Alan the Galaxy Magpie – A3 print


Alan the Magpie’s feathers glitter in the sunlight. Some say you can see whole galaxies in them. He knows that he’s the best looking guy in town.

Please note, this listing is for the print only.


  • This is an open edition print, fulfilled on demand – please allow up to 14 days for delivery.
  • This is a “Regular” print, digitally printed on thick, high-quality, cardstock.
  • Standard A3 size, 29.7 x 42 cm
  • Free shipping within the UK
  • Shipping is available internationally – if you do not see an option to ship to your country, please contact me.


What’s the story behind Alan the Magpie?

Last year, I did a bit of experimenting with creating bird images using cut up collages.

My best friend, who is from Newcastle and is a huge Newcastle United FC fan, saw one of them and said “if you do a galaxy magpie I may melt.”

(Newcastle United FC are commonly referred to as ‘The Magpies’ because their classic black and white strips are similar to those of the actual magpie bird.)

So I did one for her as a Christmas present.

How did you create Alan the Magpie?

I created a background by painting a sheet of mixed media paper with a blend of different shades of blue paint.

Then, I created stars by spattering white and pale blue on it using a super cool tool. You dip the brush in a bit of paint, then slowly rotate it so that a little stick flicks the paint off the bristles.

It was VERY messy!!

I added some galaxy patterns using a sponge dipped in some pink, purple and blue paint.

When it was all dry, I traced the outline of the magpie onto it, then cut out pieces corresponding to where a magpie is usually black.

I stuck the pieces onto a fresh sheet of paper, and painted in the eyes and beak and added detail to the feet. I added additional shading with coloured pencils, and went around the outline with charcoal.

Why is he called Alan?

My best friend named him Alan.

He’s named after Alan Shearer, a former Newcastle United player who still holds the record as the Premier League’s top goal scorer.