Friday, December 29, 2006

Olde Dragon

This bit is called "Old Dragon". Dated 1987 - I think I drew it while I was off in the Queen Charlottes living in logging camps. Definitely one of my best pieces.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Happy Holidays

In the Spirit of the Season, I refer back to an older post
And a greeting card from the brilliant Steve Purcell (not to me,sadly).

Monday, December 18, 2006

Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist

Aside from the other numerous things I used to be - like literate, philosophical, social, fit... *sigh*... I used to draw. A lot. I was pretty good too. Unfortunately, only a few sketches and doodles seem to have survived. I'm on a mission to scan them in and post them for posterity, starting with this. It's a design for a "Flaming Carrot" T-Shirt I was going to make in my silk-screening days. The Carrot is still my all time favourite super-hero. Aliens, babes, "danger time"... what more could you ask for?

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Retro Thing

Not that it's going to do them a huge boost to viewers, but a link to Retro Thing might win me a Generation Nex system.
Still, they're worth mentioning - a detailed (sometimes eclectic) look at the last five or so decades of technology. More often than once I've been tempted to spend some money on things they've listed like a replica Altair 8800 computer , a 3 bit mechanical computer or a full sized Dalek .
And I had an Iomega Zip Dive and agree with them completely.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Has the interest waned? Or have the kid's extra-curricular activities started sucking away my precious free time?
Bosconian analysis of data shows an exponential, rather than linear fit, so I will not likely be posting in the negatives.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Mouse Whistle Traction Company

Delving into the acrhives of old projects ( new projects are few and far between), I came across the MWT special. Powered by a gutted 4 wheel drive toy truck, it's entirely scratch built from 1/8" plywood and coffee stir sticks stolen from Starbucks. The Wallace and Grommit figures complement it nicely.
The idea's not original - it came from Bruce Bate's Birdwater and Raspberry railroad.
Bruce did very clever illustrations of strange, logistically challenged locomotives for the now defunct AWNUTS magazine (Always Whimsical, Not Usually To Scale).
This is the kind of modeling that appeals to me - ratcher than trying to emulate a specific period in time or particular locomotive - I want to capture a kind of distorted resonance . More of a comic book version of reality. I'd rather be making a five year old laugh than a forty year old appreciate the fact that I put the correct defibrillated waffle blower for the 1949 Bloagtaffle 8-8-8 on the left side where it should be (except for the 1949 Q series where it was 14" more forward).