Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What do they Eat?

I was actually drawing a ballet dancer when one of the twins emerged. She and her sister are called Gentlydead and Darklydead. Apparently one of them has also had twins. These people have been hounding me . The time has come BWAHAHA. I'm going to do a comic strip.....honest!

Here's a link to a cheerful piece of guitar music by Cesar Amaro.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Pianist Cat

I forgot to put the link to this piece too. It's an animation about a lamplighter cat who has the heart of a pianist.

Cat and Frog Bra

'Dear Ms. Wirth,

Your recent design of the unique yet pleasingly "Bold Frog and Cat Bra" has come to our attention and we would like to place an exclusive order to be included with our new Autumn collection at Harrods, England.'

Here's a beautiful piece of animation...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Do I look like I want to be a bunny?

This disgusting child has many possibilities. He positively yelled to get out of the wacom tablet and into the real world. I think he's here to stay.

Big fiesta on town last night. The beach looks like a major football match took place in the night. Empty bottles absolutely everywhere. Two dazed looking security guards listening to a radio at the beach bar.

The beaches are still empty. What's happening?

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Waiting for the Music

These people came out the wacom tablet completely unexpectedly. Who is that guy on the bottom left? And a devil?

I see Britain is preparing to go on strike as it always does just before I am due there. I feel genuinely sorry for the ones that want to leave but can't but I am delighted Glasgow voted SNP.

Here's a link to pleasanter thoughts. Karin Zhou is six years old in this video of her playing the piano. She's lived before!


Friday, July 25, 2008


Sometimes even I don't know these things are lurking in the wacom tablet.

Here's a link to an ethereal piece of piano music. The musician is Phillipe Sear and I think he plays in a magic, other worldly way.

The local Spaniards are now getting fed up of the tourists because now you have to queue everywhere for everything. In fact the bolder of the spanish ladies plodding around Intermarche say things like.."When are the fockers going to naff off?" Well, that's how it translates into english.

When I cycled back from the beach I discovered they had closed off the entrance to the main road and there was fresh, steaming hot tarmac blocking any possibility of crossing. A Peruvian roadmaker lifted my bike onto the main road as I almost got squashed by a huge machine and I had to climb over a pile of rocks to retrieve it. They dug up this same road at this time last year.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ode to Joy


Still playing around in Adobe Illustrator CS3 and not doing great so far. This should have a fetching blue border around it. I'm not sure how to flatten the image. I've tried flatten, group, merge but while I've been doing this I've had a great idea for a children's book!
The postman chucked my latest batch of books from Amazon over the gate. I am lucky they were not stolen.

Paco and Albert are doing a gig in Zaragoza this evening.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Take Away

Here's another Harry Potter spoof. It's the first one. You really should watch all five.

The beach remains strangely empty which is qute weird. I felt like I was cycling through a Fellini film this morning.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pencil and Paper

Sometimes it's just easier with a pencil and piece of paper.

These are schoolgirls in England that I saw in Lancaster station on my last visit there. There were no trains going further North that day and we were all herded onto various buses. I will be back there in a few weeks so even though thinking about the lack of transport that awaits I will at least maybe get some new sketches....I could do one of kids on rollerskates charging adults for doing their shopping...what with rising prices and all.

Speech Balloons

Aha! I've done it again. I must be saving it the wrong way. Not only can I not make speech balloons properly, except by drawing them by hand, but this was also a red drawing. I'll get there if it kills me...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

What's this?

This is absolutely insane. The drawing is actually bright red not blue and half the detail is missing.. It's inverted itself somehow.

Got to go back to England in August. I should host a little competition as to whether there will be no trains or buses or baggage handlers or air traffic controllers. Will there, in fact, be wheelie bin police measuring the distance the lid is open? Will I be stabbed? I hear the children are attacking policemen. I will be glad to come back home.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cloud Nine

Adobe Illustrator CS3. I should not have downloaded the's wonderful. It does absolutely everything possible in the universe. This is on an equal par with that magic box of coloured pencils my mum gave me when I had my tonsils out...and that was fifty one years ago. Ha, ha.

And here's a link to a twelve year old guitarist who is going to have a wonderful life.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Oh,oh...just downloaded a demo of Adobe Illustrator CS3. It does everything...this is paradise; better make the most of the next thirty days...

Harry Potter

This is a really funny spoof series about Harry Potter. I wish I knew these people in real life. I just laughed and laughed.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Beach Kids

I watched two teeny French kids with their dad by the sea yesterday. They were beside themselves with excitement. I might try my hand at a beach scene on a large scale. That could be fun. I've always liked pictures that have lots in them.

I am trying out Per Kindgren's "Before Silence". I wish I could write music down.

The beach is lined with people and colourful umbrellas and a lot of gold and silver sandals this season.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Beach Kids

Paper and pencil. I'm out of practice. Lots of very excited kids with inflatable armbands. The campsite is still virtually empty.
I've recently been trying to draw on paper again and quite frankly it's completely different from an electronic pen. This is done with a wacom tablet.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Wind Along the Coast

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Here's a Russian animation that reminds me of what it was like living on top of a mountain and now it reminds me of living on a coast, which it is, about a coast that is. Anyway, it's about six minutes and forty nine seconds. I think it's great. I wish I had thought of a rabbit with wings. I've done a grandpa with wings but not a rabbit.

