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Friday, November 21, 2014


work in progress 




From a four page comic strip I just finished for the Christmas issue of The Phoenix.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014


from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001





I was having to draw a scene at a swimming pool for a trade union's booklet about health issues - not the most glamorous job but a sizeable commission just as I was finally dumping my part time day job and going full time as a freelance illustrator. So, very handy at the time but it doesn't necessarily make for the most thrilling sketchbook pages in retrospect.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014


work in progress 




Friday, November 14, 2014


scrap, singular 




scraps, plural 




back of an envelope 




book cover design for beginners 


Excavating down through the strata of detritus atop my desk recently I found the original scrap of paper with the idea for the cover of Thirteen Chairs on it (now somewhat stained by tea. At least I think it's tea. The smart money says that's the most likely explanation). You can just about make out the thirteenth chair at bottom right in Tippex.




Tuesday, November 04, 2014


from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001





I've got a feeling that the shrugging chap in the stripy blazer was based on a fella in Fry and Laurie's TV version of Jeeves and Wooster.

Oh, and a little bit of dismembered nudity. But we're all mature folk here, aren't we?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001





Hmm ... quite like the chap in the spotty shirt.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014


from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001





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a different Dave (part one in an occasional series) 


Every so often I get email meant for other Dave Sheltons (a couple of times I've had stuff meant for David Shenton too, but that's a) another story and b) kind of fine because he's a cartoonist whose work I admire so it's kind of flattering). The Dave Sheltons in question are mostly in the US and, I presume, at least one of them has a very similar gmail address to me. It's mostly amusing, and occasionally faintly irritating, to receive these emails, and I do my best to inform the senders of their error if it looks to be anything important. One of the US Dave Sheltons is a bishop, another is a gun enthusiast (at least I'm assuming they're different people), there's also a US cartoonist Dave Shelton, a wood carver Dave Shelton and, most recently, a man in Salt Lake City, Utah who's apparently considering the purchase of a new Ford Super Duty F-350 DRW.

Anyway, if you'll excuse me, I just have to let Brenda know that I can't make it to the Fall Relief Society Leadership meeting with all the other bishops on October 29th as I can't risk being jet lagged for my appearance at the Story Museum in Oxford the following day.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


from the archives 


John Purcell Paper A5(ish) sketchbook number 3, begun 25th July 2001





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