21 September 2016

Rain

A very apt Illustration Friday theme for this week. It's been very rainy here in Auckland all winter, and still pouring down at the start of spring - many muddy puddles and quick dashes out to the clothesline to retrieve soggy washing.

I'm not here much these days (am posting more on Instagram) but will pop in from time to time to say hello!

30 June 2016

Vintage

A quick little play with this week's Illustration Friday theme; a girl in her old-fashioned bedroom (I like drawing people sitting in bed, it means I don't have to draw their feet).

I haven't been here for a while because we have been moving house, an event that seemed to go on for months. If you have ever heard anything about Auckland's hideously expensive housing market, you might know what a challenge house hunting can be. Especially if, like us, you're renting - and here I will stop before I launch into a rant! A rant about renting - that would be the longest, growliest post in the world.

17 March 2016

Dragon



I can safely say that I have never ever drawn a dragon, until just now - and L was never into them, or even dinosaurs. I don't think this dragon is quite as finished as it could be, but I wanted to get it done for this week's Illustration Friday. Let's just call it a dragon-in-progress!

16 February 2016

Hat

Fashion-forward headwear for this season's man about town (and this week's Illustration Friday theme of 'hat').

18 January 2016

Camping

Just before New Year, we went on a mega road trip down past Gisborne to a little place called Nuhaka, where we joined a big group of lovely like-minded people for a week of camping festivities. I haven't been camping since an ill-fated but exciting trip to Great Barrier Island years ago, when a cyclone hit and we were all washed out of our flimsy tents and forced to sleep in the camp kitchen where we drank whiskey and glumly watched the never-ending rain. Before that, my camping experiences were childhood ones. Every year we left Wellington in the big white Holden, driving halfway up the country to an enormous family camping ground with a pool and roller skating rink, which more than made up for all the squabbling on the way.

New Year's weather is often wet and wild and this year was no exception. There was a lot of huddling under cover clutching mugs of tea, and long argumentative games of Trivial Pursuit. Kids ran around in puddles and jumped on a trampoline in the pouring rain. There was New Year's Eve dancing in a big tent (optimistically christened the Pleasure Dome) and a visit to the local hot springs. I decided that being out of the city for New Year is a great idea and we absolutely must do it again if at all possible, rain or no rain. Happy 2016!

24 December 2015

Happy Christmas



Today I was told off by two children (one of them mine) because I said 'Happy Christmas.' They said, in no uncertain terms that it was supposed to be 'Merry Christmas.' I said that I didn't care and that I've always said it that way, that the Queen of England says it too and so did we when we were growing up. So there, bossy children.

One of my favourite things about this time of year is creating a new holiday card. This time I sent out the usual printed ones but had a go at making an animated version too. Happy Christmas!

17 December 2015

Insomnia

I've been experiencing a bit of this lately! It's not always freefloating anxious thoughts - quite often it's excitedness about some upcoming event. Think it's partly the pre-Christmas whirlwind combined with watching the news too much. Aaargghh!

26 November 2015

Pointy City

I started this a wee while ago for another Illustration Friday prompt but didn't finish it in time, so it was a satisfying thing to rework it and use it this week instead. Without really planning it, the beginnings of a story began to emerge, featuring a girl, her pointy dog, and an equally pointy city.