17 March 2016


I can safely say that I have never ever drawn a dragon, until just now - and L was never into them, or even dinosaurs. I don't think this dragon is quite as finished as it could be, but I wanted to get it done for this week's Illustration Friday. Let's just call it a dragon-in-progress!

16 February 2016


Fashion-forward headwear for this season's man about town (and this week's Illustration Friday theme of 'hat').

18 January 2016


Just before New Year, we went on a mega road trip down past Gisborne to a little place called Nuhaka, where we joined a big group of lovely like-minded people for a week of camping festivities. I haven't been camping since an ill-fated but exciting trip to Great Barrier Island years ago, when a cyclone hit and we were all washed out of our flimsy tents and forced to sleep in the camp kitchen where we drank whiskey and glumly watched the never-ending rain. Before that, my camping experiences were childhood ones. Every year we left Wellington in the big white Holden, driving halfway up the country to an enormous family camping ground with a pool and roller skating rink, which more than made up for all the squabbling on the way.

New Year's weather is often wet and wild and this year was no exception. There was a lot of huddling under cover clutching mugs of tea, and long argumentative games of Trivial Pursuit. Kids ran around in puddles and jumped on a trampoline in the pouring rain. There was New Year's Eve dancing in a big tent (optimistically christened the Pleasure Dome) and a visit to the local hot springs. I decided that being out of the city for New Year is a great idea and we absolutely must do it again if at all possible, rain or no rain. Happy 2016!

24 December 2015

Happy Christmas

Today I was told off by two children (one of them mine) because I said 'Happy Christmas.' They said, in no uncertain terms that it was supposed to be 'Merry Christmas.' I said that I didn't care and that I've always said it that way, that the Queen of England says it too and so did we when we were growing up. So there, bossy children.

One of my favourite things about this time of year is creating a new holiday card. This time I sent out the usual printed ones but had a go at making an animated version too. Happy Christmas!

17 December 2015


I've been experiencing a bit of this lately! It's not always freefloating anxious thoughts - quite often it's excitedness about some upcoming event. Think it's partly the pre-Christmas whirlwind combined with watching the news too much. Aaargghh!

26 November 2015

Pointy City

I started this a wee while ago for another Illustration Friday prompt but didn't finish it in time, so it was a satisfying thing to rework it and use it this week instead. Without really planning it, the beginnings of a story began to emerge, featuring a girl, her pointy dog, and an equally pointy city.

10 November 2015


'Whimsical' is this week's Illustration Friday theme. I like the Urban Dictionary's meaning of whimsical: 'A word over-used by artists and interior decorators too cowardly to say fun, crazy, eclectic, amusing, child-like and fantastical.' I think someone with a city on their head counts, don't you?

21 October 2015

Inky October

I've been playing with different ways of sketching for this year's Inktober - drawing a small do-able something most days. I like the idea of what's sometimes known as rule-based making - with restrictions in place, suddenly it's easier to be free. 

This month it's been about drawing with ink in various ways, for the 100 Days Project I created my own set of rules, and there are always new challenges popping up on the internet to be inspired by. For me, fast drawing is good drawing! Stops me from over-analysing (or staring vacantly into space), and gets me into a daily making habit that's just for fun.