Friday, December 10, 2010


Hello all, apologies about the lack of posts and the sketchy
nature of this post and the last. there are two main reasons:
1. i have been busy or ill for a while and now i am finally having some time of i am
spending most of it reading books and sleeping
2. i have somehow lost my watercolour set, this is not encouraging me to draw and
hopefully i will get a new set for Xmas.
Also it is winter and i think i might be part bear, all i want to do is hibernate,
and maybe eat Salmon...
Been reading allot of terry Pratchett - this being two characters from Equal Rites
Granny weatherwax and Eskerina
(i wish i had my paints as i would love to colour them....)

Doodles from my book of lists - whoop. thats all x

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

RKR time wasting

Due to living on set for roughly three weeks, and then returning home to find my laptop charger broke as fuck it has been a little while since i updated this blog, i havent really done that much proper drawing of late but here be some crappy doodles that i did whilst i should have been ironing or sewing or something....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Future future

Apologies for the lack of posts in recent weeks - my life has gone from around 20 to 90mph, with lots of other confusing things thrown in. Much more work - still unpaid of course, but one is a feature which will be a first for me and I'm rather excited/nervous about it. Also got play, short and another NGC episode on the go at the same time, considering i was thinking about chucking the towel in for a bit in terms of costume a few weeks ago this is pretty cool/terrifying and i'm feeling like i can handle it/will fail and die in a pool of shame (i flip between these two sets of feelings so often i wasn't sure what to write) In other news my sister moved home after uni, I started boxing lessons and my first ever exercise routine, had a lovely birthday with lovely gifts and lovely friends, started to let my hair grow out, bought a Joe Strummer t-shirt from eBay, learnt how to make amazing biscuits, made some new friends who live far away, reading four books at the same time (ADD brain), added a butt-load of music to my library and... finally finished the bunny film! after the main block of filming me, Matt, Leonie and Patt went back to the sight and filmed the close ups of the death mask and dying breaths of the giant man/bunny thing... photos of fun times below (some by me better ones by Leonie)

Matt and camera vs clay hill of crumblyness

Patt and his creation

Leonie and her crosswords

myself and mr bunny (also this above looks like that below)

Bye for now.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rabbits rabbits rabbits

Rabbit : a short film By Pattrick Foad and Matthew D'urban-Jackson
making and on set picks, proper stills to follow soon on the website.
(very proud and happy with how this shoot went)
now sleeping time. xx

Thursday, July 8, 2010

super hero pin-up ladies!

Part of my work as costume maker extroidinare is to create costumes for a episodic web series called Next Global Crisis ( The Costumes are all desined by the writter/producer Andrew Fraser and he will send me rough skethces, examples and descriptions via email. I then go on to by the fabric/base materials and make up the costume. I have been trying to think how to display these best on my portfolio website and i decided on putting up a photo of the actress in the finish peice next to a pin-up style drawing of Andrews design as drawn by myself. The images below are the sketch process for Athena (super power - been alive since ancient greece; healing hands) and a half done one for Miss Freedom (super power - super strenght, invunrebility, flight.) You can see the final images and the actual costumes on

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

its in the works works works

I feel, quite often some days that my illustration is stagnating, that i havent quite found my style yet and that i am not challenging myself. So to try and change this i have given myself a wee project.

Some of my favortie current illustration work comes in the form of comic book covers - usually much more detailed and well crafted than the illustration inside (with a fair few exceptions) The art on the front of the comic has to convey the story inside, without giving to much away but just enough to tempt the viewer to pick up and purchase the comic.
There is a rather long work of fiction i enjoy called Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel, it is essentially a compleatly historically accurate portrait of england in the eighteen hundreds with the small addition of magic. More accuratly the idea that magic has been arround and recogised in England for centuries but had died out in recent years, and the book follows two gentlemen who attempt to bring practical, rather than theoretical magic back to england and the concequences of there actions. I would recomend this book to read, its an impressive work of fiction that doesnt read like a work of fiction at all.

Going chapter by chapter i will create a cover for a comic book series that doest exist yet, i had to think about all the books i own and i felt with this novel i was sure never to run out of good, imaginative source material. A few things i hope to directly challenge myself with this project are; loosing my fear of certain angles and materials, to get into the habit of drawing backgrounds and to stick to a project and see it out to the end.
This is the first of many. A cover for the whole collection. showing some of the main charecters and hinting at many of the things that intertwine them. Sketch for now, will work out what style and type of colour to use soon.

(spoilers ahead)

From the top we have : The raven king, surrounded by his namesakes and framing the top sectio with his cape/wings. Beneath him is Hurtfew Abbey - the home of Mr Norrel in the wild northen countryside. The four head and neck portraits going from top clockwise are Mr Strange, Stephen Black - a servant in the house of sir Walter Pole, Mr Norrel and finally Viniculus a street magician and vagabond - the runes above his head translate as Man - Gift - Hardship. Beneath these men are the Napolionic Guns, as a large portion of this story involves the war with france that went on at this time. Lastly at the base are on the left Lady Pole and on the right Mrs Strange, whos fates are intwined with the Ivy that surrounds them, Ivy that is according to the book the plant which was thrown at the feet of magicians "The conquerors of Imperial Rome may have been Honoured with wreaths of laurel leaves; lovers and fourtunes favourites have, we are told, roses strewn in their paths; but English magicians were always only ever given common ivy" page 23 footnote 1

Monday, June 21, 2010

in-out in-out

really old painting experiments, in the style of other arists.
more stuff soon, i have a project in the works and a better website to make.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Natural History Museum

i dids some drawinsss. (really really need more practise with large animal muscle form and fur. but i quite like the little bat.)


a few pages of smaller, unused sketches paired with inspiration
from other artists used as an introdction to my illustration portfolio. whoop.


After two months of harcore work and then hardcore illness its nice to be feeling kindof semi normal again. Purchased an A3 scanner, something i have been meaning to do for quite some time as my prefered size and therefore the majority of my work is A3 size. I have spent some of today scanning in all the work i could never scan in before. most, if not all of it will be going up on my portfolio websites for costume design and for Illustration. a few are half done enough to go up here....

life drawing 2008

life drawing 2008

graphics and typography sketchbook 2005/6

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jury Duty part three

Sketches from the other day, done up a bit using water colour.

Jury Duty part two

more drawings. this time done whilst waiting around in court.
also some may have been done during actual
witness statments. I have a very short
attention span......

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jury Duty = a fuck lot of sketches

the second and third are part of a series of costume designs - based around
catholic saints an all the out-there symbolism an that.
whoo art.