The (near) future

I’ve made a decision. I’m going to kill (move) this blog.

grief

The plan is to shuffle everything around and create a better distinction between my online, what do you call them? Online properties? You know what I mean. Read on if you want to know the plan…

This site, madeofsquares.co.uk, will be converted to just a portfolio, showing finished illustration and design work. I’ll probably go through the work and reconsider what stays and what goes. It might end up being a full purge and rewrite, because I apparently I like giving myself work to do!

I’ll still be archiving my Vintage Penguin collection on Tumblr. And I promise to get back to updating it—really, I have two large piles to scan and upload! It’s worth noting that I’ve changed the address to myoldpenguins.tumblr.com to free up the one I’m currently using because…

I’ll be using madeofsquares.tumblr.com to replace what I’ve been blogging about here. So, illustration process posts, upcoming shows, works in progress, work that didn’t make the portfolio, things like that.

My Etsy shop will stay as it is, hopefully with more work coming soon when I get around to using my free time better!

Also, I’ll shortly be setting up a new Tumblr blog, yet to be named, which will focus on everything else that isn’t to do with my illustration/design work or old books. Basically, this will be much like the nonsense I spout on Twitter, so expect such exciting subjects as chilli sauces; being okay at Dark Souls; and Midsomer Murders.

It’s going to be wild (shite)!

Lots of new items in the shop

I’ve been busy listing items on Etsy so there’s some fresh new stuff on there!

Visit my shop

Here’s some pictures to whet your appetite…

antique cash register, framed

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A is for…

a-d framed alphabet paintings

I made a set of four alphabet letters which might work for a child’s room or nursery. Well, you don’t necessarily have to be a kid to like them!

They’re currently available in my Etsy store if you fancy them, or know someone who might.

View on Etsy

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Exhibition time!

From Wednesday 29th June I’m going to be exhibiting some work at the Jeannie Avent Gallery in East Dulwich, running for a week. I’ll be exhibiting a mixture of stuff: some life drawing, location stuff and even some cats!

Here’s a swanky timelapse video of me painting cats…

The address is: 14 North Cross Road, Dulwich, London SE22 9EU. Come and say hello!

Come and buy some lovely art!

It’s that time of year again, and I’m exhibiting as part of the Dulwich Art Group in this year’s Open Arts Festival.

Dulwich open arts festival

There’s a private view tonight, which is always fun—but there’s no wine because it’s all mine and I won’t be sharing. HORSEPLAY! Wine and food will have a Spanish theme, so I’m told.

Here’s the invite, and below there are some preview shots

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Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings

Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings illustration

I’ve also popped this on my Etsy store if you like it.

Buy this on Etsy

Puppy Parade illustration

Following on from the sketchbook bits I posted yesterday, I can now share the finished drawing it was working towards.

Puppy Parade, dog illustraion

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Sketchbook dogs

Some dogs from the sketchbook. And a page of pugs.

Dog parade Pugs

24 Pixels #7: Padlock

A new year, a new thing. It’s a padlock. Not very festive, but there you go. Padlocks can be be fun though.

padlock icon

Here’s a tasty link to a Dropbox folder where they’re all there for the taking.

24 Pixels icon set

padlock icon

A Dog With a Bone

Cats are better, but I do have to redress the cat/dog balance.

Available on Etsy

dog with a bone illustration