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Welcome to the official blog of Joanna Neary, where you can catch up on Jo’s bewildered world past, present and looming. Mainly, this blog consists of scanned pages from her sketchbook with a running commentary, dashed off between duties, work and other hobbies. As well as banging on about art, there’s also past gigs, and music, such as the one about being interviewed for Prog Magazine in 2019, which led to some delightful exchanges with fellow nerds. It was all very civil, even when Jo had to admit she’d got a Frank Zappa fact wrong.



This month, we took a trip up North to kill many birds with one stone.  We visited Bridlington first, then down to Nottingham and Leicester for comedy gigs with some of the cast of Ideal -Johnny Vegas, Ben Crompton, Peter Slater and Mick Miller.  Most of my sketchbook diaries are done when we’re away from […]

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I promised I’d do a Christmas Past and here it is, just in time for Christmas 2013. It’s a list of Christmas presents I wanted made at my office job while I should have been filing. But it was 2002 and they had a printer. Coo Interestingly for me (and no one else) I’d quite […]

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Now our tree is up, a theme of home made faces has emerged. First up, Mr Robert Plant bauble, embroidered felt, pompom hair introduced to the collection in 2010. His hair is a bit pitiful but I ran out of golden felt and couldn’t be arsed to weave a tiny wig of silken thread like […]

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I’ve been making home made cards ever since Kirstie Allsop suggested it. Thanks Kirstie! So here’s my first go*. * = I am being facetious. I have been making cards since I was able to sit at a piano. (The piano with the lid down was my desk when I was little). I haven’t documented […]

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This is part one of my Christmas sketchbooks, I’m a bit rusty with the old drawing so started with a doodle about how tired and worn out I am these days. You’re welcome. Although today I’ve written some more of my sitcom and gone on a bike ride so, even though I can’t use metaphors […]

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Let’s all have a day out! So we went to Herstmonceaux Science Centre instead which was brill. Ten points. Batemans will be reviewed at a later date.

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Today I had a casting at which I was required to dress as an ordinary business woman and I struggled to find normal clothes in my wardrobe. I doodled for the entire journey because my battery on my phone was low so I couldn’t look at wicker baskets and red cardigans on EBay for three […]

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Context. Today I was in Uckfield for the first in a series of Edinburgh Festival double bills I’ve programmed at The Picturehouse in Uckfield. (more details in the photo at the bottom of this post) The Nitty Gritty. I love big old pharmacies. They are second only to walls of stationery. This stems from growing […]

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Holidays mean I have more time for drawing. Here are some of my sketchbook diary pages. The second night of our honeymoon (in Arundel). Four nights in Amsterdam, a review in chart, graph and list form. Our departure day in Paris. I toy with the premise that bad things happen in threes. Here we are, […]

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