The Margaret Thatcher Colouring Book

Earlier this year, I was commissioned to produce a colouring book featuring pictures of Margaret Thatcher. Given that I've always felt antipathy and distrust towards her, it was a weird topic to be handed as the subject of my first book. Outright satire felt somewhat irrelevant, since a) she's dead and b) there's plenty of fantastic examples produced throughout the eighties anyway. So I opted for the position of "misinformed biography". Ironically, that resulted in me having to do quite a lot of research into Thatcher's life, in order to then deliberately present them inaccurately.
But now, as the UK's second Tory female PM takes up office, you can seize this opportunity to learn absolutely nothing about our first, whilst simultaneously wasting hours of your life colouring in her face. What a bargain!

You can pre-order the book on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.es. Anyone who emails me a photo of a page they've coloured in I will endeavour to reward with a personalised piece of art.

Quick Sketch - 08/07

A little while ago, I saw a rather beautiful bird called "the Bee-eater", in the fields of Extremadura. I immediately wondered if these birds had any preferences as to the type of bees - would a a nice juicy bumblebee be considered a real treat, for example? Do they attack hives, or just wait for a bee to fly past, and then chase it? What do they do when there's no bees around? How do they not get the inside of their throats stung? And would they enjoy the bee more if it was roasted and smothered in honey?

Urban Sketchers London exhibition

The brand new branch of Timberyard coffeeshop has just opened on Noel Street in Soho, and with it their third exhibition from Urban Sketchers London (we’ve previously exhibited in their Old Street and Covent Garden branches). This time there’s 24 of us exhibiting our location drawings/paintings.

Here we all are (or nearly all of us) at the Private View opening night last week. 

The pictures will be on display until the end of the summer 2016. Find Timberyard here.