Monthly Archives: November 2009

Tenacious me.


Which is three of the last third of the covers/back numbers for the mini-books. End in sight and all that… I would LOVE to be able to do a proper send off for the books, which have been a huge effort, by a large group of people and by me doing the finishing touches, but in all likelihood the books will go off in jiffy bags in a cold, damp post office. Not exactly the end of the Book Draw I had in mind but I’m out of energy and ability.

Also did this for a computer magazine competition, although tbh I do go into these things with a lack of hope nowadays… But I doodle on regardless because I don’t really know what else to do.. I’ve updated it a little since uploading this image, but not a great deal. Will change this image for that one later on sometime…


Bottom one drawn, as ever as nearly always, using Brushes on the iPod touch. The top image was drawn on Shrink Plastic using inktense and colerase pencils mainly…

Also: mini books status report…


Getting there. Strange to think this has been a 5 month plus project that fits into a small sandwich box. Then, when they are all set out, it seems like a much larger project.

Some things yet to do and it looks like the sending off party which’ll split all forty to different parts of the planet never to be reunited will have to be delayed until January which I’m a little disappointed about. But hey ho. Patience and all that.

After that, loads of stuff to do, but just finished a long teaching day to have a brief break before doing youth group in an hours time. Onwards (wearily).

Just to prove that I am getting somewhere….



Books 1 – 14 of 40 with coolio shrink plastic covers. They do look tres groovy indeed. I’ve made up another 10 books, all of the front and backs and HOPEFULLY will have it all done and dusted by Sunday. Woop.

Only one slight downer, and it’s been the best day I’ve had for a long, long time, is that the person who I really wanted to be with us for the reading day is too busy and said no. So if anyone knows an excellent (and ideally well known and loved) book reader I’d be delighted for the heads up. Apart from that feeling very chipper. May even get to sleep before midnight (just) for the first time in yonks.

Life’s a doozy, no mistaking.

So where we at? Previously on Planet Kercal: chaos all ways round, tired most of the time. College none too pleasant, Sylver… arduous, Book Draw…. loads of work, loads of fun, loads of work still to come.

I’ve just had a meeting and, during it I described my year as not really much fun. That’s true and fair, although not 100% correct. Some parts have been fun, meetings with friends, new friends made, new classes of students, each with their own unique character and so on. It’s just the bigger things, work, health of those around me etc, that’s been the harder sea to sail. And of course the next book, Dr Sylver and the Tapestry of Time, has had a troubled culmination. It’s a corker of a story, just wish I could share it with you quicker than I will have the chance to. Speaking as a complete and utter raging egotist I do think Tapestry is the best thing I’ve written so far but it’s the project which has had the most challenging final process for a variety of reasons, no-ones fault per se, just…. well, stuff, really.

Anyhow, meeting today was about book… 8? 9? Who knows. A: I have one project in mind which is mostly done and I hope makes it to the shelf sooner rather than later and B: do I count the Big Book Draw mini-book? There’s only forty of them but it’s a story and a book and I like it loads. Do I count it? I think I will 🙂

So, book 9? It’s been on the cards for a while, and mentioned at a couple of book shows type things. Apparently it’s generating some American interest at the mo’ which is why its come to the fore now. We’ll see where it goes but today is the day it possibly got greenlit so here’s a preview image.


I hope it works out because, as much as anything else, it may allow me the chance to collaborate with someone who I am a total fan of which will be a very cool thing for me to be involved in.

Apart from that? Started work on, of all things, a sitcom with another good friend and collaborator. We’ll see where that goes but the chat sessions which are there for testing out material leave us both giggling so, if nothing else, it’s good therapy.

Apart from that? Making up the mini-books which will be sent to a variety of people (sponsors, friends, fish doodlers and the like) and a couple may well make it to places as competition prizes which will be cool if they do so; would like to see them in a variety of hands. They take a good 30 mins or so each to make (I’ve managed to streamline the process a little. The first ones took an hour each) and I hope I finish them soon to pass them onto those who deserve to receive them, ideally before Christmas.

