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Flower magazine

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Dawn


Today I received my contributor’s copy of Flower magazine, a beautiful publication based in Birmingham, Alabama.

The commission was as joyful to work on as the pictures suggest! The illustrations accompany an article about how to tailor your garden to excite each of our five senses; sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.

Here is a little peak at the spreads.




I especially enjoyed making the little spot illustrations, which made me want to get out to the allotment (and buy a cat and a pink watering can)!

Shipshape winter issue

Posted on: December 14th, 2014 by Dawn



This month, I reconnected with the team behind Shipshape magazine, a quarterly publication which showcases upcoming goings on in Bristol, with a focus on the city’s historic harbourside. I illustrated the winter-themed cover, which was a lot of fun to draw, and answered a few questions inside the mag. You can also find my map illustration if you flick to the centre spread!


History Revealed

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by Dawn


I’m just about to start my fifth map design for History Revealed magazine, a new title from Immediate Media, which is brimming with historical biographies, forgotten photographs and fascinating facts.

I have the enviable job of producing illustrated maps which document famous historical journeys of caricatured heroes and villians, and unusual characters, who have either triumphed or perished in their lofty pursuits.

So far, we’ve covered Ernest Shackleton, Butch Cassady and the Sundance Kid, Jack Kerouac and an unfortunate duo, who are bitterly defeated by the Australian outback (not out yet!).




Feeling blue?

Posted on: May 25th, 2013 by Dawn

This guy is. Doing lots of fun drawings this week, getting ready for the summer issue of LOAf magazine!

Reasons to be cheerful #1

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 by Dawn

1. good reads…

I have a brand new set of shelves in my studio! Can you recommend me any good design or illustration books?

2. not to be missed…

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is on the iPlayer! I’m relatively new to Wes Anderson, but I’m already a huge fan. I thought this film was marvellous.

3. all the way from iceland…

Sigur Ros have announced a European tour, including several UK dates! I’ve got my ticket, get yours here.

4. from the woods…

After its London debut, the WildWood show is having a second showing for all of you Bristol folk at the Grain Barge this month. I am exhibiting a few woodland themed pieces with some very talented ladies. Definitely worth a look! More info here.

5. all aboard!

The new issue of Bristol’s harbourside mag Shipshape came out this month, and I had the pleasure of illustrating a city map for the centre spread. It’s packed full of interesting articles about Bristol, Bristol people and brilliant what’s on guides. And it’s free! Pick up a copy.

6. spring is here!

I know I talk about this a lot, but it’s warm!! At long last! I took a sneaky trip to the beach last week to celebrate.

7. wedding favours…

Two of my favourite people in the world are getting married in the next couple of weeks, and I’ve been tasked with making three lovely prints to give to guests as wedding favours…more on these soon!!

8. more good reads…

Head over to B.A.B.E (Bristol Artists Book Event) at the Arnolfini on Saturday 20 April for a whole host of goods from Bristol artist bookmakers. I will be helping LOAf with their stall, so come and say hello!

9. seeing red…

RED is a new exhibition soon to be coming to Bristol’s Tobacco Factory from Wednesday 1 May to Monday 13 May to raise money for the Red Cross. It will feature lots of talented Bristol illustrators, who have produced work around the theme of ‘red’. More info very soon!