Saturday, 25 August 2018

Not-so-bad- Wolf cartoon

And, as I get close to completing the 25 Quick Cartoon Characters book, I have this interpretation of the guide on pages 28 and 29 - the Not-so-bad Wolf. Only two more guides to go before I complete the book.

Friday, 24 August 2018

This Little Piggy

This little piggy had ice cream! This Little Piggy created in Affinity Designer, more or less following the guide in 25 Quick Cartoon Characters.

This Little Piggy
English nursery rhyme

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried "wee wee wee" all the way home.

Design based upon an interlaced Celtic Knot

This design based on an interlaced celtic knot was created in Affinity Designer using the custom rotation feature as described in the Affinity Designer - Rotation Point Worked Example.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Modest Tiger cartoon recreated in Affinity Designer

Recreated from the guide on page 24 and 25 of 25 Quick Cartoon Characters, Modest Tiger cartoon has been a fantastic opportunity to try out the layers feature in the program. Mixing vector layers with  pixel layers allows for a multitude of drawing and painting methods to be used.

The Tyger
by William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

**Award Winning** CGI 3D Animated Short Film: "Afternoon Class Animated Film" by Seoro Oh | CGMeetup

Very clever and thought provoking short animation.

Brown Bear Cartoon

Brown Bear Cartoon recreated from the guide in 25 Quick Cartoon Characters.

The Bear by Robert Frost

The bear puts both arms around the tree above her
And draws it down as if it were a lover
And its choke cherries lips to kiss good-bye,
Then lets it snap back upright in the sky.
Her next step rocks a boulder on the wall
(She's making her cross-country in the fall).
Her great weight creaks the barbed-wire in its staples
As she flings over and off down through the maples,
Leaving on one wire moth a lock of hair.
Such is the uncaged progress of the bear.
The world has room to make a bear feel free;
The universe seems cramped to you and me.
Man acts more like the poor bear in a cage
That all day fights a nervous inward rage~
His mood rejecting all his mind suggests.
He paces back and forth and never rests
The me-nail click and shuffle of his feet,
The telescope at one end of his beat~
And at the other end the microscope,
Two instruments of nearly equal hope,
And in conjunction giving quite a spread.
Or if he rests from scientific tread,
'Tis only to sit back and sway his head
Through ninety odd degrees of arc, it seems,
Between two metaphysical extremes.
He sits back on his fundamental butt
With lifted snout and eyes (if any) shut,
(lie almost looks religious but he's not),
And back and forth he sways from cheek to cheek,
At one extreme agreeing with one Greek~
At the other agreeing with another Greek
Which may be thought, but only so to speak.
A baggy figure, equally pathetic
When sedentary and when peripatetic.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Beaver cartoon

My rendition of the beaver cartoon from page 21 of 25 Quick Cartoon Characters.

Beavers in the Bathroom by Emily Wimetal

There are beavers in the bathroom
swimming circles in the tub
where the beavers have decided
to convene their swimming club.
In their little beaver Speedos
and their beaver bathing caps,
they've been splashing rather happily
while practicing their laps.
They've been studying the butterfly,
the backstroke and the crawl,
and it's obvious they like it
and they're having quite a ball.
For we hear them all the time
but we don't see them anymore,
ever since they built a beaver dam
behind the bathroom door.

Perky Penguin cartoon

Perky Penguin reproduced in Affinity Designer from 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart. Still 7 characters left to try from this excellent little book, and whilst I want to move on, I am going to force myself to complete the rest of them.

Baby Chick cartoon

Baby Chick recreated using Affinity Designer, from the book 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart.

I feel as though I am just scratching the surface in learning both affinity designer and cartooning, but I feel it worth while taking time on the basics to move along at a steady learning speed.

The funny side

"I just found out I'm colourblind. It came completely out of the purple."


"White collar. blue collar. Makes no difference to me 'cos I'm collar-blind."

The advantages of being colourblind

I love this image found at

advantages of being colour blindcolour blind -first question

Saturday, 18 August 2018

CGI 3D Animated Short Film "CICLO Animated Short Film" by Felipe Del Rio

From CGMeetup channel on YouTube.

Reminds me of a job I once had...

Get the colour code of any pixel on the screen

Instant Eyedropper is a really invaluable time saving tool which will get the colour value of any pixel on the screen then copy it's hex code to the clipboard which can then be pasted into your graphics program or document. A brilliantly simple, fantastic resource. Well done to the developers.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Cute Kitty created in Affinity Designer

Cute Kitty created from guide on page 18 of 25 Quick Cartoon Characters. Created in Affinity Designer. Makes me think of Sheldon's Kitty song from The Big Bang Theory.

Soft kitty,
warm kitty
Little ball of fur

Happy kitty,
sleepy kitty
Purr, purr, purr

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Just like the inside of my head...

Well done Cyriak for this creation. For some awful reason I have an affinity to this video and feel really at one with it.

