Sit and Wait

I’m currently working on a new collection artwork titled ‘Sit and Wait’.

Inspired by the Taoist concept of WU WEI – the act non-doing or striving for non-striving. The internet describes it as… ‘the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world.’

I like to think of it as ‘Doing nothing is doing something.’ #darrenology.

I’m still exploring so below are some concept layout scribbles from my sketchbook. BUT if you can’t ‘Sit and wait’ for the natural flow of the world, I’ve got some finished works available on my shop.

Poems that I wrote

I’ve been busily working on my new little picture book – a collection of short poems that i’ve been scribbling and writing and re-writing overt the last couple of years (some actually date back over five years which is kinda crazy).

I’ve always wanted to do a little anthology ever since I read the Tim Burton book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (highly recommend it). I also had a really lovely book when I was little that I read A LOT called ’Theres an awful lot of weirdos in our neighbourhood by Colin McNaughton and described as ’A book of rather silly verse and pictures.’ which is great. Remarkably it’s still available to buy on Amazon.

Anyways, below are some of my work-in-progress illustrations.

Postcards and prints

I’ve popped some new items up on the shop — it takes a little while to get these things from my sketchbook to shop but it’s always amazing to see my doodles go out there into the world and onto people’s walls or desks or fridge doors.



So far i’ve had two ‘lovely’ book reviews (see below).

I’d like to have some more please. So if you’ve bought the book, read the book, seen the book, smelt the book, or just lightly grazed past it – lemme know what ya reckon.

If you haven’t done any of the above, you can buy a copy here and I’ll hand sign it for ya. Cheers!

The Tree is coming...

I've had a month of intense tree scribbling to finally get the proof out of my brain/laptop and into print (or Ebook if you're fancy).

Some work-in-progress snaps below. First proof is arriving early August then as soon as I'm happy I'll be doing a little give away!

Holiday doodles - Berneuil

Seven sunny days in the French countryside inspired a smattering of summery doodles. 

The Posca Pen Portraits

An experiment that started with a self portrait.

Working late

...and that email finally comes in.