Lefties

After more than 30 years as a professional animation artist, I’ve lost the use of my trusty right hand. Fate has taken me back to those exploratory drawing days of my early childhood, as I RE-learn to draw, now with my LEFT hand instead:

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…]

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…]

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…]

Highland Scout

 Posted by on July 25, 2017  AutoBio, Family, Lefties, Travel  Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jul 252017
 
Highland Scout

“Sell ticker rain jurrs, wee chwonn?!” Said he. “Huh? Oi dahnd unnerstehnn wotcha saiyin!” Said I. It was my first day at primary school in Glasgow and a mutually unintelligible clash of regional English accents was under way; Glasgow Scots vs Rural Aussie. Like me, the other kid was a knock kneed 9 year old Celt, but wearing a belligerent expression [READ MORE…]

2016 Dickens Fair

 Posted by on May 21, 2017  Figure Sketching, Lefties  Tagged with:
May 212017
 
2016 Dickens Fair

In December Julia and I went to San Francisco’s Dickens Fair, which I’d often heard about but never attended. Despite being surrounded by a constant jibber-jabber of lame Cockney accents that would make even Dick Van Dyke wince ( ‘Cor Blimey Mary!‘ ) it was a lot of fun. Seen here are some sketches done in the PreRaphaelite Artists Salon, where we got art instruction from [READ MORE…]

17th & Noe

 Posted by on April 16, 2017  Drawings, Lefties, Location Sketching  Tagged with: ,
Apr 162017
 
17th & Noe

Here’s a sketch I just scanned that was drawn last year when Julia and I went drawing in San Francisco’s Castro neighbourhood. A week or two earlier we’d eaten nearby at a great little restaurant called FRANCES and we’d noticed that the neighbourhood had a lot of pretty houses, and came back later to draw the area.

The Year Of The Rabbit

 Posted by on October 18, 2016  Comics, Lefties, Projects  Tagged with:
Oct 182016
 
The Year Of The Rabbit

Since 2001 or so, I’ve occasionally published silly comics about ROCKET & PROFESSOR, but I’ve doodled the characters even longer than that. The few comics I’ve actually completed belie the fact that I’m always drawing the characters, and thumbnailing & planning stories. Real life sometimes got in the way of following through, but lately I’ve been trying to assemble a [READ MORE…]

Mar 012016
 
More Academy of Sciences sketches

A few weeks ago, Julia and I went back to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, for another free day of relaxing and sketching. On our previous visit, I sat in the mezzanine (and sketching a dodo bird) and this time I visited that exact same place, but sketched instead a view of the T-REX skeleton in [READ MORE…]