art and illustration

Town Gardens, Swindon, Spring 2018

Limited edition of 50 signed and numbered prints went on sale today (17th April 2018). Available for £26 from the Town Gardens Café and Swindon Central Library, Regent Circus. 3 sold today, 47 to go!  

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Town Gardens, Swindon, Spring 2018

Limited edition of 50 signed and numbered prints went on sale today (17th April 2018). Available for £26 from the Town Gardens Café and Swindon Central Library, Regent Circus. 3 sold today, 47 to go!  

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Old Town Swindon 1967

I’m working on this typographical map of Old Town using a directory (incomplete!) from 1967 and two OS maps from 1966 and 1968! Unsurpisingly, there are a few bits I can’t work out, which are the bright pink shapes. Work

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Old Town Swindon 1967

I’m working on this typographical map of Old Town using a directory (incomplete!) from 1967 and two OS maps from 1966 and 1968! Unsurpisingly, there are a few bits I can’t work out, which are the bright pink shapes. Work

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Old Town Swindon: typographic map

Created as a piece of art, a ‘snap shot’ of Old Town as it is today. Also see the map of the town centre (today) and how it was in 1968. Both Old Town and the town centre’s largest category  is

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Old Town Swindon: typographic map

Created as a piece of art, a ‘snap shot’ of Old Town as it is today. Also see the map of the town centre (today) and how it was in 1968. Both Old Town and the town centre’s largest category  is

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Swindon Town Centre (January) 1968

  This is Swindon Town Centre, 50 years ago, in January 1968. A quarter of the town centre then was houses (none today). There were lots of ‘home care’ shops, such as DIY, carpets, furniture and drapery, in 1968 –

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Swindon Town Centre (January) 1968

  This is Swindon Town Centre, 50 years ago, in January 1968. A quarter of the town centre then was houses (none today). There were lots of ‘home care’ shops, such as DIY, carpets, furniture and drapery, in 1968 –

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Swindon Town Centre Typographic Map

Created as a piece of art, a ‘snap shot’ of the town centre today. The internet and out-of-town shopping centres have massively affected traditional shopping centres. The largest two categories of businesses are places to eat and takeaways (10%), then ‘beautification’ (hairdressers,

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Swindon Town Centre Typographic Map

Created as a piece of art, a ‘snap shot’ of the town centre today. The internet and out-of-town shopping centres have massively affected traditional shopping centres. The largest two categories of businesses are places to eat and takeaways (10%), then ‘beautification’ (hairdressers,

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Wierd Wiltshire

The man, he killed the dog’s master So the hound was bound to kill he, This ended in disaster – In the end, the dead were three. For the maid, for whom the duel was fought, Killed herself – heart

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Wierd Wiltshire

The man, he killed the dog’s master So the hound was bound to kill he, This ended in disaster – In the end, the dead were three. For the maid, for whom the duel was fought, Killed herself – heart

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Before and after

With some artistic licence and from poor quality reference…

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Before and after

With some artistic licence and from poor quality reference…

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Old and wise

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Old and wise

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French Bulldog in Bordeaux

I met this little fella outside gentlemen’s outfitters in Bordeaux. He hugged me with his little arms and I loved him from the first!

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French Bulldog in Bordeaux

I met this little fella outside gentlemen’s outfitters in Bordeaux. He hugged me with his little arms and I loved him from the first!

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Alfie the Border Collie

This is Alfie. I met him at the cafe in the Town Gardens, Swindon. We played with a stick for a while.

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Alfie the Border Collie

This is Alfie. I met him at the cafe in the Town Gardens, Swindon. We played with a stick for a while.

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Ruby

Original and prints available. contact kate@parsonscreative.co.uk

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Ruby

Original and prints available. contact kate@parsonscreative.co.uk

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Jessie

Original sold. Prints available kate@parsonscreative.co.uk

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Jessie

Original sold. Prints available kate@parsonscreative.co.uk

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Great Dane

Original and prints available from kate@parsonscreative.co.uk

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Great Dane

Original and prints available from kate@parsonscreative.co.uk

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Ziggy

Original sold. Prints available from kate@parsonscreative.co.uk. Commission, May 2016.

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Ziggy

Original sold. Prints available from kate@parsonscreative.co.uk. Commission, May 2016.

