Friday, October 29, 2010

Dino sketch

 Quick dinosaur sketch for a friend's kid. Raaaaaarrrr! Eek!

Thank Dragon It's Friday

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I've scanned this strip in from yesterday's paper. The Superdragons auction took place Wednesday night and my rugby themed dragon 'Scrum' went for £1500, which is very pleasing. The total raised that night was over £95,000 with most of the money going to charity. Result!

Scrum was bought by Rachel Stephens, and here's a pic of dragon and new family together!

Home at last!
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

The perfect canvas

The Cartoonists Club held it's convention and AGM a few weeks back. The location was Butlins in Skegness  - not a location I particularly relished, but it tied in with the club's history - for many, many years the club had used Butlins for it's conventions, plus there was a feeling that after several years of annual trips to breweries and similar non kid-friendly places, a return to the family holiday was in order. As my cartooning mate Royston Roberston said, it seemed like an elaborate joke! Butlins... in Skegness... in October...

Turns out it was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend for everyone attending - plenty of socialising, singing and drawing cartoons. One of the highlights was a cartoon competition on the beach. This was a last minute addition to the weekend, and very much relied on the weather. Fortunately, the moment we set foot on the sand, the sun shone brightly and soon a multitude of cartoonists, partners and kids were wielding improvised drawing implements and getting stuck in...

Everyone busy on their sandy works of art.

Duncan Bourne uses the popular fishy theme

Royston Robertson starts on his desert island gag

Bren Romans produced the largest cartoon of the day!

Here it is from the other end!

Me! I drew the border first and then had a quick panic about what to draw.

Here's my final artwork. I think it's resolution is probably 300GPI (grains per inch)
It was great fun working on the beach. No worries about mistakes, just smooth them over with your foot! Just had to be careful where you trod, and of course the whole event was just a temporary exhibition. The sea was coming in fairly quickly and our pics soon disappeared under the waves. The ultimate critic.. :)

I'll post more about the weekend's main cartoon competition in a few days.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Farewell ye Dragons

The Superdragons are now off the streets of Newport, spruced up and ready for their final farewell tonight at an auction! Here's a bit of the blurb:

"Following their final farewell at Kingsway Shopping Centre on 23rd- 25th October, the SuperDragons will find their new homes at an auction to be held at The Riverfront during the evening of Wednesday 27th October.

75 per cent of the net proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Born Free Foundation www.bornfree.org.uk to support wildlife and communities in Africa and Tenovus www.tenovus.org.uk to support their vital and inspiring work in South Wales.

Join John Altman, EastEnders Nasty Nick, Virginia McKenna OBE, Founder of the Born Free Foundation, Newport Gwent Dragons plus other entertainers for a fun evening and a chance to win a blank mini-dragon."


You can read more about the auction here: Newport Superdragons  
and download a catalogue here: Auction Catalogue

My dragon (Scrum) managed to survive on the streets of Newport which was something of a relief. A friend's little girl decided that since some of the other dragons had been vandalised by 'naughty boys'and mine was untouched, I must be friends with the naughty boys, possibly even a naughty boy myself! How very dare she! :)

The dragon did suffer a few minor scratches and had worn away due to the heavy rain, very occasional blistering sunshine and most of all, the general touching, prodding and wear & tear that went on during the months it was on the streets. I'm quite pleased that this showed people were interacting with it in a very tactile way! 

This meant that it needed a bit of touching up, so I wandered over to the mini Dragon's Den to look it over and apply a bit of TLC.

Quite a small space for lots of dragons!
Tail was probabaly the most worn part. Always saw lots of kids hanging off it!

Wings need a touch up too. I sandpapered it down, applied the base white, and then colour acrylics on top.

Did the same with the tail. Went back the next day to varnish - job done!



It's been a fun experience, and people tell me they already miss the dragons out and about in Newport. Perhaps there'll be another project like it in the future. If I do it again, I'll definitely think long and hard about the design. Something with less fiddly characters to draw I reckon....

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Drew this bloke while I was on the phone. It may appear that i wasn't paying attention to the conversation, but I can multi-task! His mood seems to be: 'Just heard my team lost 3:0'

Nib Nerd Section: Pencil, and colour with PITT brush pens.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday's Random Calendar Cartoon - Rugby

OK, so on this blog we've got 'Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday' and 'Thank Dai It's Friday'. I'm starting to think Monday was feeling a bit left out, so with that in mind, here's the latest semi-regular feature - 'Monday's Random Calendar Cartoon'

I've been producing cartoons for a range of calendars these last 2 years, and there's a new batch in the shops right now!, so with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to show some of them.

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Ok, here's one from the 'Wacky World of Rugby'. The range used to be called 'The Funny Side of... ' but it was changed for some reason. Not sure about the word 'Wacky', but it could have been worse, it could have been 'Zany' :)


Friday, October 22, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Strip 3079 from 2008. I guess mobile phones have put paid to phone boxes. I imagine Superman complained when they started removing them though - no place for him to change. Plus they make an excellent toilet for chavvy drunks. Erm... on the whole perhaps they're better off going...

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Cartooning at the Big Draw - 23rd October


Just a reminder that I'll be running one of the cartoon workshops tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd at 3-5pm. It's in That London at a place called The Scoop, near to the gherkin shaped City Hall and the battleship shaped HMS Belfast. Loads of stuff going on all day in a variety of places (just have a looksee at the flyer above), but if you fancy having a go at a bit of cartooning, feel free to pop along to one of the workshops run by my cartooning mates Wilbur, Chichi and myself.  Maybe see you there!

Friday, October 15, 2010

British Holiday Cartoon

This weekend is the Cartoonists' Club convention/AGM, and as part of the fun, there's a cartoon competition running. The theme is 'The Great British Holiday' and members were asked to contribute suitable cartoons. Here's one of mine...

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Thanks Dai It's Friday

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Strip 2657 from May 2010. I nicked this idea wholesale from my brother-in-law. For some reason the phrase 'black belt in directions' was uttered in a conversation we were having, so I wrote it down. Yes, this is how I work, stealing the thoughts of others....

Cheers Andrew!

I can see a Flaming Lips cover coming on. 'Her name is Yoshimi, she's a black belt in directions...'




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Friday, October 08, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Proof that I can predict the future! Here's strip 2693 dated April 2007 that correctly predicted the Ryder Cup would overrun. Plus I managed to get the 'Cup runneth over' gag in before anyone else. Hah!



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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

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The bloke's not overly strange looking, but the situation is.
I can honestly say I've no idea what this is about, yet I drew it back in 2003. Perhaps I was asleep at the time. Is sleep-drawing possible? I demand an expensive government funded study!

So, is there a more underwhelming instrument than the triangle? It's just a bit of bent metal surely? Is there more to it than that? I demand an expensive government funded... etc.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Strip 3515 from Nov 2009. I guess raves are a bit late 80s though. That's me - 20 years behind the zeitgeist!



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