Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Cake No. 10

This is the last in the series. Phew, that took long enough!

Below, the four pen and ink drawings for the cyan, magenta, yellow, and black plates.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

“They killed the goose”

For the times that are in it. The whole thing, as a playlist, here.

Related radio: Toxie, from This American Life.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Roosting in ivy


Today’s experiment - don’t worry, everything’s under control!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


No time to post a bird drawing of my own today, instead here’s one from the Blind Pony Books blog. See also Tigerloaf for  an owl, a firebird, a diving bird.

For some  words unrelated to bird life, Schalom Libertad on prejudice and desire, and Terry Glavin on shiny boots. Also, Bob on a poppy and rumpled hat. Further to which, Roland has arguments worth the listening and watching, and footnoted to that, an earlier post of my own.

One last video link.
One last picture link.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Cakes to Rotterdam


These screen print versions of two images from my series of cake drawings will be available at the Zone 5300 Winter Sale in Rotterdam this weekend, along with lots of other offerings of art, books, comics, and the like. Details here.

Added: Coffee and cake are good for the brain, reports Francis.

Monday, 22 November 2010


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Sea Monster

Drawing by Peggy. Earlier sea monsters by her brother here, and by her father here.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Trial and error

Not quite the look I had in mind, a result of wrestling with a Print Gocco machine.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Ribbons and bows

I have been back at work on the cakes. Here’s a detail from the first CMYK proof of Cake No. 9.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Wayfaring Dodo

Your poultry link of the day: Flesh is Grass on beak trimming.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Like a bird on a stick . . .

 . . . on a bird,
on a stick,
on a bird,
on a stick,
on a bird . . .

P.S. While I’m here, those who would like more words to read than I’m currently writing could do worse than clicking over to Norm’s place. In recent days he has posted amongs other things  a very good and short piece on Bush and torture, with a follow up, two pieces on China as seen from King’s Cross and as seen from China, and on doing something less than arguing over possible justifications for war.

That last one is in response to an odd piece of writing on the Washington Post’s Political Bookworm blog by a professor with a book to sell, one Richard Rubenstein of George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. One interesting fact the professor presents his readers with is that “we are a religious people who will not fight unless first convinced that war is morally justified. This is why virtually every American war has spawned a significant anti-war movement.” Well fancy, the anti-war movement is primarily religious, did you know that?

On China as seen from the sea, the Information Dissemination blog is often interesting. For example this post on China’s strategic weaknesses, and an earlier one on the costs of rogue regimes.

Back to drawing now!

Nest of Vipers

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Milliner Bird

And here’s a Dublin Milliner of my acquaintance.


Friday, 12 November 2010

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Sequence 69, Exterior: Somewhere in Flanders

CLIVE: Murdoch! do you know what this means?
MURDOCH: I do, sir. Peace. We can go home. Everybody can go home!
CLIVE: For me, Murdoch, it means more than that. It means that Right is Might after all. The Germans have shelled hospitals, bombed open towns, sunk neutral ships, used poison-gas - and we won! Clean fighting, honest soldiering have won! God bless you, Murdoch!
From the 1942 script for The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. More on this troublesome and complex film here, and more on the Colonel here. Did I mention troublesome?

Below is a fragment from Kevin Macdonald’s book, Emeric Pressburger, The Life and Death of a Screenwriter, on the consequences of the war’s end for Imre Pressburger in his home town of Temesvar (Timişoara) in the defeated Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Someone somewhere had decreed that he was to be Romanian or Serbian and he would have to accept it passively. For almost two years Temesvar was occupied by the Serbs, but ultimately, along with the rest of Transylvania, it was assigned to Romania at the infamous Trianon Treaty of 1920, when the allies, led by Britain, distributed about two-thirds of Hungary’s land mass and half its population to clamouring neighbours. It is said that Hungary’s Deputy Foreign Minister fainted when he saw the recoloured map.

Imre was now a Romanian - a foreigner in his own country. The pattern of his life as an eternal alien had begun. Without having to budge an inch from home, he had set out on the circuitous journey that would eventually lead him to England.
Finally a relevant Blimp clip via Bob.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp script copyright © The Estates of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 1994.

Emeric Pressburger, The Life and Death of a Screenwriter copyright © Kevin Macdonald 1994.

Added: George Szirtes on changing maps and remembrance.

Monday, 8 November 2010


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Cake No. 9

The cake sequence is not over, but has been interrupted by other work. On the final two, this one and No. 10, only the magenta plate is drawn, with cyan, yellow, and black still to do.

Update 18th November: Below, first CMYK digital proof.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010


And added below, a robin.

Following my father

From recent days and nights on the island of Bornholm. Photo by S.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Model economics

The last in this little series of THES drawings, from March 25th 1994, illustrating a pair of articles on economics and relevance, responsibility, and conscience, by David Walker and Edward Fullbrook.