Image: notebook drawing. I have, for some reason, called it ‘Wave’.
So, one month of daily blogging has taken place. I rarely achieve the targets I set, so am going to allow myself a brief moment of being pleased. There have been days when I’ve sat for quite a while trying to think of something, and some of it has been (let’s be honest) complete rubbish, but if you’re OK with that then I am too.
Of course, I blog because I want people to see my cartoons and (let’s be honest (again)) I want to be noticed. But a significant part of the motivation is that it helps me. A kind of therapy, more pleasant/achievable than the commonly recommended remedies – pills, or talking to someone. Forcing myself to create something opens the gates somehow, and stops me just consuming the internet without creating. Which is another way of saying that just sitting reading Twitter often makes me miserable.
Hopefully I can do another month, but I wouldn’t bet more than you can afford to lose. That said there are some quite interesting things lined up for February, so let’s hope for the best.
Update: the high resolution version of this cartoon is now available to licence holders here.
Posted by Dave at 8:57 pm on January 31, 2013 and filed under Blogging, Cartoons.
It is time for a few more cartoons to be added to the site I think – this one is the first of five from The Exciting World of Churchgoing, and then perhaps I will post some from Peculiar Goings On.
You can find the high resolution version of this cartoon here: Beating the crowds. If you’d like to use it in your church magazine then I offer a very reasonable licence scheme that enables you to do just that.
Image: bees. Admittedly they could be any small flying-type thing.
The decline in the number of bees is something I feel strongly about, so I signed a petition today. I think most of us, isolated from nature in our suburban worlds, don’t realise how important bees are to us. I know online petitions only go so far in changing things, but it is something at least. If you’d like to join me I have posted some links below.
I’d like to do more in the way of environment-themed cartooning, but I find it incredibly difficult.
Picture: Choc-chip cookies made by CW this afternoon. I take back everything I said about not really eating many biscuits.
When I started blogging on a daily basis I did warn you it would be dull. So, today I inked in the remaining pictures from a commission I have been working on. Then this afternoon I have started to scan and edit them on the computer. I will be continuing with this task until fairly late this evening.
Highlight of the day has been opening a new eraser.
Posted by Dave at 8:37 pm on January 27, 2013 and filed under Cartooning.
These are some figures I drew for the publicity for the Bloxham Festival of faith and Literature which takes place from the 15-17 February 2013. The website and other publicity contains the coloured-in versions, along with a very yellow drawing I did of the school buildings. As per usual someone else does my colouring as I am inept on the computer. Do have a look at the website if you might be in reach of Oxfordshire that weekend, as it should be very good. Sadly I won’t be going as it clashes with a long-standing arrangement. I should mention that it is organised by Hymns Ancient and Modern, the company that pays for quite a lot of the things I do. It is sponsored by the Church Times and Greenbelt. There is an account of last year’s festival on the Church Times website, here.
This has been a deadline week, so blog posting has had to not be top priority. This picture (larger version), taken this morning, is what my life looks like on a home-based drawing day. Thrilling, as you can see.
Points of interest:
Ornamental balustrades in garden
Three satumas (easy peelers)
Large cat (Matins)
Attentive cat (Evensong)
Tomorrow will be a lighter drawing day, just an hour or two, and then it will be all go on Sunday to get everything inked-in, scanned, and edited.
Posted by Dave at 7:46 pm on January 25, 2013 and filed under Cartooning.
In my second cartooning tutorial, having addressed tea, I am going to talk about biscuits (Thank you to Rachel for the suggestion).
To be honest, I don’t eat many biscuits when cartooning. A while ago I went through a significant Kit Kat phase. I was eating one, maybe two Kit Kats (two finger variety) a day. So up to four Kit Kat fingers. There may have been one day when I had six Kit Kat fingers – I don’t know as I have tried to put it out of my mind. I know, I’m not proud of it.
