Thursday, 12 March 2015

Definition of insanity

Often attributed to Einstein (but not really by him)
By this definition, I am quite clearly insane...

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Accurate licensing

Accurate licensing is mutually beneficial for the client and the illustrator as it defines a fee for actual usage rather than possible usage.
From the Association of Illustrators newsletter.
Of course, what the client often wants is to pay a small fee and have unlimited usage... :-)

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Research for illustrations

Daniel Lieske: I'm really astonished how much stuff hides in your head that just comes out when you give it a canvas to break into....

Jake Parker: ...I think the key to that there is the first part of your answer when you said you enjoy geography & botany and those types of things. You have to fill your head with that stuff.

You have to make deposits in order to make withdrawals, right? 

I get students talking to me and they're like, "How do you know how to draw machines so well? I don't know how to do machines." 

And I'm like, "I've looked at a ton of machines. I have a huge machine folder on my harddrive, right, and it's become second nature to me, now, because all that's in my head. 

And the other thing too is, I grew up with a subscription to National Geographic, right. And that is probably one of the best magazines an artist could get. 
Obviously you research the things that interest you - which is why it's not machines with me :-). But I could illustrate a fairly accurate fashion show of ancient Middle Eastern / Egyptian outfits from about 2000BC to 100AD (with some annoying gaps, unfortunately).

Ye Olde Artwork

Doing some clearing out and came across a whole load of my old artwork.
This one must be from when I was 10 or 11, because we did Beowulf in Primary 6.

Behold Beowulf (and his friend whose name I've forgotten) fighting the Dragon in a cave:

As always, click to see bigger.

I love the outsize feet! The sundress flame is interesting too.

Expect more...

Friday, 13 February 2015

Another quote

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” 
Chinese Proverb

Thursday, 12 February 2015


"Never judge a philosophy by its abuse."
Saint Augustine

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Cash basis

Common sense is breaking out!

I'm filling out my tax return.

There's a new thing this year called 'Cash Basis' where you can choose to 'record money when it actually comes in and goes out of your business'. 'You only count the money you've actually received in a tax year. Money you're owed isn't counted until you receive it.'.

Since it's called 'income tax' not 'work-you-have-done-but-haven't-yet-been-paid-for tax' why was this not always the case?