DALLIANCE magazine.

Some of my work appears in the Nov/Dec issue of DALLIANCE; the freshest online independent fashion magazine, by the talented Jasmine Gill & Laura Woods. 


Last shopping day for treats.

Here's Beelzebub to wish you all a scary and joyful Halloween:

...so get your costume ready and just remember:


'Cosmic Energy' -Sketchbook doodle.

Sketchbook doodle.

Some cosmic creatures, doodled in my sketchbook, inspired by the shapes and patterns on the abdomens of spiders.



A pattern with a drawing of a violet carpenter bee, from a dead specimen. Carpenter bees are important pollinators, but they don't actually make honey.



This is about as close to the outdoors as I'm willing to get during this stifling heat wave, at least during the daytime.


Gramarye- A review of Five Wounds: An Illuminated Novel, Robin Furth.

Robin Furth, the author of the Dark Tower Concordance & co-author of Marvel's Dark Tower comics, has written a review of 'Five Wounds' for "Gramarye: The Journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy".

"erudite, gruesome, and self-consciously postmodern"

Robin Furth's very in-depth review of Five Wounds is both constructively critical and encouraging.

'Gramarye' is edited by Prof. Bill Gray, Professor of Literary History and Hermeneutics at the University of Chichester.
You can learn more about the Gramarye journal and order a copy HERE.

See also: 'Five Wounds: A Fairy Tale'- Jonathan Walker's blog.


Pattern- Metro.

A pattern inspired by the designs on the tiles of my local underground metro station. 

The ceramics in the Fontana station, Barcelona, are part of it's original decoration from the 1920. (photo from wikimedia).


People sketches.

Sketches of a magnolia tree and people; out and about enjoying a sunny Sunday.

People sketched on the street below...

and people sketched from a bench in the park:


Illustration- Filogis Newsletter.

A short comic strip for the newsletter of 'Filogis Multilingual Services', accompanying an article on the importance of coherence in translated text.


Field Sketching.

Sketches of wild flowers from the outskirts of Barcelona, catching the spring sun rays. I had the pleasure, whilst sketching, to see a longhorn moth (below), which I made a few attempts to sketch, but it resulted too small and swift to capture, so here is a photo of one from wikipedia.

Nemophora degeerella-07 (xndr)
By Svdmolen (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons


Botanical Studies- weeds.

Black Nightshade- A toxic weed that was growing in a car park, from a crack in the tarmac.

Primrose Jasmine- cascading over a garden wall and into a railway platform. 


Sketchbook, 'desert'.

A couple of desert themed spreads from my sketchbook.

An episode of The Tribal Eye, from 1975, concerning the practices of the Qashqa'i Nomads of Iran and the ancient art of carpet-making in Persia. written and presented by David Attenborough.

This final image is not in fact desert themed, but is from a more of a tropical place on earth; a sketch of a pre-Columbian (Teotihuacan, 200-60ad) incense burner. 


J.M. Donellan, Five Wounds.

Thanks to JM Donellan for this review of 'Five Wounds' in '100 Books A Year 2014 part II'.

For those intrigued; you can download the first chapter of Five Wounds from Jonathan Walker's website.