25 Principles


There’s a few “Rules of Life” knocking around at the moment. Here’s a few worth writing down:
1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.”

— 25 Principles of Adult Behaviour by John Perry Barlow, 03/10/1947-07/02/2018

“I’ve come to regard comics as something like a song.”

Notebook: Ethel
Spread 2.
First drafts, mug drawing, rough mind map, comics and a quote from Lynda Barry.
It’s along the lines of:

“I’ve come to regard comics as something like a song. It can be about anything. We can address all sorts of things in a song, love gone wrong, truck driving, Daddies, smoking, boots, birthdays, cheating, space travel, big butts, revenge, war, a turkey in the straw, regret, genders, hands, purple haze . We can this way we can make comics about anything.”

– Although I did write it down in a hurry!

“Style is the difference between a circle and how to draw it”

Opening page of Notebook: Ethel

I’m going to be uploading notebooks in a more systematic fashion (with sensitive info deleted obvs). Notebook Ethel is a few years old.

This is before I started using the first page spread as an index for the rest of the book. So the lists here are largely inspirational items and ideas of content capture. There’s not much order and I tend to fill empty spaces with bits of ephemera stuck in and doodles.


Testing of my beautiful new Gullor fountain pens and Waterman inks on a portrait of a young Salvador Dali.

Apparently the photograph was taken of Dali by Luis Buñuel around the time of the making of Un Chien Andalou.

One suggestion is that Dali’s father strongly opposed his relationship with his future wife, Gala, he banished him from the family home. Before leaving for Paris to join her, Dali shaved his head and buried the hair at Cadaqués beach.


This is a real hotchpotch of drawings from various places over the last few months. As my time is very short I have taken on the process of starting the sketch from life, taking a photo, then finishing the drawing later from reference. This was against my original principle of doing this project, but it’s that or not getting anything done, so.

I have made some of these drawings available as signed digital prints on my Big Cartel store. Please have a look, there is some of my colour work available there too.

Sometimes I have made short little videos of the process of the drawing and you can see those by clicking on the Instagram link below the image and swiping to the left.

As always you can follow my progress almost realtime on Instagram or Facebook and check older drawings on previous posts, or in the gallery.

174/365 Bedminster Methodist Church.
Drawn whilst sitting on the @sbabristol Arts Trail.
Plot 1.
There’s still a few hours left.
20 minutes.
Notebook: Ichabod
English Rose, Clifton, Bristol.
Drawn on 15/06/17.
Fountain pen.
10 minutes.
Notebook: Ichabod.
Godrevy Lighthouse, St. Ives Bay.
View from Gwythian Sands.
6th August 2017.
Notebook: Ichabod.
Multicoloured Ballpoint.
I have a lot of drawings I haven’t posted now so prepare for them to come all out of sequence.
The spire (?) of the German Cathedral in the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin.
Notebook: Ichabod.
I’ll be using #Inktober to finish off and “ink” in various sketches begun here and there. This is of one of the twin Cathedrals by the Konzerthaus in Berlin started when we visited back in April.
Deutscher Dom,
Originally pencilled 12/04/2017.
Completed 04/10/2017
Pencil and V-ball.
Notebook: Ichabod.
House front.
St. Michaels Hill, Bristol.
Pencil and V-ball.
Notebook: Ichabod

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.

Three Establishments along the Whiteladies Road.
From the front door at work, a view soon to be blocked by the new building.
11th Oct – 1st Nov 2017
Notebook: Ichabod.

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.

Stone Staircase,
Lower Church Lane,
nr Perry Road,
V-ball and Pencil.
Notebook: Ichabod

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.

Magpies on Gwithian Sands.
Drawn on 01/08/2017
Fountain pen and V-ball
Notebook: Ichabod 📓
South Parade, Oakfield Road,Clifton Bristol.
Pencil and V-ball.
Notebook: Ichabod

Process video viewable here. Prints available on Big Cartel.