Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Somehow, I've managed to have a rest, spend some quality time with family, and do some work over Christmas! Here are two sketch cards listed on eBay this week:

Abigail Pettigrew:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250748568500&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT


The 11th Doctor:

22nd December 2010

The above was a fun commission to do; a leaving present for a teacher at my daughter's school, who is also a big Doctor Who fan. I managed to sneak into the presentation ceremony just before Christmas. I think it was well received... :)

The artwork is acrylic paint, pen and watercolour on watercolour paper, A3 size.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Festive card #6 ~ "Groske!"

This is the final card in the set of special seasonal cards for 2010.
I'm really pleased with how popular they have turned out to be on eBay. Many thanks to all the people who bid on them and helped to raise some much needed money for Great Ormond street Children's hospital.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250743470364&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Seasons Greetings to you all, and to my Blog followers, many thanks!
Here's to a Happy, Peaceful Christmas and a great 2011!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Festive card # 3

Pencils and pen on sketch card.

on eBay now:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250739809141&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT


Happy Bidding!

Just a little post to show the progression of one of my recent sketch cards, from first pencil sketch, to finished artwork...

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Here is my Festive card #2
It is currently on eBay, at a higher price than the last one, due to it taking longer to draw...

10% of the proceeds form the eBay sale will go the Great Ormond St Children's Hospital

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250739238385&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Happy Bidding/buying!

Monday, December 06, 2010


For the next few weeks, leading up to Christmas, I have decided to do some festive Doctor Who sketch cards for my eBay listings. So watch out for those, in amongst the usual offerings. The above festive card#1 is already sold, but I have decided to offer a very limited print run of 10 from it. You can see the listing here:

Sunday, November 28, 2010


On eBay this week:

Amelia Pond:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250733613689&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Raggedy Doctor:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250733104008&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT


Had a great day at Birmingham's Memorabilia fair last Saturday. Met lots of trading card people, such as Harris Toser from non Sport cards, Mike Hodkinson and Paul Hart, and Jason and Lisa from Cult-Stuff, who are releasing some pretty exciting products in the near future. I've done some artwork for them. ;)

Friday, November 12, 2010


I've decided to part with my final two artist return cards from the Strictly Ink Mono set.
On eBay now:

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I've been busy with a couple of family portraits this week and have a pet portrait and two more portraits to finish before Christmas. Meanwhile, I'm trying to keep my eBay pages well stocked with original one off collectables. Listed this week are:

11th Doctor and Rory

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250722696772&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Starman

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250722682333&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Princess Leia

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250722708176&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Saturday, October 30, 2010



I've just received my Empire Strikes Back return cards from Topps. The Hoth landscape card is already sold and there's a reserve on the Yoda card.
The top three cards are also returns, from the 2009 Clone Wars: season 1 set. I've just made these available for sale.
If you're interested in any of the cards, let me know via email.





Ok, I'm playing catch-up, since it's half term, so work time is severely curtailed.


I've just updated my Gallery over at:


http://www.sketchcollectors.com/messages.php



It contains most of my sketch card sets, all in one place(rather than having to scroll black through my Blog entries!).

I'm hoping to update it further soon.


I've also just finished a rather fun set for Cult-Stuff cards ~ Sherlock Holmes(see above).






Friday, September 10, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Time War


The above piece was completed yesterday(6th September). I've had it sketched out for a while. It shows the 8th Doctor just prior to his regeneration, at the end of the Time War.
I've titled it: "Let me die too."
Coloured pencils on sketch card stock.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

26th August 2010

The above cards are private commission sketch cards completed 8 weeks ago...

Welcome to all the new followers to this Blog. :)

It's funny what life throws at you sometimes.
Nearly 7 weeks ago, I was rather literally knocked off my feet. It was my own fault really, because I'd been rather desperate for a 'break' for some time.
You should be careful what you wish for.
Still buzzing from a successful 10K Race For Life run the day before, I'd just prepared dinner for the family when I decided to run out to the back garden and have a last tackle with my hubby, who was playing ball with my daughter. I succeeded in getting the football off said hubby, ran after it, slipped in the grass, twisted as I fell and heard and felt an ominous crack, just above my left ankle. I managed to break both bones in my leg. Just running for a ball. Ouch!

I then spent a week in hospital, recovering from an operation to pin my leg back together, and getting over the effects of morphine, codeine and a general anaesthetic. Something I don't wish to repeat. I was sent home with crutches, once I passed the dreaded 'stairs' test with the physiotherapists, and was looked after by my wonderful family, without whom I don't know how we would have coped.

