Observations from a week in the heart of Europe. I’ve recently spent a week in Brussels, and it’s been great. In light of certain up-coming events in the UK political scene, I thought I’d add a few of my thoughts and observations about life in this apparently hellish domain…
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Well, it’s been more than a year since my last Dr Sketchy’s update (part 2 – part 3), and you may be forgiven for thinking that I’d not been in the last twelve months. Well, with another Anti-Art School class happening this very Saturday, I thought it was time I dusted off the sketchbooks and showed you what I’ve been drawing.
And hot on the heels of Part 2, here’s Part 3 (you can still catch up with Part 1 though). This update should bring us bang up to date, ahead of Saturday’s event (of which, more below), and covers the period from July to November 2014. Here’s my pick of my favourites from Tikitastic!, Death Becomes You, Drawn of the Dead and Deco Darlings. (more…)
Following on from Part 1 of this long-overdue update, here’s the inevitable Part 2. This update covers the next four Dr Sketchy’s, between November 2013 and May 2014, and includes a selection of my favourite sketches from Let It Snow, Puppets and Muppets and Henson, Stars In Their Eyes, and The Natural World.
Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham returns once more to the Victoria this Saturday (at the slightly earlier starting time of 2:30) for a subject that regular readers of this blog will know is a subject close to my heart, Steampunk!
Yes, as you may have guessed, I’m a bit behind showing you my Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham drawings. As there’s over two years worth of unseen artwork in my sketchbooks (and tablet, of which more later), I’ve split this update into three posts (Part 2 – Part 3), so here are a selection of my favourites. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out!
This update covers four Dr Sketchy’s between November 2012 to September 2013, namely Tim Burton, Art and Icons, Carry On Sketching and Showgirls. Unfortunately I couldn’t make a couple of the summer events in 2013 (Gothica and Menagerie) due to prior engagements, hence there was a bit of a gap between the last two.
However, Dr Sketchy’s Birmingham returns once more to the Victoria this Saturday (at the slightly earlier starting time of 2:30) for a subject that regular readers of this blog will know is a subject close to my heart, Steampunk!
As you may have seen in my previous post, last year I got married to Maria on a steam train. Well, not exactly… we actually got married at Kidderminster Register Office, but we went for a steampunk theme for the whole day, and, fittingly, booked a steam train for the wedding breakfast. Now, read on for part two… (more…)
One year ago today, I married my lovely wife Maria in Kidderminster. I’d proposed a year earlier, whilst on holiday in Prague, and we started planning and plotting the big day at the beginning of the year. To mark our first Anniversary, I thought I’d post some photos and memories of the day. This is the first of two posts – the second should go out later in the week.
My first published political cartoon was on the subject of the resignation of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister, for my then University newspaper, the Warwick Boar, back in November 1990. Unfortunately, this cartoon has disappeared from my archives – to be honest, this is a bit of a relief, as it Wasn’t Very Good. Since then, however, I’ve drawn the Iron Lady on a number of occasions, so I thought I’d share a few of these with you.
As promised, here’s the first of my Dr Sketchy’s updates with the event from September of last year. Billed as Gender Bender September, this was to be a rather different Dr Sketchy’s at the Victoria – or should that be the Victor Victoria. Ambiguity abounded – men were dressed as women, women were dressed as men… or was it the other way around? Luckily, not all the roles were reversed – the performers still performed, and the artists still drew. (more…)
Keen observers of my website (both of you) will have noticed I’ve not been updating this blog particularly frequently recently. This has been in part due to work being a bit busier than usual as my other venture, drawnalism (a joint project with fellow cartoonist Matt ‘Hack’ Buck), goes from strength to strength; partly due to my recent wedding to the lovely Maria (read all about her new business over at mazzawoo.com); but mostly due me being a bit feckless. (more…)
For once, a bit of non-cartooning news… this coming Saturday 3rd November (tomorrow!), I will be marrying my lovely fiancée Maria Harvey in Kidderminster, which we’ll be celebrating with family and friends on the Severn Valley Railway. In keeping with the steamy nature of the vintage railway, the theme is that of Steampunk. (more…)
It was High Noon (well, actually, it was after 3pm, but who’s counting) when I swaggered back to the Saloon Bar of the Victoria (well, the upstairs function room) in July for the latest Dr. Sketchy’s Birmingham. The theme this time was Wild Wild West, and they didn’t disappoint, with a whole posse ready to perform and pose for our doodling delight. (more…)