If you go to the market today. Or more to the point on Sunday.

OK, so my keys to this place still work.

I’ve been a little busy in real life. I’ve had a couple of freelance jobs, social commitments and to round it off, fun times with the flu and general lack of sleep.

Still, since I know you all come here for the pictures (and in all honesty, I don’t blame you. One day I will learn how to write an interesting blog post!) I’ll share an image of one of the freelance jobs.

Birds Are Confused

It was work for a friend, who in her own words; ‘recycle and remake clothing into modern & quirky one-off pieces’ under the name of ‘Birds Are Confused’.

I designed her a logo and something that could be used both as a mini business card and a swing tag on the clothing. In all honesty, you could say this is a ‘beta version’ as I’ve been intending to go back and actually hand draw the bird in the logo. This one is just a vector version, as it was just easier to design one directly on the old computer.

Anyway, check out her blog to see some examples of her work.

More importantly, if you’re in Melbourne, go to the Abbotsford Convent Market this Sunday and look for her and another talented friend, operating under ‘Just Like Nanna’ who creates hand-made coat hangers just like Nan used to make as well as blackboard vases and plates. Who is actually too busy right now to start a blog (boo!)

There are two markets running at the convent that day, an arts market (which will be indoors – this is Melbourne and the Flying Spaghetti Monster only knows what the weather will be!) as well as a ‘finders keepers’ (second hand) market. Plus live music and the such that go along with markets.

Go, visit Birds Are Confused and Just Like Nana. Buy stuff. Have fun!


Complement Birds Are Confused on her business cards!!!!


Life is my inspiration…

I hate myself for that post title already…

But anyway, it was my birthday the other week. I celebrated in my usual way, which was by allowing myself to get a little grumpery and talking disparagingly about younger folk. Y’know, stuff that makes me happy.

But besides that, ASimpleTune has paid for me to do some life drawing classes

Life Drawing

I’m doing them at the Guildford Lane Gallery. The classes for the last two weeks have been small, only around 4-5 people but the trainer has told us the class does sometimes get up to 12 to 15 people.

The classes are tutored (not sure if this the most up to date link, but I can’t find a better one at the moment), so a teacher supports and gives advice as you go. In the two weeks I’ve been there has the classes have followed a format. A series of 30 second to 1 minute poses, follow by around 3 10 minute poses that also explore a certain theme (last week; lines, this week; scale) and finish by a 40 minute (2 x 20 minute) pose. At first I was planning to only do a couple of weeks while I try out the tutored structure, to see how I felt about actually being ‘taught’ in the field of drawing again.

In all honesty, the themed drawings have been my favourite, and I’ve found having a teacher again proving the old lesson, we’re never too old to learn.

Anyway, I’ve got some more pictures, but I’m too lazy to put them up here right now… but they are here at my facebook page.

I dream of sleep

First of all, I believe if you’re going to describe a dream you had to someone, you need to keep a twitter length story. Like “I had a dream. There was a talking potato and it was running around on fire.” Any longer and odds are you are going to start boring people.

That said, I’m going to talk about some dreams I’ve had. Every now and then I go through stages where I dream about my day job. Nothing interesting happens in these dreams, I just dream I’m there at work and doing what I do whenever I turn up in the day. It bugs the hell out of me, because so far HR has refused all of my request for overtime that I put for these dream shifts.

I also go through stages, when I’ve been overdoing it a little, where I dream of needing sleep. This usually involves my dreamself, not being able to focus, falling over and generally looking for a place to go to sleep. The main problems with these dreams is they are so boring that they threaten to push me from sleep into a coma.

A few weeks ago my subconscious, in an obvious assault on my conscious mind took this a step further. It combined the two. I had nights in a row where I was dreaming that I was at my job, being assigned work. Each of these assignments when I look at them was ‘sleep.’ I can’t tell you how confusing it is, when you get 6 or 7 hours dreaming of being at work but needing sleep, being woken up by your alarm clock so you can go to work.

I’m not sure what the point of all this is, other than my subconscious is a bastard.

Anyway, a cartoon self-portrait of me in this state to share before I go an have an early night….

Need... Sleep....

War Artists…

Ted Rall is an American political cartoonist and writer whose work I follow on and off. In all honesty, he’s far more left wing than I am (and I consider myself fairly left wing). So some of he’s view points sometimes leave me shocked and thinking “he’s gone too far.”

Still, his work is often great and he makes his points clearly. Plus, I think it’s good to be shocked by someone who is, generally speaking, on your own side of the political spectrum.

Mat Bors is another political cartoonist and illustrator whose work I only discovered a few months ago. I’m looking forward to seeing his graphic novel, ‘War is Boring’ which should be out now, or very soon.

Why am I explaining this? Coincidently, I was just watching a story on ABC2, ‘The Quarters’ about Australian ‘Official War Artists’ being sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. It explained how they spent 6 weeks travelling with Australian soldiers.

Currently, Ted Rall and Matt Bors are travelling with Steven Cloud through the north of Afghanistan. They are not travelling with soldiers. They are not sticking to the safe areas. It’s just the three of them.

Ted Rall has been to Afghanistan before. He’s stated one of his goals from this trip is to try and find the translator who in Rall’s own words, saved his life on the original trip.

This is apparently Bors first trip outside of the US.

They both have stocked up on the sketchbooks and are regularly sending back drawings, with Rall keeping a dairy in comic form.

I really recommend checking both of them out. You can find Rall’s at his blog, and Bors at his.

I’m intrigued about the images, despite the difference in mediums, I’m intrigued what sort of imagery and messages are sent back from a couple of American political cartoonist and the Australian official war artists.

Post-It Note Friday

I’m a little suprised that I don’t have more doodles to show you all this friday.

I spent most of the week in a work shop at the company that pays me to turn up and do… something? I really need to find out what that is one day.

Anyway, like most meetings I seem be told to go to, it was only about 5% relevant to me or my job role. Which is bad enough but just to make sure I suffered, the workshop went for three and a half days. As you can imagine I was expecting to have a lot more doodle time. Especially considering when I got sent to a training session in a similar situation.

However, there were a lot of people there who are… I’m not sure how to describe them, they’re not quite ‘big wigs’ but they are at a level where they could easily get me fired. So the compromise seemed to be that I’d try to a pay attention more often than not and they wouldn’t ask why I was the only person in the room drawing cartoons and checkered patterns all over their notes.

It seemed fair enough…

Post-it note friday

As you probably can tell, it’s a composite from several pages. I’m pretty sure my employers wouldn’t appreciate putting my notes up on the net.

Anyway, another workshop next week. So I’m 99% sure there will be another Post it Note Friday update soon…

Update: Whoopsie. Forgot one!


An internet sketchbook