Monday, July 14, 2008


I had a very strange encounter in the bank this morning. It went something like this...
I am standing at the glass door that is the entrance of the bank. There is a lady employee sitting directly opposite me, some three meters away and behind her desk. I gesture that I would like to come in. She looks puzzled. I point to the door handle because it is locked. She nods to affirm that she has understood my request. She makes angry stabbing motions in my direction with her index finger. She wants me to ring the doorbell? She stabs again. I ring the bell like a Pavlov dog. She presses a button on her desk and the door opens. I walk in, say good morning then politely ask why she had wanted me to ring the doorbell?

"Well, that's how we know you are there," she said.

Am I missing something here?

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cycle Helmet

I mean I found my cycling helmet was leaking today. I had left it on a table on the porch.I wasn't out cycling in the storm...

What do you mean we are twins?

They were not kidding about the storm warning yesterday. It's the first time I have been scared during a thunder and lightening storm. The sky was almost black, the rain so intense that I discovered my cycle helmet was leaking water from between the plastic coating and the foam polystyrene lining inside!
It was deafening, the rain white as it mixed with hailstones, bending palm trees and me up to my knees in swirling water as I unblocked the drain by the gate. It was either that or a flooded house.
Here's a link to the same storm but over the town down the road.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

castanets again

Here's the piece of music I was looking for yesterday.

I love this. I've just bought their latest CD. They are called Arpeggio and they make me wish I had chosen music as a career. Their band is my idea of paradise.

Hero Worship

Taking a wee, mental break here. The blooming eraser end of the pen has decided to spray on yellow instead of rubbing out. The reason it's yellow is because it thinks the paper colour is set to yellow. The reason it's set to yellow is because that is how I set it for yesterday's drawing down below. But if I go to "set paper colour" it doesn't change and then the eraser sprays black.

Anyway, this is Maureen on the left and Melanie, best friend, on the right. The finished strip has to be eight inches wide and at 300dpi. I haven't thought in inches for years. I have a lot of rulers in real life but they are all in centimeters.

Big storm forecast. Lots of tourists.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Here's a link to Arpegiatta, a mesmerising group of players.

New bed arrived. It is vast, a sea of sheets. I hope I hope I don't sleepwalk before I am used to it. I know I am sleepwalking again because there was an opened packet of crackers on the table this morning.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


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Well, this will give you good cause to laugh. I seemed to have, without my knowing, turned into a gargoyle. I was so horrified when I saw this small video of myself that I immediately blurred it all up so as not to scare you too much. When exactly did my face slide down my neck that much? When did my chin get lost in my neck....?

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Incoming Spaceship

Fractals in Ultrafractal 4 and a photo but just an excuse to post this link to a piece of Melodeon music.

New bed arriving tomorrow. This will cause a few problems for Arthur because he will not be able to hide under it during storms because it's one of those swingy ones that you can store stuff inside. I actually bought it a couple of months ago but they suddenly decided to deliver it within two days of a phone call and an email asking where was it?

30 degrees. The weather that is.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Here's an old photo of a castle wall in France, combined with fractals and Corelpainter. Not quite what I am after but almost... Carcassonne.
Love the music "Before Silence".

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Baby Talk

Ah, the good old days....this one appeared just as I am closing the computer because it's thundering. Anything that is plugged in during a storm tends to blow up.

Arthur is trying to get in the bath. I have to go...

Poppy Head

This about sums up artwork for today. I spent hours...hours....trying out a new method of masking, pasting and creating characters out of fractals and finally created a scene of these really weird peoplebirds across a sea of fractals and now I can't save it because Corelpainter says it's busy and I supposed to close the task it's performing except I don't know what task it thinks it is performing. It's not making me a cup of tea. that's for sure.
Anyway this dragon poppy is growing in the garden. Hold on, I'll get the photie from when it was in bloom.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

It's a matter of size.

It's very different here this summer. Everybody now has an air conditioner and instead of the usual deafening chorus of paella parties it is unearthly silent outside.

Personally, I find it easier to draw speech bubbles by hand but I don't actually use speech bubbles a lot.
Drawing at 5oo pixels is what I am comfortable with so I guess I'll make each Maureen panel 500 square and make it a six panel strip.

The drawing is not Maureen by the way.

Friday, July 04, 2008


Aha, summer onslaught well under way. The beach is packed with gleaming, shiny limbs in all sorts of shades of burnt sienna. The air smells strongly of coconut sunscreen lotions. The local over seventies have discarded their usual daywear and are sporting large bikinis under large transparent kafans. The German ladies shop topless which makes the Spanish go tsk, tsk, tsk, but they still fall over their shopping carts whilst they tsk.

The lifeguards lounge over their Nintendo games and they have a new dinghy this year.

If disgusting things are not your scene do not watch the video below. I already know that I live in a parallel universe so I find it disustingly funny. It's about a chainsaw claymation maid.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Fancy Specs

Oh, that's odd. I hadn't noticed his body went over the edge. The radishes are virtually ready. Far too many for us and surprisingly Alice who used to be Frank doesn't want any.

"Reminds me of childhood salads in Sheffield," she says.

What am I going to do with the beetroot? Endless borscht?

The above image was originally a photo of a jester. I did a million things but didn't like any of it so made it a background and drew the little fellow on top.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Redhead and Dog

Blimey, 30 degrees. The town is strangely deserted for this time of year. Eight people on the beach apparently.
Alberto and Paco have their first "gig" on Friday so we will go to that.
I'm still searching for that perfect line.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Bile Baby

Ha, ha. Nothing like rearranging a sketch to improve one's mood. Got to go. Richard and Judy are on...

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I've just bought the music for this off Per Kindgren's website. It's mindbogglingly lovely.

30 degrees here and I am too cross to write anything else.

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