Non-photo blue for you


Four-panel diary, alternative format.

An alternative four-panel diary format, including spotting a little blue penguin in the harbour!

And while I’m using the word blue…

The blue pencil drawings are made using a “non-photo blue” pencil. Such pencils are notable because a photocopier does not reproduce the blue lines. Originally used for marking written copy with amends, cartoonists will use non-photo blue pencils to draw images before inking them.

Original four-panel inked drawings.

Original drawings.

Above is the original, with the non-photo blue pencil, and below is the photocopied version. Not a sign of the blue pencil. Although not obvious here, the images below were reduced when photocopying to half the size of the originals.

Photocopied four-panel drawing.

Photocopied version.

And if you were wondering, scanners and digital cameras pick up the blue line, though it is relatively easy to edit in Photoshop.

Photoshopped version four-panel drawing.

Photoshopped version.

Five days in the life of…


Five days in the life of…
photocopied paper

“Five days in the life of” comprises daily journal drawings, photocopied and scaled to fit together on one sheet of A4.

Skull in a skirt


Collage – skull in an Hawaiian skirt

Sometimes, I have no idea where images come from.

Handcut blobs (moving away from the digital)

Paper cut-out blobs.

Paper cut-out blobs.

More paper cut-out blobs, but closer to the viewer.

Preliminary designs for a poster.

This year I’ve permitted myself not to take on any new design jobs. The one exception to this rule (which I’ve been able to stand by so far) is a poster for the upcoming residents’ exhibition at Toi Pōneke.

The above images are my first exploratory stabs at the elements for the poster. And I’m delighted with them.

Moving away from digital, these blobs are hand cut from some old magazines. The variety of colour, texture, and shape of the blobs represent the diversity of the individual artists and their practices at Toi Pōneke.

Next is to play around with the scale, the spacing of the blobs, and the typography as I start to pull the poster together.

Cheating with a brush pen


Four-panel diary

I continue to follow the course outlined in Lynda Barry’s Syllabus book. Without being in one of Lynda’s classes, I’m making some things up as I go, cobbling together what I can from her notes into a complete lesson.

While I miss the sharing, insights, and comradeship I’d get from being part of a cohort, an upside is I can be a little slack on the homework and avoid being marked down.

Part of the homework is keeping a daily diary of things you’ve done, seen, and heard along with a quick drawing, being sure to include yourself. Over time the diary format is changed – the current variation is four panels, no words. You get one minute to draw each scene, then a minimum of three minutes to ink it in with a rollerball pen. As I’m not enjoying drawing with the rollerball, I cheated and used my brush pen today (and maybe that’s a word in the first panel).