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Terrier #2

Original and prints available. Email kate@parsonscreative.co.uk for information

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Terrier #2

Original and prints available. Email kate@parsonscreative.co.uk for information

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Terrier #1

Original and prints available. Information from kate@parsonscreative.co.uk

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Terrier #1

Original and prints available. Information from kate@parsonscreative.co.uk

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Sleeping Vizla

Original and prints available. Contact kate@parsonscreative for information

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Sleeping Vizla

Original and prints available. Contact kate@parsonscreative for information

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Angry dog

Original and prints available. Email kate@parsonscreative.co.uk for information

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Angry dog

Original and prints available. Email kate@parsonscreative.co.uk for information

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The Dog Show

1st May to 29th May, The Beehive, Swindon …and a pleasing Facebook post

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The Dog Show

1st May to 29th May, The Beehive, Swindon …and a pleasing Facebook post

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Pub sketching

Me, top right hand corner, at a ‘boozey sketching evening’ at the Robin Hood, St. Michael’s Hill, Bristol.

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Pub sketching

Me, top right hand corner, at a ‘boozey sketching evening’ at the Robin Hood, St. Michael’s Hill, Bristol.

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Drawing dogs

Since January 2015 I have drawn a lot of dogs. Enough for a dog-only exhibition of my work this May in the Beehive in Swindon, Wiltshire. This drawing was bid for as part of an auction at a Macmillan Cancer Coffee

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Drawing dogs

Since January 2015 I have drawn a lot of dogs. Enough for a dog-only exhibition of my work this May in the Beehive in Swindon, Wiltshire. This drawing was bid for as part of an auction at a Macmillan Cancer Coffee

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Beer, burlesque and Bowie

I spent last Sunday evening at Dr Sketchy’s – a great burlesque life drawing event in Bristol drawing this beautiful man and others.

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Beer, burlesque and Bowie

I spent last Sunday evening at Dr Sketchy’s – a great burlesque life drawing event in Bristol drawing this beautiful man and others.

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Joint exhibition with photographer Darren Shepherd

March 1st 2015 to April 4th 2015, The Beehive, Prospect Hill, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK  

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Joint exhibition with photographer Darren Shepherd

March 1st 2015 to April 4th 2015, The Beehive, Prospect Hill, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK  

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Children’s dragon dryer

This is a visual of Puff the Magic Dryer, the dragon dryer. I created the character illustration, have done all the design work. It’s been a bit of a hybrid illustration-design-branding project. Puff dryers are now installed at the Dundee

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Children’s dragon dryer

This is a visual of Puff the Magic Dryer, the dragon dryer. I created the character illustration, have done all the design work. It’s been a bit of a hybrid illustration-design-branding project. Puff dryers are now installed at the Dundee

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Dragon flies to Nuremberg

Tomorrow The Magic Dryer Company and Puff the Magic Dryer – the first hand-dyer designed with children in mind, and the first dragon character I’ve ever created – will arrive at the Nuremburg Toy Fair. I’ve just completed a last-minute information

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Dragon flies to Nuremberg

Tomorrow The Magic Dryer Company and Puff the Magic Dryer – the first hand-dyer designed with children in mind, and the first dragon character I’ve ever created – will arrive at the Nuremburg Toy Fair. I’ve just completed a last-minute information

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Puff the Magic Dryer

Many children are scared of the noise of hand-dryers, or find them inaccessible. The Magic Dryer Company have come up with a solution – the first hand-dryer for washrooms (slimline and low-noise) that’s made with children in mind. They briefed

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Puff the Magic Dryer

Many children are scared of the noise of hand-dryers, or find them inaccessible. The Magic Dryer Company have come up with a solution – the first hand-dryer for washrooms (slimline and low-noise) that’s made with children in mind. They briefed

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Book launch

Here it is – a real copy of the book a designed, sub-edited, typeset and illustrated during the summer. A Day in the Life of… 100 Women in Britain. The book launch was last Tuesday at Swindon central Library. Gots

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Book launch

Here it is – a real copy of the book a designed, sub-edited, typeset and illustrated during the summer. A Day in the Life of… 100 Women in Britain. The book launch was last Tuesday at Swindon central Library. Gots

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Another portrait

For her ‘significant’ birthday.  

