#InternationalCatDay

I'm a cat AND dog person, it really depends on the individual animal. My Mum's cat is a teenage delinquent with no affection for anyone but her, he saunters through the house haughtily ignoring us plebs.

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Frank the Detective

Finally finished up this foxy scene. Frank is one of my own characters and I'm currently working on a text for him.

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International Tiger Day

Yes, I know, I literally just complained about there being a deluge of international-thingy-days and yet here I am promoting another one. The tiger is one of those go-to characters for children's books. They combine eye-catching black and white elements with a vivid splash of orange, which makes them instantly recognisable and arresting. They typically live in the rich greeny-yellow jungle, so their habit is also a joy to colour. And then when you stick them in any other environment they stand out a mile and that creates a visual punchiness for the picture book. So yeah, illustrators LOVE tigers and don't want to imagine a world without them.

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International Friendship Day

Yes, I know, there's an awful lot of International Something-or-other Days but this one is an important one. We all need friends and in an ideal world nobody would be lonely.

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#colour_collective #peach

I've been getting back into the habit of these twitter challenges recently, it is fun to just draw something on its own without a background or lengthy rough process. 

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Rumble in the Jungle

Finally finished this one up after showing a WIP a week or so ago. Feels apt today in my slightly humid and sweaty studio...

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#JuLion

There's a fun thing happening over on Twitter where people are drawing a lion a day for the month of July. I'm doing my own slant on this with one lion, one day. See what I did there?

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Be Beside the Sea

Yesterday I decided that my various social media platforms lacked a sense of cohesiveness and that I needed a strong image to sit as a banner across them all. I consulted my list of things that I want to draw (yes, this is a real thing and if you don't have one I recommend it highly as you'll never again sit down and lose valuable creative time thinking 'what shall I draw right now?') The finished piece also works nicely as a pattern!

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Alligator + Chair

I drew this for this week's Lucky Draw Challenge, an alligator lounging on a chaise longue...

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Foxy!

I had a sudden urge to draw foxes last week, so here they are...

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Junicorn!

I spotted a sudden influx of unicorn drawings on my feed and discovered that #junicorn is a thing. As a kid I was a massive fan of anything with four legs, particularly equine in nature, and those years were well spent sketching ponies and learning how to trot like a horse (surprisingly handy). So I have no fear of the dreaded horse commission, in fact please bring it on - I'd love to work on an entire book of them!