As a nation, we’re a nation of shopkeepers but more importantly, Dog Lovers. The & Co. sign off of all my posts refer to the ever wooly, hairy, smelly, wouldn’t have him any other way, but loveable studio dog, our Border Terrier Walter. His constant presense, and his role as the cornerstone in our family… Read More Drawing Dogs
On Saturday, 11th May, I took part in a Floral Motif Workshop led by surface pattern designer and teacher of Make It In Design Rachel Taylor at the Reloved Upholstery Studio at the Pear Mill in Stockport. The workshop came at a great time for me, in the midst of my #100daysofpattern project to learn… Read More Floral Motif Workshop with Rachel Taylor
There is an amazing, inspiring, creative community on instagram with designers, illustrators and makers all sharing their work. To inspire and encourage new work challenges are a great way to step out of your comfort zones, plus it’s a great way to get a body of new work with the gentle push of a few… Read More #Portrait Challenge 2019
Standing in a room around a real, living, breathing model, wearing nothing, is enough to make most people run in the opposite direction, but drawing from life is a real skill. In a forced attempt to improve my drawing skills, I went along to Life Drawing Class at Altrincham Open Studios. The class lasts 2… Read More Back to Life Drawing
Packing a sketchbook when I go on holiday is as essential to me as a passport and a pair of sunglasses. I wanted to share a few pages from my sketchbooks to encourage you to try sketching next time you’re on holiday and embrace slow tourism. These pages are from our time taking a… Read More Slow Tourism & Travel Sketchbooks
In the age of Gratitude Journals, Line A Day Diary’s and Happiness Planner’s it seems the humble blank sketchbook has been pushed aside. Increasingly there are more artists and designers sharing there ‘page a day’ online and the benefits are not exclusive to full-time artists. So I want to encourage to keep a daily sketchbook.… Read More Why I Keep A Daily Sketchbook & Why I Think You Should Too.
After spending years writing ‘deck’s’ commonly known as Powerpoints to the average man and working in ad-land I decided to go back to my roots of arts and crafts. It’s bringing me so much joy, so I decided to document this journey rather than keep it hidden away under my desk. I started drawing from… Read More Reclaim Creativity