Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Illustration Friday - Zoom

For this week's Illustration Friday topic, zoom.

Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

Here's something I drew a while ago, the infamous Chungking Mansions of 36-44 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. I rather like this Time.com description, "the great sleepless citadel." Apparently 5000 people live in it's 17 storeys. I thought I'd post it since last time I visited I was surprised to see that it's been cleaned up and repainted almost beyond recognition.

Monday, 19 November 2012

New Print - The Red Ribbon Shop

Within this tiny space the ribbon seller trades his wares. The Red Ribbon Shop is inspired by a market on a hill in Hong Kong.

Available here.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

My encounter with pictures of the Floating World

A couple weeks ago I went to a lecture and demonstration of Ukiyo-e (pictures of the Floating World) and Japanese woodblock printing at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It was free so there's another reason to love this museum.

Look at this super precisely laid out printing setup.
A place for everything and everything in its place.
At the end of it all I got to have a quick go at printing a little piece of Hokusai's The Great Wave. I guess I'm not destined to be a great printmaker.
My attempt. Haha.
Here's what the professional did.
The beautiful print by the pro.
For more about ukiyo-e and some examples, here's a page at the Victoria & Albert Museum website.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Old toys in a Beijing market

There is so much fun to be found here. The more I look at this the more things I like - the little safes, that blue bus, the table-tennis playing kids, the weird polka-dot lady robot...

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

New print! The Umbrella Shop

My latest print is The Umbrella Shop, bringing a splash of colour and joy to rainy days.

Now available in my shop!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Winter Woolies

With summer well and truly gone it's time to get the wooly goods ready.



Saturday, 29 September 2012

A Treasury of Minty Finds


Now and then, I make treasuries on Etsy. It keeps me up to date with great products and product photography. This is the latest, So Minty...

Monday, 10 September 2012

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

I Dream of Ice Cream Weather

Here's a little sketch for today. Summer has finally arrived in London after a little too much rain and cold. Here's hoping for many more days of ice cream weather.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Thanks Red Parka!

Thanks to Jen over at Red Parka Diaries who has me as this week's Illustration Crush.
Looking through Janice's work, you see both the beautiful and the lonely sides of a city.
It's always interesting to read how others see my work.