Cushions with cats on!

Aaargh, five months since my last post, oooops! How have you all been?

GUESS WHAT! For a limited time (until 20th November 2017) you can get your paws on these yummy cushions featuring Bob, Dave, and the new cat on the block Maggie! Look – aren’t they plumpcious?!

I’ve entered the designs into the “Pillow Fight” competition being run by the fabulous Ohh Deer – so if you don’t want to buy one, could I beg for your vote? It’s very quick and easy! There’s a teeny tiny registration involved (to make sure people don’t vote more than once for the same design) and you can vote for as many designs as you like (but only once per design). You can see all three cushions here – just click on the images to take you to the voting pages. Simples!

If you do fancy buying one, here’s some info…

The cushions are handmade in the UK (by Ohh Deer – my sewing skills haven’t progressed to neat zips yet!) from super soft vegan faux suede and come complete with a fibre insert. The covers are 43x43cm with a 50x50cm insert to keep it plumpcious. They’re machine washable and have a grey back with a zip fastening. Oooh, and if you live in the UK, shipping is free! Hurrah! They cost £29.95, or £28.45 without the insert.

I reckon they’d make super-cute Christmas gifts for sofas, bedrooms, children’s rooms or home offices – but remember, they’re only available until 20th November (unless I win the competition and get taken on as an official Ohh Deer illustrator!) so don’t delay with your votes or purchases!

Big advance thanks to anyone who votes!

In other news, my “Dave Bakes A Cake” illustration is now available to buy from my Etsy store in the form of jolly birthday cards

…and Maggie will be available as an enamel pin in a few weeks time, yay!

Thanks for reading, I’ll try not to leave it so long until my next post!

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Win a Dave stationery bundle and enamel pin!

Yo! Long time no see, how are you all?

Remember back in December I showed you a stationery subscription box I illustrated for the lovely folk at Paperhaul? Well, I have a spare one up for grabs, hoorah! AND I’m throwing in a Dave hard enamel badge too!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is head over to this post on my Instagram page and leave a comment – it’s that easy! You have until midnight GMT in Tuesday 16th May 2017 to enter, so don’t delay!

In the stationery bundle you’ll find a birthday card, postcards, gift tags, stickers, wrapping paper, and a notepad, featuring Dave and a massive birthday cake he made all by himself!


And here’s the yummy enamel pin I’m throwing in too!


I’ll be drawing the winner’s name out of a hat on Wednesday 17th May.

Good luck everyone! 😸

New Bob cards…

Just a quick one!

Yesterday I got my little Gocco printer out to print some new cards…

First I traced the colour separations with a carbon pen – it has to be done with a carbon pen to expose the screens…


After I’d exposed the screens (three for this card – red, grey and black) I started printing… red first, then grey…


…and finally black…


…then I stamped my logo on the back of each one…


And ta daaaaa! Here’s the finished card, now available in my Etsy store


I also have a clearance/seconds sale in my store at the moment – drop by and you might find a bargain!

Cats is where it’s at…

A couple of things of note happened last week…

Firstly, I finally bought some Promarkers.

Secondly, whilst rummaging through books in Forbidden Planet in Newcastle last week during a stopover for work, a cover caught my eye. Flipping through said book I spied some illustrations that caused a massive flashback to when I was little and I used to go through my parents’ vinyl records – not to play them, but to look at the pictures on the covers! The book was “The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora”. So I’ve randomly stumbled upon an illustrator that probably, unbeknown to me, played a part in influencing my drawing!

I decided to try a little doodle last night with my new Promarkers, in a Flora-esque style… the main thing being not to use black outlines, and here’s the result:


It’s growing on me… I think I might try re-doing it in Illustrator on the Mac. The cats need to be more tangled (homage to my love of Celtic knotwork), and their expressions need to speak more, the colours aren’t quite right, but I’m quite excited about developing this, perhaps with a view to pulling some screen prints. What do you think?

In other doodle news, here’s another from last night, loosely based on a cute house in our town. This was sketched freehand with Promarkers, using Google Streetview to remind me of the details of the house:

ps – the cat with the odd black face? Yep, I messed the head up so went over it in black to try and disguise the mess… Nope, it didn’t work!

It’s all about Dave…

Happy new year everyone!

Seeing as we spent New Year’s Eve in Scotland, Dave went all Hogmanay…


Today has been quiet and chilled, and I’ve started work on an idea that’s been buzzing around in my head for a while… This is the first rough of a panel for a story/comic-strip/thing featuring Dave…


Not sure if I’ll move over to the computer to carry this one, or if I’ll stay with my sketchbook… Anyway, stay tuned to see how the story develops!

Pintastic!

Wotcha! Hope you’ve all had a jolly Christmas, and that there weren’t too many cat-related Christmas tree incidents in your household…

I have an exciting announcement! Look what arrived!
Squeeeeee! Dinky little hard enamel Dave and Bob pins! They’re so cute!
Bob is 22m high, and Dave’s 28mm high, and they fit perfectly on the little backing cards I showed you in my last blog post:

They’re both available now in my Etsy store, and are £7 each, or £12.50 for both, and ship worldwide – they’re just the thing to pin onto your jacket, jumper or bag – but please don’t try to pin them on your cat!

As there are only a few days left of this year, I’d like to thank all my customers for their support in 2016, and to wish you all a happy and healthy new year – see you all in 2017!

Cheers!