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Jo
15 August 2016 @ 06:12 pm
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Here are the boys this week.
They are 10 years old now.
Reggie, the black guy has been plagued be health problems this year. He had a blood clot earlier this year which mad him unable to walk at one point. That took weeks worth of vets visits to get him back on track, but he hasn't been the same since.
Now he has a swollen abdomen, is on 3 types of medication and is breathing so shallowly.
I don't think the boy has much life left with us.
 
 
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Jo
29 June 2016 @ 01:30 pm
David Cameron Brexit fail idiot pm uk fucked up copy
David Cameron Brexit fail idiot pm uk
David Cameron Brexit fail idiot pm uk fucked up messed up

What a fun week in politics.
I don't normally pay much attention but it has been unavoidable this week. What with half of the country in denial and increased hate crimes.
 
 
Current Music: Christine and the Queens
 
 
Jo
19 May 2016 @ 12:17 am
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I got a Star Wars commission!
I was asked to draw a Jedi Lobster dueling with Dart Vader for this article: http://www.lobsteranywhere.com/facts-lobster/

A dream job.
 
 
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Jo
27 April 2016 @ 11:28 am
Whooo. I have just finished the illustrations for the second Super Sid book by Judith Williams.
Super Sid and the Dancing Donkey.
It's great working on these books - Drawing dogs doesn't feel like work.
Many of them were drawn in soft play centres over winter.
The first book is available here - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Pigs-Mars-Judith-Williams/dp/1849147787?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Dancing Donkey Contact Sheet
 
 
Current Music: Old School Kylie Minogue
 
 
Jo
21 April 2016 @ 09:55 am
Queen Mr Man

A cute little Mr Man to commemorate our sovereign's big birthday.




#HappyBirthdayYourMajesty #Queenat90 #QueenElizabeth #QueenElizabeth
 
 
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Jo
31 March 2016 @ 11:23 pm
Another one of my childhood favourites died today.

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Current Music: The ballad of Jayne - L.A.Guns
 
 
Jo
31 March 2016 @ 11:12 pm
So for the last year or so I have been drawing Mr Men for fun. Bespoke ones. As birthday gifts mainly. And now I have started a little pet project of turning Coronation Street characters into Mr Men. Here are a few I have come up with so far, and I have loads more in my sketchbook waiting to be drawn up.

Carla Connor sml
Little miss Bet sml
Little miss Hilda sml
Little miss platt Rodwell sml
Mr Hillman sml
 
 
Current Music: Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney
 
 
Jo
09 March 2016 @ 12:22 am
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One of the first jobs I did when becoming freelance was illustrate a book.
This week is was finally printed. Here is a picture of the author Kelly Reid signing the first copies.
I'll get a link on here when it is available to buy.
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Current Music: ABBA - Soldiers
 
 
Jo
12 January 2016 @ 10:45 am
A quick art I made.

Bowie Eyes RIP


Ellie was late for nursery this morning as we were sat in bed together watching Bowie videos. She is intrigued by him. Her favourite is of course Dance Magic Dance. Mine is Bring me the head of the Disco king and Little Wonder - today.
 
 
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Jo
12 January 2016 @ 01:21 am
So I had another birthday.
And I'm getting scarily close to a zero number.

It was a pleasant birthday.
Mark took me to Hawksmoor for the best steak I've ever eaten in Manchester on Saturday. I met up with a couple of friends after for a quick pint, before Mark informed me we had no money left on the meter and had to leave.
Sunday my dad came round with a present and in the evening went to his folks for my 'birthday tea' with cake, candles and 'happy birthday' singing.
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But today was my actual birthday and it was massively overshadowed by the death of David Bowie. A hero to me and most of the people i know.
I discovered his albums amongst my parents vinyl when I was very young. I fell in love with Space Oddity, Fame and Changes. And when I was older and had pocket money I was able to buy more of his albums and discover the breadth of music he made and was still making.

My first boyfriend and I became big fans and managed to get to see him in 1997 at a secret gig at the Academy. He was taking a break from huge festivals around the world where he was promoting his Earthling album - which I loved. He took a break from dressing up and played us a greatest hits. I was amongst the youngest there so easily made it to the front row and wasn't even squished as the crowd were there to watch and admire - not scream and drink.

1997 brilliance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9gc7AWzMoY
2007 remix brilliance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLRETBpf5q4

I opened my presents tonight. 2 Star Wars Pop figures from Ellie/Mark. Rey and BB8. Sketch Books and pencils off dad. Nothing from mum. Sketchbooks and a little SW space ship from Paulette. My smallest horde ever. Whoo - barely and clutter! :) Cash from Dad and Mark's folks.

I had Ellie dancing to Dance Magic Dance from Labyrinth this morning and I did shed a tear or two. And we have been listening to Bowie vinyl tonight. I dusted a couple off.
I had a couple of friends Alpa and Carli came round for cake this morning and forced them to listen to Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, an obsession of mine in the 90s.
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And to end - a couple of very different Bowie influenced illustrations I have drawn in the past.
A cartoon based on the Goblin King and the poster for a play "Corrie's Fat Brenda" which is influenced by the Ziggy Stardust cover.
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RIP
Bowie Flash
 
 
Current Music: 10 My Death - David Bowie