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REVIEW: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
26 Jan 2011
While I was working on my [to be honest, pretty risible] entry for the Sketchbook Project, over the Chrimbo holidays, I did a wee bit of doodling using a brush and Indian Ink. a technique I used to be quite into ‘back in the day’ when I was a callow youth at Art Collge, but which I hadnae used that often since. There’s something really satisfying about the physical craft of laying down lines of treacly black, lovely thick and gloopy Indian Ink, using a brush; controlling the thickness of the lines with tiny variations in pressure and then waiting for it to dry, leaving a slightly raised bead of lightproof, waterproof permanent black on the paper.... [ Read More ]
British Cartoon Archive
22 Jan 2011
This is a great site for anyone interested in the history of newspaper and magazine cartooning. The British Cartoon Archive is located in Canterbury at the University of Kent’s Templeman Library. It has a library, archive, and exhibition gallery, and is dedicated to the history of British cartooning over the last two hundred years. The BCA holds the artwork for more than 150,000 British editorial, socio-political, and pocket cartoons, supported by large collections of comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books and magazines.... [ Read More ]
Title Sequence Playlist
18 Jan 2011
Title Sequence playlist For those first years working on the Title Sequence project; here is a selection of the typography heavy Title Sequences we showed you at the beginning of the brief.... [ Read More ]
Lateral Thinking
14 Jan 2011
I spotted this ‘Be seen in the dark’ sticker on a bike outside college before. Nothing particularly interesting about it, on first appearance, but my curiosity was idly piqued by the choice of a Cheshire Cat, as opposed to any other cartoon animal or object. Then I remembered the characteristic of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland: ..when [Alice] noticed a curious appearance in the air: it puzzled her very much at first, but, after watching it a minute or two, she made it out to be a grin, and she said to herself `It’s the Cheshire Cat: now I shall have somebody to talk to’…... [ Read More ]
Come and Have a Go...
11 Jan 2011
..if you think you’re art enough! If you think you’ve got an eye for colour and graphic design, check out the Munsell Hue Test and see how you get on. I scored a whopping 99,4% – Go me! ... [ Read More ]
Paging KPP!... Paging KPP!...
08 Jan 2011
###Interesting Looking Book: An Illustrated Life” +++ I just stumbled across this at random on Amazon. Looks like the kind of reading material any sketchbook obsessed Scouser would love to have in their collection and, at not much over a measley tenner, they wouldnae even have to shoplift it! Linky An Illustrated Life offers a sneak peak into the wildly creative imaginations of top illustrators, designers and artists from around the world through the pages of their personal visual journals.... [ Read More ]
Busman's Holiday
03 Jan 2011
Damn! - cannae believe it’s back to the day job again tomorrow, after my all-too-brief Christmas break. However, I’ve not been idle over the holidays. As I’ve alluded to before, I’ve been busy working on one of the websites I run; namely, the Appletalker Discussion Forum. I’ve switched the site from using the Unclassified Newsboard [UNB] forum software to using the Simple Machines Forum [SMF] forum software. For two reasons mainly;... [ Read More ]
Tumblr Bollox Pollock
02 Jan 2011
I was hoping that Santa Claus might have brought the folks at Tumblr some new servers for Christmas. But apparently not, as I’m still getting that bloody annoying “…Over Capacity…” message almost every time I try to do something on the site. So in homage to the now legendary Twitter Fail Whale, I present the “Tumblr Servers are Bollox Pollock”... [ Read More ]
There Ought to Be an App for That
31 Dec 2010
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Nice Animation
29 Dec 2010
Quite a nice wee combo of stopmotion and computer graphics used in this German promo campaign for Google Streetview. And it’s good to see the perennial old “Living Sketchbook” idea still has legs! There’s also a page here with some info on how it was made.... [ Read More ]
Premature Felicitation
24 Dec 2010
Seeing as how I’ll be doing the rounds tomorrow; stuffing my face with booze and food, and unlikely to be going anywhere near the comp to upload this, you’ll have to accept my Christmas greetings a bit early. Have a good one everybody and, as Tiny Tim would say: “Gawd bless us, one and all!” ... [ Read More ]
We Don’ Need to Show You Any Steenkin’ Bhajis!
24 Dec 2010
It’s good to find some classic movies occasionally, amongst the mountains of brain-dead dross on Blinkbox. Last night I unearthed one of my all-time favourite westerns “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”. The only problem is that, for some unaccountable reason, every time I watch this film I find myself hankering after an Indian takeaway! ... [ Read More ]
Button Loon
24 Dec 2010
I’ve been working on my forum website makeover for most of today again. Because I border on being OCD when it comes to how things look, I spent several hours designing a set of iPhone style buttons, just so I could replace a couple of minor buttons on the forum interface –as the built in ones were putrid Windoze style crappy gifs. I didnae design these from scratch, but based them on an iPad GUI template set very helpfully published by these folks.... [ Read More ]
Bracket Monkey
19 Dec 2010
Today I’ve been _“doing my brackets_”, as the missus calls it; trying to port the immensely popular *cough!* Appletalker Forum I run from its current Unclassified Newsboard [UNB] software [which has been abandoned by the developer] over to a new forum software, called Simple Machines Forum [SMF], which should future-proof Appletalker for at least the forseeable future and –even more importantly– allow me to build a forum theme which formats up nicely on smartphones.... [ Read More ]
Cheeky Chappies!
17 Dec 2010
Found on my whiteboard yesterday, when I went into college. After a bit of waterboarding and ‘robust interrogation techniques’, Robert and Karl confessed Karl confessed and dobbed in Robert too. Hmmm… methinks some grades might have to be adjusted downwards!... [ Read More ]
It's Official - We Rock!
17 Dec 2010
It was nice to see so many students, both past and present out for our little soirée at Jabez Clegg last night and also nice [albeit quite blush inducing] to have so many of our former students come up to Alex, Griff and myself and tell us that –since they’ve moved onwards and upwards to 3rd years on degree courses at ‘proper’ universities– they’ve retrospectively begun to really appreciate just how good the teaching they’d received from us had been.... [ Read More ]
Chrimbo Quoffs
14 Dec 2010
Just to remind you all; Christmas drinkies will be in the Function Room –or whatever the Hell it’s called!– at Jabez Clegg on Thursday evening, from 7pm ‘til 1am. Tickets are a measley £2 and are available from all good tutors [and some rubbish ones]. Those students wishing to show their appreciation of the fabulous teaching they have received from me during the course of the year may do so by placing pints of Guinness in my sweaty paws, for the duration of the night.... [ Read More ]
AdAnnoyed 002
13 Dec 2010
And the award for “Most Risibly Unsubtle Attempt to Use Sex to Sell a Product” goes to… ... [ Read More ]
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
12 Dec 2010
I notice that the bookies are offering odds of 17-to-one on a Beatles track being the Christmas Number One single. I might well have a flutter on that, so I might! When Apple first announced the arrival of The Beatles on iTunes I, like most other folks, said “So what? –’the kids’ today dinnae even know who The Beatles are and the people who know who The Beatles are already have all their music anyway!... [ Read More ]
Product Placement
11 Dec 2010
Ice-Cold in Alex is on Dave TV at the mo’. One of my all-time top five favourite movies. As well as being a ‘cracking good yarn’ I think the movie [made in 1958] must be one of the earliest and best examples of product placement ever. In fact, back when this movie was made, I’m not sure that product placement -as a concept– would even have existed. Unfortunately, Dave TV have chosen to show the movie at completely the wrong time of year; this is a film best served on a hot sultry summer’s day, with an unopened bottle of cold beer waiting to hand.... [ Read More ]
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