I’ve been trying to decide whether to do a review of 2016. On the one hand, just a horrible, ghastly year with some icons passing away and hideous events occurring (Brexit, Trump, Syria, etc. etc.). But on the other hand, I joined a writers group, became more active on my blog (gaining more followers and a heap of views – up seven-fold on 2014 & … Continue reading 2016 – get in the bin
We think it begins as a blank canvas But there are already textures and imperfections That influence the likely picture. A messy conflict of hues emerges; But then develops, favouring particular motifs and shades Interspersed with slashes of vivid unpredictability. Towards the finish it’s calmer, settled, Fine brushwork highlighting favourite elements. In the end, if we’re lucky, We’re framed in wood and admired in reflective … Continue reading Still Life?
I was rooting through the loft looking for a few things and came across some interesting bits and bobs which I thought I’d share on here, because (a) it’s easy – literally “here’s one I prepared earlier” and (b) you’re not my real dad, you can’t tell me what to do. The first item is a rather good way of creating a promo poster, based on an … Continue reading My Old Art
Most of my posts recently have been typed stuff and I was wondering about doing something a bit more arty. Then a few days ago I was rummaging around in the garage when the item below fell on my head (I keep bits of props and set in the rafters and had accidentally dislodged one). The key things about my set and props are: 1) do it … Continue reading Props (more fun with cardboard)
I’m posting this mainly because pekoeblaze was talking recently about the use of montages in comics. And I instantly thought of this. Not only is it visually stunning this double-page spread shows the vision of an alien pre-cog after the death of her mercenary colleague (who will completely die in a few weeks) and features her wounded boss, the hero and his female alter ego from a … Continue reading The most awesome comic page I’ve ever seen
“I need you to make a piano”, said my lovely wife. At least it didn’t need to actually work, merely be something pretending to be a piano on stage. A non-piano assuming the role of a piano in our youth production of Copacabana. “But there’s a real piano at the theatre, why can’t we use that?” I asked. Because it’s not ours and it’s too … Continue reading Faking a Piano
The plan is… No, perhaps ‘plan’ is too strong a word. The ‘vague intention of doing something at some point’ centres on writing a series of children’s picture story books, despite the fact that my kids are now 15 & 18. It’s an intention that nagged at me through countless anaemic and/or annoying stories read to our two when they were little. Four years ago … Continue reading Babbit and Pinky