31 December 2011


I've just been looking back through old work and realised that there is a theme that I keep coming back to.
I guess it goes hand in hand with my water obsession, here are my rain themed prints:
Today I am a Storm Cloud


Summer Rain

The prints can be found on Etsy or Ickleshop

30 December 2011

Looking forward

Just a quick post to show this blog has not been abandoned alltogether.

It has been a busy winter so far and a lovely Christmas. As I look forward to the new year it looks like that will be busy too.

True to form, the gypsy blood has kicked in, and once again we are investigating new places to live. I want a room to use as a studio and to be somewhere near a river or the sea, I'm drawn to living near water. Apart from that we'd quite like a garden again, and maybe a dog to keep me company working from home.

We'll just have to see what the new year brings.

11 October 2011

Holiday - Padstow

I have had a few days off to visit the sea with my man. I went to Padstow and stayed in the loveliest B&B Cyntwell. Here is the romantic little room we had in the attic:
Here is me enjoying a lovely cool mojito:

Here is the best italian food I've had in the UK, Arancini and fiery aribiatta from Rojanos:
Here is the glorious sands of the beach near Padstow, it was perfect and tranquil with lots of rocky coves to explore:
Here is an absolutely epic raspberry meringue from Rick Stein's Deli:
And, because it was Cornwall:

08 September 2011

Bank holiday weekend

I know it's been well over a week since the bank holiday weekend, but I thought I'd share a couple of pictures. It'd spent a couple of weeks worth of evenings designing and making things for Cov Art Fair, like these susage dogs who later became cards.

I was quite pleased with my little stall, and happily made a few sales, while eating cupcakes from the stall next to mine.

I also stayed with my parents in the house I grew up in. It felt really good to go back (it had been a while), and I squeezed in some visits to friends including one who just had a gorgeous little baby girl.

This is my parents dog Bonnie, who will make any one feel welcome as long as they want to play.

07 September 2011


I seem to have gained a second little furry member of the family. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Withnail, our cute little Chinese Dwarf Hamster:
He was bought for us as a joke, which initially made me very angry as not animal should be bought as a joke or given away lightheartedly. They have little lives that are precious and the people that gave us Withnail took a gamble that we would commit to caring for him, for the sake of an easy laugh. As soon as I saw his little nose timidly poking out of his new home, all the anger melted away.

We still have a brute of a hamster called Monty, who is far to keen to fight and bite, so the two of them have separate homes.

Some people have lots of cats, I'm on my way to having lots of Hamsters!

06 September 2011

A visit to Hampton Court

On Sunday, when the weather was very wet and autumnal, I went to Hampton Court. I loved every minute of it, the place feels like something out of Alice In Wonderland.

 The gardens were amazing, both the plants and the design had obviously been carefully thought about and refined over all the years. I'd love to go back in better weather and spend time exploring all the nooks and crannies.
 There were some wonderful characters that I'd like to go back and draw, and inside some of the walls and ceilings are breathtaking, covered with angels, cherubs, rainbows and mythical beasts.
 Out of everything I saw, this spotty cat was by far my favourite - he even had ligthning bolts for whiskers, how cool is that?

06 July 2011

Doodle on it

You can give something a whole different feel just be drawing on it. I used to graffiti my school books, and I still add glasses and moustaches to pretty models in magazines. I decided to breathe new life into an old illustration of mine by the addition of a little black ink.

Clouds and leafy plants:

Leafy branches and flowers:

28 June 2011

More teacups

I do like drawing and painting teacups, not sure why. These ones can be found in the shop.

23 June 2011

Bunny on a boat

I draw a lot of bunnies, but I think this is the first one I've put to sea.

Find it in the shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/ickleson! Also in the shop, teacups...

17 June 2011

So many bunnies!!!!

 Each bunny hugs a love heart, and has been made by me. I've made a couple of custom ones for friends so if this is something you're interested in email me. Or if you want to buy one of these little characters check out ickleson.etsy.com

16 June 2011

Emmy the Great for Amelias Magazine

I spent a lovely couple of hours doing a little piece for Amelia's Magazine to go alongside a review of Emmy the Great's latest album Virtue. It is very rare that an illustration turns out exactly how I have it in my head, but some times things just fall together. So here is my initial sketch, she does look naked behind the cake (and has no hair), but I was happy with it:

And from the first sketch I just carried on adding detail and colour, and here is the finished illustration:

To read the review and see my illustration and other illustrators take on the same subject click here.

15 June 2011

And now for something completely different

 A friend of mine asked if I could draw him a tattoo. I asked what he wanted, and he said a cute zombie pinup girl. I must admit it isn't something I've drawn before, but I managed to come up with this lady.
Making the undead sexy without being grotesque was a bit of a challenge, but I'm quite proud of how it turned out. I wonder if he will get it tattooed, if he does, I'll make sure I get a photo.

09 June 2011

Toys & Tags

 I have had a fab old time with my sewing machine making dresses, which are not interesting enough to post about, and I have also made toys (about which I am very excited). I'm going to sell them on Etsy, but I will post photos as I add them to the shop, but for starters here are a pair of bunnies.

 I have also made Owls and Mermaids. Why that combination of characters? I don't know, it just seems to be the way my mind works. Each one will be sold with an illustrated tag:

08 June 2011

Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration

Last night I downed tools early and headed over to Tatty Devine, Brick Lane, not only because they are one of my favourite jewellery makers but also to attend a special event - I went to see Amelia of Amelia's Magazine on the final night of her book tour.
I got to sample some refreshing Lychee, Berry and Basil Juiceology and admire/eat some scrummy beautiful biscuits from The Biscuiteers, before listening to an inspiring talk about Eco fashion, illustration and social media from Amelia herself.

I treated myself to a copy of the book (so I could pour over the illustrations) and also came away with a fab Tatty Devine bag and some Dr Hauschka face mask samples.
I met some truly lovely people including Emma Block (whose gorgeous pictures are in the book) and Maria Papadimitriou (who makes very clever jewellery from thrown away plastic).

You can even see me amongst the crowd in the photos on Tatty Devine's blogpost about the event here or admire Emma's perfectly iced biscuit and photos of the night here. And if you are still wondering what all the fuss is about visit Amelia's Magazine.

Cake & Cards

At the weekend I went to a lovely sunny summer wedding, where the highlight of the day was the cake. It was a Choccywoccydoodah (they're based in Brighton) and was created out of white chocolate and delicious chocolate fudge sponge.
 The other thing to catch my eye recently was a little parcel from Moo. It landed on my doormat and inside were my new business cards.
I am so completely in love with them - especially the rounded corners. I am carrying them with me everywhere, so if our paths should cross feel free to ask me for one.

27 May 2011

Friends: furry and non furry

I now live with a little Russian Dwarf called Monty, he's very feisty, likes cornflakes and running. He's isn't the Dachshund I was hoping for but is very charming and makes me laugh.
A very good friend of mine had a little boy called Jacob at the beginning of the month, so I made him a happy bunny as a welcome to the world gift. I'm quite pleased with it (almost kept it for myself), so I may make a few more and see if they'll sell on etsy.

I also made this papercut birthday card for another May baby, only this one was born 30 years ago and is soon to have a little one of her own. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy papercut, I'm busy doodling some more designs that I think will look pretty good in paper too.

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