Monday, November 30, 2009

A Literate Pachyderm

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Pachydella, Jungle Princess

Phrederick was in seventh heaven. The sun was shining. He had finished his chores. His back was against his favourite tree and, best of all, he had Pachydella, Jungle Princess in his trunk. Pachydella was his favourite heroine. She was his only heroine. When he wasn’t reading her latest adventure, he dreamed of her, and in his dreams he was hers. Usually timid and reluctant to get more than his toes wet, with Della he bashes down trees, leads the herd in a trumpet dance, wallows deliciously close to her in the cool river.

Yellowbeak-blueness, Phred’s friend of the bird variety, was also enjoying the book. He’d come across the ellie in this very place some time ago, and been intrigued by his specs and reading matter. His air of concentration and suppressed excitement. Blue had flown to the branch above Phred’s head and started to read as well. The two never spoke; they wouldn’t have understood each other. But each afternoon of rest and shade, each book, drew them closer in companionable quiet.
Phred would have been surprised, but then not, to learn that Blue loved Pachydella too. In his dreams, Blue and Della race through the veld, scattering everyone in their path. They dive-bomb the matriarch. They watch the sunset from the top of the hill and get tipsy on marula fruit. Sometimes, she lets him sleep in a fold of her ear.
To both boys, there was no other creature so wonderful. But would they survive this shared adoration? Who knows? One thing we do know, love transcends all, as their friendship shows.

(story by Danya Ristic - read her blog here)

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Alex the Dragonslayer

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It's always good to come prepared when going on a dragon hunt.

Having some more fun with watercolours , inks and some different subject matters...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

On the plains of Camdeboo...

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A rare glimpse of one of the mysterious Standardbearers that wander the barren, mystical plains of Camdeboo...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Death of the Alien

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It all made complete sense at the time. Investigations into the gruesome events of that fateful Tuesday afternoon are ongoing...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Composer

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Ricardo Victor Alvarez Montoya (Uruguay, 1912 - 1978)

First in a series of brush and ink portraits of obscure 20th Century South American classical composers. 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Stripy Socks

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I drew this a year ago -- can't remember if I ever posted it here -- oh well, here goes.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009


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The natural balance between predator and prey probably looks rather unbalanced from the point of view of the guys being eaten...

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The Lesser Red-Breasted Grumpybird

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Still playing with inks and watercolours... and playing is the operative word here,as the medium does require an odd combination of loose playfulness and planning and discipline.
Loving it... again.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Missile Man

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Missile Man still fondly remembers the good old days of the Cold War, when times were good and nuclear deterrence was a growth industry.

Part of an ongoing quest to once again make friends with watercolours and real paper and real paints and take a step back from the digital medium which is so much part of my daily work.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Illustration Friday: Unbalanced

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The distribution of strawberry ice cream was very UNBALANCED: Bruno the Bear had it all... Crackling the Piglet had none.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Flubbery

Pencil sketchbook drawing, photoshop and too much coffee... woza weekend!!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Yellow Dog, Red Dog, Gorilla

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Playing around a bit with pen, ink and watercolours...

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Monday, November 09, 2009

IF: Blur

Simple little pic for Illustration Friday's theme this week: "Blur"

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Sketchbook pages

Anubis and the librarian...
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Some random recent drawings from my sketchbook.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

How do you like your morning coffee?

Aunt Trudie always preferred to drink her morning coffee in the nude...

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

There is no crisis...

Some quick digital mucking about with a quick pen and ink doodle...

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Illustration Friday: Skinny

Pinochio had a skinny nose... a hit with the ladies, but it definitely shipwrecked his dream of a career in public relations
(page from Moleskine sketchbook...)

Strangers in a Teacup

Where's da party...?
The sport of Crocodile Showjumping never really took off -- partly due to it's archaic dress code -- despite the best efforts of its most dynamic supporter, Lucius "Hop-a-Long" Longstreet.