The Men from NAFA

Every once in a while I get to be part of thing of joy. Like this. As part of Painting Padiham 2018, the Men from NAFA urged the people of Padiham to gift them poems and words that would be launched into space. I was lucky enough to provide ground support in the form of graphic […]

de Lempicka at Studio 22b

I took the iPad Pro along to life drawing – a session inspired by the work Tamara de Lempicka,  at Studio 22b. iPad Pro is a great drawing tool, alongside the Apple pencil and Procreate app. Taking it to a life drawing session was a really good test – it allowed me all the flexibility […]

Work Inspiration Day

Checking the camera set up

Burnley College hosted a Work Inspiration Day for children from five local schools to come and have a look at what the world of work might offer them. I was very pleased to be asked to attend and try and inspire some young folks to do graphic design. You can read more about the event […]

Merry Christmas from the Xmas Terrier

Not as jolly as the Easter Beagle, this is an illustration out of necessity. Lots of people have very cute dogs that can wear a hat. We have a dog that eats hats. And slippers… ..and here’s the film from last year’s present giving. Merry Christmas ginger-jammers.

Artists’ Hangout

[vimeo video_id=”35418792″ width=”800″ height=”400″ title=”Yes” byline=”Yes” portrait=”Yes” autoplay=”No” loop=”No” color=”00adef”] Watch me (and other lovely people) draw! The artists’ hangout is a monthly get-together for artists, creatives, performers and culture lovers of all persuasions. Open age range, open art form, arty activities.. aesthetic, acoustic and eclectic! Young artists and performers especially welcome. Find out more […]

The Future… Today

Promo video for Burnley Council’s graphics unit, illustrating our wide range of new media services. Find out more at The video was co-written with MJ (who also provided the vocal), drawn in Adobe Illustrator, animated in Flash and sound added in Garageband.    

More talent

Amateur dramatics and choirs provide the inspiration for this slice of Burnley’s Got Talent. MJ Hindman provided the animation for this film and we were joined by Amy Blackburn on vocals. [vimeo video_id=”16105176″ width=”800″ height=”450″ title=”No” byline=”No” portrait=”No” autoplay=”No” loop=”No” color=”00adef”]

Got Talent?

From a series of videos produced for an in-house awards evening. Co-conspirators for this project included MJ and Amy Hindman. MJ’s on sax, Amy built the theatre. I’m playing bass, as well as animating and character designing. Despite depicting our bosses (guitar and vocals) with giant heads we still had our jobs in the morning. […]

Amy’s Got Talent

Video produced by Amy Hindman whilst on work experience with the Graphics Unit at Burnley Council. As well as animating and adding sound in Flash, Amy built the theatre and other elements out of cardboard. MJ’s Got Talent

Community Strategy

Community Strategy Cover

An interactive pdf for the latest version of Burnley’s Community Strategy. This work was done at Burnley Council for Burnley Action Partnership. Previous editions were print based, but times have changed and it is now more sensible to design for screen first and then do a short digital run. The print version loses the side […]

Todmorden Challenge

A short film to highlight a short piece of missing railway line that could make a huge difference to folks wanting to travel between Burnley and Manchester. Thanks to MJ for the drawings, we also scripted this together. I did most of the animation and the voice over. Just once it would be nice to […]

Planning Video

Planning. It’s not easy. Here’s a short film to help put you into the unfortunate shoes of someone from the planning department. Concept, script, animation, voice over and music all by me (blimey!) – watch out for the sheep being squished by a falling house.