A chronicle of Cambridge

A chronicle of Cambridge

Canals, churches, colleges, and a wander down the river to the apple orchards. We wound our way along the train tracks zipping past Towns and villages. Our car filled with school girls chatting on their way home for the weekend. Our hands filled with fat bagels and our mouths stuffed...
Tried and Tested Coffee Shops in Tokyo

Tried and Tested Coffee Shops in Tokyo

Finding a good coffee shop in Tokyo is easy. In a country where attention to detail and food are both taken seriously, finding craft coffee, with hand picked beans, perfectly roasted, and poured, (often not once but twice if the barista is not happy with the texture, colour or consistency...
Let's Eat in Tokyo

Let’s Eat in Tokyo

November in Tokyo is special. It’s autumn, and the city is transformed into a city of fire! The gingko trees flame golden yellow, and the Japanese maples dotted in parks all over the city spark a firey red. Pathways, streams, temple garden, city parks, and roof top terraces shower the...
A day in a South African Game Reserve

A day in a South African Game Reserve

A much anticipated trip to a private game reserve was the highlight of our most recent adventure to South Africa. We were lucky enough to be hosted by some friends of my family who live and work in the reserve. The whatsapp conversations about the imminent visit to the lodge...
Pintxos & Poble Sec

Pintxos & Poble Sec

This past week with my favourite friendly faces visiting Barcelona for a spot of eating and enjoying the summer time vibes in Barcelona, we headed out to Poble Sec. The first neighbourhood I lived in, in Barcelona, and the first place the besties came to stay with us. Needless to...
El Sueño de Rudy - illustrated book cover

El Sueño de Rudy – illustrated book cover

I recently illustrated the cover for a new book by Ignasi Soler, titled “El sueño de Rudy”. Rudy’s Dream follows the adventures of Rudy through his dream world as he snoozes at school. I haven’t read the book yet, but I know that Rudy travels to another planet, and I’m...
Cafe Cometa vs Taranna

Cafe Cometa vs Taranna

This morning we did something different. Blame it on my not having gone grocery shopping in quite a while, or just as an excuse to get out of the house for something other than work, but breakfast needed to be had, and since we were right out of cereal and...
Event Horizon

Event Horizon

The Fundacio Joan Miro in Barcelona has a temporary exhibit beautifully curated by Martina Millà on the topic of the Horizon. It’s well thought out, with surprising compositions and a wealth of artists. I had been meaning to go when I saw posters lining the avenues of Barcelona, but as...
Cuthbert the Colourful Troll

Cuthbert the Colourful Troll

A while back I completed a very exciting illustration project: namely a children’s book titled “Cuthbert the Colourful Troll”. The entire process of character design to sketching and finally the full colour illustrating of the book, was a challenge but a thrilling one. I worked with a fantastic Author –...
Bathing Underground

Bathing Underground

As you descend the stairs, the lights dim, and the spicy smell of burning incense fills your lungs. Candles flicker, glinting off the underground walls, and shimmering in the pools. We are greeted at the bottom of the stairs by a helpful attendant who explains how to use the baths...
Primavera in Mallorca: Impressions

Primavera in Mallorca: Impressions

Running through the airport after a hasty repacking of bags to fulfill Ryanair luggage allowances, the beginning of a family trip to Mallorca. Laughter and Security. The sun rose as we boarded the plane. Last! Waves rolled below, carpeting our flight between Barcelona and the big island, which revealed itself...
Pigeons in Plaza del Sol

Pigeons in Plaza del Sol

I created a new illustration for the display window of the guitar school, Estudio Shine in Barcelona. The school is in Gracia, which has a plethora of lovely plazas. Each one has it’s own character and everyone who lives in the neighbourhood has their favourite. Here I imagined Plaza del...
An Illustrated Question

An Illustrated Question

I have received a number of emails over the years from graduating illustrators and artists. Final year projects often require students to contact an illustrator and get advice before embarking on their artistic journey. I thought I would post some of my answers here. But first a little disclaimer! I...
Doodling & Sketching in Barcelona: My favourite places to draw.

Doodling & Sketching in Barcelona: My favourite places to draw.

