Friday, 12 December 2008

Ziggy the Space Tomato: Part 04

Yes, it's new, amazing 'single-frame-o-vision'...

To read from the beginning, go here

Monday, 8 December 2008

Ziggy Returns

The Tomato's battle suit concept, commonly known as 'That-New-Big-Tomato-Looking-Big-Smashy-Thingy'. A nerdish tomato scientist wanted to call it 'The Violaceum' after an ancient, sophisticated yet warlike tomato civilization, but his mates on the design team thought the 'New Big Dwarf' sounded funnier.

The Ziggy story will continue later this week...

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Ziggy the Space Tomato: Part 02

Page 2 in the adventures... talk about a slow building story.

Have been reading some of 'The History of Middle Earth' books, which show how Tolkien wrote the LOTR books, and ideas that he considered but didnt get left in, which I find really interesting. It took him something like 12 years to write in his spare time, which is really something. It's inspiring how he had some initial idea of where the story was going, but then let things develop and characters introduce themselves, seemingly without drawing up a detailed character sheet of their backstory, likes, motivations....

Saw Wall-e last night, which was marvellous. I envy the Pixar people...

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Ziggy the Space Tomato: Part 01

Here's the first of hopefully many pages of the adventures of Ziggy the Space Tomato!

It seems that my book plan will have to be put on hold for the forseeable, as I've been well occupied lately, and have had other work to focus on. I've also got another ongoing project on the way (which should help pay the bills), so when I can, I'll update here.

Life really is too short.

Monday, 19 May 2008

Yes, Sarah Can Try Your Green and Black's Milk Chocolate

The title is Sarah's response to my question: 'What shall I put as the title?'. I suspect she's hinting at something, if only I could work out what it is...


Nope. Lost me.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Cell Blocks

Just watched the Secret Show for the first time... we need more kids shows made here! Instead, one of the channels who used to have children's programmes in the afternoon show MURDER MYSTERIES.

I say no more.

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Thursday, 8 May 2008

The Wacky Races Continues to This Day, Just Without the Live TV Coverage and Here's the Proof:

And you thought it was a cartoon? No, it's a real sport. Really. The Ant Hill Mob retired a decade ago, but the Slag Brothers are still going strong.

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

There's No Savage Norsemen Here...

Here's the second in my 'quick cartoon at lunch' series... although I've just been tweaking it a little a few minutes ago. I'm enjoying this, it's a bit more rough and ready, and different to my more polished stuff.

I liked the comment from yesterday, it's sparked an idea off... feel free to leave comments, it'll be fun to riff off them and see what places it takes us...

Finally, have a look at this... it's a new comic which gets posted to your door, with a whole mix of comic strips, and worth a look... it'd be good if Britain had a stronger comic book culture, and I hope this adds to it...

Tuesday, 6 May 2008


And so begins a 'do a quick cartoon at lunch' experiment, in the medium of biro: think of it as a sketchbook to supplement the main finished cartoons...

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, 20 April 2008

Ziggy and the Robots of Doomland

And hello once more, after over a month... this involved being on holiday and having other design work to do, and the future holds some animation I'm doing at the moment for a project that a good friend of mine, Mr Jon Taylor, is working on. See what he's about at, and say hi, and leave messages to get him to carry on his story via the medium of lego at

Anyhow, today's cartoon is a taster of an idea I've been wanting to draw that's been around in some form or another in my sketchbooks since I was in school, and in a change of tack for See What Happens so far, I'd like to start doing... we shall see how it develops. It's whatever is the most fun for me to draw in my spare time. Which is invariably what I'm not planning to draw. Maybe I should tell myself I need to draw a book documenting different styles of lampposts from around the world, then I might get on with one of my storytelling projects instead. As for the 'book in a year thing', well, it's still just about possible, it might just be a very tiny one. And I will need to do a drawing cram or two... I need a rich sponsor.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Saturday, 8 March 2008


If you haven't seen The Reduced Shakespeare Company, you really should....

Saturday, 23 February 2008



Well, it seems in the poll of WHAT'S BEST, the grand winner out of the carefully selected categories, were Pies. And what could celebrate their triumph better than a really badly drawn (with a mouse) picture of the aforementioned pastry?

What indeed.

The pie: humble, tasty and full of nutrients.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008


.....and a happy new year! Again. Because you've probably heard those words quite a few times already.

Over Christmas, one of my old friends commented that I often write words such as 'sorry it's been a while since the last update...', and this is one of those occasions. oops! Still, the weeks have been full of holiday, Christmas before that, and in the last week and a half other things took priority, and the need to do design work which pays....

I love drawing See What Happens, it's my pet project, and I definitely want to do the book. However, the real life need to produce work which will help the bank balance prevails! So updates might be a bit less than usual, but bear with me.... I think I'm going to have to try and play catchup later....

On a different note, the news that Disney are making another 2D animated feature film is great! I don't normally like Disney films (they got a bit too formulaic and are way too sugary), but I might just go and see it if it boosts their profits and makes them do more--- it was nice to see 2D in 'Enchanted', and it's about time it came back.

3D looks great too, but I did 2D at uni, and by the time I left it was well in decline. Which was a shame, because I tried 3D computer animation and didn't like having to make a model of the character in the computer, put a skeleton in it, (I can't remember if I actually did that bit..) and deal with terms such as 'phong' and 'curve nurbs', when I could just draw the thing.
2D has the 'swooshy line' factor and energy which most 3D doesn't have (unless you're incredibly good like the Pixar denizens). And I think there's been enough films with computerized penguins and other realistically furry animals for a while. (Ratatouille however, is in a whole other league...) Now if Pixar did a 2D movie, that would be fantastic....

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