Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

IF :: engulfed by a Time Warp

Alvin is innocently tricked by a Bizarre Time Warp Phenomenon into drawing last weeks theme and posting it this week

For Illustration Friday's topic Phenomenon

IF :: Positively Prehistoric

Wearing Leggings to a Zumba Class! now that is "Prehistoric".

For Illustration Friday's topic prehistoric, but opps Alvin is tricked by a bizare time warp phenomenon to drawing and posting last weeks theme

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Julia's first task

RIP - TwitPic Quickies

I'm not sure what changes TwitPics have made, going over to Oauth authentification via twitter, but the net result is I can no longer display TwitPics in this blog. Rather than stress about it I figured it was easier to post the cartoons directly in here and put a link on twitter. Same result just a few more keystrokes.

So look for the quickie cartonns right here.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

IF :: Immovavble

Even without the high power management theory Alvin knows better than come between a hungary lady and her cheese.

For illustration Friday 's topic immovable

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The count continues

This is a new direction in my cartooning. A Wacom Bamboo Tablet (non scanned) drawing directly into the computer.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A close call

Julia may have underestimated the passion in Western Australia and Queensland, which stands to loose most under the Mining Super Profits Tax and the uneasiness with all the ongoing corruption and naivety in the state labour governments

Monday, August 02, 2010

IF :: Art Official

Lila takes her responsibilities as a gallery guide very seriously

For illustration friday's topic artificial

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Alvin is dissapointed by his soufflé surprise invention ...he dreads it will not be enough to get him into the next season of masterchef.

IF :: Double Dipping

Lila decides it is time to start a twitter campaign against double dipping on masterchef ...and she is also a bit distressed by lack of table manners at government house

For IllustrationFriday 's topic double

Monday, July 19, 2010

Alvin is out

Alvin is distraught that his namesake was eliminated from masterchef, & he retires to his kingsize bed with his favourite tapas book.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

IF :: Alvin wants to close his diary

Alvin dreams of closing his diary, taking a few risks and really living his own life.

For Illustrations Friday's topic diary

Sunday, July 04, 2010

IF :: Alvin was suddenly a Giant

Alvin knows he will use his height advantage wisely, to bring beauty to the world.

For Illustration Friday 's topic giant.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Big Step Forward

Julian Gillard’s big step forward …looking forwardway forward …(add lots more sound bites with the word forward)…didn’t strike me all that great (mining companies pay the same corporate tax rate as any other Australian company 30%), so the big reduction of the resource super profits tax from 40-% to 30% …yes the same rate it is now pays, does seem like a lot of spin, and a big back flip to me …but then again no one yet knows the fine details. Speaking of big changes to achieve exactly the same, this humble illustration is trying out new technology

Existing (interactive) Tablet

My (interctive) drawing tablet, note optional MP3 player
I like to sketch my cartoons by hand, usually on the back scrap paper on a neat drawing board of my own design. Its a bit of off-cut ply-wood,painted with a little undercoat and with a few of those big red rubber bands Australia Post use on your mail, holding the paper in place. I like to sketch while listening to music so I have added my MP3 player under one of the rubber bands. This is the most interactive bit. Its a wonderful design, not completely wireless, but I can use it anywhere.
scan julia I usually rough in something with a soft pencil and ink over it with a felt (or jell) pen, and then rub out the pencil (more interactive parts). Not very high tech but fast enough. I then scan the sketch and load it into Corel Auto-trace to convert it into a line drawing, sometimes after a little bit of fat-bit editing to clean up the scan and then colour it in Corel-draw.
q juilia backflip

New Interactive Tablet

New Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet & Corel Painter essentials
Screen capture of colouring in using corel painterIntroducing my new Wacom Bamboo tablet, more wires on my desk and it is only as portable as far as the cable reached. The pen is wireless though. I’m still experimenting with how best to use it. But it is pretty natural and easy to use. My aim with these twitpic quickies is to be able to get the cartoon published on the internet with 5-10 minutes of scanning. To be honest I’m no where close to achieving that in corel painter essentials with the pen & tablet, little alone becoming proficient drawing directly on the tablet (see my first attempt). We are however moving forward riding the waves of technology, not necessarily moving as fast as our new prime minister.

Monday, June 28, 2010

IF :: serving a higher cause

Sputnik would never have volunteered if he had realized the true loneliness of a satellite's life.

For Illustration Friday's topic satellite

Sunday, June 13, 2010

VBOPing is moving

Reflections, Beach at Venus Bay
As NING are closing down their free groups, the Venus Bay Observation Project, which relies on voluntary contributions and participation is moving. Firstly to a blogger site VBOPING, its free, no adds, no spammers (hopefully google has better tools to stop them and other anti-social types). Also the VBOP presence is being expanded across the WEB 2.0 Social networks (no plans to be on Facebook though). You can already follow VBOP on twitter or join the VBOP group on Flickr. Watch out for me over there, with an arty project or two!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

IF :: Slither'cise

Lila discovers not to do her slither exercises on the rug on her newly polished floor again.

For Illustration Friday's topic slither

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

On-line Privacy

Alvin starts to worry about his identity's exposure within the social networks.

With thanks to profimagazin for the stylized social network logos

Sunday, March 14, 2010

If :: Subterranean

A wrong turn at the carrot patch and wilber finds himself in an angry bullant nest.

For IllustrationFriday 's topic subterranean

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

On :: life's awkward moments

Alvin no longer fears those awkward
"Mine is bigger than yours"
moments at the Camera Club

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Whats this Buzz about

Google have just announced Google Buzz which is built into gmail. I'm not going to go into all the technical stuff, Gina Tripani of Smarterware & TWIG fame, does a much better job of explaining it, and a good run down of how to do everything in google buzz (including turning it off).

What it offers me, as a cartoon character, might be a better way to put my cartoons out there, in the social media clouds. In the short term I will post my TwitPIC quickies on Buzz as well, but expect to see different stuff via Buzz soon. One problems is I don't have any followers there yet, no problem, you should be able to figure out my new gmail name, alvin.people at gmail dot com you can even send me an email there if you like. Imagine that, a cartoon character with his own email name.

Well it also gives me yet another button to push.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

IF :: Muddy

Lila's Fashion Rule #17 Don't wear stilettos to a picnic on a rainy day

For IllustrationFriday's   topic Muddy

Sunday, January 17, 2010

IF :: in the Wilderness

Lila begins to worry about the wisdom of her Weekend Walk on the Wild Side Adventure.

For Illustration Fridays Topic Wilderness