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I haven't done any blogging in a while, and previous attempts ground to a fairly shambolic halt.  Besides which, having a username that nobody (including me) can actually pronounce is a joke that quickly wears thin.  So, here's to new beginnings.  I tried to mark the occasion by defecting to a new blogsite, but many of the alternatives are rubbish, and those that do come recommended are apparently too complicated for an old geezer like me.  So here I am, back on LJ.  You know where you stand with LJ.  Still a new start, though.

Story so far; Had a couple of weird years trying to make my way in the world of children's book illustration, until it became apparent that, notwithstanding an unacceptable degree of compromise, this was never going to work out.  Then a brief flirtation with the form of the "comic" or "graphic novel" (I don't know which of those terms sets my teeth on edge the most) which took the form of doing an MA in Illustration at the University of the Arts, London.  Strange, strange times...  

Here's a couple of samplettes of my graphic novel project, which I thought might have some life beyond the MA but which has run into a few difficulties for the time being.


And wouldn't it be the way of things, just when I was occupied with that, I got my first ever commissioned work!  The Collins Beekeepers Bible, with illustrations by me, is due for publication in March of this year.  The perfect late Christmas/early Easter present for the bee enthusiast in your family!



Whilst at art college, I became increasingly convinced of the heretical notion that words are all important, and found myself pushing for ever fewer images and more text.  (I feel strongly about this, and you can be sure of many rants on this topic in future posts.) Recently I've been having SO much fun at a creative writing class at Morley College.  My tutor was Barbara Marsh, formerly of The Dear Janes, who used to sing about female masturbation, amongst other things.  I definitely feel that I want to write.  And draw.  And bring the two together.  Somehow.  Watch this space.  
 

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