Friday, May 28, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Here's another change to the normal Dai routine. This is today's actual strip from the Argus, dated 28th May 2010, and scanned in from the paper for that genuine 'as seen in print' feel.
I thought it appropriate since I caved in and bought an iPad today. I hadn't preordered, so it was a bit of an impulse purchase, but really the strip above pretty much sums my reasons for purchasing it! :)
Aaah, shiny goodness....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


It's too warm to blog. Fact.
Oh, ok then... Here's this week's bloke, doodled simply for fun. Hurrah!

Excuse the sparse text to accompany this post. I'm typing one handed whilst eating a Fab lolly. Told you it was too warm to blog!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Something a bit different this week. The occasional clean up of my room reveals long forgotten artwork, and here's a good example. These are part of the original pitch for the strip in 1998, trimmed and stuck down on card and then mailed out. I think I sent about 18 strips, of which quite a few were sport themed, despite my total lack of interest in it. I probably thought it wise to cover all subjects, especially rugby!

There's a lot of words in some of those strips! Tsk...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

Here's a Bloke from 2006. It's a rough for a job I completed in colour, but I found the rough to be the more interesting image to put on the blog. He's drinking some kind of smoothie and looking 'fonz' cool. Heeeey...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Aaaaand... here's strip 3420 from Aug 2009.
A smoking ban gag - not exactly topical, but good enough for MY strip!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


This week's bloke was doodled while I was thinking of strip ideas, hence the application of tippex to remove text and word balloons. You can still make out some text including an incorrectly spelled 'gherkin'.

He looks quite intense. Probably the smell of Tippex.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Superdragons update


Ok, it's been a few weeks since I first mentioned the Superdragons project going on in Newport, so I thought I'd better do a quick update.

The actual painting has been going on at the 'Dragon's Den' in the city centre, a space where local artists can work on their dragons and chat to the public as they paint. We even had a suprise school visit today. My nerves have just about settled (just joking! - the kids were polite, well behaved and genuinely interested in what we did. Hope they grow up to be Cartoon Editors!)

 The Dragon's Den

Anyway, it's been a good opportunity to get away from the computer for a bit of yer actual paint splashing. I manfully resisted asking where the usb slot was, and instead got out the green paint. Lots of it. I managed to use all that and then bought some more. I also used that. After my third pot of green paint, I decided it would have been cheaper to genetically engineer a real dragon. I'll know for next time...

 Purest Green, my lord!

'Why green?' I hear you not asking. Well, I'll tell you.
My Dragon pays distant homage to (or 'shamelessly nicks the concept of') 'Where's Wally' and features lots and lots (and lots) of rugby players running around the pitch (Green!) and only one rugby ball, and it's up to the public to find it. I've only just started pencilling the players in, so there's still quite a bit of work to do, but I'll keep updating the blog on how things are going.

Quick explanation attached to the Dragon 
after numerous 'whatcha doing?' enquiries.

 Paper guides of the players temporarily stuck on.

Players waiting to be added. C'mon lads, limber up!

Colour designs done on the computer.

That's all for now. I'll post more pics in  coming weeks.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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I've been going through the archives and digging out some strips from the early days. Here's a double Dai dose from waaaay back in December 2000.

You can tell the strip is a decade old by the reference to a 21inch CRT monitor being state of the art. Remember kids, this was before Flatscreen LCD's were on the market!

Ehh, this were all fields when I were a lad....

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Here's this week's bloke. He's got an odd neck and dubious taste in clothes. I like him already!
Nib Nerd: Done with some old felt tips found in the back of the pen drawer.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

25 Years of Viz - Silver Plated Jubilee

Here's a short review I did for CCGB's The Jester in 2005.

25 Years of Viz - Silver Plated Jubilee
 

'We pride ourselves on the fact that you're no cleverer when you've read Viz. You might have had a few laughs but you've not learnt anything.' Chris Donald.

Does the same hold true with this book? Well there are a few laughs, but you DO learn things too. Even if you're not a fan of the magazine there's still plenty to enjoy here. The book's been divided up into three main chapters - The Story, The Characters, the Art, and every glossy page of it is chock full of artwork - roughs, unfinished scripts, preliminary sketches, abandoned concepts, character designs and final artwork (the highlight for me is the work of Simon Thorp with his intricate black and white work and outstanding colour cartoons.)

Aside from the cartoons there's a detailed history of the magazine from its beginnings as a local comic handed out in youth clubs to selling a million copies per month nationwide. Of equal delight are the small details found in the book - the letter written by Alex Collier and the rejection he received is reproduced (Those of us who met Alex at Nottingham will know how successful he became at Viz) and Chris Donald's obsession with forms is also addressed (and signed and dated).

The book is available from www.amazon.co.uk