Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year (and thanks for the old one)

There is only a little sliver left of 2009 and I was just, as many others are today, thinking back to what has happened in the last year. Actually, my first thought was that nothing much had happened at all, but that is not entirely true.

I moved back to England, and I left my job as art director in order to throw myself head first into self employment and freelancing (ok, there might have been a little push involved). I guess those things do actually qualify as 'something'. I have had a lot of fun getting back into my illustration work again, and am looking forward to a lot more of that in 2010.

Apart from the usual little things, like being nicer, fitter, slimmer, prettier, more successful, richer and generally better all round, I haven't got any real resolutions for the new year. I do, however, have a pretty substantial list of things I'd like to get done in the next few months. Hopefully this will lead to some good stuff to share here on the blog too.

But for now, I still have a few days to spend quality time with the family and browse interior design blogs with my sister.

It started snowing a few days ago, and it hasn't stopped since, so the Christmas atmosphere is just about perfect.


(The illustration above is part of a little character development I was playing with. You can see more of that here)

Friday, 11 December 2009

Almost Christmas

Did we forget to have November this year?! This autumn has gone by so quickly, and I am now sitting here looking at our little tree and Christmas decorations with a slight feeling of surprise. How did we get here? Tonight is the last night in our flat before going away for three weeks, so I am crossing out the last things on my To-Do list and am going to spend tonight baking Norwegian Christmas cookies and trying to slow down and take in the Christmas feeling.

This guy is heading out to find the perfect Christmas tree. If he's anything like me though, he'll come back with a slightly lopsided and sad-looking one. I always feel so sorry for the less pretty ones...

I have been knocking out the background on most of my drawings lately, but I like the warm tone of the paper on this one, so have left it in for now.

Thursday, 3 December 2009


This old fisherman is now up on the website along with a couple other new ones.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

In the Daily Mail

I've got a little illustration in the Christmas supplement of the Daily Mail today! I usually try to hold off on getting excited about Christmas until December, but this year I'm stretching it out as far as I can. Doing Christmas cards and Christmas illustrations, and watching the new A Christmas Carol in the cinema yesterday has made me want to get the decorations out, but I will make myself wait until advent starts.

Monday, 26 October 2009


He's the fastest skier in town!
I didn't get my link ready in time for the Illustration Friday topic last week (you can see my Frozen illustrations here though), but this week I am early! It's nice to take a break from other work to do quicker illustrations like this one. He's a bit goofy looking, I know, but he still has a certain charm in his own way...

Friday, 23 October 2009

Christmas Cards in the shop!

My Christmas cards have found their way to the shop. It seems a little strange thinking about Christmas already, especially with the sun streaming in the windows, but it really isn't long before we have to start thinking about sending out those cards!

I am actually looking forward to winter now. Especially after my family came to visit and my mum left behind a nice stash of warm socks to pull on when curling up on the sofa with a big cup of tea.

These illustrations go pretty well with this week's Illustration Friday topic "Frozen" too, but not sure I'll manage to upload my link in time!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Flying Nellie

I've had this little drawing tucked away in my sketchbook for a while, and decided this week's Illustration Friday topic 'Flying' would be a good excuse to draw it up in colour.

(The quality of the scan is not looking quite as good as I'd like, so I might have to try to work on that some more to see if I can figure out what is going on.)

Monday, 5 October 2009


I jumped in and joined the fun over at Illustration Friday today. Just a (very) quick little drawing to illustrate this week's word: Germs. ATCHOOOO!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Bear and Bunny

Having a lot of fun working on some narrative illustrations this week. I wanted an image for the front page of my website that was a bit more fun, and I think these guys are a good fit. Not sure what they are talking about, but it looks pretty interesting...

Monday, 7 September 2009

New website

I have finally had chance to give my website a complete overhaul. It feels good to have a clean and fresh site to display my work, and I am planning on adding to and changing the content quite regularly. It was fun to get stuck into learning more about the coding behind the website, but I am looking forward to getting back to drawing next week. Visit my site at !

Friday, 21 August 2009

Have we got an agreement?

New print in the shop.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

IRISZ AGOCS - artractions

I just rediscovered a blog I used to follow but somehow lost track of. I stumbled across the Etsy shop artractions and recognized the super charming work of Irisz Agocs.

I love how she manages to infuse so much personality and expression into her sketchy lines and limited use of colour.

(The lovely picture was found on Irisz' blog)

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Back in Old Town

I'm back in Norway for a few days to help train the person taking over my old job as Art Director. It's been good seeing everyone again, and the new AD seems really nice. I'm filling up pages in my sketchbook ready to get into some "real" drawing again when I get back.

The picture above is of one of my prints framed and ready to ship to a very lovely customer. The prints I sell in my shop are usually not framed, but I am happy to do it if requested of course.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Two Queens

I have added these two little Queens to my shop.
I'm finally having some time to spend drawing, and I love it! It feels so good to get back into that cloud of pastel dust. I have so many ideas for what I want to do, so hopefully there will be more additions to the shop over the next few weeks.

Sunday, 15 March 2009


The creatures and monsters created by Laurageorge are just so cool. I love the sense of humour in her work. The step-by-step instructions for hugging a tree and cooking noodles are so clever.

Laura is an artist and illustrator from Chicago, and she also has a blog, minutiae where we can see more of her work and get to know what this talented lady is up to.

I love these "behind the scenes" pictures. It's always nice getting an idea of how other artists work.

(All images in this post are copyright Laura Berger, and found in her
Etsy shop or on her blog)

Saturday, 14 March 2009

On the move - again

On the exact one year anniversary of me moving from England to Norway, I am moving back to England again. Things do not always turn out the way we plan (in fact, it almost never does!). But what looked like a big, scary step backwards, might just turn into a whole new adventure.

Never mind the global economic crisis - I'm going freelance!

In the three weeks before the Big Move takes place, I will be busy getting my head around all the practical and legal stuff, before I take this big international leap into the great unknown.
Wish me luck!

The gorgeous photo above is a polaroid transfer, photographed by Matt Schwartz of She Hit Pause Studios. I love the vintage colours and feel of these prints. Lots more in his Etsy shop too.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Simona Cordero

I don't really know anything about this talented lady, other than the fact she's Italian, and has a Flickr stream stuffed full of incredibly beautiful work.

(Image from Simona Cordero's photostream)

Mark Traughber - BLOODLE

I always struggle when it comes to finding good presents for my man. It tends to end up being something boring and practical.
This year I stumbled across the Etsy shop of Mark Traughber aka BLOODLE and suddenly the problem was too much choice!

Mark's stencil paintings are great and I love his choice of colours.
They look even better in real life, and the best part about giving these to the man I live with (after seeing his happy face when he got them, of course) is that I'll get to see them every day too!

(Images from BLOODLE)

Monday, 12 January 2009

Sculptor Elisabeth Helvin

I have to admit I can loose quite a bit of time on the internet getting tempted from one link to another. Sometimes I end up just terribly behind on what I was supposed to be doing, but more often I end up discovering some great new blogs or artists.

This was how I came across the work of sculptor Elisabeth Helvin. Her work is full of attitude and surprise elements. Angels with boxing gloves?

Take a look at her website for more great stuff.

(Images from Elisabeth´s website)

Jumping right in

After being a blog reader and lurker for quite a while now, I am finally jumping right in here myself!
I'd like to share some of my work and inspirations on here, and then we'll see how it goes from there.

The pictures above are some of the prints available in my Etsy shop.