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Another portrait

For her ‘significant’ birthday.  

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Cycle through the winter

Press ad, flyer and poster for E-Motion Electric Vehicle Company this winter. See more at www.e-motionevc.co.uk 

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Cycle through the winter

Press ad, flyer and poster for E-Motion Electric Vehicle Company this winter. See more at www.e-motionevc.co.uk 

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Wrinkle treatment

Commission a portrait to smooth out those wrinkles and blemishes and reveal your true, stylish (or stylised) self!

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Wrinkle treatment

Commission a portrait to smooth out those wrinkles and blemishes and reveal your true, stylish (or stylised) self!

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Book design

(Hopefully) this project will be put to bed this week.  Visit www.100womenbookproject.com to find out more

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Book design

(Hopefully) this project will be put to bed this week.  Visit www.100womenbookproject.com to find out more

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Slow progression

The design is now finished, just waiting for the barcode to complete this. The book’s proceeds will go to help women’s charity projects in Nepal. The plan is to produce further books with the stories of 100 women from other

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Slow progression

The design is now finished, just waiting for the barcode to complete this. The book’s proceeds will go to help women’s charity projects in Nepal. The plan is to produce further books with the stories of 100 women from other

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Designer and sub-editor

I have just edited the stories of 100 women for inclusion in “A Day in the Life of…” a book by Rosa Matheson which will raise money for women’s projects in Nepal. Currently working on book cover and page design…

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Designer and sub-editor

I have just edited the stories of 100 women for inclusion in “A Day in the Life of…” a book by Rosa Matheson which will raise money for women’s projects in Nepal. Currently working on book cover and page design…

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Living… developing

work in progress… now more of a background for type to go over, more overlapping and transparency.  

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Living… developing

work in progress… now more of a background for type to go over, more overlapping and transparency.  

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Living

First draft of a lifestyle/living illustration for a new housing development. Not quite what they’re after; I’m going to ‘sixties it up’ a tad

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Living

First draft of a lifestyle/living illustration for a new housing development. Not quite what they’re after; I’m going to ‘sixties it up’ a tad

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Summer of love 3

Yet another wedding card design

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Summer of love 3

Yet another wedding card design

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Summer of love 2

Another wedding stationery design. The design, based on the old sixpence coin combined the English rose and Scottish thistle for this very british couple!  

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Summer of love 2

Another wedding stationery design. The design, based on the old sixpence coin combined the English rose and Scottish thistle for this very british couple!  

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Summer of love

Wedding stationery design. I also created  the weddinginafield.co.uk website with information for guests on what to wear, where to camp and what to bring>  

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Summer of love

Wedding stationery design. I also created  the weddinginafield.co.uk website with information for guests on what to wear, where to camp and what to bring>  

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Shop signage

E-Motion Electric Vehicle Company shop will be opening for business in Swindon soon. This illustration of mine has a Swindon skyline… looks better hanging up than it did on paper. Quite chuffed!  

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Shop signage

E-Motion Electric Vehicle Company shop will be opening for business in Swindon soon. This illustration of mine has a Swindon skyline… looks better hanging up than it did on paper. Quite chuffed!  

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1950s

Inspired by a fifties film magazine, Film und Frau, found in a Berlin flea market  

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1950s

Inspired by a fifties film magazine, Film und Frau, found in a Berlin flea market  

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John Lennon

  Limited edition print of John Lennon… copies for sale!  

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John Lennon

  Limited edition print of John Lennon… copies for sale!  

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History timeline art commission

This is one of ten artworks commissioned by Sevenfields School Swindon. See more at http://bit.ly/nKWWV3 Each image shows a different time in history and will be displayed in the KS2 break-out area and used as teaching aids as well as

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History timeline art commission

This is one of ten artworks commissioned by Sevenfields School Swindon. See more at http://bit.ly/nKWWV3 Each image shows a different time in history and will be displayed in the KS2 break-out area and used as teaching aids as well as

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Happy campers

Illustration and icons for www.campsites-uk.co.uk. Clicking on each icon makes a search selection

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Happy campers

Illustration and icons for www.campsites-uk.co.uk. Clicking on each icon makes a search selection

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The other electric cyclist

The second side of the hanging sign, riding a different e-bike to the lady. This will hang outside E-Motion’s new shop at 373 Cricklade Road before too long (re-furb still in progress)

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The other electric cyclist

The second side of the hanging sign, riding a different e-bike to the lady. This will hang outside E-Motion’s new shop at 373 Cricklade Road before too long (re-furb still in progress)

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The electric cyclist

One side of a hanging sign (like a pub sign) for E-Motion Electric Vehicle Company’s new shop. Swindon skyscape in the background.

