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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Summer Favourites

Summer Favourites

There is something special about summer in Barcelona – the sun still blazing at 8pm, the crackling pop of fireworks that burst overhead or amidst giggles of kids who are already on their endless summer holiday, hot days streaking into each other. The smells of wood smoke drifting from barbecues, the flash of green parrots...
Apartment number 6

Apartment number 6

For those in the know, I have moved house countless times in Barcelona. OK not countless – 7! But, granted in the space of 5 years, that’s still quite a bit of moving. Having lived in various apartments in the city I quickly racked up a list of the must haves (a bathtub) and must...
Rainforest & Jewels

Rainforest & Jewels

I was recently approached by the Ndau Collection to create two illustrations which they will be using on packaging and for various products in their extended line of merchandise. One was to be on the theme of Rainforest, specifically the unique rainforests surrounding the Victoria Waterfall in Zimbabwe and the other was to be a...
Society 6

Society 6

Recently I have been dabbling in a slightly different, more graphic style of illustration. I added 4 from a series I hope to continue to my shop on Society6, a website that sells prints, canvas artworks, and all manner of goodies. It’s loads of fun to browse, and now I can happily introduce some new...
Mar de Cava

Mar de Cava

Last Saturday, we got up late, and with an urge to try something new, wandered down to have a look at Mar de Cava. By luck or chance, the cafe was open for its last day. From now on Mar de Cava will be focusing on its design objects and art and the cafe will...
Work in Progress

Work in Progress

For the past few months I have been working on illustrations for a new childrens book. Titled Mama’s Masquerade, it relates the story of a little girl whose mama likes to be different. She dresses up in fancy dress, goes on retro picnics, cuts and dyes her hair, and generally enjoys change. Her little girl...
Hammam Al Adalus

Hammam Al Adalus

The first crisp days of January saw us heading to Granada. A short flight down the coast, with snowcapped peaks and the Mediterranean filling our windows, we landed with the white tipped Sierra Nevada as our backdrop and the Southern Spanish city at its foot our home for the next few days. The Arabian influence...
28 Up South Africa

28 Up South Africa

I stumbled upon this film while watching the news on Aljazeera this morning. An interesting dissection of South Africans as they grow up in a transitioning South Africa. The documentary has been following the lives of a number of different people over more or less 28 years directed by Angus Gibson who filmed their lives...
Last days of 2013 in Barcelona

Last days of 2013 in Barcelona

2013 was a strange year, it felt long and short at the same time. There were highlights and lowlights. Best friends came to visit, many illustrations were made, Barcelona was explored, new places were found, and perhaps lost again. I travelled to South Africa, and to France, we went to Mallorca, but generally we stayed...
Autumn is so over

Autumn is so over

It’s true, even though there are the odd yellow leaves floating about, Autumn is long gone in Barcelona. In fact winter is well upon us, Christmas has come and gone, and now we prepare for New Year tomorrow and Reyes (the kings – a big celebration here in Spain) on the 7th of January. The...
Iwagumi, Wabi Kusa & Kokedama

Iwagumi, Wabi Kusa & Kokedama

I have been fascinated with Iwagumi and Nature Style aquariums since I first saw them in Roppongi hills in Tokyo, where I stumbled, quite by accident into an exhibition of mindblowing tanks. The rocks, weeds, branches and myriad creatures all painstakingly crafted into fantastical underwater worlds. I am by no means an aquarium geek. It’s...
Festivalet

Festivalet

There is a major cold snap taking control of Barcelona lately. Temperatures are low low low, and getting out of bed early in the cold dark mornings is not too pleasant. I think everyone is wondering if winter is going to be really cold this year, or if as usual the weather is just teasing...