Sleeping Bags & Independent Shops of Sheffield Project

Moving well into year two....

With help from the independent shops and pubs of Sheffield, I have donated over eighty sleeping bags so far to the Cathedrals  Archer Project. 

Really never expecting the interest it received, I am still totally blown away with the response.  I would again like to thank all the folks that have been involved last year and this. 

The generosity shown has been overwhelming and I cannot thank you all enough.  

Hopefully this will continue into the future, so if you are an independent here in Sheffield please feel free to get in touch.

Or if anyone out there would like to donate any-     

Windsor & Newton Bristol Board Pads  250g/m 114lb,  A4,A3,A2 or A1

I would also be eternally grateful!!

Many thanks again and again, G xx

How it all started....

Over the last three months I have been illustrating Sheffield's Independent Stores ( & the occasional pub ).  

Firstly it was just to try and put colour in my work  as I have had no success at all in the past. 

Secondly when the pictures started to get a  little bit better and a couple of Storeowners began asking questions about how to get their own shop done.  I decided that I would  give something back and help the homeless in Sheffield.  

After speaking to the Archer Project at the Cathedral it was clear they were short in a lot  of  areas.  One such area is sleeping bags which are a struggle to get donated and then the penny dropped, so they say.

How it all works....

First we agree on what size you require. Easy as I only do  an A3 picture which will be exchanged  for two sleeping bags. 

You then decide which building you require drawing for yourself.  I will happily come and take photos or you can supply your own but we will work out what works best. 

You then leave it with me, it may take a few weeks depending on the amount of work I have on.

Upon completion of artwork I will email you the image. If you do not like the piece for ANY reason at all you can walk away without any issue or explanation, no problem. If you do then the exchange will take place. 

I will provide your original artwork along with a high quality digital image if you require. You get to do with your picture whatever you desire. Whilst I will remain the copyright owner of the artwork. You will have full authority to do with your image as you see fit - prints, copy, sell, use, etc no limits whatsoever.

The sleeping bag you can get from wherever you want it just has to be an adult sized one and completely new.

If you require any more information then please feel free to email me at

Many thanks G.




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Digital Sketchbook

Just a few sketches that I have done on my huion digital screen.  It is a real pleasure to draw with, rough sketch on a layer then work on the layer above to hone the the shapes and shadows.  I then add a third layer where I draw the final sketch.  Digital work gives me the freedom to make mistakes whilst keeping the work clean.  Options to resize and scale freely whilst giving me a real pen and paper feel too.

Japanese Street Scene

This series of pictures of a Japanese street are all done freehand in pen made up from lots of different photos.  I wanted to create seven separate pictures that all go together to form a full street scene. The series consists of six A4 portrait pictures and one A3 landscape picture.  The A3 one sits in the middle with three A4 pictures on either side.  When complete I intend to colour the whole set either digitally or with watercolour, not sure which just yet.

Watch this space..........

Cheers G.

Pencil Work

Here is a selection of my pencil work, mostly drawn on A3 or A2 heavyweight cartridge paper.  Working with pencil is my real passion I love to get as much detail into my pictures as possible, using HB 0.3mm and 0.5mm mechanical pencils.  These can take me weeks to complete but the satisfaction I feel  when finished is awesome.  Over the years I have built up quite a collection of assorted pencils, especially of the mechanical variety.  So if you have any questions about any of this please feel free to e-mail me,  I will be only to happy to help if I can.

Robots Around Sheffield

This Series of pictures are based on Sheffield scenes that included freindly robots living amongst us.  They are best printed and viewed at A2 size so that all the detail can be seen, although they also look well at A3.  All hand drawn on the computer working with tablet and pen, referencing from photo sets taken on regular outings around town.  It is a great way to draw but it doesn't beat the old pencil on paper.


These pages are one of my side pet projects. (No pun intended) I love cats but I'm not good at drawing animal bodies!  So I thought I would just draw their heads then dress them up.  Might as well put them in some quality whilst I am at it.  All images are hand drawn using my huion screen and clip studio paint software.

Colour Sketchbook

Before I started on my Sheffield Independant Shops Project I did some colour testing. Here are the pages, I use them for reference when adding colour to the pictures.  It also gave me an opportunity to draw random items that I would not normally draw.


Socketville is a place where I just put stuff together and have fun.  Not really sure how to explain, it is probably easier just to have a look.

Assorted Artwork

These are just a selection of random works that don't really fit any where else, a bit of everything.