Puts me in mind of an Edgar Allen Poe poem.

The Raven

By Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
“’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door—
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;—
This it is and nothing more.”

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”—here I opened wide the door;—
Darkness there and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”—
Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
“Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore—
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;—
’Tis the wind and nothing more!”

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning—little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door—
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as “Nevermore.”

But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing farther then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered—
Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before—
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before.”
Then the bird said “Nevermore.”

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
“Doubtless,” said I, “what it utters is its only stock and store
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore—
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
Of ‘Never—nevermore’.”

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore—
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,
But whose velvet-violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, me thought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
“Wretch,” I cried, “thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee
Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!—
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—
On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—
Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore—
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting—
“Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted—nevermore!

Or, why not watch the Simpsons version:

Times Gone By - cartoon soldier

The Queens Regiment
TA '84
Germany '85
Belize '86

Memories, which for better or worse, never fade.

For the Fallen

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain. 

Robert Laurence Binyon, by artist William Strang.

Scruffy Dog adapted in Affinity Designer

This is my adaption of "Scruffy Dog" from "25 Quick Cartoon Characters", created in Affinity Designer. I've only learnt the basics of Affinity Designer at the moment, and could probably create better in Inkscape, but I must persevere.

The Chickening by Nick DenBoer

Really, really laughed at some of this. Definitely for fans of Stephen King's, The Shining.

Eh Enders by osymyso

Another oh so funny video. Exactly what YouTube was made for.

Cycles by Cyriak

This guy is so talented and wacky. I really don't know where he gets his ideas from.

Another Swedemason youtube video - Once in a Lifetime.

Trump in place of the Talking Heads. I love it.

Paul McCartney Rabbit Hole by Swedemason

I think this production is so clever on so many levels. Thanks Swedemason. Enjoy!

Swedemason on YouTube.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Colour Blindness Test

There are various colour blindness tests out there, but here is a link to the Enchroma test.

I just took the test myself and my result showed as Moderate Protan. From the result:
  • Protans are people with protanomaly, a type of red-green color blindness in which the red cones do not detect enough red and are too sensitive to greens, yellows, and oranges. As a result, greens, yellows, oranges, reds, and browns may appear similar, especially in low light. It can also be difficult to tell the difference between blues and purples, or pinks and grays.
Apparently, according to the site, Enchroma glasses "may" help me with my colour vision. A quick look at the prices and I am talking a minimum of £333 for a pair. Hmmm..... Think I'll wait to see if they ever become available on the NHS.

Inkscape vs Affinity Designer

Just as I was getting used to the excellent Free vector graphics program Inkscape, I found a vector program within my price range which imported eps and ai files, something I have been wanting for a little while: Affinity Designer. I'm relatively new to vector graphics packages and I would find it hard to choose, at the moment, which program is better. On the one hand Inkscape is totally free and has enough functionality to do what I mainly want the package to do, but on the other hand for under £50 I can have a Affinity Designer which also has the functionality, plus is able to handle ai and eps files, and has a few other nice little features which make its use quicker than Inkscape. Having said all that, I am now in the process of learning Affinity Designer whilst carrying on with learning to draw cartoons. Here is my first result from Affinity Designer; recreating Charming Friends from 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

People and Pets cartoon recreated in Inkscape

And yet another cartoon recreated in Inkscape from the guide on page 14 or Christopher Hart's 25 Quick Cartoon Characters. There is something about the dog in this cartoon that is just adorable.

Cartoon Me

My cartoon avatar. Not sure it looks much like me, but "Hey ho!"

Monday, 6 August 2018

Fashion Plate cartoon recreated in Inkscape

And I'm back to the book 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart, with this fashionista being recreated from the guide on page 13. As usual, I used Inkscape vector graphics program.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Sticky (stickman) post

Oh the joy of doing something really simple... The fantastic thing about stickmen is that they are simple to draw, are easy to put in the position you want them, and are a great starting point for filling out into a fully fledged cartoon.

Dog Characters

Just the beginning of working on some dog characters. Not sure how well this is going to work out yet.

Annoyed Lady cartoon recreated in Inkscape

The annoyed lady is another cartoon recreated in Inkscape from the book 25 quick cartoon characters by Christopher Hart. She can be found on page 12 of the book.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Dog Ends cartoon

Well, I suppose practise makes perfect. I hope so anyhow, and will continue practising, both with drawing cartoons and in using Inkscape.

Inkscape Sheep Trial cartoon

Not so much a sheepdog trial, rather a trial of me drawing cartoon sheep in Inkscape.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Cartooning Books

These are some good cartooning books I have in my collection. Clicking on a book will take you to its description on Amazon.


Runner cartoon recreated in Inkscape

I struggled a little on the colouring and shading on this one although I don't think it turned out too bad and I really don't want to spend a massive amount of time on it. This is the subject of page 11 of 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart.