Thursday, 16 February 2017


In November the baby arrived! His name is Toby - and he's really quite something.
It's been full on since he got here and definitely an emotional rollercoaster (though safely more highs than lows, I reckon). But I've managed to keep on top of the drawings for my 100 day project on Instagram - and while the baby boy has slept on this grey and murky February day, I've managed to update my website. There's now a whole bit dedicated to the 100 day project (all about the boy himself) - plus a bit more to come. Check it out and remember you can follow the 100 day project in full by finding me on Instagram as @elstriggs.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Back to the blog, with a bump. Literally

It's been more than a year since I wrote on here - have to stop doing that! But it has been a busy and very exciting year. After the residency in Budapest ended in September, it was to back work at the school, and later teaching Graphics / printmaking at a 6th form college in Luton.

Also earlier this year I managed to get pregnant - a whole other story! I've been using my Instagram account (@elstriggs) to keep a visual diary on all things pregnancy-related. As the bump gets bigger, so does my desire to keep drawing and making more stuff. I feel like I need to cram as much in as possible before he arrives!

In the first stages of pregnancy I felt so sick all the time I found it hard to pick up a pencil. When I started feeling normal again, I realized I hadn't done anything creative for what felt like an age - not good. So this project has given me a focus. Above is an etching of the first drawing I made for it - head over to Instagram if you want to have a nosey.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Tiny streams

I've started a blog for the residency I'm doing in Budapest in August. It's just the beginning, so there's very little on there at the moment, but hopefully it'll be overflowing by the end of the summer! That pun was fully intentional.

If you'd like to contribute to the project by answering a few questions about the River Thames (or the Danube, if it has some significance for you), please email me at I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Buda! Pest!

In August I'll be heading over to the magnificent Art Quarter Budapest - yes that's in actual Budapest - to do a two-week artist residency!

I'm going to be working on a narrative project, gathering stories related to the Danube and the Thames, to create an animation / sound piece; working title 'The River Is Smiling'. It's only a short residency (though hopefully it will lead to more), so phase one of the adventure - an exploration of all things Thames-related - starts now. Watch this space for more updates.

Do you have any stories, memories, anecdotes or even just feelings about the Thames you'd be happy to share with me? If so, I'd love to hear from you so please get in touch via my website, now fully updated -

In other news, I've now got cards for sale at the recently refurbished Oriel Wrexham in North Wales. Two of my card designs are currently featured on their Facebook page, hurrah! My Etsy shop is also up and running again so if you want to get involved in some old-fashioned letter writing, do go ahead and place your order.

New cards for sale at Oriel Wrexham

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Summer is late, and so am I!

It's been a long time coming, but I've finally updated my website. Hooray!

Find it at

The old site, created for me by the wonderful Creative Hero, is still online at (spot the difference) until further notice, or I can bear to part with it.

In other news, the latest issue of Cracked Eye magazine is out now, featuring illustrations I made for "Voices of the Past" by Hannah Spencer. Here's a teaser - download the app for the whole story!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

In Winter, I plot and plan. In Spring, I move.

So says Henry Rollins. I'm stating that as my reason for not writing on here since November. February always feels short but overly intense - I like the sound of its name, but the picture I have of the word in my mind is cold and grey and blue, with sleet and snow drifting around the edges of every letter.

Luckily this Winter has been productive. I've been illustrating for the lovely Cracked Eye magazine, a short story app and offshoot of The Other Publishing company. Here are some of the most recent pics, for 'On The Outside' by Lynn Peters. You'll have to download it to find out what it's about!

I've also written and illustrated a short story for Studio 73 gallery in Brixton, for their shiny new website - which isn't live yet, but watch this space for more updates. 

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Tudor Sunday

A bit of Tudor-ness keeps me entertained until the next project.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Cracked Eye

I've been doing some illustrations recently for Cracked Eye, a digital short story magazine (an imprint of The Other Publishing Company). It's now launched officially - you can subscribe and download it as an app for your phone. This month's issue features this chap. The illustrations below are for a short story called One Way Traffic by R G McKay Ireland, and will be published in a couple of issues time. Go get it! 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

A Child's Christmas in Wales

I'm taking part in an exhibition at Oriel Wrecsam, North Wales, based around the prose 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' by Dylan Thomas. 

'A painting book in which I could make the grass, the trees, the sea and the animals any colour I pleased, and still the dazzling sky-blue sheep are grazing in the red field under the rainbow-billed and pea-green birds.'

Work in progress...

...and in situe

I'm very proud to be exhibiting work alongside illustrators including Jonny Hannah, Abi Whitehouse and Jessie Chorley amongst others. The exhibition runs from 1st November until 17th January 2015. 

Sunday, 14 September 2014


So now it's pretty much Autumn, and I rounded off the summer by running some live animation workshops at End of the Road festival in Dorset. We invited festival folk to make a few seconds of stop-frame animation using just their bodies and a few props. So much fun!

Here's a wee taster of what we were getting up to - a little dance-off starring Kate, Robin and yours truly (and Kirsty is pictured below!)

Kirsty, the fourth member of team Humanimation

I absolutely loved doing these workshops, but it was hard work and I had a lot of help making them happen! So it feels only right to give a shout out of huge appreciation to the fantastically enthusiastic Humanimation team members: film maker extraordinaire Kate Jessop, all-hands-on-deck happy monster Robin Strigner, and the artistic-tastic Kirsty Clarke - they kept the workshops going and made them fun and exciting for everyone involved. Such an ace team. My Dad, too, who helped me by building the backdrop with his wizard carpentry skills! My stepdad, Neil, was working at EOTR anyway, and was a positive presence all round, and of course thanks to EOTR for having us. Also my dog, Meg, just because. And my Mum. And my Granny. Alright that's enough.

If you were involved with the workshops, I'm currently in the process of editing the films and hope to have them up on here by the end of the week, so please watch this space!