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Friday, 18 April 2014

Johnny Rottentail

Hope your Easter weekend rocks!

Friday Update: Every Day People

'Everyday' is an adjective that means commonplace or ordinary. But the 'Every Day People' to whom I'm dedicating this update are the exact opposite of that description; they're the totally rare and exceptional people who check in on 'Character Of The Day' every week day looking for a cartoon.

For sure, I definitely appreciate anyone who takes any time at all, whenever, to look at these drawings and jokes. But! The Every Day People deserve a special mention because they (you!) play an active role in making sure that there actually IS a daily cartoon to look at.

I love doing Character Of The Day, and I will always draw stuff no matter if anyone can see it or not, but sometimes it's all too easy to just tell myself "There's a million other things I should be doing that are probably more important than posting a cartoon to the Internet. Besides, the Internet's got enough going on. No one will miss it if a COTD doesn't appear."

But the thought that there's somebody, or even a handful of somebodies, out there who are waiting for a cartoon, who are expecting it, who will actually be disappointed if one doesn't show up at some point during the day, well, that thought more than any other is what keeps me drawing and posting, what keeps COTD ticking along and running smoothly, without disruption.

Every Day People, I salute you. Thanks for all your help in this endeavour.

Have a Good Friday, all! After today's cartoon, COTD will be back on Tuesday.

Thursday, 17 April 2014


Thursday Update: On Doodling

If you doodle a lot, you may find yourself drawing the same sort of thing a lot.

But every once in a while, small changes will occur in how you doozle.

Style evolves when familiar patterns are suddenly disrupted by small changes which, from that point on, continue to be reflected in one's dozzles.

So, my advice to anyone seeking to improve any kind of skill is simply this: doodle, doodle, doodle, doozle, dozzle, dazzle.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Blitzkrieg Bots

At the show that night...

Wednesday Update

It's a Kelly's Shop Day!

Sure, we all know that Kelly's Shop, 197 Main St. Picton, is the best place IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE to buy cool dresses, stylin' purses and all the jewelry, toys and King Kong kitchen whisks you can fit in your cargo pants. But what, exactly, goes on in the studio in the BACK of Kelly's Shop, 197 Main St. Picton?

Well, I'm in there sometimes. And today will be one of those times. Wednesday, from 1-4pm.

Am I cartooning or live sketching or something awesome like that? No, not so much. After working on drawings (COTD or whatever you got) in the mornings, I find that afternoons work best as a time for OTHER stuff (and there's always plenty of other stuff).

So I've set up the space in Kelly's as a kind of framing station - a place to take whatever original cartoons and other drawings I think might look good hanging in a den beside someone's vintage Coke machine, or in the upstairs nursery, or down by the old grandfather clock, and frame 'em up special.

Binders full of COTD cartoons are the main focus for this framing operation. So... a few a week, a little at a time. It's going ok so far. Anyway, that's where I am sometimes. Please stop in to say hi or hey or ho or let's go.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

April Snow

Tuesday Update

My niece Taylor arrived from the city. She's a toddler, so I got her a set of 'toddler grip' markers. Basically, they are fat, stubby things which you hold onto by their bases. The main colours in the set seem to be 'dog', 'bird', 'cat', 'elephant', etc., so they also double as action figures. If you've ever tried to draw a picture with an action figure, holding it by its head, that's what it's like to draw with these markers. Definitely a strange feeling, for sure (Of course I tried them), and needless to say, they don't offer much control.

While I don't know that I'll be switching permanently to the 'toddler grip' way of making pictures, it WAS a reminder that sometimes, when you're creating artwork on a regular basis, it's a good idea to try a new technique every once in a while. It's all too easy to fall into favoured routines, materials and methods of working. You never know what what will happen if you just take the time to change things up, experiment and see what happens.

That said, today's character will be drawn in a mixture of apple sauce and sweet potatoes.

Playing with one's food... making strides towards artistic growth... ehn... they're kinda the same thing.