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Biscuit Bear character range for Tesco - just in time for Easter!

Biscuit Bear character range for Tesco - just in time for Easter!

A while ago Tesco approached me to design them a traditional cute bear character for a new range of greeting cards.  It took a while to get there, but the result was 'Biscuit Bear' and his furry little friends.  I can't show too much just yet, but I'll post more illustrations as they hit store shelves (likely a few weeks before Father's Day).

Above are brand new designs just in time for Easter, so get yourselves down to your local Tesco and pick up a card or two (or three...go on!)





Baby dinosaur #dinosaur #illustration

An old painting I found whilst sorting through my archive for illustrations to put on my new website.

Based on a sketch I drew on the back of my Son's birthday card a few years back.


Monster digital painting demo

A (very) brief video showing some digital painting techniques that I commonly use.  This was produced for a recent visit I did to my old school.

Painted in Photoshop CC, real-time painting time was just over an hour.


Blue Nose Friends toy environment concepts

This will be my last post of artwork from my time at Carte Blanche Greetings.

I think the forest image above was actually the best thing I did whilst at the company, so it's a good one to close this chapter of my artistic career on.

Below are some concepts for other such worlds, along with the 'magical doors' which lead to each one.
Seems like a lifetime ago I did these, but it was a really fun project.

Images courtesy of and copyright Carte Blanche Greetings

There was a whole new character sub brand I worked on whilst there that I'm dying to show, but as it never made it to market I'll probably never be able to.  :(

Next onto some newer stuff!


Hello 2013...

Year of the snake and all that...

Hope you have a good one!


Sketch commissions

A few recent sketch commisions.

Want one of your own?  Send me a message and I'll see what I can do.


Baby Pooh and friends sketches

A couple of sketches for a buddy of mine that recently became a Daddy (congrats!).  He then chose one of each character to be painted in watercolour for his Daughter's nursery wall.

The designs he chose all painted up;

Which sketches are your favourite?


Creative influence map

Loads more I wanted to include but decided to stick with the grid ‘rules’ on the bottom of the template instead.

I mainly included artists that have influenced my work and technique directly rather than just a bunch that I loved but didn’t consciously take anything from, hence no James Jean, Da Vinci or Watterson.

I'm always interested to find out the creative origins of artists I admire, so have been checking out a whole bunch of these things online lately.  A few highlights are those of Sam Nielson (surprising how similar my own influences are to his, unfortunately I left off Monkey Island but I haven't been able to draw clouds without including a spiral since playing MI3!), and Sebastien gallego.

Download the template file from the creator's DeviantArt page at and create your own.

Shane S

Dust Bunny

Whether you’ve seen your’s or not, everyone has a monster that lives under their bed.  This is mine; He’s pretty quiet most of the time, only causing a fuss if I put too much junk under there.

On a related note, this is the last of the character posts in this style.  It was a great experiment and I have got some exciting projects in the pipeline purely as a result of these sketches.

Shane S

Lilly guy

A sub-species of wood elf with a fondness for jewellery and has the ability to mimic any flower with it’s head. It nestles in flowerbeds waiting for a bejewelled hand to attempt to pick it, then deftly severs the embellished digits with it’s razor sharp forearms.

Shane S

Dex and Rex

Dexter loves Dinosaurs, especially the T-Rex that lives in the woods at the bottom of the garden.  Rex will often poke his head in through the nursery window to make sure his snoozing little buddy is ok.

Based on my little boy who loves dinosaurs (not that he has a choice as a baby!)

Shane S

Sock thief

At little over 18 inches tall, this little guy is perfectly adapted to sneak into your home through your catflap and steal your socks.  Unlike their less evolved cousins, Pachysapiens tend to live in cooler climates so need a plentiful supply of wool to make clothing and nests.  Fortunately humans seem to have two of each sock, so the thief is more than happy to take the spare.  The handy coathanger serves as the perfect grappling hook, sock snatching device and zip line handle.

Shane S


Not many people know this, but your wisdom teeth are actually a species of bat. If there isn’t enough calcium in your diet they’ll wait until you’re asleep then extract themselves and fly away on a frenzied milk hunt, returning just before you wake.
Unfortunately the only way they can transfer the much needed calcium to their slumbering host is through the passing of guano… which explains morning breath.

Shane S

Cast Painting

I've seen a lot of cast paintings around lately so thought I'd have a go myself with the commonly used eye of Michelangelo's David.

Sometimes it's nice to switch off your imagination for a bit!

Shane S

Little Dead Riding Hood

For several months in 1459, hunters feared to set foot in the forests of northern France.  After a spate of violent unexplained murders amongst the trees, survivors reported hearing footsteps running lightly through the undergrowth, accompanied by the sounds of whelping wolves just before the onslaught began.
The attacker was never found.

Shane S


The fourth member of Captain Fancypants’ crew, Yonkey just wants an easy life and that’s what he’s got aboard the Captain’s ship.  With all the rope he can swing on and a seemingly endless supply of junk food, all he has to worry about is the occasional bout of seasickness.
With his superior intellect he’s been able to repeatedly delay the revoloution, no point starting a pesky war when life’s so sweet.

Shane S


Scowl serves as the lookout on the ship of the feared pirate, Captain Fancypants.
Although, being nocturnal, he fails to spot most things.

Shane S

Herman Horn Poker

With his empty, maleable mind, it wasn’t long before Herman was recruited by Captain Fancypants. He was a perfect addition to the crew, loyal, obedient and strong enough to hauling around cannons, gunpowder, hostages or pretty much anything else the Capt desired.

Shane S

Captain Fancypants

Bored of being caged up for tourists to gawp at, the alligator formerly known as “Snappy” mutineed against the zoo staff and escaped into the lake surrounding the island zoo.
There he hid patiently, planning a revolution and gradually gathering anything that might be useful for building his pirate vessel.  Luckily, the lake was in the middle of a huge theme park which provided a plentiful supply of swashbuckling merchendise that was often dropped into the water by careless children and littering man-babies.
But before he could launch his attack he needed a crew…

Shane S