Wednesday, March 28, 2012

London Lion

Here's a new illustration I've just finished...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Loving GALT toys from the 1970s at the moment,,,I might have to create a new Pinterest board!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Last 3 days of voting!

All you lovely people out there...please vote for my illustration in the 'Create in Brighton' competition, and you could win a prize too...including 100 English Pounds to spend on nice clothes & shoes!
Thank You x

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

VOTE FOR ME! : last few days!

Please vote for me in the 'Create in Brighton' competition & see me progress to the final round!!....& I will be your friend forever!! there's a chance you can win prizes too...including a year's free coffee & £100 clothes voucher to look & feel like a real Bobby Dazzler!!!...just click on the link & hunt for my illustration & press the 'like' button.....Cheers :-D

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Watch with Mother : Pogles Wood

...First up on my celebration of 'Watch with Mother' is the magical Pogles Wood. Made by the fantastic Smallfilms team of Peter Firmin & Oliver Postgate, Pogles Wood ran from 1966-1967 on the BBC. I only have very distant memories of the Pogles, but when I see & hear it, I am immediately taken back to my early childhood. The narration and richness of the vocals adds to its captive charm

Watch with Mother

I may be giving my age away somewhat...but I just wanted to have a little delve into my formative years as a budding artist! My biggest influence on my illustrations has to be TV animation from my childhood, in particular from the 'Watch with Mother' lunchtime slot on BBC1 and later with the children's programmes on at teatime. ..running roughly from 1966-1975.

It's fascinating to look back at these wonderful little programmes made for pre-schoolers & infants, they are so rich in every way possible. From the great narratives and story telling to the brilliant characterisation & imaginative illustration & model making. Over the next few weeks I'm going to pick out some of my personal favourites, which I still enjoy watching on Youtube to this day. They say TV is no good for children, & indeed it can be in  these days of rolling 12 hours of Cbeebies & CBBC etc, but when it gets it right, children's tv storytelling through thoughtful care & craft, can be inspiring & magical stuff...take it from me!