Friday, February 25, 2011

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Here's strip 3205. Ah, haven't we all made a cereal box based outfit at some point in our lives? I used to use the Special K boxes because they suited the slimmer figure. Ha.



Here's a glimpse of the second Never Say Dai collection, 'Please form an orderly queue'. Whoo! It's currently at the printers and I'll let you know when it's available.


**** A Never Say Dai Collection ****
You can order the book via Lulu.com or for a signed copy (for only £6.49 including postage) go directly to www.neversaydai.co.uk (Due to Lulu's currently high postage costs, you'll also save a few quid going to my site!)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Orchestra Cartoon

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Here's a cartoon from the latest 'music themed' issue of Foghorn. Back issues can be read here and a subscription for the print version can be ordered here

I'd finished it, sent it off and not long after saw a cartoon with the same idea (harp/arrow) on Google. Gah! It's bound to happen when people are coming up with so many cartoon ideas - ah well.... I still like mine. It's quietly menacing and proof that you can't trust a harpist.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Huw Aaron's Cartoon Collections - review

Here's a recent review I wrote for the Cartoonists Club.

Typical, you wait all year for a Huw Aaron cartoon collection, and then 2 turn up. Not that I’m complaining mind you - these are well worth the wait.  If you’re unfamiliar with Huw’s work, his cartoons regularly appear in the pages of Reader’s Digest, Prospect, Private Eye and The Oldie plus many others -  all the more impressive since it’s not that long ago that he quit a career in finance to pursue cartooning.  I suspect the cartoon that adorns the cover of his first book “Gentlemen, I’m off to join the circus” is more than a little autobiographical.


Anyway, let’s look at the collections. So, what are they like? Are they worth buying? The answers in no particular order are ‘most definitely’ and ‘very funny’

“Gentlemen, I’m off to join the circus”
contains about 100 gags from Huw’s first year of ‘plowing the cartoon furrow’ as he puts it, and while you can see various styles being tried out, all are unmistakable Aaron creations and uniformly funny - most guaranteed to get you smiling and more often than not laughing out loud. Plenty of ‘where on earth did that idea come from?’ gags too - and I mean that in a good way! Lots of standout cartoons in this first collection, but a favourite of mine is the one below:

The second collection “Does this breastplate make me look fat?” is pretty much more of the same - great gags, artwork with a lovely loose style that looks like it was fun to draw, and the kind of ideas that occasionally make you wonder for Huw’s sanity, and as a fellow cartoonist usually make you go ‘wish I’d thought of that’.


Both books are well worth buying and can be ordered via www.huwaaron.com for only £5.99 each

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thank Dai It's Friday

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This week is strip No.2967 from Feb 2008. Have witnessed some spectacularly bad parking today, I thought this fitted the bill.


The second Never Say Dai Collection is on the way soon. Hurrah!


**** A Never Say Dai Collection ****
You can order the book via Lulu.com or for a signed copy (for only £6.49 including postage) go directly to www.neversaydai.co.uk (Due to Lulu's currently high postage costs, you'll also save a few quid going to my site!)

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


With excellent timing I present this week's Strange Looking Bloke. He's just this minute been added to the wonderful Draw Serge blog created by illustrator and all round talented chap Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan put out a call for more Serge pics, so I drew him up and sent him off. There's loads of Serges by other cartoonists, artists and illustrators. Well worth spending a bit of time browsing the archives.

Nib Nerd Section: done with Pentel brush pen and pencil. The scanner darkened the pencil quite a bit (mainly his facial fuzz and nose), but I quite liked the way it looked. A modicum of tone added in Photoshop.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Thank Dai It's Friday

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There's a Wales v England rugby match today, so here's a rugby themed strip from Nov 2010. C'mon Wales! Or England! Or something! I'm not actually interested in Rugby.

**** A Never Say Dai Collection ****
You can order the book via Lulu.com or for a signed copy (for only £6.49 including postage) go directly to www.neversaydai.co.uk (Due to Lulu's currently high postage costs, you'll also save a few quid going to my site!)

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Today's bloke may be familiar if you've read the Professional Cartoonists Organisation publication 'Foghorn'.
Ol' misery guts here sits atop the regular 'Curmudgeon' feature where various topics are moaned about in a 'Grumpy Old Men' style.

For some reason his hair reminds me of Josh Hartnett in 'The Faculty'. I'm sure he had a strange pudding bowl haircut, with tufts randomly sticking out at the back. Funny old world, eh?

Nib Nerd Section: Drawn with a Pentel Brush Pen (I think), probably colour on Photoshop. It was done a few years ago, and I'm having trouble remembering what I had for breakfast, so you need to cut me some slack.