Maggi Hambling Cartoon

    I started creating cartoons of Maggi Hambling after getting inspired by her in a BBC documentary to celebrate her 75th birthday called ‘Maggi Hambling: Making Love with Paint.’…

Continue Reading Maggi Hambling Cartoon

Family Mottoes…

  Notes: This strip was a way to strengthen my resolve through a difficult month by remembering the mottoes of my nearest and dearest. I always wanted to fuse them…

Continue Reading Family Mottoes…

A mardy day…!

    Comics diary entry.   Dulcie Ball shared that she was mardy too that day with the observation that it was probably to do with the full moon. She…

Continue Reading A mardy day…!

You lot get on my nerves…

    Introducing new characters called Mardy Min (something Mum called me when I was wee and moaning about something) and the Mardy Bums. These happened while doodling about mardiness…

Continue Reading You lot get on my nerves…

Now what…?

    Comics diary entry.   Working the allotment with Mum who had ‘fizzy energy’ that day and was zooming. She tends to leave tools abandoned in the soil and…

Continue Reading Now what…?

For you…?

      Comics diary entry. I had just been nominated as the new chair of the Association of Midland Artists.

Continue Reading For you…?

Listen mate…

    This is an early cartoon of a condensed memory of Dylan - our funny Australian colleague who was stuck teaching out in rural Tojo. He joked often about…

Continue Reading Listen mate…

The breath is always first…

    This is a quote by my online yoga teacher. When she said this, I instantly thought of a newborn getting slapped on the tushy into life and breath.…

Continue Reading The breath is always first…

Zen Flesh…

  Dad used to do aikido when he was younger. He would do these dramatic aikido forward rolls across the floor to entertain me and my brother Will.   These…

Continue Reading Zen Flesh…

Birds-as-hats

  This week, I have been doing a 'bird-hat' challenge creating birds-as-hats (after the illustrator Terry Runyan and a suggestion from Dulcie Ball of the Sketchy Bitches).   I have…

Continue Reading Birds-as-hats

I got nothing!

  Alexei Sayle is my favourite stand-up comedian - I love him and this is a sort of hommage.   This joke is paraphrased from 'Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar'…

Continue Reading I got nothing!

The Sketchy Bitches

  This is a little sketch while thinking about my positive experiences and encouragement from the wonderful 'Sketchy Bitches.'   Here are two of the inspirational members - Dulcie 'Queen…

Continue Reading The Sketchy Bitches

It h-h-hurts to talk!

  This cartoon is not well-drawn, but it contains layers of jokes between my Dad and me over many years. I don't like the drawing, but it makes me smile…

Continue Reading It h-h-hurts to talk!

Sit in your own genius!

  My cartoonist mentor suggesting that I sit 'in my own genius!' This was a little difficult not to joke about (and I mimed confusedly looking around the room for…

Continue Reading Sit in your own genius!

Everyday dahlias!

Peter has the allotment next to me (and 6 other plots). He gives me dahlias all the time and teaches me the names (this variety are called 'Firepots'). He is…

Continue Reading Everyday dahlias!

Buddha Birds

  This cartoon condenses conversations from that day with friend Fee. Her and her partner Len came over for 'allotment curry' (a lot of courgettes!) and we chatted about our…

Continue Reading Buddha Birds

Delight!

    Comics diary entry that captures a conversation between Laurence Shorter, Carlos Saba and me. Laurence had just asked us to write down a list of unresolved questions that…

Continue Reading Delight!

Sarah Millican’s Story

  This is a comic strip version of a story Sarah Millican told on the radio programme 'Women Talking about Cars’ (R4).   I wanted to remember this story, because…

Continue Reading Sarah Millican’s Story

Yin and Yang Productions

      Notes: This comic was a useful way for me to condense the information from Laurence Shorter's first official 'The Art of No Idea' coaching session on 30…

Continue Reading Yin and Yang Productions

Wolf!

    Notes: This conversation happened in front of me on a street near my house. It wasn't a wolf (in case you're worried), but a large black dog. The…

Continue Reading Wolf!

Lanza culture

    Notes: This was drawn on holiday in Lanzarote. My best friend loves Lanzarote - he wakes up happy to do the same thing everyday. He's been there nearly…

Continue Reading Lanza culture

Miss you…

    Notes: This was drawn in my wee sketchbook while on holiday in Lanzarote. It's based on an experience in a nightclub where some English dudes in football shirts…

Continue Reading Miss you…

Procrastination hurts…

    Notes: January 2020 was a really awful month for procrastination. It actually felt painful 'not to do' (but turned out that I just needed to go on holiday…

Continue Reading Procrastination hurts…

Learning is ascending…

    Notes: There were discussions of cycles in my reading on action research and in my mind this connected to cycles that go up and down. My Dad (that's…

Continue Reading Learning is ascending…

Wok it!

      Notes: This is a theme in November, where I was stuck in theory and getting more and more miserable going around in circles. I wanted to escape…

Continue Reading Wok it!

How do you cope…?

      Notes: This is the start of my PhD at UAL. I was so happy to be working with Roger Sabin as my supervisor that I felt a…

Continue Reading How do you cope…?

Wagnerian Forest

        Notes: For a long time, my research got lost in the dark forest (creators call this the Wagnerian forest when you are 'blocked' and can't progress).

Continue Reading Wagnerian Forest

Burnout

      Notes: This was an attempt to create a comics haiku. I had taken a 'mental health day' trip to Oxford because work was awful. Now, I can…

Continue Reading Burnout