Friday, 30 March 2012


I now have a portfolio on the Association of Illustrators website.
Click on logo below:

Unfortunately the pictures are displayed in random order, unless the viewer specified otherwise (by name), which is rather annoying, as I had carefully arranged them. With a variety of styles, random just looks messy. At least I did limit the styles to four or five I fancy doing a bit more of.

I really need to get a proper website, but at least this is something.

Friday, 23 March 2012

nett & gross

How I remember the difference:

If you have a can of, say, pears, the gross weight is the pears, plus can. But if you were to take them out of the can, and place them in a net, which is virtually weightless, that's the nett weight. 

When it comes to money, just as the pears in the tin are heavier than the pears in the net, so your gross income is bigger than your nett income.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Yet another useful calculator

This one changes hours & minutes to decimal time, or vice versa. Very useful, if you are working out how much something should cost based on an hourly rate. You just turn the hours & minutes into decimals, then multiply by £s. Simple!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012


Just got my sample copies this morning. I'm very pleased with it. A few minor anomalies, but, as they say, only Allah is perfect ;-) *

The Visual Aids posters are A3, folded into a non-stapled A4 book for ease of distribution.

They were drawn by Jo Le Prevost and coloured by me. First time I've tried cel shading (hard-edged shading in computer colouring). This page was extremely helpful, as I have no idea what I'm doing really. I also used lighting a lot more atmospherically than I do usually - I want to learn more about this. The internet is a great place, full of people sharing their 'how to' secrets.

Order through your local Christian bookshop if you're fortunate enough to still have one, or buy direct from Go Teach.

*Btw, 'Allah' is the Arabic word for God, and used by arabic Christians too. It's not specific to Islam. Just in case you were thinking of complaining...

Friday, 2 March 2012

Spinach melt

I had this for lunch today.

You will need:
  • Bread (I used Hovis granary wholemeal)
  • Frozen chopped spinach (a couple of lumps of Sainsbury's spinach was about right)
  • Cheese
  • Pepper
  • Lea & Perrins (other Worcestershire sauces are available)
What to do:
  1. Toast the bread on one side.
  2. Meanwhile, microwave the spinach uncovered for a couple of minutes. No need to drain.
  3. Add pepper and Lea & Perrins, and mix.
  4. Spread spinach on uncooked side of bread and add cheese.
  5. Toast until cheese melts.
  6. Yum.