I have many files and boxes marked (usually not literally) ‘things that really should have been thrown out some time ago’. This is a postcard from one such box. Now recycled, but too good not to preserve in electronic form. I’d give credit to whoever made it, but I don’t know who that is.
Posted by Dave at 10:59 am on June 27, 2011 and filed under Art.
Report from cartoon talk: The crowd was really quite small, but people seemed to quite enjoy themselves and everyone was kind and lovely. All in all a very good evening. The preparation didn’t go terribly well though – nothing at all to do with the fact that I didn’t get on with doing it early enough. Anyone following me on Twitter yesterday will have heard me moaning about my computers, which really didn’t behave well (dull technical details below), but I’m sure it is just me being inept in one way or another. I really enjoy the actual talking, but the lack of functioning technology and the fact it takes me forever to prepare means that I have no further plans for more public lectures at the moment.
Sorry not to have done anything visible with your marvellous questions yet. I am intending to do so soon.
[Incredibly boring technical details: Using OpenOffice Impress because it means I can switch between PC and Mac. Unfortunately the normal very reliable OpenOffice (it might be called something else now) doesn't work well when it comes to creating presentations with large numbers of images. On the PC the pictures kept dropping out of the presentation for no reason whatsoever, whilst on the Mac you can't just drag in the image icons like you can on the PC as it doesn't work. So there is lots of messing around trying to get the images in and drag them into being the right size and being central, and my Mac can't cope. The Mac is a lovely computer to use in many ways, but very often falls down on the details. Give me file sizes when I search for an image so I know which is the high res version, for goodness sake. Sorry, nearly began to rant there. I know, lots of you think I should switch to Linux or somesuch, but I don't have the time and energy to do such a thing at the moment. Using Keynote means (I think) that, having no Mac laptop, I'd have a problem being compatible with church computers in the places I go to do these things.]
Posted by Dave at 7:42 am on June 22, 2011 and filed under Cartooning.
On Tuesday I’m doing a talk about my work in Westcliffe, Essex (how to come along). It would help me in my preparations if you could ask me any questions you might have about my cartoons, cartooning, or indeed about anything. My idea is that I will draw some diagrams based on these questions, which I will use in my talk and also post here on the blog. I won’t promise I’ll answer every question or draw something on absolutely every question asked, but I’ll do my best to do as many as I can.
Posted by Dave at 2:31 pm on June 17, 2011 and filed under Cartooning.
I’ve come to the conclusion that not every post on my blog needs to be a cartoon or something important. Some days it’s just OK to post a song I’ve been listening to on my Ipod, or, well… anything. If you like country-folk singers playing songs about theological uncertainty in respectable living rooms with numerous lamps then you’ll like this, if not you won’t. By Iris DeMent, in case you wanted to hunt it down yourself.
Posted by Dave at 2:23 pm on June 10, 2011 and filed under Videos.
The prospect of an evening with Dave Walker will fill some with dread, but in case there are any who would like to see me talking and hear me showing diagrams there is an opportunity to do so in a week or two.
From 7.30pm on Tuesday 21 June I will be speaking with illustrations at St Saviour’s Westcliff, near Southend, Essex (map). It is free and you are welcome to turn up. It is easily reachable by train from London – takes about an hour.
This is probably the only talk I am doing this year as I have said no to everyone else. I don’t know precisely what I will be talking about but it will be a bit about my work and a bit explaining the church. Some new drawings will be included. If this doesn’t fill the evening I will sing some songs (joke). The occasion is the St Saviour’s Centenary year. Catch it while you can as I am not available for the bicentenary. If cartoons aren’t your thing there is a male voice choir in July.
Cards and books will be on sale and I have a strong suspicion that tea will be served.
It would be lovely to see you if you can make it.
Posted by Dave at 7:40 am on June 8, 2011 and filed under Talks.
I’m back from being away on holiday. I can never really tell you about our holidays beforehand for security reasons, but it is now safe to say that we went to Holt in Norfolk, where we stayed in a cottage one minute and fourteen seconds from the Kings Head. Activities included bicycling, railways and pretending not to keep an eye on Twitter.
Being back means that I need to draw diagrams. Oh dear. I have no ideas whatsoever, and so if you have any please feel free to post them below or in an e-mail. Thank you in advance, though I will also try to say thank you in arrears.