Always looking over our shoulder

The internet has given us fantastic empowerment in so many ways, yet there are still one or two drawbacks that are going to be felt for generations to come. As a former child therapist, the one that sticks out for me is the way our young people are totally taken over by the need to present an online persona that is Liked and accepted. The way this shows up is in constantly checking (all night sometimes) to see if people have Liked a comment or responded to something important, or said something that they need to know by the next…

Thinking about creativity

There is research out there that shows that either persistence or flexibility will end up producing a creative idea – apparently the danger is picking neither path! Phew, I’m OK then. I usually pester one idea to death till something emerges, or flip from idea to idea till something grabs me. Staying in bed is not the way forward (but I knew that anyway!). Faced with portraying this general idea as an illustration for a putative article, I decided that children drawing flowers was a point in hand. They do it all the time in Reception. So – you could…

Starting with the handmade

I really like to do original artwork by hand – maybe sketching or watercolour or acrylics or whatever. I know it’s not on trend really, but this is what I do. The items can always be treated in any fashion in Photoshop afterwards. But for my recent illustration for “the current reduction in insects being squashed on car windscreens” (what a thought, nicely clean but ecologically worrying!), I assembled rather more than usual – a whole horde of insects in fact. And then I coloured them in fabulous colours because the shapes had to be recognisable but the colours not….