Some images from my graphic novels course in the summer...

 The beginning of a short 'story' inspired by a single image.

Details from a recent commission for a wedding menu. (The beautiful bride loves blackberries and is called Clementine.)


Details from a recent wedding invitation...the four images below were re-done to replace the bottom three images.
Old Routemaster
Copy of a beautiful vintage Nebraska stamp from USA postal collection (c.1970s) commemorating US States
Real 'gator
Galloping white horse
Florida 'gator mascot!
Micky and Minnie dancing
Oxford pub sign

Autumn birthday menu details; September flowers, acorn, oak leaves, berries...

Artichoke - for Vegetable Alphabet

Rose shoes - illustration for Elvis in Wilderleaves

Dress - illustration for Elvis in Wilderleaves

Apple blossom - card design
Busy bees - tattoo designs

Sweetcorn - for Vegetable Alphabet

Shaddowy Squash - for Vegetable Alphabet
Coeur de boef tomato type
Roar! Bang! Bang!

The Vampire Pig illustration
The Vampire Pig illustration 
Hand and butterflies - card design
Antique Little Grey Rabbit 
Shoe on calendar 
Dead butterflies
Rubber monster and ruby chard - illstration from Vegetable Alphabet
Bees - detail
Detail from Midsummer Madness
Bee and flower card design

Alytes obstetricans
Lucanus cervus
Heterocephalus glaber

BACKGROUND information...

My first picture book - called A Possum's Tail - is a collaboration with brilliant illustrator Alex Barrow and came out 6th February 2014. A second book called London Calls! is a whistle-stop tour of London, led by a Pearly grandma and her granddaughter. London Calls! came out on 4th September 2014 and is my second book with Alex Barrow. A Possum's Tail was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Both books are by Tate Publishing.

Please see my CURRICULUM VITAE for more details & updates.

As well as writing children's books, for children's television and two award-winning children's magazines, I do both private and commercial art commissions, a selection of which you can see here.

The children's shoes are part of an ongoing series of "first shoes", including several cards commissioned by the Almanac Gallery.

Hand-drawn, bespoke invitations, announcements, portraits and menus, such as the examples here are also available upon request..

Any enquiries please email:


I've been a regular contributor to children's art and science magazine OKIDO since 2007. HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY (WOW) beautiful Okido!

An Okido animated kids tv show, based on characters from the magazine is currently in production with Doodle/Squintopera The original adaptation of the show (co-created/adapted by myself, producer Ceri Barnes and Doodle Productions) was acquired by CBeebies. 52 x 11 minute episodes will be coming to a screen near you soon in 2015.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................
N E W S F L A S H! MESSY GOES TO OKIDO Series TWO is now in production, following a super-successful 52 episode first series!



Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet

Cartoon Forum 2011 Okido booklet
Okido Cartoon Forum 2011

Happy Birthday OKIDO!

Happy Birthday OKIDO!
Okido was 5 years old this issue...the wonderful art and science magazine for kids I've been lucky enough to have worked on for the past - 8 - years now