Monday, February 27, 2012

Painting for the Make a Wish Foundation

At the end of 2011 a little girl called Shannon visited our studio.  The visit was organised by the Make a Wish Foundation, a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Shannon is a huge Blue Nose Friends fan, so I was honoured to be asked to create a picture for her.  I was given total freedom, as long as it included her favourite character, Patch.  So I took the opportunity to dust off the watercolours and this is the result; a one of a kind piece that I hope brings a smile to Shannon's face whenever she looks at it.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Dex and Rex

Dexter loves Dinosaurs, especially the T-Rex that lives in the woods at the bottom of the garden.  Rex will often poke his head in through the nursery window to make sure his snoozing little buddy is ok.

Based on my little boy who loves dinosaurs (not that he has a choice as a baby!)

Shane S

Monday, February 20, 2012

Blue Nose wishing well

Image and characters property of Carte Blanche Greetings Ltd
Promotional image for the toy launch of these four little guys.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sock thief

At little over 18 inches tall, this little guy is perfectly adapted to sneak into your home through your catflap and steal your socks.  Unlike their less evolved cousins, Pachysapiens tend to live in cooler climates so need a plentiful supply of wool to make clothing and nests.  Fortunately humans seem to have two of each sock, so the thief is more than happy to take the spare.  The handy coathanger serves as the perfect grappling hook, sock snatching device and zip line handle.

Shane S

Monday, February 13, 2012

Blue Nose beach 2

Image and animation property of Carte Blanche Greetings Ltd

Another animation background for this short, beaches are surprisingly fun to paint;

Friday, February 10, 2012


Not many people know this, but your wisdom teeth are actually a species of bat. If there isn’t enough calcium in your diet they’ll wait until you’re asleep then extract themselves and fly away on a frenzied milk hunt, returning just before you wake.
Unfortunately the only way they can transfer the much needed calcium to their slumbering host is through the passing of guano… which explains morning breath.

Shane S

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Cast Painting

I've seen a lot of cast paintings around lately so thought I'd have a go myself with the commonly used eye of Michelangelo's David.

Sometimes it's nice to switch off your imagination for a bit!

Shane S

Monday, February 06, 2012

Little Dead Riding Hood

For several months in 1459, hunters feared to set foot in the forests of northern France.  After a spate of violent unexplained murders amongst the trees, survivors reported hearing footsteps running lightly through the undergrowth, accompanied by the sounds of whelping wolves just before the onslaught began.
The attacker was never found.

Shane S

Friday, February 03, 2012

Blue Nose Spring

Image and characters property of Carte Blanche Greetings Ltd

A promotional poster for a Blue Nose Friend toy launch.  had a lot of fun painting the environment on this one.