Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Hello strangers...

Does anyone actually read blogs anymore? Who the hell has got time to do anything but work and be a parent... anyway, I may get back into updating the site or I might just kill it all together. It's been going a long time though, I started it on a whim as a platform to get work on Illustration Friday. Now I work 8-12 hours a day illustrating books for myself and other people.

I'll get back to you soon... or in another year. Thank you to anyone who has ever stopped by and had a look.

R x

Thursday, June 11, 2015

April's model (2)

Oh I loved doing this! Years ago we got a face-painter (April Hernandez) round to our house for our daughter's birthday. Some time later April got into body painting and used my 'Clocks' illustration as inspiration for her human canvas. The results were captured by photographer Mike Fletcher and I created a new version based on the photo.

Hope you all like.


Monday, June 08, 2015

Space Walkies give-away!

Hello everybody! I blagged some extra copies of Space Walkies from QED for a giveaway at the FB page. Head over, share the link and comment in Martian . I'll get the sprogs to pick the three best Martian sounding comments as the winners...

Good luck!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Tumble, tumble...

So I booked a holiday for my kids to make up for working so much recently... and spent the holiday working. Such is life, but needs must. It's been a particularly busy year so far as I've been working with Hometown World on a couple of new products. The Santa is coming to books has been in print for the past few years and has sold like a gazillion copies, so we figured it's time for a new book. Santa's Sleigh will be an all new story coming out later in the year - as with the previous title it'll cover just about every city with a book-buying population. For some inexplicable reason however, they never gave me the Glasgow edition to illustrate...

The author, Eric James has a nice little feature on Santa's Sleigh.

This was created in tandem with a Santa Board-Book for a slightly younger audience. It's been a hell of a lot of work and stress but hopefully everyone will like the new books when they're out.

I also have my own picture book 'Spacewalkies' coming out in June... or November. I have no idea. Illustrators are generally the last to know about what's happening with their work.

What else... oh yeah , I made a website in a vain attempt to look professional.

That's about it for now
R x

Until I do some non-commissioned work...
Or at least an Illustration Friday... does anyone still do that anymore?

Monday, January 26, 2015


I found some old watercolour board with half finished sketches on them and worked this one up to completion. The texture of the watercolour board mixed with the scanned texture creates the effect. It's all smoke and mirrors really.

I love working in this style but it doesn't translate well to commercial illustration. For commercial work I tend to work on Bristol Board. It looses the charm I think, but the sheer volume of colour illos I'm asked for in a project requires a cheaper board to work on.

Digital artists don't have this problem but I'm loathe to swap.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Splitting in two

Just realised I should have two seperate online entities. The day job and private work are for two very different age groups... I need a new name for the contumacious night time doodler. Any ideas then fire away!