from my little sketchbook.

— 1 month ago with 11 notes

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Sketchbook drawings. Working from my herbs and spices doodles from the other day.

— 1 month ago with 4 notes

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Bestiary Project illustration 9 of 12, the Manticore, is finally finished! :)

— 1 month ago with 6 notes

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Working for Free, part 1: When to Say No! →

New blog post is up! This is the first half of a two-parter about when you should and shouldn’t work for free. (totally subjective of course!)
This one talks about when you maybe shouldn’t work for free. Next week I’ll be writing about when it’s sometimes ok to work for free! :)

— 1 month ago

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