The (Booty)Call of Cthulhu

I’m really sorry about this one. I guess it just kinda happened. Books and tentacles.., these things seem to go hand in hand in my head today.

painting on a book page
Acrylic painting on a book page. Yes, ripped out of Jane Austen’s Emma. No regrets.

Another mini painting on a book page for this week’s Illustration Friday. Theme = book! Also check out my previous book page painting if you’re digging this one 🙂

Little Miss Snaggletooth

For the Illustration Friday theme “Crooked”, I instantly saw this image in my mind. It’s the latest trend amongst teenage Japanese girls: the snaggletooth. Really? Yes, really. Money will actually get paid to have these put in place. Erm, out of place… Crooked teeth Japanese girlI think this phenomena is not just an inexplicable fad or a craze. It is deeply rooted into Japanese culture. Crooked teeth like these are an example of wabi-sabi. This term represents the view that beauty can be found in imperfection. Maybe it’s also down to Japan’s obsession with youth and school girls. Like this “I just got rid of my milk teeth” look.

I used to have crooked teeth once and my parents paid a small fortune to get these corrected. Oh dear… Ladies and gentlemen, presenting: my 13 year old self.

Bursting out

painting of curvy girls
Leeds girls going all out. Literally.

As a foreign person living in the north of England, the girls and their dresses continue to amaze and confuse me. Like I said in an earlier post, most Leeds girls don’t wear much at all when going out for a drink and a dance. No matter the weather, age or body shape for that matter, your average Leeds girl will sport that Lipsy mini dress like there is no tomorrow. And sometimes these things go wrong. Very wrong.

This is another illustration, in acrylics this time, done for Illustration Friday. Topic: BURST. Ha!

Holding court

children's illustration of a princess
“You there, underling! Fetch me something to drink. At once.”

When a little boy puts on a knight’s costume, he becomes a knight. Those dragons really happen and the day needs saving. The earth’s future depends on it! It’s serious business.

One of my favourite games was dressing up too. When I slipped into that pink, sparkly dress and put on the plastic tiara, the gates to the kingdom far, far away really did open. They needed me to be queen! And I ruled them hard, really hard.

Today’s India ink and watercolour illustration has been done for Illustration Friday and the topic is… imagination!


“Tall” is a subject close to my heart. Not only am I 6 ft. myself, but I hail from a city teeming with women in platform heels. So for last week’s Illustration Friday I did two quick pictures. One of me being extremely tall, obviously. And one of the women of Leeds. A city in the Northern part of England for those that don’t know.

painting of tall women
Illustration in acrylics for Illustration Friday, subject: tall!

It really is quite a sight. On Friday night the women go all out. Killer heels, fake tans, tight fitting mini dresses and they get drunk… really drunk. Some lose their shoes and fall over, some are even sick in the street. The main problem with these heels is that they actually make women look quite scary and overpowering. Towering out over all the boys, these groups of drunk, shrieking girls aren’t exactly the best representatives for femininity. But hey, here speaks a pale faced girl who hardly goes out and spends her days hunched over a drawing on a Saturday night.

painting of a tall lady
Children’s art style illustration in pen and pastels of me at work feeling extremely tall. Oh and mum, if you’re reading this… I don’t smoke, it just looked good for the picture!