From a creative standpoint then life is OK, bobbling along nicely. I just wish there were more sleep involved along the line somewhere 🙂

((no idea why the formatting of this post is broken, sorry, and I’ve tried to update it four or five times now with no luck, even taking out the paragraph breaks and readding them… Sorry…))


Work in progress. Nice to be working away from Brushes/Pixelmator for once. This is made almost entirely in Expression 3.3 (with a little Pixelmator thrown in to crop/feather the pictures…) Yes I do have Expression Studio 3 on my system but 3.3 is the cleaner, slightly better software as far as I can see. Time’s not been there for experimentation so I thought I’d default to software I know.


Different stuff, same old programs…

Beginning to try and clear off existing jobs at the moment, while worrying about the amount of work that’s stacking up for the teacher training… Oh well, I guess if I had nothing to do I’d be bored.

When I take a break I’m still drawing, still thinking, and this is a preview of a project that’s bobbling around in my mind. It should be fun – it’s a collaborative, community thing again much like the Big Book Draw but this time with teens totally in mind from start to finish. I’m trying to get a proof reading copy sorted of the first part which leads up to the community section. Anyhow, thought I’d upload it before getting onto the other stuff I have to get onto.


Big Book Draw: Epilogue 1.

(May or may not be the final epilogue). (In fact you should see the amount of artwork-x-FINAL-2c.jpg type files I hav on my machine).

(But: onwards).

Big Book Draw was lovely in so many places, not least of which going through the kids artwork to pull it together into a story. It was a doozy of a day – although as soon as it’s finished I’m always so tired I fail to see the lovely parts because of all of the problem fixing on the day… But it was ace and a little distance softens the smudges.

This is one fortieth of the result. Sadly WAY too many people to do a book each – they’re a little fiddly to do and take about an hour and a half each to pull together. But they look LOVELY so I want to do some sort of showing of them later. In the meantime one will go to each of the sponsors, helpers and fish doodlers and that’s probably – time wise – going to be as many as I can manage. I can’t wait to take a photo of all of them lined up before posting though 🙂 I think that’ll look fantata.

Already got the story for the next Book Draw bouncing around my head as well as an interim project aimed more at teens. We’ll see how each progress (and I’ve passed the ideas onto someone else to see what they think… We’ll see would be lovely to get some sort of distribution in a way but all bridges to be vaulted).

So: here’s the Big Book in some of its finery. The story is a few posts down if you want to see the journey of it from start to finish. If time allows I’ll do a website of the whole thing but that won’t be for a while I think.







((the last one is a size comparision. I do have a smaller copy – about 3/4s of the size but this ones fiddly enough to make I think…))

(((Also: obvious joke ahoy. At 40 copies this now becomes one of my highest print run books! Badoom TISH))).

Waving not drowning….


I may or may not be beta testing a new iteration of a much loved piece of iPhone software. Similarly it may or may not have new features and I may or may not be loving every second of it. This may or may not be a picture used with the possibly existing software which I may or may not have uploaded onto a theoretically existing blog.


Uber tired…

Well, it’s been a day… Which has followed a weekend which followed a week… Well, you get the idea. Am uber tired now and, despite the fact I still have a to-do list a mile long need some sleep. Did this in between jobs (was working on a print res cover earlier and the render times were tres long) so thought I’d post it in lieu of anything more interesting on my side of which there are some things happening but I’d need more time to go over them…

Diff subject I heard the news about STL fairly early on and it’s a bit of a shocker. My heart and thoughts do go out to the 500 people who’re now headed into a period of distinct uncertainty. I’m aiming to talk in church on Sunday about suggesting people go into the local Wesley Owen and start their Christmas shopping planning there. Hope others have the same thoughts in mind too…