I have a bit of a thing for choc-chip cookies I must say. But I don’t eat many. Ginger I can do without. Also anything too dry. Chocolate biscuits are generally better than those without.
I have attempted, in this New Year when I am doing everything differently, to replace biscuits with mini satsumas. ‘Easy peelers’, if you will. The ones aimed at children.
What I’m saying is that it isn’t that essential to eat a lot of biscuits to be a cartoonist. But having said that I don’t draw a lot of cartoons. It could be that if I did eat a lot of biscuits I would draw more cartoons. But at the height of my Kit Kat eating I was drawing more or less no cartoons, which I think says it all.
Well, I hope you’ve learnt something. I have added a category called ‘Cartooning tutorials‘ to the blog. Over time you can gather these tutorials together in a folder, put the folder on a shelf, and forget about it.
As I suspect you will have seen a significant campaign against hunger has been launched today. The IF campaign has the support of over 100 organisations, including the C of E, Tearfund and Christian Aid. There is a launch event this evening which I’d hoped to go to, but sadly this is deadline week so I must go back to the drawing table.
I’ve posted a video above (which I haven’t actually seen yet owing to not being in a place with sound) and the aims of the campaign below. You can find out more via the IF site ( or a more simple version if, like me, your computer doesn’t cope with flashy sites), Tearfund or Christian Aid, both of whom have resources for churches, etc.
Anyway, please do sign up. Seems to me to be quite an important thing to get behind.
Enough Food For Everyone IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.
Enough Food For Everyone IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries.
Enough Food For Everyone IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars.
Enough Food For Everyone IF governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.
Free items picked up at the bicycle show, and how they will be useful:
Waterproofing liquid (soak then agitate thoroughly)
Aromatic massage gel for joints (and indeed muscles)
Sensitive face care hydro gel for men (no greasy residue)
Putty to repair things (finish with wetted spatula)
Firming body oil (firms within 2 weeks)
High protein recovery milk drink (shake well)
A Kit Kat
Having been out in the rain to fill in a hole I will be able to restore my weary joints and muscles, soften and nourish my skin (and improve my natural beauty), before sitting down for a chunky bar of chocolate and a milky drink.
Image: Segment of ‘Bicycle maintenance’ – complete cartoon from Cycling Cartoons.
I get a lot of messages from people asking whether they can have a poster of one of my cartoons. This is usually for a poster of one my cycling cartoons. This blog post is partly so that I have something to direct people to, and also I could do with advice on the subject.
At the moment I am not able to produce posters or to email people high resolution files so that they can produce their own. This is because I am currently only a cartoonist part time, and all of my cartooning time is taken up producing ideas and new material or doing essential admin tasks. Any task that involves posting anything or emailing image files isn’t something I have time for unfortunately. I am not able put high resolution versions of my work online, (apart from the CartoonChurch cartoons with their special licence scheme for churches) as sadly there are people who would take them and use them for their own purposes without permission. I know there are fans of Creative Commons who think I should do that anyway, but they are generally people who don’t rely on their artwork for their livings.
I have looked into print on demand sites (Spreadshirt and Zazzle being examples), and it might be that I could build a poster site with them. The main reason I don’t have a t-shirt site thus far, by the way, is minor technical problems with black and white images which I can’t resolve, and after spending days on it I gave up trying. Posters produced in this way would also be quite expensive, but people might not mind for a one-off gift.
Another option would be for me to licence them to someone else to produce posters. I’d need to meet the right person /company, and haven’t yet.
If anyone has any thought on print on demand sites, or can suggest another way I can do this, I would be very glad to hear from you. Please reply in the comments, or if you would like to contact me personally please use my contact form.
Posted by Dave at 9:43 pm on January 21, 2013 and filed under Cartooning.
Yesterday we went to the London Bike Show at the Excel exhibition centre in London. Here are a couple of hastily-posted photographs – no time to dilly-dally today as I am full steam ahead on a freelance cartoon job.