Sleigh Bells are ringing!


Morning everyone, time for another Video on the making of this image with whole process from initial sketch to finished piece. First however, let’s do a little round up of what’s happening in the illustration world.

the Association Of Illustrators (AOI) have just announced the new 2020 awards is now open for entries until the 18th of February. All the details are here. https://theaoi.com/world-illustration-awards/

Rheged in Penrith just announced the Great Print Exhibition which is in its 5th year and is the biggest in the UK. It has 80 artists taking part with over 500 artworks displayed. It is staged in the new gallery which also has a new shop, so a must for anyone living or visiting the Lake District between now and the 8 March 2020 and it’s free. Details here https://www.rheged.com/event/great-print-exhibition-5/

The V and A illustration awards 2020 is also open for entrants and is free to enter which is a great bonus. This prestigious competition has been running since 1972 and is a great competition for students covering 3 categories of book cover design, book illustration and illustrated journalism. All the details here https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/va-illustration-awards


On a more personal note, with Christmas soon upon us I’ve been designing and making Christmas cards which has been difficult, as many of you may know I’ve one less card to make this year due to the recent death of my mother. Making cards for everyone else has been one of the harder jobs I’ve had to do, with many mixed feelings about the approaching holiday. However, done they are, ready to