Long time client, niche caterers Rocket Foods, commissioned this illustration for their annual Christmas card. Featuring all the excellent seasonal game and produce that they work with it was a homage to seasonality and a joy to create.
Chicken & Leek Pie
Initially published on illustration website They Draw and Cook, this illustration was later reconfigured as a poster for sale on the Decoder online shop.
A delicious and fun way to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. Not just good for you but bright and colourful, full of zing with fabulous flavours. Just look at that gorgeous purple red colour, you know it's good! Another recipe for They Draw and Cook website. A fun project using blocks of strong colours with textures to add impact. A more graphic approach from me!
Gorgeous Carrot Gratin
Created to illustrate a blog post this was later published on illustration website They Draw and Cook. Hand drawn and digitally painted.
I adore marmalade and have been making it for a number of years. This is my current favourite recipe where I add blood oranges for colour and sweetness, fresh ginger, kaffir lime leaves and whisky. Delicious. Another illustrated recipe that can be found on They Draw and Cook.
Flavours of Asia
Another illustrated meal from They Draw and Cook. The steamed seabass I sketched after a wonderful meal at a bloggers' supper club evening.
The most comforting of all home cooked dishes. Simple and delicious.
Since I began writing my food and art blog I have been lucky to meet some amazing people in the food and drinks industry. Some of them I've sketched for various occasions.
Denise Medrano: @thewinesleuth - wine guru, blogger, manager at uber cool Soho bar 68 & Boston.
Oisin Rogers: manager of iconic Mayfair pub & dining room, The Guinea; ex-manager of The Ship, Wandsworth; man who knows everyone you need to know in London - fact.
Niamh Shields: @eatlikeagirl Food & Travel writer, award winning food blogger, cook book author... she's all about food. Commissioned for her award-winning blog.
Many are tentative about looking at meat but I love the authenticity of it and like to see it used and handled with respect. Most of these drawings were created after an invitation to visit and tour Donald Russell, master butchers, in Scotland where I was struck by the skill and care shown by all the butchers. Today, some of these meat drawings hang as prints in the Donald Russell boardroom.
Easy Peasy Pizza
A step-by-step recipe created for food blog Simply Splendiferous and published on They Draw and Cook.
What To Wear... choices choices choices
St Patrick's Day
When I was a child we wore bunches of shamrock and green and gold badges on St Patrick's Day. If there was ever a day to eat traditional Irish dishes than this was the day.
Some of my St Patrick's Day recipes are on They Draw and Cook website and some more can be found on my blog. I experimented with incorporating photography into these illustrations.
I was initially commissioned by London brewery, Young's, to illustrate a new exterior hanging sign for their West London pub, Thatched House. The project almost immediately expanded and our design studio, Decoder, created a logo using my illustrations that could be used across marketing platform. I also illustrated and designed the menus.
Later, as the project developed, I was asked to create a wall canvas to celebrate the gin production of their close Hammersmith neighbour, Sipsmith Distillery. The 1.8 metre wide canvas hung in the Thatched House until it was presented to Sipsmith when they moved their distillery to a new location in London.
Chef Adam Byatt of South London restaurant, Trinity, commissioned me to illustrate his Tasting Menus. For over two years I deliciously dined while sketching beautiful plates of food.
Streatham back garden in the height of summer 2016. Lush and generous.
Sketches of Spain
High in Los Alpujarras mountain range sit the white villages of Pitres and Busquitar.