A mosaic of green, blue, and red emerges in my mind when I visualize Barcelona. A city of flat terracotta roofs, encircled with the olive green forests of the Colserolla rolling down to the aqua Mediterranean. From first touching down in the glass airport to a wander through the textured...
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Staying at the Fujiya Hotel and Exploring Hakone

Staying at the Fujiya Hotel and Exploring Hakone

Hakone, an area south of Tokyo, world famous for it’s hotsprings, is on alert for volcanic activity. Apparently a small eruption was observed on the Owakudani mountain that towers over the area a little while ago and parts of the mountain that Milos and I visited last year are now closed. All the seismic action...
What to Pack for a Summer Holiday in London

What to Pack for a Summer Holiday in London

If you’re heading over to London in the next couple of weeks, you’ll be happy to know that July is one of the hottest months to grace this delightful capital city, with Holiday-Weather.com explaining that daily temperatures hardly ever fall below 18°C or rise above 27°C. In 2013, the city reached a scorching 33°C, increasing...
Where to go Tent Camping in Catalunya, Spain

Where to go Tent Camping in Catalunya, Spain

When I think of camping, I think huge skies, campfires, stars, wilderness, no electricity, no internet, escaping the buzz and grind of modern society for a while, and having the world all to yourself. This sort of camping is difficult to find in Spain. I’ll admit I haven’t put too much effort into finding campsites...
Cute food in Tokyo

Cute food in Tokyo

Part of my tokyo mission was to track down some of its famed cute food. When I lived in Japan about 7 years ago the cute packaging on beverages or bento boxes and getting a smiling kitty or bear in your ice cream sundae was such a normal occurrence that I sadly admit I took...
Bicycle Cafes Barcelona

Bicycle Cafes Barcelona

In Gracia alone there are not one but three bicycle themed restaurant-cafe-bars. Three! And that’s only in one small neighbourhood of Barcelona! There are plenty of other places where the bicycle can be stashed or stowed while you eat, or it’s spoked image is ubiquitous on the walls in the form of artwork or frame,...
Packing for a Trip to the Tropics!

Packing for a Trip to the Tropics!

Think swaying fronds from a palm tree dappling the pages of your book, hot sand between your toes and a delicious freshly chopped coconut within easy reach. I love a good tropical island holiday, and I’m lucky enough to have visited more than my fair share of turquoise water paradises. In fact this year, my...
A weekend in the African Bush (Part II)

A weekend in the African Bush (Part II)

We awoke with the false dawn, the early morning cacophony of the birds soft through the windows. Torn between wanting to luxuriate in the beautiful beds and wanting to get up to embrace the days itinerary. The question of What we might see from our balconies or the lodge’s main living area won, and we...
Coffee Adventures in Copenhagen

Coffee Adventures in Copenhagen

Copenhagen might inspire a plethora of images in the minds of different people, from the fabled Little Mermaid basking on the rock overlooking the riverways to designer lightbulbs, furniture, and the world’s number one restaurant where they will serve you ants for dinner! A city of interconnected waterways and islands hugging a green coastline. Bridges...
Highlights from a city in the Dark Continent

Highlights from a city in the Dark Continent

Musings and photographs from my recent trip back to Johannesburg South Africa.Textures of the city I used to call home, An eland in Braamfontein, glass high rises in Santon, viewed from the Sandeck. Visiting a cool number of food markets, getting fat, buying zebra wine and goat cheese. Eating an entire bag if biltong on...
Where to get a cup of coffee in Johannesburg, South Africa

Where to get a cup of coffee in Johannesburg, South Africa

A month or so ago I spent some time in Johannesburg visiting friends and family and got to know the city all over again. Unfortunately my family home was only stocked with decaf coffee and after a week of this, I needed a real coffee fix! Braamfontein has a hot number of little hideyholes for...
To the OC and back again.

To the OC and back again.

This summer I accompanied my mother-in-law on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster trip to Orange County in the US. I had been once before for a two night visit to her aunt and uncle who lived in Mission Viejo. It was with some sadness then, that we returned with the purpose to put them...
Eatstreet

Eatstreet

Organised by the local newspaper BCNmes, Eatstreet, what they lable as a Street food festival, has moved out into the open. Located this time outside the shiny new Encants market in the plaza Glories, I was hoping for a little more legroom to enjoy all the snacks and food sold by the ever popular pop...