Illustration Friday: "Climbing" - A tree is nature's climbing frame 

This week's illustration friday theme is 'climbing', and this immediately made me think fondly of the childhood pastime of climbing trees!

There's been quite a bit on the news lately about the demise of tree climbing amongst modern children, which if it is true, is really sad. The BBC news article below takes a look at this topic.

Please Note: Further to several email enquiries asking permission to use this image for various charitable causes-I cannot give permission to anyone to use this image since it is currently under exclusive license to one of my clients.

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Illustration Friday: "Pale". Coloured version of my carousel image 

I spent ages thinking about what I could come up with for the theme of pale, but then decided that it would be more worthwhile working drawing something which would allow me to continue to develop my work. I have recently thought that I would like to get more colour into my work, since I tend to use quite muted tones.

Therefore, this image, of a Carousel, is the total opposite to 'pale', it is in fact bright, or bright for me anyway!

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Carousel with Unusual Animals 

This is a fineliner 'rough' of a carousel image I'm working on at the moment. I will be adding people riding on the carousel, but felt I needed to work the carousel out first since it's such a complex thing.

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Illustration Friday 'Contained' - Educational Poster 'Famous Eccentic People' 

The theme of this week's Illustration Friday topic is 'contained'.

I found this quotation, which I liked the idea of.
“Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and courage which it contained.” John Stuart Mill

Ok - the link to the word 'contained' is fairly tenous, but this quote leapt out at me on my search for inspiration.

Therefore I have drawn this - an educational poster/wallchart featuring famous eccentric people.

People shown on the poster are - Isaac Newton, Empedocles, Lord Byron, Michelangelo, Francis Henry Egerton, Charles Ribart and Albert Einstein - all of whom had a few odd habits.

Click here if you want to see a larger/better res version of the poster

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General Portfolio Page Updated with 2 new Images 
I've updated my 'General' page with two new images, they have been featured on the blog, but a rather long time ago - and I thought it was time they were included in my portfolio. You can click on 'General' on the top menu, or click the links below to go direct to the images.

'Life's More Fun in Fancy Dress' Advice to Sink in Slowly poster

The Lion Tamer's Day Off

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