Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Illustration Friday Number Two!

I'm such an eager beaver that I've completed two illustrations for this week's topic. I remember being told once that if anyone ever intimidates you- just imagine them sitting on the toilet. Works every time!

Illustration Friday- 'Glamour'

Or in my case- never. I'd just settle for looking half decent :-).

Monday, January 30, 2006

Happy New Year for those of you who were out celebrating yesterday!

It is also my astrological sign (no bad jokes please- I've heard it all before). Dogs are apparently Honest, Dependable, Diligent, Perceptive, Selfless, Caring, Moody, Fun-loving and Adventurous. Check out this link to see what sign you are...

Just an idea I had that made me laugh....

Sadly my attempt at Charlie Sheen looks more than a little like John Cusack, whilst Martin Sheen bears a certain resemblance to Christopher Walken. Ah well. I may have borrowed the idea of not showing God's face from the Simpsons. Credit where credit is due!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I think he may have been wearing protective equipment...

You wouldn't bee-lieve (sorry) how long it took me to draw and then colour in each individual bee. I figured it would be worth it for the final overall effect.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Andy 'The Viking' Fordham

This guy is a champion darts player and I saw a picture of him and was inspired. He just begged to be drawn.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Illustration Friday- Cats

This one was a joy to draw. The images are quite small though so I hope they are clear enough to view onscreen. I love cats. I love it when they are licking themselves and stop but forget to put their tongues back in. I love their absolute sense of dignity that makes them all the more hilarious when something humiliating happens to them...

Saturday, January 21, 2006

I made the top 100!

My image has made it through to the top 100 in the 100 Shirts Competition. This means it will be made into a t-shirt and appear in the exhibition in Liverpool. Check out the 100 Shirts website to view the other entries and cast some votes!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Actually quite a sad tale...

It seems that Ai Ai took up the habit upon the death of her first mate. Her keepers realised she would have to quit when her health began to detiorate and so created a four week plan to wean her off the fags...

I'm having fun with these news stories

And there are so many bizarre tales to choose from! I particularly like my penguin in this piece and I've tried putting the text across the image for once.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Just don't answer it...

For my Dad who is suffering from something nasty

Hey Dad! Here is the illustration as you asked but I decided against sticking the stamp on the poor rodents head as it's been through enough trauma already! I hear that one of the two lads has been banned from keeping pets for ten years after this little drunken 'prank'.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

A Penguin's Right to Choose...

According to the article they flew in some lady penguins from Sweden and were planning on an enforced seperation between the happily paired-up males. Gay rights protestors pointed out that this was unfair and the zoo decided to simply release the females in with the males in the hope that the coming breeding season will bring about other urges. The penguins are of a rare breed but I think the old adage of "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink" is very apt here.

Cow Convict

And if you don't believe it read this.

Slay your own dragons!

I was doodling last night and I rather liked the results so I did some scanning this morning and a bit of colouring in. I guess it's actually turned into a small statement about women's rights...

Another one of those arcane laws...

Strange how a lot of them come from the USA. I have to say it's not a bad law though, unless you are the guy with the soup that is. Everybody knows soup is easier to eat straight from the bowl. Let's just do away with spoons and forget those nasty Victorian manners that make life that little bit more complicated.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Buy my Badges!

I've submitted some designs to a great new site called Prickie who create badges designed by artists. It's well worth taking a look as there is some really good work on there...

P.S. I've got a link on the right that takes you directly to my page in the store or you can just click here if you are feeling lazy!

Friday, January 13, 2006

E is For Edinburgh

This week's Illustration Friday submission. Edinburgh is my current home and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The particular bit that I have drawn is Victoria Street, a winding colourful street that curves up from the Grassmarket. It is, of course, named after me!

In all seriousness, if you ever get the chance to visit Edinburgh jump to it like a shot. I came up to see someone else and ended up moving here. The architecture is amazing, the vibe is fantastic and- despite being a capital city- it has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I'll stop now before I start sounding like I'm being paid by the Scottish Tourist Board!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Last week's Illustration Friday submission...

And I know it is a week late but I'm back on my beloved PC once again so I thought I would scan the sketches I did and make something from them. The theme was 'Flavour' and I did some research into tastebuds. A newborn baby has the most active tastebuds and these gradually lose their sensitivity as you get older. This explains why kids hate certain kinds of food and it also is a clear case for not forcing them to eat things they say they hate. Strong flavours become less of a problem as you get older and this explains how people's tastes change.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Full marks for creativity...

According to a local newspaper he thought the cotton would soak up the alcohol. Only thing is, it would still be in his stomach wouldn't it? When up before the judge he caused havoc in the courtroom as observers struggled to maintain their composure.

Illustration Friday- Sea

I'm guessing most of them suffer from it when actually at sea, not just on a day-to-day basis! Apparently after seven days at sea most people get over it and "find their sea legs". I get sick even at the idea of a boat and when I lived in Germany and we took the ferry back and forth I would always have to stand outside. I've stood on a ferry deck in all kinds of weather with fellow sufferers throwing up all around me. I've yet to actually join them but I certainly feel like I'm going to for most of the trip.