My whimsical little comics-short-story project, Pettyfolly, is now online as a webcomic! The first story, Lullaby, about a cranky giant and an opportunistic forest imp, is a few pages in already – and the comic will update with a new page every Monday and Wednesday. I hope you enjoy it!
Tag Archives: black and white
I never really need an excuse to draw bikes and their riders… but the recent Tour Down Under here in Adelaide provided one anyway! In this peloton are a jumble of assorted loose & jolly cyclist scribbles from around Tour time and a couple from my Spring Ride brainstorming too. Hop on your own trusty treadly today!
This will be the first of a relentless slew of long-overdue updates! A couple of caricature commissions for birthday cards, for some particularly excellent personages about town. The first was for a Fashion Disaster / Op Shop themed birthday. The second, well, who can say, sometimes you take a brief in a new direction and that direction is RECEIVED WITH MUCH JOY AND HILARITY BY THE CLIENT!
Tags: black and white, card, caricature, cartoon, collage, comic, crazy clothes, drawing, fashion, fashion disaster, funny, illustration, Line art, mankini, motorbike, Op Shopping, people, portraits, Robin Tatlow-Lord, thrift shopping, water color, water colour
Yaaargh! Avast! Trim the mainsails! Shiver me blasted blue-barnacle-encrusted, jolly-rum-do timberoonies!
Who says no good comes of reading glossy, gossipy magazines? If I hadn’t been perusing the celebrity rumour-rags one fine day recently, I wouldn’t have been inspired by a certain pint-sized tomboy Jolie-Pitt and her pirate-themed birthday party hijinks! The fuss these magazines make of a little girl choosing natty vests instead of frilly dresses is just absurd, but I say she always looks like she’s having far more fun than little what’s-her-name Holmes-Cruise in the pointy high-heels. With a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of OJ!
Doodles of a character I’m working on. She loves her bike, and is having trouble getting used to boarding school!
– Paul Jennings, ‘BATTY’, from ‘Undone!’ Penguin Books 1993
“Anthony nodded his branches at me. ‘Mnn, nmng, nn,’ he said.
I didn’t know what it meant. Probably something like, ‘You embarrassed me. Now it’s your turn.’ “
– Paul Jennings, ‘NOSEWEED’, from ‘Undone!‘ Penguin Books 1993
Re-reading Paul Jennings’ books is a treat. There are always a few stories that I’d completely forgotten, whose endings fill me with fresh surprise and delight. And while they really don’t need pictures – everything’s there in the stories – some moments just cry out to be drawn, even if it’s just for the fun of it. Here are a couple of those moments – the ones I couldn’t resist scribbling down the instant I finished reading. BATTY and NOSEWEED. How did these characters end up like this? Go and read Undone! – you won’t regret it!