Thursday, February 14, 2019

Monday, February 4, 2019

New Commercial Venture

I've uploaded some of my artwork to RedBubble at as a means of hopefully selling some prints and things.

They print stuff on to all sorts of things — phone cases, pillow cases, cushions, curtains, key rings — as well as your normal paper or canvas prints and posters. I get a cut of the price they charge for the Things, but what that cut is I'm unsure right now; I think it varies between 10% and 30%, but exactly what determines that I'm not sure.

Whether this will bear fruit or not, I have no idea. I hope so.

If you have a burning desire to own a physical copy of something I've done, and it's not already available on RedBubble, just drop me a note and I'll put it up there.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Hairy Fishy Critter

Here's a hairy fishy critter. I'm not completely sure that I'm finished with it just yet, but I'm finished enough for the moment.

Mostly done in Krita, with a little bit of help from Photoshop.

I really need to see if I can create custom brush collections in Krita; There are only a few that I use all the time, and it's kind of a pain constantly scrolling back and forth through all of the brush types to get to them.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Crimes were committed, for sure

Just watched Fantastic Creatures - Crimes of Grimblebimblebumblyboo and didn't think much of it really. Terrible pacing and rather confused, directionless plotting. I get that writers like to give their characters some depth (usually), but that doesn't mean that every single character has to be emotionally wracked and distraught ALL THE GODDAM TIME.

Johnny Depp's Grindlewald was a bit of a relief in that respect — no emotional self-flagellation, just got on with the EEEEEEEvilness, like a proper villain.

Also, like a proper villain, he was always polite. That's how you can tell your proper villains. Manners.

I imagined Grindlewald's aides taking new people aside and saying, sotto voce, "Don't stare at the eye. Just don't." And then later on, sweeping up little piles of ash and muttering to themselves about stupid fucking people who just couldn't resist staring at the fucking eye when they'd been specifically told not to stare at the eye.

Also, when did Dumbledore et al. stop wearing natty tweeds and trilbies and stuff and take up wearing all those hippy velvet dressing gowns? Was it the sixties? Is that what did it?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Scrabble Box

Every household needs a box to keep their Scrabble set in, and this is now ours.

The original cardboard box finally gave up the ghost and disintegrated, so I made a new one, a bit sturdier than the old.

This is the first time I've tried a faux-finish. The top and bottom are just 6mm MDF that I've stained with a grain pattern, then shellacked and waxed. The sides are some bits of 8mm oak tongue-and-groove* I had lying around, and the inside is paint.

The most expensive part of the whole thing was the brass fittings, which cost an unreasonable amount of money. I would have liked to have had a bright brass latch as well, but I didn't have one handy, and I wasn't going to pay an exorbitant amount to get one.
* Actually some groove-and-groove. The reason I had it in my wood-pile is because somebody fucked up and then threw it in the rubbish.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


This is both sides of a piece of MDF I spray on to when I've got paint left in my airbrush reservoir. There's no plan to any of this, it's just what feels good at the time.

The panel is about 600x250mm.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Mystery Feet

I'm in the process of tidying up my workroom, so that I can tidy up another room's overflow, and I came upon this painting I did in 2005.

I have no memory of doing it, nor why it was done. The only reason I know it was 2005 is because I helpfully left a note to myself on the selvedge of the canvas.

It's oil-stick on unprimed canvas, roughly 680x850mm.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Fishy Doodle

 These are not Daily Drawings, I just found them when I was flipping through the last few pages of one of my sketchbooks.

Both of them are A5, rollerball ink pen and coloured pencils.

Daily Drawing 2018-12-09

My resolve to do a drawing a day lasted exactly one day. I forgot yesterday. Maybe I'll do another this evening.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Arty-Farty Resolution

I realised that it has been a considerable time since I drew or painted anything at all, and resolved to do at least one thing every day over the coming year, lest I lose all ability through sheer disuse.

I'll post each day's output here, no matter how awful it may be. Hopefully that will jog me along.

This is last night's effort, taken from a couple of old National Geographic photos. It's depressing how much one's skills deteriorate when one is slack and lazy about exercising them.

