Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fishing Calendar cartoon

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Another cartoon from the 2010 Funny side of Fishing Calendar. 

I enjoyed drawing these cartoons, despite having never fished and knowing nothing about the finer points of it. I'm not even sure if he's holding the long pointy thing the correct way... :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Saga know their Onions

It's a lovely sunny bank holiday, and like many freelance cartoonists, I'm working. Bah!

Here's a cartoon featured in the new issue of Saga Magazine. I originally drew this with a banana speaking, but it sat on the unsold pile for a few years. A change from fruit to vegetable,  and hey presto! Finally, we have confirmation - onions are officially funnier than bananas.

Here's the previous version (which I quite like actually... may even prefer it. Shh, don't tell anyone.)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Strip 3663 from May 2010. I'm amazed by some people's desire to eat the hottest curry possible. I can't eat anything beyond a korma, frankly. Just watching a curry challenge on Man Vs Food is enough to get the eyes watering. Pass the poppadoms!

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

I've had an iPad for a few months now, and absolutely love it - I use it for movies and music, games and browsing the internet. I've also done a few sketches and doodles using an app called Brushes. I've neglected to read the manual and preferred to get stuck straight in, but if you're used to Photoshop and layers, it's all pretty intuitive and  incredibly enjoyable.

Here's one of the first 'finger painting' cartoons I did. To compensate for lack of pressure sensitivity, you can set it up to vary the line thickness or opacity with the speed you draw the line.

One of the neat things in Brushes is the ability to export the 'actions' into a quicktime movie. (Currently only available on Mac I think)


If you're thinking of getting an iPad, I recommend the Brushes app. I've yet to explore Sketchbook Pro in as much detail, but it looks equally good.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Find Chaffy!

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If you're not sure who or what Chaffy is, head over to 
his site at www.findchaffy.com/ and perhaps purchase the new book:

Chaffy (c) Jamie Smart

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thanks Dai It's Friday

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This is strip 3474. The local paper was advertising for choirs to audition. In my mind I pictured some type of X-Factor setup, with any old chancer turning up and  making a fool of themselves, although I'm sure the actual audition was somewhat disappointingly tuneful and strop free. Where's the drama, eh?

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tales from the Riverfront

Me, silently laughing at the humorous contents.
Here I am at last week's Summer Sessions at the Riverfront Theatre and Art Centre. An enjoyable evening was had by all - good food, and the chance to mingle with artists, musicians and the odd poet. Quite a few odd poets actually. (boom tish...)

Rolf, Howard, Edgar and a Ukulele. Film rights available.

I hastily photocopied my latest mini booklet together the night before -  basically the music pieces I've written for the Foghorn stuck into one small booklet. Recycling - it's the future! Came out looking ok I think, plus my wife read it and laughed in all the right places (the lounge mostly)

All good practise for future cartoon events!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

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Today's bloke is from some 2002 artwork. I was still getting used to using Photoshop (probably PS6?) and things like layers were a bit of a mystery. I scanned the linework in and coloured it up with Photoshop as a test piece to learn different techniques, and while I made plenty of mistakes while producing it - flattened layers at the wrong time, didn't switch anti-alias off - it was a great exercise in learning a piece of software by simply getting stuck in - "What does that button do?" Ah, I see....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Foghorn Magazine No.46

There's a new issue of the PCO's magazine Foghorn available to buy, which means the previous issue (No.45) is now available to view online, together with lots more cartoon-filled back issues. Head to http://issuu.com/bloghorn to check them out!

And remember you can get six full-colour issues of Foghorn delivered for only £30 a year. For an annual subscription, email  foghorn@procartoonists.org

Friday, August 13, 2010

Riverfront Summer Sessions

I'm at the Newport Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre later today for the Summer sessions Open Mic night and Boutique Market. Don't worry, I'm not playing ukulele in front of an unsuspecting audience, merely selling my cartoon wares on one of the market stalls. If you're in the area, please feel free to come along and say hi. I'll be selling my cartoon books, postcards, prints and maybe some other bits 'n bobs.

I went along last month as a punter and it was a great night out with live entertainment, lovely food in the cafe and a chance to mingle with a bunch of fab Newport folk. Only £1 entrance fee too - bargain!

Here's the blurb:

Open Mic Night and Boutique Market

Boutique stalls adorn the foyer from 5pm until 11pm and music will fill the air from 7pm until 11pm. All types of performers are welcome from comedians to poets and musicians and all you need to do is turn up on the night.

If you're a local creative person and would like to sell your wares, be it hand-made jewellery, bespoke fashion, vintage vinyl or something completely unusual, please get in touch to pre-book a stall.

Local DJ's can also get in touch for a DJ slot between 5pm - 7pm.

Previous stalls have included vinyl, vintage, hand-made toiletries, hand-made clothing, jewellery, accessories and cards, unusual one off gifts and more.

There will be special offers at the Café so come along, chill out, enjoy some local talent and bag yourself a boutique bargain.

Thanks Dai It's Friday

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This is strip 3485 dated 26 Oct 2009. It's a bit of a pun, but there's nowt wrong with that if it's funny.

Is clingfilm a brand name? I'm not absolutely sure, and await threats of copyright violation from ClingFilm (R)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The dragon hunt continues

Newport's Superdragons project is still going strong, despite attempts by a minority of idiot vandals to spoil the fun (currently 15 have been attacked in one way or another). Nevertheless I think it's been a big hit with kids and families during the school holidays, and some kids have even been inspired to make their own dragon!

 Photo by Lynne Philips

I've walked past my own dragon quite a few times in town (and also given it a quick check-up - say aaaah!) and it's great to see kids and adult reacting and interacting with it.

 Photo by Anne Wilkinson-Usher

Photo by Hannah Garlick

The idea of searching for the single rugby ball on there has lead to some bemused reactions, and some accusations that there isn't even one on there! My brother alerted me to a Facebook conversation he had last month... (if you don't want to know where the rugby ball is, look away now!)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

The first caricature competition is taking place on the Cartoonists Forum. The subject was Matt Smith, the new Dr Who, and of course I had a month to enter and still managed to miss the deadline (any potential clients reading - this is not my normal way of working!), so here's my 'too late to enter' entry.

Smith is an interesting face to draw - I can't say I've been particularly successful, but it was very theraputic to splash a bit of paint around, and he makes a good SLBloke.

Nib Nerb Section: Pentel Brush Pen, Pitt Brush grey, Winsor&Newton Brilliant Watercolours, Tippex for the stars!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Postcard freebies

"Where was Thank Dai It's Friday last week?" I don't hear any of you asking. Well, since you didn't ask, I was away for the weekend and decided to give Dai a rest. Or I possibly forgot. Ahem...

Moving swiftly on, I've had a load of new postcards printed - I'll be using them for promotion and also selling them online and at various events in the future. But, lucky reader, I'm also giving away the full set of 6 postcards for free to the first 5 people to email me. Hurrah and Hooray!

Send emails to timtoons (at) ntlworld.com and put 'Postcard Freebies' as the header, and remember to include your name and address. (UK only, sorry. No hurrah or hooray for you.)

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

Another quick SLB post - this week's was drawn in 2003 and his unusual posture is so he could be added to the end of a text logo, as if he was leaning drunkenly on the end of it. He's also smoking - probably indoors. How very 2003.

Nib Nerd Section: Drawn with cheapo PaperMate nylon tip (still like these for doodling!) and colour in Photoshop.