Tag Archives: Illustration

Design and Illustration of Point of View Writing Map – available now

5 Mar

During the winter months I designed and illustrated The Point of View Writing Map, part of a series of illustrated diagrams written by Shaun Levin. The exercises on the Writing Map are devised to inspire stories and even novels. The extended creative writing prompts can help you develop stories, or can be done in short and playful bursts as warm-up exercises.

The Voice and POV Map is #2 in the Craft Writing Maps. The A3 map (297x420mm) folds down to A6 (105x148mm, postcard size), and is printed on 130gsm recycled paper in England.





This was a really fun project to work on, creating environments, characters and situations to reflect and propel the written exercises. I enjoyed the challenge of presenting the information in the map layout and working with a mixture of conventional fonts and hand drawn type. It was very exciting receiving the physical maps in the post a couple of days ago!

Click here to visit the Writing Maps website and purchase the map directly there. It will also be available within the next few weeks to purchase from The British Library Bookshop, Foyles Charing Cross and Southbank, The Literary Gift Company (online) and more to be confirmed.

Copyright Writing Maps 2014

New Cards and Prints for Spring

3 Mar

I had a great day last weekend at Rhiwbina’s Handmade Market, organised excellently as ever by the wonderful April.  So many people and wonderful makers. Every time I do a market, I like to create something new to launch, and have now added several items to my online shop, which I’ve shared below.

Firstly, a card inspired by my Mum & Dad’s flock of fleecy Jacobs. This one is lino printed (using waterbased ink for a nice wooly texture) and then embellished with black brush pen and a greeny-gold crayon. I enjoyed drawing the ewe from life – in a blustery field whilst being hassled by some impatient chickens…

IMG_0915This would make a great greetings card or, more timely, something for Mothers’ day. Click here to buy on Etsy.
I have also produced a run of prints, which will be listed soon.

Next up, we have a rather intriguing situation – a greeting from one unicorn to another, through the medium of cake. I’m sure that, if unicorns existed, they would most certainly do this.
IMG_0911Click here to purchase this card online

Here is the final card in the current collection – some mischievous carrots playing games underground. Vegetables do sometimes look like little people don’t they! I have plans for a larger piece including more raucous roots. I doodled this on the iPad using ProCreate.

IMG_0913Click here to buy the Carrots card online.

Last but not least, after several requests, I have created a Welsh version of the popular Tits poster. Huge thanks to Ann Hemmings from the Welsh Gift Shop for sending me the translated names. Titws Tomos las is my favourite.

titws framed welshThe poster is available as an unframed A4 or A3 print from my Etsy Shop.

I’ll be posting up a fair bit this week, due to four illustration commissions / projects now being completed! More coming soon about them 🙂


The Little Lost Note app – available now

16 Dec



Following an autumn of burning the midnight oil drawing, colouring and editing, I am delighted to bring news that the Little Lost Note app book for iPad, brought to you by Box of Frogs Media, is now available to download from iTunes at a very agreeable £1.99. Click HERE to download!

Join the Little Lost Note as she sets off on a journey to find her missing instrument. Follow her as she makes new discoveries, meets new friends and explores the magical, musical world surrounding her. Little Lost Note includes interactive elements on every page for adults and little ones to enjoy together; Read to Me and Read by Myself options as well as Night Light mode for especially quiet and calm bedtime reading.

Illustrating the Note, the characters and environments for an interactive medium has been a new direction to take my narrative work – one that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to developing in the future. A huge shout out to the team at Box of Frogs who have been an absolute joy to work with.

Here are a few screen shots:




ipad_screenshot_04All images © Box of Frogs Media

Enjoy! And have a superb Christmas.


Please vote – tea towel design – Pedlars Product of the Month

28 Aug

I have designed a Christmas tea towel for the current Pedlars Product of the Month competition. The design that receives the most votes gets made and sold by Pedlars, lovely independent gifts and homewares store.

When I entered the Dala Horses design as a mug last year, I came second… so let’s see if we can get this present chomping tree onto a tea towel as a Christmas gift!

You can vote for the design by visiting the Pedlars website.

Eat Drink and Be Merry_web
Please vote and share. Thank you folks!


The Little Lost Note

27 Aug

I’m excited to announce that I will be illustrating an interactive story book (for iPad) called the Little Lost Note. It is the first in the Little Lost series, aimed at parents and pre-school children to read together. Little Lost Note will be launched in the autumn by the lovely developer/publisher Box of Frogs Media. So it’s going to be a busy couple of months squirreling away at my sketchbook to create characters, settings and interactions.
Meanwhile, here’s the title page:

Find out more about The Little Lost Note here.


Web Banner for Green City Events

20 Jul

Here is a garden-themed web banner I designed in June for Green City Events, using a paper stencil style.
You can see it here, close up, on their lovely website

Brush-pen birds

14 Jun

Here are some recent illustrations which will be entered into the current Ohh Deer spring competition. I have some awesome new brush pens so have been experimenting in Photoshop to create patterns, fonts and brushes. More soon!great minds_web leonard tarquin

Tits art print A3

alan repeat 2


Milgi Mural and Mugs

4 May

I was recently asked by Cardiff’s Milgi Lounge to draw on their front window. Every few weeks they invite an illustrator to create an eye catching mural to grab the attention of punters, passers-by and drivers waiting for the lights to change at the junction. My drawing coincides with Roath’s Made in Spring Festival. Inspired by my recent trip to Sweden (in which we travelled over 1000 kilometres by train from Stockholm to the Arctic), and the film The Darjeeling Limited, I decided on a train which had been taken over by a gang of jovial animals. The picture of James McAvoy on my fridge may have influenced a certain Mr. Tumnus the faun also joining in the fun.

These photos show inspiration, planning, details and then the finished mural.

train reference

flipped image


Photo1_Milgi Window

Photo2_Milgi Window

Go and visit it in the next fortnight or so if you’re in the area!

Dala Horse Mugs: now available to buy online

mug pic 3

Following a successful launch day at the Art Carbootique, the Dala Horse mugs are now available to buy online. In bright orange and teal, they are a cheery addition to your kitchen, desk and coffee table. £7.00 + p&p: click here to visit my e-shop.

Next up – drawings and photographs from Sweden.


This is Orange – illustration for Amelia’s Magazine

21 Feb

This is my first illustration featured in Amelia’s Magazine, for an article on how we perceive colour. I chose orange.

This is Orange by Sarah Edmonds

Paper Mechanics Trailer for National Theatre Wales

27 Jan

Introducing a light-bulb laying chicken, a pop up theatre and a flexagon bento box! I have just completed a commission for National Theatre Wales – a trailer for one of their 2013 productions screened at the season launch party last Thursday.

Here’s the trailer – for The Opportunity of Efficiency, NTW’s first international residency at New National Theatre Tokyo.

The Opportunity of Efficiency from National Theatre Wales on Vimeo.


To read more about the production, click here to visit the National Theatre Wales (brand new shiny) website.

Created with the help of Marc Heatley.