2,300 Miles to Work

This is a fascinating documentary about a young economic migrant from Tajikistan travelling to Russia to find work. Its told through George Butler’s drawings and interviews. As Butler says ‘It’s the process of drawing that allows me enough time to understand the resilience, and the extraordinary bond, that the migrants have here.’

Rachel Gannon


It has been an age since I posted anything on my blog. Time has accelerated, as it tends to do when you are preoccupied with two young children. I am endeavouring to restart my work which seems like a herculean task after so long, but until I have some drawings to show I thought I would share with you work that I admire.

Rachel Gannon is the recipient of the 2015 Reportage Award. Her drawings are beautiful and I agreed whole heartedly with her belief that drawn reportage is less intrusive to the subject than photographic reportage can often be.

New Faces Exhibition- London


Illustration from A World of Your Own
A World of Your Own

The Illustration Cupboard is showing the work of six women artists in an exhibition entitled New Faces which opens today. I am very excited to be exhibiting alongside:

Laura Carlin: based in London, has achieved a great deal in a very short space of time. She gained a Masters from the RCA, at which she won the Quentin Blake Award and has gone to win the Uniqlo Fashion Illustration Award, resulting in her book Ten Days in Tokyo. She has published extensively with Walker Books, notably Ted Hughes’s Iron Man as well as The Folio Society. She is also in high demand for commercial work for leading brands both here and in the US. Laura has been voted by the Art Director’s Club of America as one of the 50 most influential creative’s under 30 years of age. The artwork in this show produced for A World of Your Own sees Laura both as an illustrator and an author for the first time.

Eva Montanari: from Rimini in Italy, graduated from the State Institute of Art and the European Institute of Design in Milan but started out as a picture book author and illustrator whilst still studying. Widely regarded as one of the leading illustrators in Italy her work has been published and exhibited the world over, including several contributions to the Original Art Show of The Society of Illustrators in New York as well as at the Ragazzi International Exhibition at the Bologna Book Fair. Her work for the recently published Italian classic Pinocchio is on show.

Emily Sutton: graduated in 2008 with a BA in illustration from Edinburgh College of Art, having also studied at York College, and for a semester at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work incorporates a love of pattern and design strongly influenced by the flora and fauna of the Yorkshire countryside, as well as a passion for folk art. Further inspiration is taken from 20th century illustrators such as Edward Bowden and Eric Pavilions, as well as the American lithographed children’s books of a similar era. Working within the commercial arena Emily is now venturing in to illustrated books for the first time this year with the forthcoming publication of The Christmas Eve Tree (Walker Books) later this year.

Louise Yates: is both a writer and illustrator of pictures books. Having read English at Christ Church, Oxford she went on to study drawing at The Royal Drawing School, London. This has led on to her winning the Prince of Wales’s Award for Portrait Drawing at the Royal Society of Portrait Painter’s Annual Exhibition. She has published picture books since 2009 and has achieved notable success with Dog Loves Books both in the USA and the UK where it won the Road Dahl Funny Prize. This and subsequent books in this series have been nominated for The Kate Greenaway Medal and are currently being turned in to animation for television.

Helen Ward: is already known to many as a leading illustrative talent, and has reached high acclaim on many occasions being short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Award for The Cockerel and The Fox, in 2003 as well as being twice runner-up for The National Art Library Award (Victoria and Albert Museum) in 1999 and 2001. She has worked extensively with Templar Books contributing to their best-selling Ology series over a number of years.

New Faces Exhibition runs from the 8th April to 2nd May 2015

Open Monday – Friday 9:30am – 6.00pm

Saturdays 11:00am – 5:00pm

Illustration Cupboard Gallery

22 Bury Street

St. James



Line Caught and Local: documenting Cornwall’s inshore fisheries

drawing of two fisherman in yellow oilskins
‘Two mackerel hand-liners, a chat at sea June 2014’

I went to the private view for Kurt Jacksons new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum on Thursday. Line Caught and Local, his new collection was made largely in situ, whilst working alongside the inshore fisherman from the ports and harbours on the West coast of Cornwall. It is an amazing record of fishing today. I particularly loved the drawings he has made of the fisherman at work like ‘Two mackerel hand-liners having a chat at sea, June 2014’.

A documentary of the inshore fisheries in Newlyn is a project I have been wanting to do for sometime. But I have always been puzzled how best to catch the real action at sea. I have tried drawing on boats before, and although I don’t easily get seasick I found concentrating on my drawing was enough to bring the sickness on. So I was particularly impressed that Kurt managed to get the amazing drawings he did working while under the cold wet, seasickness inducing conditions he must have been working in. When I asked him how he managed it he said that he found the sickness was worse on the one occasion his materials ended up in the fish hold and he couldn’t draw.

The exhibition is open until January 25th and I would really recommend you go and see it if you can.