Friday, April 30, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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This is strip 3339 from May 2009.

Are we allowed to laugh at our own jokes? Looking through strips to put on my blog, I'd forgotten about this one, so it took me by suprise and I admit I laughed (technically a quick chuckle).

I remember Mamma Mia showing for months and months and not once could my wife persuade me to see it. She even went to the 'singalong' showings which usually featured several hundred women belting out all the hits. I asked Nikki if there were any men at these showings and she said maybe one or two, often looking scared or confused...

Now Star Trek... there was a good film!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Final Festival Roundup!

Here's some more pics taken at last weekend's Cartoon Festival:

Martin Honeysett colours up his Big Board. Excellent art, excellent hat!

Big Board wrangler and Festival organiser Bill McCabe blows that harmonica real good!

 The Dan Owens Blues Band who - frankly - rocked!

Cartoonists Steve Bright and Jason Chatfield dwarfed by Hagrid! I was going to make a nerdy cartoonist in-joke about Steve Bell turning up, but it's been done several times.

As well as producing an excellent Big Board, Jason Chatfield also took the time to caricature the Mayor and Mayoress of Shrewsbury.

It was a high pressure job, since he was surrounded by security, ready at any point to snap his neck at the first sign of an unflattering likeness. Luckily he came up with the goods and lived to draw another day.
 
The Surreal McCoy caught on camera! No-one knows her real name! Don't worry Carol, your secret's safe...

Another popular part of the festival was the caricature tent, where the public lined up to be drawn by a team of talented artists, including Terry Christien. (seen here through my very large pin hole camera)


The festival featured a lot of Professional Cartoonists' Organisation members, most of whom wore these T-Shirts. The back had blank space for each cartoonist to add his or her artwork on any theme they liked so I chose to use the festival's main theme 'Magic, Myth and Mystery'.

It's been fun looking at all the pictures, but nothing beats actually being there.
If you get the chance, please do come along next year! I look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

Continuing the Cartoon Festival theme, this week's bloke(s) was produced during the Friday night meal in Shrewsbury. It's become a bit of a custom when cartoonists gather, for the tablecloth to be covered in cartoons and scribbles. Only on disposable tablecloths I must add! We won't make that mistake again!


With the judicious addition of 2 toothpicks, I was able to come up with this pleasant scene. There was then some discussion on the table as to a suitable punchline. The best I can come up with is... "Got any aspirin?"

Mike Williams produced what is probably the best version of this scene with a punchline along the lines of 'Well, so much for plan A..."

Apologies for the poor quality of the picture - it was taken on a phone.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 Big Board Cartoon - Medusa

Yesterday's blog post featured a few examples of other people's Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival Big Boards, so it's about time I showed mine too. I managed to take photos of it at various stages of completion (as I did in 2008 and 2009) so here's a few pics:

Some cartoonists were going straight in with markers, but I took the lily-livered option of marking up a grid and penciling in first.

Then it was on to the 'inking' or in this case, 'large fat permanent marker'-ing. Note the bottle of drinking water on the floor - this was much needed since it was a gloriously sunny day, and as a group we cartoonists normally spend 18 hours a day locked in a darkened room. Ten minutes of sunshine and we pass out...

I was told that all the cool kids were adding their website address to their boards, so I followed suit. Internet... it's the future!

If we learn anything else from this picture, it's that I cannot draw a word balloon very well.

That was it for the Friday. I'd started on the board later than I would have liked, so planned on an early night and hoped the weather would stay nice. Only one of those things happened....

I moved on to colour on Saturday, which was another beautifully sunny day. Had grand plans to lay down the flat colours and then add shading and more details to the Medusa, but time somehow managed to zip by.

We enjoyed musical accompaniment as we drew - an excellent young band entertained everyone in the square, performing the blues and sounding like they'd been together for decades, despite each looking about 16! Young and talented. Gits....

Next thing I knew it was 1.30pm and I had a workshop to do at 2pm! I quickly slapped on the last of the colour and had barely enough time to sign the board and clean my brushes before I was walking very briskly to my Comic Strip workshop. In fact I spent most of the weekend rushing around! Great fun though!

The boards were packed away Saturday, but made a reappearance in the square on Sunday morning. It was a good chance to see all the finished boards - I'd not had time the previous 2 days to really have a good look at them all, so was glad for the opportunity to check them out once more before heading home. Steve Bright was kind enough to take this picture of me at my board. Cheers Brighty!

