Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Feminist Bee

I often have incredibly detailed and bizarre dreams. I spend a great deal of my time asleep battling the forces of evil, and at 28 I still have flying dreams on a fairly regular basis. I once had a dream that I was on a guided boat tour of a city where every massive building was supported by intricately carved giant elephants doing circus tricks. I was accompanied on the boat trip by several Chinese tourists and David Bowie. We bonded over lost camera batteries. Silly David. He always loses his camera batteries.

Although I can usually guarantee that my dreams are completely weird I can’t always remember all of them, and the other morning I woke up only remembering that I was telling someone, entirely in earnest, that bees needed to be introduced to feminism.
I do consider myself a feminist, simply because I firmly believe that a person’s genitalia has no bearing whatsoever on their worth as a person. I am aware, however, that bees probably don’t need feminism. They’re matriarchal. But I like to think that if bees and humans understood each other better, or perhaps if bees were a little more politically active, they would be our allies. 
On discussing this with my dear friend, and awesome poet, Leanne Moden, she decided that the world should be informed of the feminist bee and her plight. So here are the bees.




(P.S. I went on to worry that maybe male bees were oppressed in bee society and they suffered from terrible misandry (misanbee?) on a regular basis. But then I figured I was probably getting a bit carried away.
That being said if you know of a male bee being oppressed, please don’t stand idly by and let it happen.)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Post Art


Every now and again I send my friends in America parcels full of British goodies (it's mostly tea) and I decided to jazz this box up a bit.

Enjoy!

H







Thursday, 21 August 2014

The Boardmans


Hello!
Here's a little portrait I did for a friend - of him and his family.
Nicky's been going through the ringer with that-there-bastard cancer and writes the most incredible blog about it called Too Upbeat for Cancer. It hilarious and heartbreaking and wonderful so if you haven't read it already I really recommend you check it out here.

You can also buy Too Upbeat for Cancer merchandise here (30% goes to cancer research) or give money on his lady wife's just giving page here.

See you soon!

H

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Mermaid vs Merjim


I drew this little sailor/mermaid combo and then realised that I had accidentally drawn Matt Baynton (of Horrible Histories, The Wrong Mans, Yonderland etc). 
So, naturally, I decided to change the mermaid's face to Jim Howick's; who is also of Horrible Histories and Yonderland fame. (I checked with him first on twitter. He was cool with it.)
Then there was a really bizarre moment where I was googling "Jim Howick in drag" to try and work out his best flirty mermaid face. I love my job.
Here's the result.


Saturday, 7 June 2014

Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake (plus noses)


Hello again! Two posts in one week, my goodness. 
For your Saturday viewing pleasure I give you my version of Fionna and Cake (plus friends/enemies). 
I'm completely addicted to Adventure Time (and if you don't know what that is go look it up immediately) and I've been wanting to pay homage for a while.
I could've done the normal non-gender-swapped characters but I was swayed by the fact that I really want to be Fionna. She's awesome.

See you soon!

H

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Pretty Nostalgic Magazine





Hello all!

Here's one of the things I've been working on in the last few months... some images for Pretty Nostalgic magazine!
As some of you may know, I love all things retro, so I jumped at the chance to work with Nic Dorman, illustrating her article on the vintage delights of my home county, Norfolk.

You can buy this issue (and others) at www.prettynostalgic.co.uk


Subscribers (like myself) can also submit content to the magazine by getting in touch with the Pretty Nostalgic team.

See you soon!

H

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hand doodles


Part of new side project I've got on the go! (And yes, that is my hand I'm drawing on - it's for a good reason!)

I've been feeling pretty terrible with the ME/CFS over the last couple of months, but still working on commissions, so there hasn't been much spare energy for blogging (or anything lol). There'll be some returns on that work fairly soon though, and a slightly calmer period, so hopefully I'll be able to post again soon!

H