Giampa – It’s cocktail time!

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Well, work continues with the illustrations for The AA book.

At the moment I’m up to my eyes in piles of cress and trout.

This cocktail isn’t one of The AA illustrations, I hasten to add!

A work colleague ret=urned from holidaying in Sorrento, Italy and had particularly enjoyed the signature cocktail at the hotel and wanted to send the owners a little thank you for their attentiveness.


So I we met up and she showed me her scribbled ingredients and I made a rough sketch underneath of her description.


Giampa recipe

The only other information I had was a snippet of a photograph, taken at the hotel.




(I was a bit frustrated that I fudged my scanning a bit; I think I got the settings a bit off and it leeched out a lot of the lighter colouring)

I wonder if the hoteliers will send a photo of the illustration in situ. I do hope so.



Book Illustration

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Now, I realise that I haven’t posted for a little while. But I … well I’ve been a little busy.

Do you forgive me?

I hope so.

I’ve been busy illustrating for a book.

NOT the book illustrated here, I hasten to add – this book is by the same publishers and is the same size and page count.

Can you guess what the book is to be about?

Food, of course! Whoop, whoop! So lots of lovely illustrations of foods and pots and pans and what-not.


It’s super-exciting to be illustrating a real life book.

I guess the book is kind of in the same series as ‘Little Island’ in that it features iconic specialities from around the country; a gazetteer of local treats to look out for.

(One to keep in the car, then! Ready for those trips out and about)


Healaugh Church

It feels like a super-long time since I last blogged anything. Those darned burglars! What a palava having to locate receipts and passwords and the like. Then wait for the insurance company to either replace or repay.

In the mean time I’ve had a couple of commissions to complete …one sweet and one scary. Well, not actually scary, but a little strange.

Well, here goes with the sweet commission…


Healaugh Church is located out in the countryside of Yorkshire, just outside York (The old capital city of Yorkshire). It’s a quaint old church with a lovely view across the vale of York.

And it has the most beautifully decorated main entrance of a quaint country church. Well, age has not been that kind to it and much of the intricately carved stone has been weather-worn away.

A colleague at work asked me to draw to draw the main doorway as a gift for some friends.



I have to admit I kind of fell in love with this doorway myself as the drawing progressed, and when it came to handing the drawing over I was quite torn.

Healaugh Church copy


Holiday Villa – France

IMG smIt’s been a while since I’ve done a commission. It was a pleasant change, amongst all the plates of food, to draw a house.

This drawing was for a work colleague. They’ve stayed at this little villa in France a few times and this commission was by way of thanking their friends, who own the property.

Having been away from drawing buildings for a short while it was interesting seeing what influences I could carry over from how I’m working drawing food; namely adding more texture with ink markings and with different shades of paint overlaying.