Thursday, March 31, 2011


Sometimes it's difficult to make birthday cards for boys.
And sometimes it's not.

Happy birthday Justin.

Behind the Scenes

Drawing cartoon posts for the blog is a lot of hard work.
Here is a quick look behind the scenes...
I have a small notebook where I jot down all my blog cartoon ideas and other random posts and things to do. This notebook usually goes everywhere with me. As you can tell from this post. (The pink notebook with the maple leaves in that post... is this little notebook in question)
For longer blog posts, I write down key phrases or funny/quirky lines - which I can develop into story-lines or flesh out with pictures. The above pics became The Ode to the Rhodes Drama Department post.
Sometimes I'll draw a single image which will remind me of a blog-post story or cartoon to be drawn at a later stage. The picture above became The Big Mac Conspiracy.
There are times when I want to test out different facial features or expressions to get them just right before I post to the blog and I'll do a few rough drafts before I hit the tablet. These doodles come from when i did some "model" work which you can find in the Model Behaviour Post. ha...
When I'm happy with all the catch-phrases and the images that I want to re-draw, I use my Bamboo Tablet to translate what's in my notebook into photoshop. Then draw all the images, colour them, save them, resize them, post them and hope someone will read them and have a laugh :)

Et voila.

So now you know how much work goes into a cartoon post - you will know how much i love all your comments and feedback! :) Thank you!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I'm making things easier

So, lately I have been a little...



As a result I have invented the handy "catch-all" doccie. 

You can use this lovely doccie in a variety of situations and it can be printed out as many times as you can possibly manage. All you need to do is tick the correct box. and hey presto! 
you don't have to go through the whole congratulatory process a ga-zillion-thousand times.

As my (wedding) gift to you, you can download the handy all-purpose congratulatory doc.
It can be printed (or even emailed) over and over again  - so tell your friends they can have as many weddings and babies as they like. 

you're welcome.

* * *

oh, and PS. a big congrats to all 467 of my facebook friends who have recently got engaged/married/babied. I am truly happy for you. (really). 

But for me... 
I'll just be chilling out in SoKo, 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

7 Things

7 things I learnt this week:
  1. It is possible to bake a carrot cake and turn it into the Millennium Falcon. (Trust me, if I can do this, your blind puppy can do it.)
  2. Sometimes you really just need to slow down.
  3. When your washing machine starts making clinkety-clink noises. Back away.
    and get out the towels.
  4. If you live in Asia and you are buying something that you are not 100% sure what it is, you probably shouldn't buy three of them. The likelihood of it being a useless piece of nothing, is exponentially increased.
  5. A long list of random questions is often the best way for you to reminisce and think about yourself and what is important to you and what isn't :)
  6. If you are sending something express to South Africa, make sure that it is not a PO Box or Private Bag number. In that case - the package will go all the way to Africa... and then come all the way back...
  7. A jukebox is just the perfect thing...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Song

The Naked and Famous - Young Blood

We're only young and naive still

We require certain skills

The mood it changes like the wind
Hard to control when it begins

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

Can't help myself but count the flaws

Claw my way out through these walls
One temporary escape
Feel it start to permeate

We lie beneath the stars at night
Our hands gripping each other tight
You keep my secrets hope to die
Promises, swear them to the sky

The bittersweet between my teeth

Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah

As it withers
Brittle it shakes
Can you whisper
As it crumbles and breaks
As you shiver
Count up all your mistakes
Pair of forgivers
Let go before it's too late

Can you whisper
Can you whisper
Can you whisper
Can you whisper

The bittersweet between my teeth
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
The bittersweet between my teeth 
Trying to find the in-betweens
Fall back in love eventually
Yeah yeah yeah yeah 

play it loud:

Friday, March 25, 2011