Friday, 30 May 2008

yesterday's trains

Blazer-wearing woman on the 10.29 from London Euston to Glasgow.
29th March 2008.

Beret-wearing chap on the 13.08 from Preston to Manchester Airport (he got off, like me, at Chorley).
28th March 2008.

Sleeping woman on 14.49 from Preston to London Euston
28th March 2008.

miserable bird

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

me and my arrow

Waiting for the delayed Northern Line train at Moorgate station.
Friday 23rd May. 5.10pm.

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

stars of the lid

Here's Stars of The Lid, at Leeds' Holy Trinity Church,on Sunday night.

From left: Brian McBride, Julia Kent, Ella Baruch, Kate O'Brien-Clarke, Tom someone, Adam Wiltzie (holding a tiny copy of the poster I did) and Luke Savisky.


Some line art.

And then a colour version (with a smoking gun).

And then another colour version.

Friday, 23 May 2008


Oh, I know. It's not a scribbling at all, this. I just like it. Sam was visiting and when I found him having a kip* in our front room (especially with that ear)? Well; it demanded a photo.

*I know what it looks like. He was simply asleep, bless him.

Monday, 19 May 2008

will elder, RIP

I was sad to hear that the great Will Elder died last Wednesday, at the age of 87.

Above is an example* of his exquisite work on
'Little Annie Fanny'; created (along with the peerless Harvey Kurtzman) for Hugh Hefner and Playboy - and recognised as the first fully painted American comic strip.

And here's
his obituary in the New York Times.

*in a French translation, for some reason. Sorry about that.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

half awake

Man on the Northern Line this morning, travelling between London Bridge and Moorgate. 9.20 am-ish.
(Scribbled on an advert for Orange mobiles, in the free paper).

Wednesday, 14 May 2008


This chap was tapping his feat and air drumming, on a stalled Metropolitan line between Moorgate and Farringdon, at 9.35 in the morning.
14th May, 2008

(Do excuse the fact that it's scribbled over an advert for sofas, it's the only paper I had handy).

Friday, 9 May 2008


On the rickety old 08.24 to Aylesbury from London Marylebone. 7th May 2008
(He got off at Rickmansworth, if you're interested).

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

1000 songs to change your life

Here's some snaps of my advance copy of '1000 songs to change your life'.

Rather than a book of lists (as the name may suggest) it's actually a collection of essays, which focus on topics from learning to love jazz-improvisation (think Eric Dolphy) to the role played by gender-bending in rock (think the New York Dolls).

I got to illustrate the ten lead essays from the book. So, from the top:

  • The cover (not by me)

  • An essay on how urban environments have shaped music

  • An essay on impossible-to-defend-yet-still-exhilirating rap

I know I would say this - but it's a great read. It'll be in the shops in a month or so, and you can pre-order it from amazon here.