Friday, 2 June 2017

The Day The Sun Went Away

A story I illustrated last year for African Storybook. I wasn't entirely happy with the finished drawings, but since then I've learnt a lot more about digital colouring. So I reworked them with my new Krita skills.*

One day the sun told everyone she was going to visit her sister Moon.

The clouds were very sad. The mountains put on their white scarves.

The trees were angry and threw their leaves about.

 The clouds were even sadder.

They started crying.

Soon there was water everywhere.

Sun's holiday was over and she kissed her sister goodbye.

Everyone was very happy to see her again.

The trees put out new leaves.

The clouds ran away to play.

New plants sprung up.

Everyone was happy.

(I'm afraid I've paraphrased as I can't find the original text.)

*Krita is a free painting program, and so much fun.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fana and her Animals

A new story for the African Storybook project, set in Ethiopia. 

Pencil rough


The final images have to work in greyscale as well as colour. Rather than constantly switching to greyscale to check, I shaded the pencil drawing roughly in tones of grey, then colourised it. 

Colours tweaked and shadows added.

A few highlights added.

Fana with some of her animals.

Monday, 3 April 2017


I've never been completely happy with the drawing I did for the Paper Planes show a few years ago, so I fixed it. Old version of Die Heks van Heksrivier below for comparison:

Sometimes when I need to do something for a commission, I'm scared to draw. And never happy with the result. 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Humble Beginnings

Two drawings I'll be showing at the Humble Beginnings show  at The Drawing Room Cafe this week. Originals and prints for sale. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A Dead Bat

A new story I've illustrated for Saide, available to read (and download) on the African Storybook site.