Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents poster commission

Hey Everyone,

Apologies for being quiet on the blogging front. However in the time since my last post I have not only completed all 23 pages for MULP issue 3 (of which you can see sneak peeks on my Tumblr or Instagram), but have also been working on this rather awesome commission which I am now very excited to be able to share with you!

A representative of Leeds Children's Theatre got in touch a while ago about commissioning an illustration for a poster publicising their production of Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Considering rodents are kinda my thing I leapt at the opportunity to contribute to this project!

So here is a look at the final illustration without the text.


If anyone has read the book you will recognise Maurice the cat, Dangerous Beans the albino rat, Darktan with his belts and sword, Sardines with his hat and tap dancing feet, Peaches who carries their beloved book and Hamnpork the leader of the clan.

I very much enjoyed my involvement on this project, although it was a squeeze to work on this alongside deadlines for MULP I am very glad that I made the effort to do so!

If you would like to learn more about Leeds Children's Theatre or this production, please visit these websites:

Monday, 9 May 2016

Mother and Daughter Pen and Ink Portrait

Morning Everyone!

The Blog has been a bit quiet while I've been working feverishly on MULP: Sceptre of the Sun issue #3, which is coming along nicely with about half of the pages left to colour!

Today though I wanted to share with you a commission that I was asked to do a few months back as a present for a friend's mum. She's recently had her birthday so I am now able to post it up here.

This is probably one of my favourite pen and ink portraits to date; Lucy and her mum.

This commission is A4 sized and done using a traditional pen and ink outline with tonal wash.

If you know a family member or a friend who'd like a black and white portrait like this do get in touch, however as I am currently working to finish issue #3 of MULP I will not be taking commission requests until mid-June!!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Themed Portraits - Minion Love

Hey Everyone!

I've been a tad quiet on the blogging front lately, mostly due to work on MULP #3 being in full swing!
Check out my Tumblr, Instagram and the Improper Books twitter feed for sneak peeks at the next issue and other projects.

For now though I'm gonna share with you a sweet little portrait commissioned for Valentine's day.

Zoe and her partner are mad about Minions and breed show rabbits! So when asked to produce a present for Valentine's Day, what better than to combine these two things that they share and caricature them as Minions surrounded by rabbits!

This commission was coloured using Copic Markers.

If you have a special occasion coming up and would like to commission me to create an original piece of artwork for a loved one, then please place your request with plenty of time in advance. While I am working on MULP, work on commissions are restricted and any requests placed with too short notice will sadly be declined.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Pet Portraits - Ace the Rat!

Yesterday I posted up a portrait of my Siamese rat, Romana as her Doctor Who namesake, just as I'd previously done for my other rats River and Kaylee.

Today I'm going to introduce you to the other half of the terrible two, this is Ace!

Ace is a dumbo eared Husky/Badger and about 9 months old in this photo. She is named after the 7th Doctor's companion played by Sophie Aldred. Ace in Doctor Who was regularly seen to lob grenades, fire bazookas and even give a Dalek a whack with a baseball bat!

My Ace is very much the rodent embodiment of her namesake. She's a little rascal!! She's outgoing, and will poke her nose into everything, including in your mouth if you're eating. She's jumped between sofas and has enforced drastic measures to ensure no rats venture onto the bookcase since ruining some of my comics…

So without further ado, here is Ace!

This illustrations was coloured using Copic Markers.
If like me you have pets named after characters or people, and you'd like to see them as their namesake, then please get in touch:

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Pet Portraits - Romana the Rat!

Since I'd made it a bit of a trend to draw my pet rats as their namesakes with River and Kaylee previously, I thought it was high time I drew my new girls!

Let me introduce Romana!

Romana is a ruby eyed, Siamese dumbo rat, and is only 7 or 8 weeks old in this photo! She's the sweetest and most friendly rat I've ever owned, even at this age she would come to the cage door and lick your fingers!

She is named after the 4th Doctor's companion in Doctor Who. Romana in Doctor Who was also a Time Lord (or Time Lady) and appeared as two incarnations when she regenerated. Because of Romana's sweet and friendly nature I have named her after Romana's second incarnation, played by Lalla Ward.

So here she is wearing her pink coat and long white scarf, mimicking the 4th Doctor's outfit, sat on a jelly baby!

This illustration was coloured using Copic Markers.
I have so much fun doing pet portraits, and am always happy for people to get in touch with requests! So if you'd like a portrait of your pet like this then drop me an email:

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Typewriter Girl

From my latest run of blog posts you can see that Christmas was a busy time for me, which is absolutely fantastic!

I hope that everyone enjoyed their presents and thank you so much to those who thought some original art would be the perfect gift! :)

Today I'll be posting the final christmas commission request of 2015, it's Ruby with her typewriter coloured using pencil colours.

I am open to commission requests for all occasions, if you know someone who'd love a piece of personalised original art then drop me an email:

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Jack the Mouse, and Fin the Human

The Christmas commissions are still going!

This one was quite a lovely request from Emily to her boyfriend Fin, who had previously visited our table and picked up a copy of MULP at Nottingham.

Emily got in touch in time for christmas to commission something special with his favourite character! So this is Fin and Jack Redpath coloured using Copic Markers.

If you would like to commission a portrait like this then please get in touch: