Travel Sketches from Perú

We travelled the length and breadth of Perú for three months recording our journey on the Travel with Turton travel blog. Arthur Salt took care of the words and I created the images. I've started working on some travel sketches to record the time we spent there, the people we met on the way and the sights we saw on the road. black rottweiler sketch

'Pardo' your not so friendly neighbourhood Rottweiler is a great character to draw. He would insist on sitting directly outside Mario's front door so each visit would entail a wrestle with Pardo to get past.

Cusco_Old_Man_Sketch Struggling to stay awake this old guy was sat on a bench in Cusco in the San Blas region.

Lima Love

'Lima Love' is a recognisable graffiti tag found in subtle spots all over the city of Lima. I'm looking forward to getting some pure Peruvian colours on this, it's got to be neon all the way. I will be working on more travel sketches inspired by our time in Perú over the coming weeks and will be posting them up on my Instagram profile as time goes on.

Wall Mural Perú

I arrived in Piura, Peru last week. In the north of the country we're close to the equator and it's Summer. That means 35 degree heat, scorching sun and a river swarming with malaria ridden mosquitoes. Luckily our hotel had air con, sound proofing, a hot shower and a pool! Piura sunset

This was welcome luxury as we were due to start our volunteering work at the Hogar Anita Goulden a home for children with mental and physical disabilities and knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park. The Hogar is the only one of it's kind in north Perú and is completely funded by British charity the Anita Goulden Trust.

Hogar Anita Goulden Trust

After a few days getting to know the staff and children, helping out around the home and assisting with therapy sessions we got the go ahead to paint a wall mural in the therapy area. As the children mainly exercise using play mats on the floor the artwork needed to be low lying.

Sketch for wall mural

I designed the mural so all the detail remained as close to the floor as possible to ensure the children get the best view point. As many of them don't get the chance to explore outside very often I decided to paint an outdoor scene characterising all the elements from smiley trees to happy clouds and angry birds.

residents watch wall mural progres

With some help from my partner in crime we drew, masked, painted and risked our lives for five hours in the dangerous and sweltering Mercado Central trying to buy emulsion paint. Eventually we managed to complete 6 meters of wall in five days.

wall mural work in progress

wall mural cloud detail

wall miral rabbits and dogs

Painting the birds

thank you from the hogar

So finally this Saturday we celebrated with the staff and children with a small fiesta, chinking plastic cups of cherryade and eating cake to latino tunes. We're both super pleased to have had the opportunity to meet the children and staff at the Hogar Anita Goulden and hope the mural brightens and entertains for many years to come. Find out more about our adventures in Perú over at the Travel with Turton travel blog.

Illustrated Wall Mural Peru

New Year, New Website, New Travel Plans

It's been busy over the last couple of months, I've been working on some exciting collaborations, new commissions, this new website and, perhaps most importantly, on my travel plans to South America! Before I delve into that, here on my brand new site you’ll find an updated portfolio packed to the brim with my latest work and recent news. The idea is to streamline my illustration content making it easier for me to manage (while I'm away) and for you to find and stay up to date with my portfolio and blog in one place.

It's Responsive


The new website is fully responsive so you can view it ‘on the go’ on any device. Leave me a reply and let me know what you think?

New Work

I've been asked to get involved with an interactive editorial illustration iPad App called 'New Wave'. Due for release in early 2014 by Republic Press I'm itching to see the final result and will keep you posted on the final release dates. Over the Autumn I also worked on a collaboration for the Eye Candy Festival in Birmingham which launched at the end of October. I was commissioned to produce some large scale pieces for feature across one of Birmingham’s last surviving derelict Victorian buildings – Unity House. You can see and read more about the Unity House Illustrations here.

Travel with Turton


So for more exciting news…I will start 2014 with a year long trip to Peru! Having finally bitten the bullet, quit my job, rented my house, sold my car, furniture and imac I will be spending the next year learning Spanish, getting to know family and volunteering at a Children's Charity. I plan to document my travels and journey across South America over at a travel blog covering design, photography, illustration, fashion and food. The latest interview is with Hass and Hahn of Favela Painting, they talk about their most recent Kickstarter project to raise $100,000 to paint an entire hillside favela in Rio de Jenero, Brazil.

Finally - staying in touch

While I'm away and as long as I have a decent wi-fi connection I'll be blogging on and updating this site with hand drawn sketches and illustrations of my adventures. You can follow me on twitter, facebook, flickr, Google+ and instagram too, links are at the top of the site, so be sure to say ‘hi’. Wishing everyone a good New Year I look forward to sharing my South American adventures with you in 2014!

Unity House Illustrations

Unity House is one of the last surviving derelict Victorian buildings in Birmingham. I've been commissioned alongside Vicky Newman and Louise Brangwin to decorate and adorn this beautiful building with illustrations for the Eye Candy Festival. The Eye Candy Festival is a celebration of visual pop culture; where invited exhibitors, speakers and designers from across the globe showcase their illustration, art and design through a program of events, talks and workshops.

Eye Candy Festival is in it's second year and opens on 31st October until 3rd November 2013.

Unity House Birmingham

Unity House. Image courtesy of the Urban Snapper.

We're really pleased and proud to be involved in this years festival and decided early on our illustrations should do justice to the building, telling the story of Unity House and her varied past. Creating a female character that sits central to the narrative sharing and displaying her love affairs and memories over time. We hoped this would not only be relevant to the building and its history but call to mind her future.

The History

Unity House is locally listed Grade B and has been photographed, blogged about and has been at the centre of debate and scepticism surrounding the delay in her restoration/renovation. Researching her history we discovered the building had a varied past including:

  • The Rose & Crown Pub (1800's)
  • Shapero, a wholesalers of tailors trimmings, trouser pocket material and tape measures owned by Mr Shapero (1950s)
  • Metalworkers Unions and the Society of Lithographers, Designers and Engravers used the building in the (1980s)

Fellow Illustrators

Unity House illustrations sneak peek

Vicky Newman (top image)

Vicky Newman is a freelance contemporary illustrator specialising in drawing,screen printing and generally getting her fingers inky. Her work has been used on a variety of different media from print to product and she has worked for clients across the globe. She loves 2b propelling pencils (8b for shadows) French toast, old playing cards and New York City.

Louise Brangwin (centre image)

Louise’s illustrations use a mixture of traditional printmaking techniques and line drawings. She often uses digital tools and techniques for collage; using found items for their unique textures and patterns, to blend with her drawings. Louise recently set up ‘The Original Bazaar’ to sell her handcrafted jewellery and screen prints. Louise’s current favourite media is an inky fineliner and watery brush.


Installation is planned for Thursday 31st October to coincide with the launch of Eye Candy Festival, after which we'll be revealing the entire collection of work. Until then keep an eye on the Eye Candy Festival website for updates. Unity_House_EyeCandy_Fest3

Update 31st October

Our illustrated panels are up and displayed loud and proud. We're hanging next to the hugely talented Marguerite Sauvage whose work I absolutely adore. Unity_House_EyeCandy_Fest Unity_House_EyeCandy_Fest4 Unity House Birmingham for Eye Candy Festival

Where is Unity House?

Situated on the corner of Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham. Follow the map to find Unity House to discover her secrets.

Watch the official Eye Candy Festival video below.

Eye Candy 2013 from Fused Magazine on Vimeo.

Let me know if you've seen the panels I'd love to know what you think.

Life Drawing

I've been going to life drawing sessions at the Patrick Kavanagh Pub in Moseley, Birmingham since October 2012. It's been a great way to keep up my drawing skills and meet some new faces. Organised by Jessica Cooper it's open every Tuesday from 7pm till 9pm. It's really relaxed and each week Jessica runs a 'Mystery Prize' for the models favourite piece of work produced that evening.

I fully recommend it for any budding artists or those just wanting to try something new. Below is a small selection of my work. They produce a life drawing pack which contains a hand bound sketch book, pencil and voucher for 8 life drawing sessions - a snip at £30! There is a 'Spring Show off Competition' to win one of these lovely gift packs on the Pat Kav Life Drawing Facebook page. If you 'like' my sketch - I might just win! Thanks kids...

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Life Drawing Birmingham 2

Life Drawing at the Pat Kav 2012

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