I've got some more festival photos to share which I'll post later this week.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2010 Big Board

It's Monday already? Can't quite believe the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival has been and gone. It was a blur of workshops, talks, exhibitions and cartooning activities in the Town Square. A unique feature of this festival are the Big Boards that cover the Square.


Cartoonists were given an 8x6 foot board to work on and the results were once again outstanding. There was such a variety of styles on display, and quality artwork for the public and fellow cartoonists to enjoy. A great chance to watch and learn too - I commented to some cartoonists how much I admired their board, and they told me they didn't really know what they were doing. Judging by the results, I don't believe them, frankly!

There were many, many great boards created, and I'll post more during the week, but some highlights were:

 Rupert Besley's take on the Hound of the Baskervilles

 Andy Davey's Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse

  Steve Bright's St George and unamused Dragon

Wilbur Dawbarn's chav infested castle

I'll post pics of the various steps of my finished board later, once you've forgotten how good all these boards were :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ok, where's the undo button?


This is a cartoon illustration that accompanied an article by the hideously talented Bill Stott in Issue 43 of the PCO's magazine, Foghorn. You can now read Bill's article and the rest of the mag online at this link: Foghorn 43

Happy happy, joy joy!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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This is strip 2726 from may 2007.

Yes, it may be a cliché but I do remember being absolutely terrified of the daleks and hiding behind the sofa, which as any child knows is the safest place in the event of alien/monster attack (if cowering under the duvet is not an available option)

I haven't watched much of the recent incarnations of Dr Who. My interest waned around the mid 80s after Peter Davison left, but the one episode I was told I simply *must* watch - entitled 'Blink' - was indeed excellent (and delightfully jumpy!) with the added bonus of featuring familar scenes from Newport! "Hey, there's Dr Who walking down Charles Street! Hey, that's Diverse Records! Cool!"



I'll have to start watching the last 4 series to check they didn't film in my street without me knowing...


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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival Workshops

Cover for Foghorn 21, featuring coverage of the 2006 Festival  (read the issue here)

Yes indeed! The Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival is almost upon us and cartoonists from all over the world (allowing for volcanic ash related delays :) will be gently rampaging through the lovely town of Shrewsbury. Some talks, exhibitions and workshops are opening or taking place today, but I'll be heading there tomorrow morning, to meet up with fellow scribblers, work on a Big Board in the town square and take a Comic Strip Workshop on Saturday afternoon. The workshop is great fun, open to all ages and free to drop in and visit.

It'll take place at Shropshire Wildlife Trust (check out this excellent map on Bloghorn) from 2pm - 4pm. Feel free to come and have a go, or simply say hello.

 Page 1 of the Creating Comic Strips worksheet (C) Luke Warm/ Tim Harries

If you can't make it, I've uploaded the worksheet we use on the day. It's a 3 page PDF file and can be downloaded/printed off here

I'll also be taking along copies of The Seldom Seen Blog, so if you fancy buying a copy, I can devalue it slightly by signing it. See you there!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


This week's cheery looking bloke was drawn probably about 2004/5 when I used to frequent the particular pub where he served behind the bar. 'Service with a smile' was not a motto he lived by...

These days my pub of choice in Newport is Ye Olde Murenger House, part of the Sam Smiths group. Well worth a visit!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Need a Hand - photographic exhibition

 Image (c) Kathryn Gatt

Just a quick post to highlight a photographic exhibition my sister Kath Gatt is putting on in Bristol this week. The exhibition is entitled 'Need a Hand' and is taking place in Photographique from Fri 23 April - Wed 5 May.


Kath came to visit a while back and took photos of my hands as I was working, which she said will form part of the exhibition. Probably in the 'long, pointy fingers with chewed nails' section....

Despite the presence of my digits, it's sure to be a great exhibition - if you're in or around Bristol hope you get the chance to check it out! I'll be heading there after the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival and will report back.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Foghorn Magazine


Issue 44 of Foghorn Magazine (featuring a cover by Alex Hughes), published by the Professional Cartoonists' Organisation is out now. Members recieve a copy as part of their membership, and it's also available to non-members - A six-issue subscription to the printed version of Foghorn is available for £30.

