For a quick review of our 2011, illustrated by images we created this year, click this link
An ELT illustration for Oxford University Press. This year I tried to use texture more carefully, and with greater consideration.
In March I realised a long-held ambition to work for Doctor Who Magazine, which was a big influence on me in its earlier incarnation Doctor Who Weekly. (This job was also thanks in part to Rob Davis).
We finally saw a clear improvement in the health of the vixen which regularly visited the studio, after giving her a course of mange treatment. Later, during my six months working away, she stopped coming.
My first full month producing storyboards for The Adventures of Abney and Teal at Ragdoll.
Doctor Who continued to be an inspiration, this vector image inspired by Lily Cole’s appearance in The Curse Of The Black Spot.
Sadly, the art world lost Lucian Freud in July.
One of the highlights of the summer was the three-day 60th birthday party of the luthier Phil Davidson. This portrait of Phil was his birthday present from us.
This month my large watercolour group portrait Some More Who Have Made Bristol Famous was unveiled. It is now on public display at the Spielman Centre, Arnos Vale.
In October I started a tumblr. I’ve enjoyed posting on it.
At November’s BristolCon 11, I met writer Simon Barnard and we’re now working together on something I’m very excited about.
This portrait of Solzhenitsyn is one of the most recent drawings I made with a Pentel brushpen. More than anything this year, I have enjoyed using brushpens. I love the speed of the brush contact with paper and the expressive potential of the strokes. It has really felt like a breakthrough, and I’m looking forward to pushing it further next year.