On Drawing

 Posted by on March 17, 2014  Childhood art, Drawings, Lefties
Mar 172014
 
On Drawing

+-*I have recently been wrestling with re-learning how to draw. The loss of my former ability has led me to reflect on what drawing has meant to me in my 30 year career as a cartoonist, and how and why I came to be so interested in drawing in the first place. Back when I was very little, [..READ MORE..]

Feb 192014
 
TV Sketching: The Dowager Countess

+-*Apart from our recent location sketching, Julia and I have also been sketching from TV shows, and a recent fave is Downton Abbey, starring the wonderful Maggie Smith. In my opinion, she steals every almost episode as the dowager Countess, Lady Grantham. She inflects every line with subtle flaring of nostril, tilt of head or withering of stare, [..READ MORE..]

Jan 312014
 
Presidio Sketch Weekend

+-*Here are several sketches done from life, each drawn very slowly in my new left-handed technique, while visiting a very sunny Presidio last weekend with Julia. Lately I have been trying to draw with my left hand, and I have been doing silly, cartoonish illustrations for the childhood recollections I have been writing. I quite like the effect [..READ MORE..]

BIZARRO Sketch Night

 Posted by on January 16, 2014  Lefties, Updates
Jan 162014
 
BIZARRO Sketch Night

+-*A week ago today, my friend Ben Walker held one of his fun sketch events at 111 Minna Gallery. This time it was BIZARRO SKETCH NIGHT, where all the participants drew 100% with their non-dominant hands. Drawing with my bad hand is something I've been getting trying to get used to of late, with mixed success.. So it [..READ MORE..]

A Boxing Day Far, Far, Away..

 Posted by on January 7, 2014  Film/TV, Lefties, Reviews
Jan 072014
 
A Boxing Day Far, Far, Away..

+-*It's difficult to preserve memory when your older-self's revised view constantly overwrites the original impression. How do you file a loving memory of someone you no-longer like? Or childhood memories of wonder, but of things now uncool? Do you owe it to your earlier-self to keep that first impression alive? One such moment, is a memory of awe [..READ MORE..]

Chook Hunter

 Posted by on October 26, 2013  Family, Lefties
Oct 262013
 
Chook Hunter

+-*My paternal grandfather lives on as a cheery, little hardworking gnome of a man in my memory, yet my favourite photo of him, snapped by a street photographer well before my own Dad was even born, shows an impossibly roguish little bugger in his prime, an antipodean George Raft wearing his hat cocked at a rakish angle with [..READ MORE..]

Oct 012013
 
Tomorrow, You Only Have Memories Forever, Again. Twice.

+-*As a child, going to the cinema was special. Seeing even a crummy movie back then was somehow way more fun than seeing an absolutely amazing movie is for me today. Of course, my childhood was in the pre-video era, when perhaps the anticipation of a movie and the fond memories of it afterward were greater than they [..READ MORE..]

Dogmatic vs Dogcentric

 Posted by on September 13, 2013  Family, Lefties, Thoughts
Sep 132013
 
Dogmatic vs Dogcentric

+-*When I was in grade two of Catholic primary school, we started to take catechism classes where such profound notions as 'Souls' and 'Immortality' were being bandied about, not to mention the biggies; 'Heaven', 'Hell' and 'God'. Both in the classroom and out in the playground, there was much discussion about these concepts and the ground rules that [..READ MORE..]

One Year

 Posted by on September 7, 2013  Drawings, Location Sketching, Updates
Sep 072013
 
One Year

+-*Today marks exactly one year to the day since I posted in this here blog. The first few months of that hiatus were purely due to being very busy at work and therefore having nothing much to show for myself, creatively speaking. But early last December, I happily broke the sketching-drought with a sketching day with that ever-inspirational [..READ MORE..]