Grounding is a simple but emotive story about a child that finds themselves lost and overwhelmed with worry. The child uses an activity to cope with their emotions called the ‘5-4-3-2-1’ technique where they focus on all 5 senses in turn in order to become ‘grounded’ and calm once more.
I hope that the narrative will enable children to understand how to use the coping mechanism when they are feeling anxious.
You can buy a copy of Grounding and your very own ceramic Worry Frog from my Etsy shop. The Worry Frogs are handmade in Worle by Banwell Pottery who support people with learning disabilities to design and make a wide selection of bold and creative ceramic products.
Slaughter House Survivors
This illustration is part of a campaign for my friends at Slaughterhouse Survivors - Harbin who rescue dogs, cats and other animals (arctic foxes, geese, rabbits and a pig too!) from across China. They are dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming dogs and cats from slaughterhouses, dog-meat traders and other horrendous backgrounds of neglect and abuse.
To see how these dogs are doing and what other fantastic work the group are doing head to Facebook page Harbin SHS and please consider donating to their Paypal.
Bristol Short Story Prize
This was self-led project creating watercolour chapter cover illustrations for a couple of the short stories included in the Bristol Short Story Prize 2016 collection.
Character designs and illustrations for Roald Dahl's The Witches using a YCN brief as a starting point.
The first illustration is inspired by my time in Sweden. The concept is based on when I worked outside deep in the forest. Wherever we went we pulled metal wheelbarrows with small fires inside and put damp leaves on top to make them smoky and keep the biting insects away (darn gnats!).
The second illustration is inspired by the music by the artist Grimes.
A repeat pattern inspired by my time in Sweden.
BBC Bitesize English & History
Whilst at Sun and Moon Studios I illustrated plot timelines of English and Welsh plays and novels for the BBC Bitesize website. I also made illustrations based on poems and history infographics.
Shakespeare in Shorts
These are some characters I designed for Fettle Animation’s series ‘Shakespeare in Shorts’ for BBC Learning. I had a fantastic time at Fettle being a part of animating Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest for a young audience.
Some gifs from the animation Fungus Lung. The animation is a reinterpretation of researcher Stephanie Diezmann's 5 minute lecture ‘Why do fungi make people sick? And what can we do about it?’. Made for the Fringe Arts Bath exhibition 'Fab Ignites Research'.
Whilst working at University College Birmingham I enjoyed illustrating for the E-Learning team. Many of my projects were for the College of Food so I got to spend my time designing things like navigational buttons for a bakery app, buttons for an electronic workbook about grains and pulses and developing an interactive game to help students remember cuts of meats (which was quite sad for me seeing as I’m vegetarian!)
Sometimes I also designed infographics like the Digital Footprint one below to raise awareness or promote important topics.
There is an amazing website called Drive Thru Cards where you can design your own playing cards to be printed and played as part of existing commercial card games.
These pixel characters were commissioned as gifts and designed based on the clients ideas so that their friends could insert themselves in the card game Boss Monster. Create your own Boss Monster cards here.