Friday, 7 December 2012

Watermelon Pips: Print

Now you to can own a happy watermelon. Aw look at his cute little blushing face, I could just eat him up!

Click the store link for details. Don't eat the pips.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Floating Space Dude

He's a bit too happy to be floating all alone in the depths of space. Probably a nutcase.
Don't eat the pips.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

On the Road

Drew this at work for the kid's section of the magazine, it was one of those where you make it up as you go. I sometimes enjoy this kind of illustrating more than the whole thinking up a concept and developing it malarkey. Don't eat the pips.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

I Made A Watermelon Keyring

Well here's a keyring to, I can't seem to stop making them. I've got some more ideas in the bag and I'll be selling these pretty soon. So make sure you check back in. Don't eat the pips.

Monday, 29 October 2012

I Made A Coffee Coaster

I was talking to a twitter friend after posting the watermelon tea coaster and she mentioned that she was a coffee drinker. So I designed an alternative for the coffee drinkers. I'm like the one on the right in the morning and the one on the left by the afternoon.  Don't eat the pips.

The Legend Of Zelda Lino Cut

These where my first attempts of lino printing. I carved them with hand tools and wanted to see how fine I could go with the detail. I’m actually half way through a three colour lino Zelda cut at the moment and it’s got me in the mood to finally finish my play through of Skyward sword. It’s been about half a year so I’ll have to that thing where you run around for half an hour trying to remember what you where doing when you last played. Don’t eat the pips.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

I Made A Watermelon Cup Coaster

I made this in work during my lunch break. Personalising your desk is the equivalent of marking your territory in the animal kingdom.
I'm going to start making these now with different designs and sell them as sets. Don't eat the pips.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Sky Illustration Friday

I've been trying to get this done for this week's Illustration Friday during my lunch breaks this week. I knew I wouldn't have enough time so I finished it tonight. I've been working none stop to get the magazine out and I'm tired of looking at a screen so I'm going to stop typing. Enjoy the teary eyed cat looking in awe at the sky. Don't eat the pips.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Bear Prince

I was a bit scared of my wacom tablet when I first got it, imagine the first time man discovered fire, you think of all the great stuff you can do with it, you imagine how it's going to change your life, but when you pick it up you get burnt. Then you get angry, and stamp on it, and call it a stupid piece of shit. 
Anyway I've noticed, with drawing, most things take a lot of practice, patience and experimenting and I bloody love my tablet know.  I'm busy colouring up some bears here’s on of them so far, they'll be more to come. 


I've assigned commands to my tablet buttons, mainly so I could sit back on the sofa and have my laptop on the table and not have to be hunched over using the keyboard. The buttons are oddly shaped and I would often hit the wrong one so I stuck form stickers so I could easily tell where they are. Plus every thing looks better with a load of stickers slapped on it.  I may have also just watched to much Portlandia.  Don't eat the pips. 

Monday, 15 October 2012


Keeping with the flow of my blog I've posted some process pictures of this weeks Illustration Fridays entry. I thought I'd give you a glimps into my geeky work space. Actually thats my old workspace in the house  used to live in but the new one is pretty much the same, with the exception of the tobacco as I've quit! (Don't ever start kids, it's not cool and you smell!) I'm sure I'll post my new workspace soon It's full of loads more geeky toys and illustration stuff. Don't eat the pips. 

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

BOY concept art, digital painting.

I've been practicing with my tablet, these concept pieces are for a short story I've wrote titled 'BOY'.
It's in the early stages of concept now but I'm in no rush as it's nice to be able to take my time with a project. I really wan't to develop character on this project as well as the setting, so I've been writing back stories for everyone in the story and even people who are connected to those characters. I'll post more of the development in the future. Don't eat the pips.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Illustration Friday 'Book'

I thought I'd quickly sketch up something for this weeks illustration friday, as I promised myself I would enter it more and I've nearly missed the deadline!
Don't eat the pips.

Weeds Poster Design

I designed this yesterday, the customer was over the moon. Which is alway nice, he's got a great name.
These are just test prints we'll be printing them on heavier paper in house later.
Don't eat the pips. 

Monday, 1 October 2012

Lino Cut

I started experimenting with lino before I started my new job. It's been put on hold for a while but I'm about to start again soon. Here's one that I took some progression photos of. I have some Legend of Zelda ones that I did which I'll post soon. 
Don't eat the pips. 

Friday, 28 September 2012

I'm Back

I've not posted in a while, because I've recently moved from Newcastle to Olney, which is a small town outside Miltonkyenes.
I've got myself a rabbit and a job working for a local magazine; which involves journalism, photography, graphic design, illustration and loads of fun stuff.
I'm also writing a local music and events page and starting up a blog but I'll be posting that stuff on here to.
Today we got this months edition of the Phonebox magazine delivered. Beneath the canvas sheet is 3 tons of 100% MAG, there was more before I took the photo, we had already sent a 1 ton off to stores.  I've illustrated the front cover this month.

I thought I'd give the pips a make over so I hope you like it. Don't eat the pips.

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Pips are growing! Guest Post By Dizzy Miss James

Hi all,

It's been a while, and I've missed blogging, don't worry though I Haven't been sitting on my arse! I've been moving house and making prints as well as doing other interesting things which I'm going to post later. I've been thinking about The Watermelon Pips during this time however, and I've decided that it needs to be more a part of a community!

So it is with great pleasure that that I can introduce a guest post by a fellow artist and maker Dizzy Miss James, I'm sure you'll find it as interesting as I have.

Felt Watermelon Brooch

Hi I’m Dizzy Miss James I like to make fun & quirky handmade accessories & gifts. Here’s a step-to-step guide on how to make my felt watermelon brooch.

What you will need:

Green felt
Red felt
Black, red, green & yellow cotton thread
Sewing needle
5 x black beads
Brooch back
Glue Stick

Take the felt & cut out 2-x green half circles & 1 red half circle slightly smaller than the green ones. The size depends on how big you want your brooch to be; I do mine 8 cm x 5 cm.

Now it’s all about the stitching. Straight stitch the red felt piece onto 1 of the green half circles; this is the front of the brooch.

Next stitch 5 straight rows for decorative detail as shown above, 3 stitches in each row will do.

Sew yellow thread onto the green felt around the edge of the red half circle; I like to use backstitch for this as there is more of a continuous line.

Add the beads sewing them at the ends of each of the five rows. These are your pips.

Take the other green half circle this is the back section of the brooch. Cut out a rectangular shape big enough to fit the brooch back on, either hand stitch or zigzag stitch with a sewing machine this piece onto the back.

Sew the brooch back onto the rectangular piece this will help hold it securely in place when wearing the brooch.

You can leave your brooch entirely fabric however I do like mine to be more firm & hardwearing. Cut out a half circle in card & glue this to the inside of the back section leaving a slight green boarder to allow for stitching.

Lastly sew both of the sections together including the card in the middle, stitching around the edge with green thread. When finished tie a knot in the end & push the knotted thread inside the middle of the brooch sections to make it tidy.
TA DAH! You now have your finished watermelon brooch.

You can find this along with my other crafty makes at you can also follow me on Twitter &