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Watercolour Illustration of Haruki Murakami's Novel Pinball, 1973


Watercolour Illustration of Haruki Murakami's Novel Pinball, 1973

And another one of my Haruki Murakami illustrations. This time it is of Pinball, 1973, Murakami's second novel, and the middle novel in the Trilogy of the Rat, along with Hear the Wind Sing and A Wild Sheep Chase. Pinball, 1973, although an early novel and quite different stylistically to Murakami's later work, shares many common Murakami elements, with themes of loneliness and companionship, purposelessness, and destiny. As with the other books in the "Trilogy of the Rat" series, three of the characters include the protagonist, a nameless first-person narrator, his friend The Rat, and J, the owner of the bar where they often spend time. Focusing on the narrator's obsession with pinball machine, his job as a freelance translator, and...

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Categories // Calligraphy -  Feminism -  Freebies -  Illustration -  Lettering -  March 2017 -  Politics - 

Black Lives Matter // Lexy Portrait and Freebie Wallpaper


Black Lives Matter // Lexy Portrait and Freebie Wallpaper

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll probably know by now that I'm quite political. As in a bit of a rabid advocate for equality and all that other good stuff. In the current political climate where right-wing authoritarianism and populous politics (Brexit, cheeto Hitler) seems to be winning the day, I thought it was time to create a few pieces of work aimed against that political ilk and supporting the progressive politics I fiercely believe in.

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Categories // Accessories -  Books -  Clothing & Fashion -  Enamel Pins -  March 2017 -  Wish List - 

Wish List // 6 Wonderful Gifts for Your Favourite Book Nerd or Bibliophile


Wish List // 6 Wonderful Gifts for Your Favourite Book Nerd or Bibliophile

If you've taken a peak at my shop or follow me on social media, you'll know that I'm a massive book nerd. So I thought I'd do a little round-up of some of my recent literature-inspired finds to help all those out there looking for a gift for a book nerd or bibliophile.

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Categories // Illustration -  March 2017 -  My Work -  Stationery -  Stickers - 

Journal / Planner Kiss-Cut Vinyl Sticker Pack


Journal / Planner Kiss-Cut Vinyl Sticker Pack

For quite a while, I've been planning to add a line of cute and functional stickers to my product range, and a little while ago, I was able to complete that goal. I have four different sticker packs, and today I'm going to introduce you to the Journal / Planner sticker pack (there are also Book Nerd, Crazy Cat Lady and Girl Gang / Feminist sticker packs). If you're anything like me, you love to do a bit of planning. If I don't get all my thoughts out onto paper (or into Evernote), I flail about with no idea of what to do. I mostly follow a version of bullet journal that I've customised to satisfy my own needs. Buy Journal /...

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Categories // Fan Art -  Illustration -  My Work -  Portraits -  Stationery -  TV & Movies - 

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure / Bogus Journey Fan Art Greeting Card


Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure / Bogus Journey Fan Art Greeting Card

Today, I'm sharing with you all one of my newer pieces of fan art. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey are two of my all time favourite movies from childhood. I grew up with three brothers who were all born in the early to mid 70s, and had our shared bedroom (yeap, four kids, one bedroom) covered in heavy metal posters. So this movie meant an awful lot to us growing up. So when I wanted to add something new to my fan art illustrations, these guys seemed like an obvious choice. And who can argue with their most famous quote, "Be excellent to each other". Buy the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure / Bogus Journey Greeting Card on the...

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I'm an illustrator & designer from the UK, producing my own products as well as custom illustration for clients, both big and small.

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