SF Botanical Garden

 Posted by on February 17, 2019  Drawings, Lefties, Location Sketching  Tagged with:
Feb 172019
 

The weather has been stormy & rainy lately and we’ve been housebound for several weekends in a row. When the sun finally came out briefly last Sunday, Julia & I hurried to Golden Gate Park.

Julia was eager to see the magnolias, as it is now the season for them to bloom, so we quickly made our way to the Botanical Garden. Though the ground was strewn with many petals from the windy storm the day before, there were still plenty of beautiful magnolia blossoms on the trees. We found a pleasant sunny spot to sit where Julia could paint the flowers, whereas I chose to sketch a nearby meadow, with a view of Sutro Tower up on Twin Peaks in the distance.

Then we had a very tasty early dinner at a favourite restaurant nearby, and made it all the way home before the next rain showers started.

Jan 062019
 
Holiday Sketching

Just before Christmas, Julia & I attended the DICKENS FAIR again. Our focus this time was eating and drinking, with hearty portions of ‘Bangers & Mash‘ and “Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding‘, washed down with Hot Buttered Rum at a nearby pub, where there was a jolly sing-song (in drama club cockney accents). Christmas Day itself was a quiet one, [READ MORE…]

Mary Poppins Returns

 Posted by on December 25, 2018  Lefties, My stroke, Storyboards, VisDev, Work  Tagged with: ,
Dec 252018
 
Mary Poppins Returns

Today is the sixth anniversary of the day I could have left this mortal coil, but instead stayed for another few rounds. Ever since, December 26th has become my own personal day of thanksgiving, where I count myself lucky to be here at all. This year I’d like to write about the landmark year of 2016, when I worked on [READ MORE…]

Bantha Tracks

 Posted by on July 27, 2018  Childhood art, Illustration  Tagged with: ,
Jul 272018
 
Bantha Tracks

I recently found old faded samples of some of the first drawings I ever had “published”; some fan art submitted to BANTHA TRACKS, the 1970s/80s STAR WARS fan club newsletter. Soon after my 13 year old mind was thoroughly blown by STAR WARS in 1977, I saw an ad in a magazine (probably a 1978 issue of STARLOG) soliciting members [READ MORE…]

Avalon sketches

 Posted by on May 27, 2018  Lefties, Location Sketching, Travel  Tagged with:
May 272018
 
Avalon sketches

Earlier this month, Julia and I spent a pleasant week on the island of Santa Catalina, where we both did a lot of sketching. I wasn’t able to finish all my sketches on site but finished a few at our hotel on the island (and the rest at home). I finally scanned them all: Though the weather was always sunny it [READ MORE…]

Sonoma sketches

 Posted by on April 29, 2018  Lefties, Location Sketching  Tagged with: ,
Apr 292018
 
Sonoma sketches

I just tidied up and scanned some sketches drawn a few months ago while staying in Sonoma. My Brother Jo and his wife Priscilla were visiting Northern California wine tasting with a group of their friends, and invited Julia and I to meet them on the Sonoma leg of their trip. Julia found us a posh AirbnB near Sonoma town [READ MORE…]

Feb 032018
 
'in darkest PERU..'

The joy of writing and receiving multipage handwritten letters is a lost pleasure. My letter output now is no better than the average 21st century yahoo, but I was a prodigious letter writer in the 1980s, while working in Asian animation studios to finance extensive travel. In the pre-internet & iPhone era, travel abroad might mean weeks with no real [READ MORE…]

Jan 102018
 
Ornaments

Here is a watercolour sketch of German Christmas ornaments seen at Julia’s parents house. Her parents live on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, where we spent Julia’s birthday on a rainy New Year’s Eve, just last week. Each time we’ve visited beautiful Bainbridge I’ve always wanted to sketch, but the weather is often too cold and/or rainy rainy to sit outside [READ MORE…]

KOed on Boxing Day

 Posted by on December 26, 2017  My stroke
Dec 262017
 
KOed on Boxing Day

The day after Christmas, Julia had planned to work at home but discovered she didn’t have the password to remotely access her company computer and left to work a full day down the peninsula. I planned to get coffee with my pal Tony, before assembling with Gale & Julia for dinner. After a lazy morning reading in bed I showered [READ MORE…]

Oct 222017
 
Maverix Studios: 1995-2011

Late 1996, I resigned from Colossal Pictures, the only full time staff position I’d ever had. By then I’d been working in animation for 15 years, but recent job disasters had soured me to the industry, and I was unsure what to do next. After traveling for a few months, I’d decided to focus on the enjoyable aspects of being a cartoonist [READ MORE…]