Thought I'd show you how I take my sketchbook doodles through to a final digital illustration.

First I begin in my sketchbook, drawing random things, hoping something interesting will come out. It's quickly turned to winter where I live and everyone is flooding the coffee shops in their winter wear for the holiday drinks!

Next, I take it into photoshop and work out some more details and plan the layout a little more.

After my rough, I go over it once more with more detail and make some tweaks.

I then do a very loose colour key to work out my palette (but I deleted that layer by accident! >.<)

Based on the colourkey, I colour up the whole image, beginning with the characters and then the props and then the background. I am continuatlly making small changes as I go along to make sure the composition is at its best and the colour and tonal balance is right.

Final steps, I add some layer filters to capture the warmth of the scene. Et voilà! C'est fini!


SCBWI #DrawThis

My entry for October's #DrawThis challenge 'Riddle'

You have a fox, a chicken and a sack of grain.

You must cross a river with only one of them at a time.

If you leave the fox with the chicken he will eat it;

if you leave the chicken with the grain he will eat it.

How can you get all three across safely?


My illustration was 1 of 2 winners for October's #drawthis challenge and I got featured on the SCBWI homepage :)




I recently met up with another illustrator in my area who I met through the SCBWI Canada East chapter. We talked of many things, including our online presence.

I've been using social media and blogs for years now, always in relation to my animation work. For my illustration work, I decided to take a different direction and really control and limit the amount of work I show.

The conversation we had really opened my eyes to the fact that I wasn't showing all the work I normally would show if it were for animation. My friend has encouraged me to post more of my sketchbook drawings.

Thanks June!

International Women's Day

Every day is women's day in my world because I am a human woman.

Every day I try to find stories of how women and men across the world are fighting for equal rights for the different sexes.

It's an important fight and I like to see how the industries I am involved with are tackling the subject.

As you may know (bcause I've mentioned it a bazillion times on this site!) I have come to illustration from the animation world. Film is my number one love! Being in the cinema watching a new (or old) movie with a fist full of Malteasers is my happy place.

I am excited to see more stories of women and people of colour coming to the forefront of our cinema and television, without having to be pigeoned holed into a rom-com or chick-flick category.

Hidden Figures was one of my favourite films during this year's award season. It was wonderful to see some, to quote Canadian comic, Katherine Ryan... 'Strong, Powerful, Beautiful, Black' women, not to mention genuises, on the screen.

The film industry still has a long way to go to achieve equality, with only 7% of the Top 250 films of 2016 having been directed by a female.

International Women's Day is a great time to acknowledge the disparity in equality across industries not to mention across the globe, socially and economically.

I look forward to the day when we don't need to have an International Women's Day. But until then... Happy IWD!

International Women's Day

Happy World Book Day!

March 2nd 2017!

World Book Day 20th Anniversary!

This is my first time recognising #WorldBookDay really. SHAME! I hear you cry! But as you'll know already, children's illustration is kind of new for me, even though I've be drawing for children for years but just through the TV screen instead of through books!

I love the idea that books have their own global day of recognition, not just for authors and illustrators but for the pure joy of reading!

I wasn't a big book reader when I was a child, TV was definitely my main story telling device (shout out to TV, love ya!) but it makes me smile how much my niece Victoria devours books!

And now as an adult, trying to make my way in the world of books and watching my illustrator friends, I can understand the importance of them much more and have a found a new respect for them over the last year.

If you have a book on the go right now, why not print yourself a nice new bookmark to celebrate today!?


Why hello there!

Won't you come in and have a cup of tea?!

Thank you for stopping by my BRAND SPANKING NEW website!

Some of you may already be familiar with my work as a character designer in the animation industry and some of you may have never heard of me whatsoever!

But the good news is that that's OK, cause I have a new venture and I've made a lovely website to share my new works with you.

For sometime now I have wanted to cross over into children's book illustration (but also keep up the character design work!) and since my recent move from the UK to Canada, it's been possible to find more down time to set all this up!

So, I will keep my blog updated with new personal work and any news on finding my way through the illustration world! 


'Teatime with Turtle'