Oh Deer!

“She sees arise

The second time.

From the sea, the earth,

Completely green.

The cascades fall,

The eagle soars,

From lofty mounts

Pursues its prey.”

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Octopus

While on a ferry to Ireland a couple of months ago I was inspired by the waves and landscape to digitally paint this image, featuring this quote by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Below the thunders of the upper deep,

Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,

His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

About his shadowy sides; above him swell

Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;

And far away into the sickly light,

From many a wondrous grot and secret cell

Unnumbered and enormous polypi

Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.

There hath he lain for ages, and will lie

Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,

Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;

Then once by man and angels to be seen,

In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

Hourly Sketches 

As some of you know, I’ve been at Edinburgh Comic Art Festival exhibiting with Frisson Comics over the weekend (check out earlier posts for some reviews of the amazing goodies I bought)and I had Monday as a free day to explore Edinburgh. 

Edinburgh is one of my most favourite places in the world to visit as it happens so I’ve been a few times and done the tourist stuff, plus me and Tom we’re both feeling rough and ready by the time we had to clear out of our Airbnb so we were a little bit at a loss as to what to do with our day. I decided it might be fun to try and do a small sketch every hour. Only trouble was I didn’t have art supplies, lucky this amazing shop exists (simply named Edinburgh Art Shop). 

So I managed to start my first image at 12:56 and finished my last at 22:17 leaving  me with 10 sketches throughout the day. 

12:00 slot 


A lovely portrait of Tom (I love drawing his nose) started in the Black Bull pub where I finally tried Haggis Neeps and Tatties (they were gorgeous) 

13:00 slot 


We were still in the Black Bull when my 13:00 slot seemed to be rolling in so I decided to practice still life (which I hate) 

14:00 slot 

It turned out we’d walked past the White Hart Inn which turned 500 years old this year which I felt a little bad about so I decided to give it a sketch (plus I’m awful at drawing buildings so it was valuable practice) 

15:00 slot


One of my favourite places in Edinburgh (me being a massive goth n all) is Greyfriars Kirkyard. The graves there are all really old and weathered in really interesting ways. Obviously this was the perfect opportunity to draw something horrible. Quite happy with how this turned out actually. 

16:00 slot


Today I managed to cross something off the bucket list, I finally went to a cat cafe,  Maison de Moggy To be exact. Wow. What a fun experience, of course I had to sketch the beautiful bengal cat Marcel who visited my table 🙂 


Some gorgeous images of some of the beauties. 

17:00 slot 


For my 17:00 sketch I thought I should try my hand at the castle, unfortunately the area I was in didn’t have benches facing the castle so I stood and drew it a while standing, overall though I’m quite happy with how this image turned out, it was at night so I got to go to town with my black pen which is also fun and I like the overall aesthetic achieved.

18:00 doesn’t exist because I was too busy 😦 

19:00 slot 


Not as exciting as some of the other sketches but quite fun nonetheless, just sketched while we waited for our train in Starbucks. I quite enjoy sketching in cafes so it was a nice slot for me. 

20:00 


This is the sketch from the very beginning of our 4 hour train journey, the gentleman featured felt exactly how we did at this point of the journey! 

21:00 slot


I decided rather than draw my surroundings of the train I should draw my amazing megalodon tooth I purchased from Mr Woods Fossil Shop. This shop is my favourite shop in the whole of Edinburgh, it’s full of beautifully preserved fossils and minerals and is worth a peak inside when you’re visiting, my megalodon tooth will be joining my other fossils on my studio window ledge of course. 

22:00 slot (final) 


At a loss again what to draw for my final drawing I decided to finish how I started and draw Tom, hard at work on a future Frisson comics project, which also meant I got to draw his awesome nose again. 

Overall this was a fun little project to set myself, and was quite good practice for some of the stuff I don’t usually draw. Keep your eyes peeled because there will be more ECAF reviews coming as well! 

The Trade

My posting has gone to pot recently, partially because I’m currently working on the next book from Frisson Comics 


The Trade Which we are now funding via Kickstarter.

Like with our last book Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Footprints, we’re trying to create a unique horror experience for our readers, using inks and quills to get a very organic line and natural aesthetic to the story. 

I hope if this is any interest you might check out our campaign or even share it for us! This book is a must for indie comic fans 🙂 

New products added this week!

I’ve added some new products to my Etsy store

I’ve added the badges I designed in conjunction with the Kickstarter campaign for our comic. People who bought a physical copy received the whole set of pins for free, now people who missed out can get the set for just £2 here

The creatures featured are:

Angler Fish

Honeycomb eel

Goblin shark

Giant Pacific octopus

Creatures of the Deep pin set

Assorted steampunk gears

Made from upcycled brass and silver coloured gears with silver plated studs. Perfect for steampunk fans! 

Cuttlefish earrings

I’ve also added these lovely hand drawn cuttlefish earrings. I drew these on shrink plastic myself and I’m really happy with how they’ve turned out!  Those of you who follow my blog are probably aware of my octopus obsession already, so I’m sure you can understand why I’d make these beauties!

Animal skull studs 

Because I love biology so much I made these lovely animal studs. There’s a choice of Owl, Bear and Bull skulls and they all look really cool. Again these are hand drawn into shrink plastic by myself. I personally like the Owls the best!

Take Only Photographs


Leave only Footprints. 
I’ve finally finished drawing our indie comic, managed to fill 2.5 A3 sketchbooks and use 4 large bottles of ink!
Now it’s time to digitally colour this beast which I’m 50% of the way through which means there’s not long until we print 🙂 exciting times! Details on ordering a copy to come in the next month! More projects by Frisson Comics to come! 

New items in my Etsy store

I’ve added several sets of studs to my Etsy store

The Sushi and the Totoro earrings are made from shrink plastic and hand drawn by myself! Shrink plastic is incredibly light and won’t weigh your ears down at all 🙂 I’m planning on taking a trip to Japan next year so I made these earrings partially out of excitement and partially because I plan on watching all the Ghibli films over the next month or so (and eating a LOT of sushi)

I’ve also added mixed button sets. All the buttons are recycled vintage buttons I’ve collected, and are all around 5mm-10mm and extremely light and look adorable worn! There’s quite a large choice of colours to choose from a well, I personally like the purple and red the best! 



All my earrings are silver plated so are great for people like myself with sensitive ears! 
I’ll be updating the blog with more additions as well as updates on the comic and updates on conventions I’ll be attending over the following week! Stay tuned 😍