Wednesday, August 31, 2011

On A Promise To Myself

This doesn't look exciting.
If you thought that you'd be wrong. I'm turning my drawing skills into cartooning and comics skills. It's going to be a long road especially as I have two characters in my head that need bringing to life.
So why the simple drawings? Well to start if I'm going to learn this art I need to start from scratch. The temptation is to jump ahead and start at a level I think I'm at rather than go back to school so to speak and in doing so knock a lot of old and bad habits out of myself. As you can probably tell I'm at level one but it's good fun. Even at this stage getting something right raises a satisfied smile.
I know this is going to take a year, maybe more and that it's going to be a lot of hard repetitive work but it's work I'm willing to do because this is what I've always wanted to do. I'm happy I've finally started.
I won't let myself down.
Ever again.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Graphic Porn

So here it is.
This is my drawing studio. It's been a long time since I did any serious drawing. I've been doing other stuff, music mainly but I'm happy with where I'm at with that so I'll dip in and out when I've got something worth producing.
The reason I'm back with my pencils and paper is because for years I've berated myself about not learning to cartoon properly. I do my little cartoons every now and then but it's pretty much always the same stuff and as much as I love doing it I'm always thinking why not learn properly. So that's what I'm doing. It's back to school for me albeit self taught. Having said that I have some great books to learn from.
So that's it. Drawing with a bit of music every now and then. I'm slowing my pace.
More time to concentrate.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stupidity Pays

Sometimes I'm quite stupid.
Take for example the other day. I got my scanner out of the loft and plugged it in. Nothing. Dead as a dodo.
This lead me to buy an all in one printer, scanner and copier. It's the one in the picture above. Anyway, as I was unplugging the old scanner tonight I noticed that I hadn't flicked the on switch on the extension lead. See what I mean by stupid.
Actually this moment of clarity didn't phase me. You see, the new box of tricks was £40 instead of £100. It's also wireless which means I can print from any device that's connected to the web from anywhere in the world. It also prints right up to the edge unlike my old printer and the photo quality printing is as good as the maker claims so I'm happy.
I'm also happy because I can scan and print my cartoons from one box without having to faff about with USB leads. I'm extra happy because it takes up very little space on the coffee table which means I can actually fit a cup of coffee on there.
There's also room for booze so I'm delirious.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sometimes, just sometimes.

Life is a funny old thing.
Just today I had news via email that a book I have been waiting an age for had been virtually destroyed in transit. That's bad news. Still, I ordered another so everything should be fine.
After that I've had an evening of good wine and company and I've been given a gift of a very nice pipe which I shall treasure.
Then I sorted out my finances and made a few purchases which will change my life, literally.
All in all I'm happy. Life goes on with all its troubles and trials but in the mean time I can still manage to be happy so that's OK.
It's tough but still worth the effort.