Category Archives: Pretties

Favourite Ninja Turtle is Infographael

This is a little infographic I made for varsity about the impact that cartoonists can have on soceitoi.


And I lied. My favourite ninja turtle is this gnarly dude.

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Apply for a job by doing the job

I recently applied for an illustration job for TEDex Johannesburg. Instead of sending them a CV or writing some nonsense of me believing in whale-saving or biomechanical weasel-engineering, I just showed them I could draw. By drawing:

I-draw-awesomeI got the job.

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Draw a chalk outline

Traditional media is a tempestuous vixen, but rightly petted, she croons fountains of wealth. Jeez, Michael must have broken into the cabinet with those cocainey markers again.

Butt seriously. Since the beginning of the middle of the last bit of last year that’s all I could say. Analogue this, non-digital that. But it’s  too damn convenient to bridge the entire arduous birthing process of squeezing something traditional into being and then coaxing it delicately up some digital fallopian tubes so that it can be made concrete again.

Okay, it’s late, so lemme translate. Rhymed. If you make everything digitally, you don’t have to scan or photograph a drawing so you can print it or post it online.

Plus paper is expensive, y’all.

And traditional is wily. I picked up some chalk with a smirk and thought because I swing a wacom tablet like a morningstar, I can handle any dirtmaker no problem. Each medium is different, and each teaches you something beautiful. Like chalk drawings. It takes precision, neatness and a purpose driven hand. I’m ADD like Speedy Gonzalez on a hamster wheel made by Escher, so these things are hard.

But it’s the hard lessons you have to learn. And I learned another secret, but that’s for another time.

I actually did this bad boy for babysoft.


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My dad taught me how to draw better than your dad and your stupid head

So that’s heartfelt. So here’s something crude to balance it out. Crud. I’ll crud a crudding crudsicle right up your crudhole, you crudsucking fathercrudder. Yeah, can’t really swear with this one, for it’s about crudsachets i.e. diapers, which are generally for kids.

We did this thing for Huggies for father’s day where we asked people to facebook or Tweet in what their favourite activity was to do with their male parental unit. And I drew every one.

My dad taught me how to draw. Damn, I love thatsonofabitch. Sorry grandma.

Look through them all. If you’ve got the stones.

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K the F O 3 !!!!!!!!!

That’s 9 exclamation marks. 3 x 3. I was going to go to 27, but you don’t want to get on the dark side of whoo-girls (I’m pretty sure you have to pay royalties to them for every exclamation mark you go over 4. ZOMG. YOLO).

It’s been nuts. But it’s done. Smear your ocular orbs with baby oil, because this puppy is on the offender list, namsayin’? Here’s the first one and the second, in case you missed it.

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Onward to the past

I recently came across some o’ the drawings I drew in the years of my youth. When I was about 16, in fact. I did this thing in high school where I drew on a piece of notepad with a blue ball point pen e’eryday (I called them my DAYLY DIABOLICAL DUBIOUS DEVIOUS DOODLES
of the DAY!!!!) and these are some of the self-indulgent spunk. You can even see them on my old deviantart page.

This was what I wrote in the description for this one.

“Sam and Max freelance police!
The goofy duo without sam…That’s like samdwich without the Sam, Sam-Francisco without the Sam And Sam and Max without the Sam. As you can see…Max is but a plushy of his former self.
Oh, and there’s a lion with fingers and a guy totally tripping on freebase. of Idiocy.

Strike the world by a hail of flaming bananas and concrete donkeys.
Good times…good times…

DDDDDotD ma’am.

Oh, yes and all fear the budgie of pain…Yadda, yadda”

Man, wasn’t that just an omen for the dark tidings of incoherent non-sequiturs  to come? It’s fun to review your past work/journal entries/effluvia emissions, because you’ll often find valuable insights into your current person. Mine was that I was tangy from the get-go.

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Making Face Melting Comics: Step 3.1 Greatscale!

Due to my computer’s untimely demise I had to redo the bulk of K the F O 3’s colouring.

Here’s me getting back on the unsaturated horse.

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If you’re going to do it, do it for the money

As Vince Vaughn said in Swingers: “You’re so money.”


If you’re going to do anything in life, make sure it’s something you enjoy.

That’s what Alan Watts teaches in this video. Man what a thought-tugger.

But that’s the basic principle of it isn’t it?

Why live by other’s standards? Why not do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do.

I know you do. You watch America’s got talent and Project X and all that. Why?

Because that’s you in there.

Get yourself a slice of freedom, of adventure, of booty and haggard wenches.

Go make me some life-changing flapjacks.

I mean literaly, you’re the “money”.

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Making Face Melting Comics: Step 3 – Adding colour, Motherfather.

Every time I try and make a comic, I like to establish a feel first.

I love the look you get from having these bold cartoony lines and chiaroscuro rendered inside.

But painting that way is often time consuming, and as I only have a week to do this I have to streamline a workflow, dig?

I’m using Photoshop, so all the technical wiz biz will apply to that.

Step 1: Flat colour – just paint flat layers of colour in each shape. Change your linework’s layer to “multiply” and paint on the layer beneath it.

Step 2: Gray scale painting – paint in all the values of light from dark to light in gray scale.

Step 3: Overlay the colour -overlay the colour over the painting using the blending mode “color”.

Step 4: Colour correction – use the adjustment layer “Color balance” to separate dark (to cool) and light (to warm) or whatever you feel works best.

Step 4.1: Overlay some specific colour to add depth and life. Throttle was in a fight, so I’ll give him a blue eye and some bruising.

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Making face Melting comics: Step 2 – Inking like an Ink king

Here’s where you make that gunk that you drew in Step 1 look radatatat.

Refine linework and shapes, define lighting, create texture and such.

Make that 2d become 5d, warping time and space to create the 5th dimension, which is the dimension of awesome.

All that guessing and messing you did in step 1 should be boiled down until it’s crisp enough to be nibbled succulently.

As a side note, make decisions that will help your goals in step 3, which is colouring.

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