I have never been rendered so fragile and immobile in my life, so it was something of a shock. Happily, I'm well on the mend now, wiser after the event and hoping to get back to fitness as soon as I can, but with a bit more caution in future. I've learnt a lot about myself, and the strength of my family during the experience. I hope to keep all that in mind as we return to normality, and don't let myself get so overworked, and rundown that I allow something like that to happen again.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pandorica Opens/Big Bang commemorative piece.


This week I have completed my special commemorative four card set. It is up for auction on eBay for this week only, so if you're interested, go on over and take a look. Happy bidding.

Friday, June 25, 2010

It's the Finale of the current series of Doctor Who tomorrow, wooo!
I'm hoping to complete a commemorative sketch card set for the occasion. Watch this space.

The above card is now on eBay, as a 'buy it now', instead of an auction piece.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250656684830&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Monday, June 07, 2010

On eBay this week:

Tardis:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250645666747&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

'Cracks in The Universe' :

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250646289360&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT


Have just finished the final 6 cards from the Sci-Fi/Horror set. As soon as they are approved, I'll post them. Above are some already approved.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

More Sci-Fi/Horror cards approved

I'm cracking on with the large Breygent cards. Managed to complete three today. Hopefully will finish a couple more by the end of this evening. They're taking me between 1hr+half and 2 +hours to do on average.




These cards are listed on eBay from this evening:

The 3rd Doctor:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250642006266&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

The 11th Doctor:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250641998715&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Sunday, May 23, 2010

On eBay this week:

The 11th Doctor:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250638034101&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT


The 3rd Doctor:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250637630522&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Goden Age of Comic Specials return card.


I was given one return, or Artist's Proof card for the set of eight I produced for the San Diego Comic Con. I used it to do an artist's impression of 'Moon Girl'.
It has been rendered using pen, watercolour and acrylics. It is 5 x 7 inches.
I may consider selling it. All enquiries to the usual place. :)

In the meantime, I've been working hard to complete 40 odd 5 x 2.5 inch cards for Breygent's Forthcoming Sci-Fi/Horror card set. These are the cards approved so far. Just one more week before half term, the end of which is my deadline, so I'd better get cracking! Half term breaks seem to come round so fast these days...
Acrylic and watercolour are my main medium for these, and I'm spending far too long on them, considering how little time left I have to complete them , and the amount I'm paid per card. Perfectionist, that's me!

I have just this week completed eight 5x7 inch sketch cards(the biggest sketch card size I have ever worked on!) for Breygent Marketing and the Comic Con in San Diego next month. Boy, I wish I could go too. ;)
They've been fun to do, but I freely admit I'm not an accomplished comic artist.
I used watercolours, acrylic and pen for these cards.
I find the card stock tolerates watercolour, but tends to mute the colours somewhat, unless I use layers of colour. But then the surface breaks down a little if you use too much water.
Colour pencils struggle on this surface. The colours look very muted, though if you are after a softer look, then they're fine. I'm still finding ways to work with Breygent's card stock. It's pretty versatile.
Coloured ink pens are probably best if you are wanting to create vibrant coloured artwork, but I don't feel as confident using those yet- harder to correct mistakes!

Breygent ~ Golden Age of Comics ~ Base Set

I'm excited to have been included in the base set for Breygent's soon to be released Golden Age of Comics set. My card is Phantom Lady.

For more info, visit: http://www.breygent.com/

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wow, exciting times eh? New British Government, new Prime Minister and a Coalition. Who would have thought it? I pray it's the beginning of better times ahead and that the two parties can work together.
Working together for the good of the country has got to be good, rather than working against each other. Let's see if they can pull it off.

Right, politial rant over. :)

I seem to be on something of a Horror theme at the moment. The above cards were completed for a private collector recently. I'm also currently working on a set of large Horror and Sci-Fi cards for Breygent. Scans to follow, once I have approval.

I will be working on a new project shortly for another card company, which is also Horror related... as well as some special super large cards for Breygent.

Meanwhile, I'm catching up on private commissions when I can. There are some Lord of The Rings cards I'm hoping to get finished soon, as well as a painting of Christopher Ecclestone, and a proposed painting of all the 11 Doctors, which is there, completed in my mind and is, frankly an amazing testiment to my talent, heh! Just have to get it painted! Collecting photo reference as we speak.

I'm also in training for some charity runs. The first one is this weekend; a 5K one. I did a 3 and a bit mile run this morning and have been buzzing ever since! Then there's the big 10K in June. My aim is to run round, without stopping, in a decent time. Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Topps Empire Strikes Back Red Cards











...and here are the special red toned cards. For these, I used a red watercolour wash over a normal grey card, then worked over it in pencils and white acrylic paint.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Topps Empire Strikes Back Grey Cards









At last, I've finished the set for Topps; 45 special red cards and 55 grey toned cards.

All I want to do now is eat comfort food and sleep for a week!
But the work's piling up again already. No rest for the wicked. :)