Friday, June 26, 2009

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Today's strip (No. 2841) is from Oct 2007.
This pretty much sums up my levels of interest in cooking/preparing for mealtimes. If it takes longer than 30 seconds to prepare the meal I usually lose the will to live.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Todays SLB was done at the CCGB Milton Keynes weekend in 2008 if I remember correctly. I think we were having some sort of meeting and I used the time much more wisely to do this piccy. No doubt a PITT pen was used plus a bit of grey marker action to spice things up.
His Mood: Honestly officer, my rucksack is NOT full of paint cans, and I have no idea who did those tags....


Here's a quick pic from the Milton Keynes weekend. A few of us did the Airkix wind tunnel which simulates skydiving in a wind tunnel, It was an interesting experience, but not something I'm in a hurry to do again. What a wimp...

I'm the one at the back in the white helmet, hailing a taxi.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thank Dai It's Friday


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Here's today's strip (No1498). I'm not sure of the date for this one (translation - I can't be bothered looking.)

We had a spate of people leaving their bins out on the road to reserve their car parking spaces a few years ago. Thankfully it didn't last on our street though I still see it on nearby streets. Is this just a Newport thing, or does it happen elsewhere?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Here is today's SLB.
Can't remember when I drew him - looks like I used those PITT brush pens again.
His mood: Slightly grey.

Apologies for lack of other posts at the moment. Don't seem to have a spare moment at the ... moment.
That's a lot of moments. Apologies for the excess of moments. I'll stop in a moment.

There. I've stopped.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Thank Dai it's Friday

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Today's strip (No. 2990) is from 26 March 2008. It's pretty much what happened when I was younger and used to go shopping with my parents. Dad would sing and whistle and I'd always get embarrassed and plead with him to stop showing me up, which of course just spurred him on to sing 'May the bird of paradise fly up your nose' or something equally strange. If I had kids, I'm sure I'd do the same thing too, so I've got no hard feelings :)

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Book Review: Sherriffs at the Cinema

Here's another of my Jester reviews from 2005


Sherriffs at the Cinema
by Simon Bond/Nicholas Bromley

I remember picking this up at one of those cheap bookstores for three quid about 10 years ago, having no idea who Robert Sherriffs was, but immediately transfixed by the cover and the artwork within. The recent talk at the Cartoonist by Terry Christien on the subject of linework featured a few pieces from this book, reminding me that this was a caricaturist worth revisiting..

The way the art looked and the fluid strokes were like nothing I had seen before. In the books introduction, Nicholas Bromley tells us how Sherriffs study of Heraldic art principles and composition could be adapted for caricature. Sherriffs himself said “The brush was better than the pen for all manner of drawings, and confirmed my previous conviction that figures and faces were patterns to be studied and memorised – not patiently drawn from life. I regarded caricatures as designs, and the expressions on faces merely as changes in a basic pattern”. Sherriffs was also known to destroy an image if the brush slipped rather than attempt to patch it up, no matter what the deadline was – a discipline again stemming from his heraldic studies. If Tippex had been around at the time I think he wouldn’t have been a big fan.

What about the book itself? Well, it deals specifically with his caricatures from the world of film (another passion of his) featuring work from The Sketch, Radio Times and Punch, and what a great collection of caricatures this is! Page after page of famous faces: Joan Crawford, Bob Hope, Marlon Brando, John Wayne, Bogart – all instantly recognisable and captured in what seems an effortless manner. The book was the idea of Simon Bond, famous for his ‘101 uses of a dead cat’ as a way of bringing Sherriffs name back into the public eye, although it sounds as though perhaps had Sherriffs been alive at the time he may not have been too happy about the publicity. The book’s introduction describes him as successfully guarding his privacy from both his public and contemporaries during his many years as a leading caricaturist, until his untimely death at the age of 54 from cancer.


It seems there was only ever 1000 copies of this book made, so if you ever see a copy, snap it up. There's a few copies on Amazon, and I did see a pile of them in the Cartoon Museum in London a while back - perhaps it's been reprinted or they found a boxful hidden away! Get one if you can!

There's a bit more room on my blog for more examples ... enjoy!







Wednesday, June 03, 2009