Friday, March 28, 2008


I might be playing another gig with Yo somewhere in Islington tonight. I'll post details later if I can.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I'll not ask for why

Another enigmatically dark video of Yo Zushi and me and a squeaky door at the Strongroom:


I have been reading some comics by Marco Corona. They are beautiful.

Also some Hellboy. I like Hellboy.


Look how pretty my aquarium is just now.

When I lived in the attic I watched a big Matalan shop being built just across the way. I saw them hoist its silly tower. Over Easter weekend the man who managed the shop, ever since they finished it three years ago, was stabbed to death in the office, (I queued with him in the building society at least once, I recognized his face in the news article). There are rows of candles lining the edge of the shopping centre where the main doors of the shop are.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Keep Your Eyes Open




use Optical Express opticians.
I'm not going to say anything more about it.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Eggs

It has been snowing.

A few days ago there were amazing baby fish with sparkling blue eyes born in my aquarium, but I think that they all got eaten by their parents when I trimmed the plants and thus their hiding places yesterday...
But there are more eggs, can you see?

(They are the three white things on the plant stem, the other things are oxygen bubbles made as the plants grow).

It looks like I may be concept-designing/co-writing/overseeing/making-music-for a children's television series. It is all big and secret, and I am too busy-with-other-work/terrified/excited to say much more about it, but yesterday my friend brought three songs around because there will hopefully be songs in the show. Also I hope there will be animation and/or puppets and all the good things.

I found this in my sketchbook from the other week.

Yesterday I got my glasses back from the opticians with new lenses, and discovered that they have messed up my frames and I don't trust the prescription. I had tried out a new optician place and I'm dissapointed. The Ophthalmologists were rude and morose, too. This is a boring thing to blog about... but I'm surprised how upsetting it is to have people mess with one's glasses. It feels invasive. This is the company that specialise in laser surgery. I wouldn't consider it for a second.

My mum sent an envelope full of chocolate eggs (Thanks Gilla), they're rolling all over my desk.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Come home in the morning light

This is a picture of my grandad Ray at the royal institute of painters in watercolours today.

I also was surprised to run into a friend there. She was the model for a couple of paintings in the show.

This is one of the nineteen spreads of roughs I made over the last couple of days for a book by Michael Rosen.

This is one of the one-hundred-and-three illustrations for Tree Soup that I have drawn (but not added tone to).

This is the silliest song that Yo and Sean and I did at the gig last thursday (It's a dark video but the sound is good. You can hear Yo teach me the chords as we go).

Tomorrow I have a meeting with a tv executive about "an idea." And tickets to a concert.

I said I was busy did I not?

I grew an aquarium next to my drawing desk, too.

Friday, March 14, 2008


I'm very busy working on Tree Soup pictures and illustrations for a book by Michael Rosen, but I wanted to tell you that you can download a podcast of an amazing edition of radio 4's Go For It which features Michael. Here is the link.

I've only heard clips myself so far, but they stopped me in the middle of the kitchen and made me stand there like a fool with an orange balanced on the teapot while I listened.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Just a quick note,

(I'm actually ironing my shirt with my other hand...), but I'll be playing some music with Mr Yo Zushi at the Strong Rooms, just off Curtain Rd near Old St in about two hours time, just in case you're really fast and want to come along...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thinly Spread

I keep eating porridge with chocolate spread. Do you think that makes me a bad person?

I keep not posting anything, because all that I'm working on is half finished in a not-so-pleasing way and will remain so until I start adding tone in a few days. Also I've been working on making the studio nicer, and I even have a bit of a social life! Sing ho for me...

I am listening to Devon Sproule singing Will Oldham. You can get four whole albums of her Valentine's collaborations free (and legit) if you look around the web a bit.