Monday, October 29, 2007


Almost Halloween... I did this in Artrage 2.5.
Go on, Google "artrage". You'll have a lot of fun. That's if you like drawing and that kind of thing.
Hey, it's getting dark at six thirty. This is horrible and I only have a small corner to sit in and am surrounded by paint pots, ladders etc and Arthur peed somewhere amongst all the paraphanelia but I don't know where. And this is just the start of autumn?!!! oh no,'s almost November. Only six months to go until the weather starts improving then.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Reconstructing Bacchus

Here is a short video I made using Photoshop to colour in Bacchus. Actually, to be a nit picker, the museum of archeology in Tarragona, Catalonia, doesn't know for a fact that this is Bacchus...but it probably is.
Anway, I was struck by how similar the common bush that grows here is to the flowers carved on the head. They are the same right down to the small circular flowers that make up the larger flower head. the branches are easily supple enough to bend in the shape of a wreath. Why not? If the statue was carved locally all those years ago it's perfectly possible.
Mind you, they did tend to build mosaics using a sort of order catalogue. Floors by Argos etc.

My neighbour's car was broken into again a few days ago. I mean how desperate is someone to break into a car full of hosepipes for cleaning pools? The Peruvian household up the road have done a runner (that's nothing to do with the car). This means that Sundays will be peaceful again after months of ear shattering music for five hours at a time. Good news in that my other neighbour, Henry, has nobody to shout at anymore.
Here's the link to the video of Bacchus.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Small Witch

Hot water is up and running again. I have emptied the sitting room ready to paint the dreaded walls that are always ten centimetres too high which ever direction you lean in.

The neighbour's car was broken into two days ago. They smashed a side window, stole his toolbox and car battery and left blood all over the seats. The police didn't believe the bit about the battery.

Meanwhile, my other neighbour Alice, who used to be Frank, says her neighbours were playing Parchis* the other night at two in the morning and they looked out of their window and saw people creeping over the roof of the complex that Alice who used to be Frank, lives.

"Did you phone the police?" Alice asked them.

"Whatever for?" they replied in genuine astonishment.

*A board game similar to Ludo.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


I've just upgraded my Artrage software. It's a highly entertaining programme and guaranteed to make you come out with surprises to yourself. And, it costs peanuts compared to a lot of graphics software.
New water heater. Big hole in the wall.
Poured with rain all night and there's a huge grasshopper eating the garden.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Blue Bird

Done in Corel Draw. Discovering lots of new toys in there. This is done using an arrow tool which opens up all sorts of new worlds. I have uploaded a fractal video but see people are making animated fractal videos. How do they do that? I have to find out. Well, here's a link to my video which seems a bit lame when I see some of the stuff they put up.
The plumbers are fixing the water heater and because they are replacing one that was probably thirty years old the newer version is much smaller so there is a massive gap on the wall now where all the old pipes were. Aaaarg!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

No animation, no hot water.

Hmm....that's supposed to be an animation. Well, if it doesn't work you can look at the blue face which is just an experiment in Corel Draw. I don't get it... I want the blue face underneath the snowman. One of those days.....

Hot water heater is still broken. The plumber is back from his holidays tomorrow.
Ooops, wait. If you want to see the animated snowman click on the picture and it will open in a different window. This is assuming you have the time to mess around which you probably have since you are already here.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Strange Child

Tried my hand at animating again today. I've got to start concentrating on one thing at a time instead of twenty or I'll never get the hang of anything properly.
Here's a link to the original Melodeon Man who inspired me to invent Nicolau in the Maureen Chlorine strip.
Did I put in this clip before? I don't know but I'll put a link to the animation when it is up on
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