Something new

Starting a new project, using a base character as a ‘dummy’ (in effect) and creating costumes for them to accompany quotes. This is off the back of a custom print design for Valentine’s Day, which was suggested to me. It’s a sort of ‘custom commission’ I guess, they want a copy of the print but they’re happy for it to be used and sold elsewhere or amended in the future.

Link to the project


Josie x

Refreshing the #scribblersSoundtrack for 2017

So I’m refreshing the #scribblersSoundtrack

There is a basic Spotify widget  embedded for those who are interested in listening, also a list of all the songs so far; I will be chopping and changing the live playlist when it hits 120.

Enjoy folks, and please share your inspirational tracks too – Always interested in the music people use and love 🙂

Let me know in a comment or on twitter if you want them thrown into the mix.

Josie x

Ballad of Barry & Freda – Sketchnote

So I’ve been asked to do ‘The Ballad of Barry & Freda’ by the wonderful Victoria Wood.

Using the same of comic book/pop art style I used for my ‘Little Bo Peep’ illustration.

Started this yesterday with some pencil placeholders of the requested lyrics and moments from the song, and then filling in some pencil scribbles whilst listening to the song.

I’m not revisiting it with my lovely new Tombow pens.

Here’s the final print
An a link to the full project.


Josie x

Apprehension knocks

A poem about the realisation that it’ll be okay, overcoming heartbreak and anxiety with a best friend

Apprehension sits
Like a weight on my chest
Parroting my every thought
With ghosts of ‘What if?’
Apprehension waits
Sitting heavy on my thoughts
Mimicking my every move
With whispers of a myth

Apprehension knocks
At my ribs with my heart
Echoing the panic
That’s hidden by a laugh
Apprehension trips
Over my tongue with clumsy
Repeats of ‘perhaps’
And the words from the past

Apprehension tangles
Knotting my fingers together
As they search for safety
Hunting for something, just speak
Apprehension strangles
Knitting my thoughts together
As they twist and turn
Hunting for something, just speak

Apprehension leaves
In a whisper of a smile
As you lock eyes with me
As I remember what we had
Apprehension walks
Limping in retreat
As I miss you but love you
For your kindness I’m glad

Apprehension sleeps
Forty winks of peace
As your company comforts
And your laughter delights
Apprehension falls away
As I realise I don’t want you
But I Love you
It’s a small step back to life

Updated #scribblersSoundtrack today, still got to re-work some of the newer songs into the playlist a bit better but it’s all up to date now.

Enjoy 🙂

Josie x