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The electric cyclist

One side of a hanging sign (like a pub sign) for E-Motion Electric Vehicle Company’s new shop. Swindon skyscape in the background.

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Norman conquest

Intended style for a school’s art project. Pitched yesterday. Fingers crossed!

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Norman conquest

Intended style for a school’s art project. Pitched yesterday. Fingers crossed!

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Coate Water

Illustration commissioned by Swindon Civic Trust for a poster campaign against development of Coate Water Country Park

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Coate Water

Illustration commissioned by Swindon Civic Trust for a poster campaign against development of Coate Water Country Park

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‘Lovely’ Swindon architecture

This illustration of Swindon’s Holiday Inn Express was commissioned by Swindon Civic Trust to highlight the dubious planning permission given to such an eye sore.

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‘Lovely’ Swindon architecture

This illustration of Swindon’s Holiday Inn Express was commissioned by Swindon Civic Trust to highlight the dubious planning permission given to such an eye sore.

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Ludwig Hohlwein

Poster design by Ludwig Hohlwein, born 1874. The 1920s and 1930s (IMHO) was the hey-day of poster design, especially in Germany.

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Ludwig Hohlwein

Poster design by Ludwig Hohlwein, born 1874. The 1920s and 1930s (IMHO) was the hey-day of poster design, especially in Germany.

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Pattern 02

Another of the retro-styled patterns completed in 2004

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Pattern 02

Another of the retro-styled patterns completed in 2004

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Pattern 01

One of a series of retro-styled patterns, that were applied to cylindrical lampshades and sold

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Pattern 01

One of a series of retro-styled patterns, that were applied to cylindrical lampshades and sold

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Swindon typographical map

A typographical map of Swindon, 2004. Already, the hospital, trading estate, police station, college and post office have gone.

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Swindon typographical map

A typographical map of Swindon, 2004. Already, the hospital, trading estate, police station, college and post office have gone.

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Swindon night out

Euuugh! I saw this girl peeing against a phone box outside the pubs in bridge Street. I thought about doing a series of social realism painting but never got further than this (thankfully!).

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Swindon night out

Euuugh! I saw this girl peeing against a phone box outside the pubs in bridge Street. I thought about doing a series of social realism painting but never got further than this (thankfully!).

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Perfect man

Another one of my doodles turned painting. Subconsciously I guess I like  dark-haired fellas with big noses and sturdy jaw lines.

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Perfect man

Another one of my doodles turned painting. Subconsciously I guess I like  dark-haired fellas with big noses and sturdy jaw lines.

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Red dog

Another of my doodle-inspired paintings. This all started after visiting the Joan Miró museum in Barcelona: many of his initial sketches were postage stamp sized doodles.

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Red dog

Another of my doodle-inspired paintings. This all started after visiting the Joan Miró museum in Barcelona: many of his initial sketches were postage stamp sized doodles.

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Two for joy

One of a series of oil paintings based on my doodles.  I always salute lone magpies.

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Two for joy

One of a series of oil paintings based on my doodles.  I always salute lone magpies.

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Sekt 02 – art direction

Another in the Sekt in the City sekt product awareness campaign

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Sekt 02 – art direction

Another in the Sekt in the City sekt product awareness campaign

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Sekt 01 – art direction

An older piece of work, no longer in my online portfolio: http://www.parsonscreative.co.uk. Design and concept for an in-bar product awareness campaign commissioned by wine merchant Hallgarten Druitt. Illustration by Fred Blunt.

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Sekt 01 – art direction

An older piece of work, no longer in my online portfolio: http://www.parsonscreative.co.uk. Design and concept for an in-bar product awareness campaign commissioned by wine merchant Hallgarten Druitt. Illustration by Fred Blunt.

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