Monday, November 19, 2018


Some time ago I made a bunch of shallow pine boxes, with the intent of turning them into drawers to store some of my multitude of toys in. The other day I decided to follow through with that plan, and make a carcase to fit them in to.

What I had forgotten in the interim was that when I made the original batch of boxes, I made one test piece to try out my method. That one box was not the same size as all the others.

So, guess which box I took all the measurements for the carcase from. Mmm-hmmm....

Well anyway, I whipped up a couple more boxes to match the original test box, and turned them into drawers. Now I shall have to do it all over again for the boxes I originally meant it for, but that's not really a big deal since I never, ever have enough storage for all my bits and bobs.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Airbrush Stands

My Badger Patriot, complete with cap-keeper
turned from a little bit of ash.
I designed a bunch of stands for my various airbrushes for 3d printing a while ago, and put the files up on Thingiverse.

Originally, I had all the stands mounted together on a single piece of wood (sapele).

Multi-brush stand... old and busted

However, that proved not to be ideal, as the brushes were a bit too cramped together. I seldom use more than two at a time, so the whole stand took up more space than is necessary. And finally, when my Badger Sotar 20-20 finally turned up after ten months of waiting and increasingly strident complaining, and I designed a stand for it as well, I would have to re-make the wooden plaque to accommodate the extra stand.

So instead I've made individual bases for each stand, out of some kwila, which is dense and heavy, and which provides a good stable base that won't easily be knocked around. Now I can just get out the brushes I want for any given job.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Bench Seat (Part One) – in progress

Part one of the seating construction — eventually there will be a second one to the right of this one.
Having stripped the ivy away from the fence by our bricky place – let's call it a patio, just to be fancy – it's all looking a bit bleak and barren. Plus, our privacy has been compromised a bit, now that there's not a massive ivy hedge there to separate us from our neighbours.

So, with the onset of some fine, warm weather, I thought I'd make a start on expanding the usefulness of the area by putting a border bench seat along the edge of the bricks, and building up the dirt behind to make a raised bed for some sort of attractive plant growth.

Just in time for the weather to turn to shite. Ah well, hey ho.

The materials are nothing special, just treated pine. Once the concrete around the posts has cured properly in a couple of days, I'll put a 300 x 50 mm slab on top, and fill in the gap in front with some recycled bricks. For all that there's nothing much to it though, all the individual bits of nothing much start ringing up the dollars surprisingly fast. Building materials in New Zealand are stupidly expensive, and getting no cheaper.

I haven't decided yet what to plant in behind. I'd like to put a trellis run along the top of the fence, so probably some sort of climbing flowering thing – something not too invasive and enthusiastic, by preference. And maybe something pleasant-smelling and herby down the bottom. I know practically nothing about gardening, so it's all a bit up in the air as yet.

Next Day

Well, this is Part One basically complete, though I do need a few more bricks to fill in the gap in front. Next I'll do the whole thing all over again, but just to the right of it.

I bought a slab of 300x50mm treated radiata for the seat, and bloody hell, even cheap wood jumps up in price when you get much over 150mm wide. That seat alone cost me fifty bucks. Still, it will be a lot more comfortable to park our ever-spreading arses on than a pissant little 200mm piece, so there's that I guess.

Still Later

Right, so the bench itself is basically finished.

Although it may not look like it, the right-hand half is actually level to the planet; the left-hand side was levelled with the bricks, which droop away a bit to the left. Still, it's not bad enough to wail about too much, and it won't affect the sittingness of the bench. The clamps are just holding a piece of wood the end of the bench is resting on, to ensure that it's level with the other plank, for maximum butt-comfort.

Now, where to get some re-used bricks? I've finally run out of all the ones that fell out of our chimney and fireplace in the earthquakes.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Gift Cactus

People keep saying
it reminds them of something,
but when I ask what
they just kind of mumble a bit
and change the subject.
Our Gift Cactus has been sitting in the same tiny little pot (about a 100mm cube) ever since the cactus was thumb-sized. Now the cactus is about 300mm long, with a sadly constrained root-ball, and it finally rebelled and showed its displeasure with its imprisonment by getting blown over and smashing its hated Tiny Pot.

So, now I've transferred it into a much larger pot, along with a whole lot of tasty, tasty potting mix.

And that's what I've achieved today.