Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Potter Commission


I was recently commissioned by my pal and fellow Improper Booksian Sara Dunkerton to draw her and her boyfriend Dan as Hogwarts students! The piece was a birthday present for Dan and forms part of a series of themed portraits she will be collecting by various artists over time. I'm so happy she thought of me for the Hogwarts-themed one! If you know me, you know I love all things Potter!

I was told that she was Hufflepuff, Dan was Gryffindor and that if he could have any animal it would be a snowy owl (classic). These were the only specifications so I enjoyed having the freedom to decide on the rest of the drawing. Sara LOVES rats and has some herself, so I decided to incorporate a rattie in there too, in the form of a Patronus. Sara's new colourful hair was also extra fun to draw!

If you or someone you know might enjoy a potter portrait like this, I'd be happy to make one for you too! Get in touch :)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Earth Day

A piece I created for Wild Awake in the Forest for Earth Day, an event in Milton Keynes run by my good friends Carly Slade and Michelle Sawbridge-Praties. 

Michelle will be running an Earth Day forest school, while Carly focuses on meditation and nature appreciation. 50% of all profits from this event will be donated to Trees For Life.

Contact carlysladeyoga@gmail.com for booking / more info.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Happy World Book Day!

World Book Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I just love the cosy sense of community. Seeing all the children in costume, excitedly walking to school as their favourite book character. The influx of customers at the bookshop, coming to exchange their WBD voucher for a free book! Stories, fancy dress, FREE BOOKS! What's not to love?

I happily made this illustration for Improper Books this year, in celebration of the day.

Happy reading, book worms! :)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


Here's a piece I made on a frosty day between Christmas and New Year last year. 
I wish we'd had lovely thick snow like that! 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017



Just thought I'd share this process video of a portrait I gifted recently. For my lovely friend, Lauren!

If you'd like a themed portrait like this, please get in touch! I think they work nicely as a personal gift but could also be great for professional use (perfect for a creative avatar/blog header/business card etc).

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Squirrel Girl

Finally read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (by Ryan North and Erica Henderson) after being given it last Christmas. Loved it! Don't think I've ever laughed out loud so much at a comic. 
Here's a little sketch :) 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

I am Colin (again)

I wasn't happy with this illustration I made a few months back, so I decided to fix it up a bit. It can be so useful to come back to something after some time apart, especially personal work like this, created purely for the experimentation and enjoyment of it. I completely redrew Mary and now I'm more happy with it. Her shapes needed to be simplified, but now I feel like she doesn't sit quite right with Colin. Perhaps I'll tweak him too soon.

The image shows a scene from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a book a thoroughly recommend for all ages :)

Wednesday, 2 November 2016


Everyone knows I love drawing and books. So to getting asked to draw a bookshop, to promote a book, to be displayed in bookshops is like some kind of arty bookish heaven for me.

I just love it when I see Quercus pop up in my inbox, because every time so far it's meant I get to draw something awesome. This time it was a series of posters for the release of Bookshops by Jorge Carrion. It was a delight to create these in my studio and then go into the bookshop where I work and see them arrive a week or so later. If you're a bookseller, they are available upon request from Quercus. I think about 20 shops so far have go them up.

If you spot them in a shop, I'd love to see! Feel free to tweet or instagram me: @Trindles_
Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful autumn we're having. x

MULP: Sceptre of the Sun #3

I can finally share my pin up for the 3rd issue of MULP: Sceptre of the Sun!
MULP is an anthropomorphic comic book by Matt Gibbs and Sara Dunkerton. You can find out more about this charming, all ages comic at improperbooks.com, 
where you can also read a free 12-page preview.

I loved creating this. The 3rd issue has so many brilliant visuals to explore, I didn't know which to choose. I just used them all!