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!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Books Are My Bag

This weekend was National Bookshop Day! Books Are My Bag is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops and has become one of my favourite days of the year at the bookshop. I love this campaign, it's always so well run and so generous to bookshops in it's support, especially with it's (now famous) free orange tote bags and other goodies.

It also meant that another of my illustrations for Quercus books was released! I made a whole bundle of these for them back in January and they've been appearing throughout the year. I think this was my favourite to do as I love autumn and working in autumnal colours. I got to have a bit of October back in Jan!

Anyway, hope you're all having a lovely October. You don't need a nationwide campaign to enjoy your local bookshop, pop down there and have a browse! x


I love love LOVE Autumn!! Everything about it makes me so happy.

To mark the arrival of this wonderful time of year, I decided to give my website header a little autumnal make over.

Ooh, perhaps she can be reading in a snowy tree in winter?! I hadn't thought about changing it to fit the seasons before. Anyway, hope you enjoy this leafy transformation :)