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Spring Greeting Card
The Woodpecker Limited Edition Fine Art 8×11 Print in 
Turquoise and Orange. Number 1 of 10.
I am hosting my first ever giveaway which is exciting. You can win one of my new limited edition ‘The Woodpecker’ prints, a greeting card, a set of 4 badges, and one of the Etsy UK tote bags. All you have to do is follow the blog, and leave a comment below. The competition will end on the 10th July 2011.The competition is open to UK and non-UK residents! At the end of that time, I will pick a name at random to select a winner. If you don’t manage to win, and you are able to get along to one of the Etsy UK Summer events, you may be able to grab a bag from there too, although, I have been informed that they are very popular! 
Good luck!

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I have a new print available called ‘The Woodpecker’.
It comes in 3 colours and a limited number of 10 each.
I plan on adding postcards, A3 prints and a tea towel to the shop soon, all within the same theme as this print. You will find them in the Prints and Posters section HERE.

P.S. Tomorrow, I am going to set up a give-away on here to win one of the above limited edition prints, a card, some badges, and an Etsy UK bag with my illustration on. I shall be tweeting about it, but be sure to check back here to take part!

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The other week I managed to win (to my surprise) the weekly All Tropical competition with my Cat on a Mat design. This week I have a new design up of my Tiger, and he needs your votes and comments and sharing ability on all social networks! You can do this by clicking HERE.

Also, I have been working on my 3rd brief for my Children’s illustration course, and have come up with a simple picture book of an owl, called ‘Hello! What’s This?’ Here is a single page preview of it:

I am really enjoying coming up with stories and images appropriate for kids and my friend who is a mother too, said she liked the sound of everything I was doing, which has to be a good start 😀


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Actually, It’s Lion and Tiger and Bear and it’s my new Limited Edition 8×16 Print. Inspiration has been a bit thin on the ground and I am thankful I am doing Children’s book illustration as a course right now, as it has given me the courage to explore character illustration more. My new print is available to buy for just £15 at my Etsy shop. I hope I can continue to explore more characters which I can bring to you soon.

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I was asked to contribute a secret for the article Tricks of the Trade in the July 2011 Issue of Digital Arts. 
20 other illustrators have revealed their tricks too which are all very insightful. Make sure you grab a copy!

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This is my finished A History Of Cats Since 1985 Booklet. It works like a mini book, and folds out to reveal a paw print poster on the reverse. I will be taking it along to my Children’s Book illustration course tomorrow night.
I thought I would also share with you a little bit of work from my second brief. The brief was to create illustrations on the theme of the circus. Here is a little section of my first spread.


Enjoy!

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I have spent today, drawing my pet cats with the aim of making them into a little booklet. This is for a short course in children’s book illustration I am currently doing, and the pictures above are of the first mock-up. Unfortunately the card I used wasn’t A3 so a lot of the print got cut off. Apart from that it is a good illustration of what the final piece is going to look like. I still have another brief to complete for the course before I go back on the 6th, as well as other paid projects to do. To say I am a little stressed, is putting it mildly, but I am enjoying everything I do at the moment 😀

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Sometimes, I forget about my Envelop shop, and it is always a nice surprise when I go and check it to find I have made sales since the last time I looked. To keep it fresh, and to encourage some more buyers, I updated the shop with some new designs, including Buttercups, Murder Of Crows and Red Kite. You can take a look at the items available HERE!

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Earlier this year I decided to submit my work for the new issue of Ballad Of Magazine. The theme was Pet My Ballad, and I decided to draw these totem like dogs. It’s been a real struggle to keep it all secret, as we haven’t been allowed to show the work until we knew either way if we successful or not. I am happy to say, these three have made it into the magazine! I pre-ordered my copy of the Ballad Of…Lola-Bacon, and you can buy yours HERE too. I am now eagerly awaiting the launch party of the magazine!