To read more about this issue's contents, read back issues online and find out how to subscribe, go to Bloghorn here

This issue is especially jam packed with cartoons, featuring a 4 page preview of Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival. Not to be missed!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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This is strip 1420 from 10 March 2003. 
Obviously smoking was still allowed in pubs when this strip was published. As a non-smoker, I can't say I miss the stink of ciggys on my clothes after a night out, or while eating a meal in a restaurant. Ah, begone foul nicotine stench!

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Superdragons


Just found out my design for a superdragon has been accepted. Panic! I'll be joining 49 other artists in decorating one of these:


I've chosen a cartoon style design - it'll be a 'Where's Wally' type of thing, featuring lots and lots of rugby players and only one rugby ball. I'll be going to the official opening tomorrow and will hopefully get the chance to meet a few more of the artists involved (including my cartoonist chum Gerard Whyman!) I'll update how the project is going on the blog and will try and remember to take pictures!

Here's some blurb from the website http://www.newportsuperdragons.co.uk/site/index.php

"SuperDragons is a unique, world-class art event that's designed to have huge public appeal… and it’s on its way. From late July to 9th October 2010, it will create a trail through the city of Newport. From the riverside to the city centre and out to the neighbourhoods; SuperDragons will encourage thousands of people to follow the trail and discover, or re-discover, their city. This is a real opportunity to provide community and education projects and ultimately to take pride in Newport. SuperDragons has been commissioned by Newport City Council and is being created and delivered by Wild in Art. Wild in Art specialises in the creation of mass public appeal art events and related education and community projects"

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Double Bloke helpings this week. This pair were once again sketched in front of the telly. Judging by the 'taches, it might have been an episode of Deadwood, (although I'm fairly certain some of those guns are not *entirely* accurate.)

I think this is the third moustache themed post I've done in as many weeks. My subconscious is obviously telling me to cultivate some facial hair.

Nib Nerd: Cheapo PaperMate felt tip plus a frisson of Pitt Pen grey.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Here's strip 1540 from 2003. 
I've had this conversation numerous times... afraid I'm not very motivated when it comes to decorating the house.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival - Big Boards


As I've blogged a few times previously, one of the most enjoyable parts of participating in the Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival is the chance to draw a Big Board cartoon - large 8 x 6ft boards set up in the town square where about 20 cartoonists get to draw, paint and chat to the wandering (and occasionally bemused) public:

 Photo of bemused public (c) Gerard Whyman

I've be working on another big board this year, so will look forward to the slightly worrying prospect of turning this into a large, funny cartoon. Well, It'll be large at the very least....


Below is a tiny peek at my design for this year's board. Will post the finished board when it's all done and dusted! If you come along to the Festival, say hello - I promise to wipe my paint flecked hand before shaking yours.


Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival 2010 will be held on 22nd – 25th April
This year's theme is Magic, Myth and Mystery!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

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To enjoy today's bloke fully, I recommend you head to YouTube and type in 'Edgar Winter Whistle Test' to witness 9 minutes of musical genius and sartorial elegance. Watch for the 'Whispering' Bob Harris cameo at the end.

Here, I've done it for you.... Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein

Nib Nerd section: done in Photoshop.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2010


The Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival 2010 is taking place on April 22nd - 25th, so I'll be highlighting the various activities in the coming weeks.

To whet your appetite for this year's event, here's a brand spanking new promotional video featuring highlights from last year! Lots of large scale cartoons on display, caricatures being drawn and plenty of chat from the people creating them...

 Big board cartoon by Clive Goddard.

Caricaturists working in the town square.

The official festival site is here where you can read the full programme of events and download the festival brochure.

Monday, April 05, 2010

The Eye, the Observer and the PCO

Good to see the Professional Cartoonists' Organisation mentioned in the latest Private Eye.


For more info about the Observer's decision to drop cartoons, head to this post on the  PCO's digital cartoon blog, The Bloghorn

http://thebloghorn.org/2010/02/22/shortsighted-observer-found-wanting/

Friday, April 02, 2010

Thanks Dai It's Friday

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Here's strip 1468 from 5th May 2003. Huw is my name of choice when including any non regular characters in the strip. I also used the name in a rough for a rugby cartoon last year. The company approved the artwork, but queried my strange spelling of the name Hugh. How very dare them!

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