small victories

scottish whisky label design

Been meaning to post an update on the whisky label for a while, but I kept getting side tracked… After my long winded meandering post way back, things changed (again). The cool thing is that despite heading back in the original direction, we managed to compromise. So, while Dunnottar Wines get their more traditional illustrated label back, I get to keep my slug – and this time he will be rendered in gold foil to match the text, yay! (Yes, he is teeny on the bottle, miniscule even, but he IS there. And his size now is the point – he’s almost a wee easter egg. That’s a win in my book!).

slug illustration

I’m told the bottling is going to happen around late spring / summer now, and I’m super excited about seeing the label on actual bottles on actual shelves.

seasons change

Juno illustration ~ Jan2017

It might still feel like winter (especially when I’m waiting for daylight to take photographs :)) but the early spring issue of Juno magazine is out now.

Juno early spring 2017

And I’m always super flattered when editor Saffia uses my image in the online advertising or contents page.

As there will be more issues of Juno per year from now on (six rather than four), I’ve decided to commit to one illustration per issue instead of two. I’m liking that – it gives me more focus. There’s been some interest in prints for this one already, so I know it’s kinda working!

skin and bones

painted animal skull

New year, new canvas. I’m kinda fired up for a more creative 2017 and it feels good to have projects I’m excited about.

The handsome chap in the photo is called Wilf – love his wonky horns! – and I’m gradually covering him with the moon and more evolved versions of my plant doodles. He’s a work in progress – there are wonderfully creepy wolves still to come. I’ll post the finished skull here, but meantime I’m documenting the various stages over on Instagram.  There’s some trial and error involved with materials and whole new challenges to working on a 3D surface, but at the same time it’s a massive amount of fun. Right now he’s a personal project, but I do plan to do a whole lot more.

Moving to one new canvas got me thinking of others, so I’m currently immersing myself in all things tattoo. I love the idea of adding another dimension to my work. I still don’t know how feasible it is, but I’m definitely determined to find out…

pen and ink illustration

I started the year with a new illustration for Juno, now being published bi-monthly. There’s a sneaky peek above – I’ll post the whole thing when the next issue hits the shelves. And still to come… I have updates on the SLOC whisky label so watch this space.

winter juno


The Juno winter issue is out.

“creative recycled wrapping ideas, reviews of some lovely winter tales and recipes for hearty seasonal meals from the book ‘Winter Cabin Cooking’. There are also ideas for outdoor craft and exploration on frosty days”

And my illustrations, obviously… 🙂



I have some catching up to do here, so prepare to receive a glut of posts over the coming weeks… But, to ease us back in gently, I’m starting with doodles!

I only recently noticed the amount of doodling I do during my day job, so I thought it might be worth documenting my little scribbles somewhere. They probably offer some kind of insight into my psyche (a LOT of leaves I notice) but then again, if they do, it might be best not to know… ;).

They’re hardly noteworthy, just five minute doodles, so rather than post them all individually here, I’ll be sharing them regularly on Instagram @scribblesinink (my favourite tag? #shitidoinmeetings). It feels like a good excuse for me to be more active there at least, as I’ve been neglecting pretty much everything of late. And I like that I can be less precious and more prolific about what I’m sharing as they are, literally, just doodles.

Anyway, still to come: updates on the SLOC label, a new web project, the Winter Juno illustrations and… I’ve found a new canvas to work on, which I’m super excited about… Like I said, lots to catch up on!