Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fail - Illustration Friday

She could not believe that she had forgotten to water the plant once again!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

WOW beaded animals

Some of these beaded animals, bought on the street in towns around South Africa, bring my garden to life. Giving life is their thing- making and selling them provides a livelihood for many entrepreneurial and creative South Africans, who would otherwise be destitute. Others make animals with old plastic bags and odds and ends that would otherwise clog our drains and suffocate wildlife.
"The first person to make a recycled plastic bag animal is known as Isaac. He was born in the Eastern Cape. Read more

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bad hair day

Once she wore that coat things were never the dame again!

Easter bunny hold up

The things we never see the Easter Bunny do...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

HEavy - IF

Got no words for this dude. I dont think he speaks, he is just a heavy!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Garden - Illustration Friday

This is what I would do, if I could do handstands in the garden.

Friday, August 03, 2007


Hello, Hello... I have been way to busy content managing my web site BacktoSA and have missed doodling! ....thought I would say a quick Jambo (Hi in Swahili and I am just bragging that I have been to kenya recently where I picked up a few Swahili phrases!)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Signs - Illustration friday

Waiting for the signs to tell me which way to go.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Cape Towns graffiti

This is magical to me! I love driving past this wall but to my horror, I saw the other day, it was being painted over with white paint! ;-((

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I spy - Illustration Friday

Watching creeping waiting!
it' s been so long since I have entered an illo into IF and I am glad to have the chance now. Would have liked to have fine tunned this image but its up! :-)) still dabbling in the lighting - not quite right - what do you think?
Ps. Its bliss being in Cape Town!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Animations SA

Cape Town has long had the reputation for being the creative capital, while Johannesburg is known as the business capital,” says Anthony Silverston of Cape Town’s Animation SA collective. - I am so pleased to have move to Cape Town to explore the creative scene.

Triggerfish Animation expands into CG

After ten years in the industry, Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation launches a Computer Generated (CG) animation department with a project that is set to be South Africa’s first animated feature film. Welcome to Zambezia. Have a look at the artwork, the background scenes are fab.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Cape Town Steet Kids

The Cape Town street kids collect "trash" from the streets and make the most divine art. Hanging in the window of this shop is a bottle top curtain.

Grave of the fire flies

Grave of the Fire Flies is a distrubing Anime anti anti war movie directed by Isa Takahata. I did enjoy the illustration and artwork and drew these stills of Seita. Have a look at what Wikipedia says about the movie.

Scruffy & Waggy

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Play - Illustration Friday - oh my gosh!

No time to play and I miss it. I am leaving London in a week! My whole house is being packed up and its a little ... scary.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Clean - Illustration Friday

I was listening to Lemon Jelly's music whilst doodling in illustrator. Their music reminds me of rain drops and bright sunny days, washing our world clean.
I am moving back to South Africa in 2 weeks time, bright sunny days and the sea will be greeting me!
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Japan sketches

What an awesome place Japan was - travelled around for 3 weeks. Tokyo was just mind blowing! Over indulged in Manga...
My posts have been scarce as I am planning to move back to South Africa end of August. I have been in London for 9 years so its a huge move.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Skyline - Illustration Friday

A sky lined with fantasy.

Just a little sketch from me this week. I am still putting all my time into a website that I am designing. Unfortunately its not my portfolio, that will come next, sigh. Anyway, have a good week and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Come with me to a Tate modern life drawing class

Join me at the Tate modern in a life drawing class. This event sounds like an incredible opportunity to attend a surrealism workshop with attending tutors. I am going on the 10 July, tickets cost £15 and the session is from 6.30pm - 9pm. Its running till the 17 July.

I read an article in the FT magazine and they described the session as such. ' The workshop is held in the gallery's "Poetry and Dream" rooms. With three separate spaces offering three contrasting poses, and you are free to move between them. One model holds a Dali lobster telephone to his ear. Price and Noble-Partridge have planned the classes masterfully, so that the poses are varied, teaching is unintrusive - but there if you want it - and all artistic standards are welcome.
It sure has me excited!!! It would be great to meet my fellow IF illustrators there, hope you can make it 10 July.
Call Tate Modern 020 7887 8000

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dance, burn baby burn! - Illustration friday

Up above my head I hear music in the air - I hear music!
That makes me know there's a promise somewhere

Satisfaction came in a chain reaction - Do you hear?
I couldn't get enough, so I had to self destruct,
The heat was on, rising to the top
Everybody's goin' strong
That is when my spark got hot
I heard somebody say

Burn baby burn! - Disco inferno! (Aah yeah!)
Burn baby burn! - Burn that mother down
Burn baby burn! - Disco inferno!, yeah!
Burn baby burn! - Burn that mother down

Lyrics to Disco Inferno by The Trammps

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Jungle - Illustration Friday

Jungle cat!
Another quick sketch for me this week. This one is colored in fine liner.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Portrait - Illustration Friday

For Illo Friday's topic, Portrait. Unfortunately I won't have time this week to post a new illo. I am working on a new website and its taking up all my free time. So here is Diasy, who I did a while ago. ;-) Looking forward to seeing your ideas!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Friday, May 19, 2006

Over the hedge

Dreamworks releases 'Over the hedge' today (19 May 2006). The test audience rated the movie highly, could it be better than Shrek? Read more from Animated News and visit Rotten Tomatoes for more reviews.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

No more blue Smarties!

LONDON - Nestle Rowntree's Smarties is set to receive a healthy shake-up and become free from artificial colours from June, a move that will be highlighted by advertising campaign.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Angels & Devils

I managed to dig out this sketch I did a while back, I have always liked it. I felt it was good for this weeks IF topic. More later from me - I hope.
Ps. It's coloured it up in photoshop.

Some of you wanted to see the untainted sketch - here it is.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Fat - Illustration Friday

There is nothing better than running for that beloved ice cream!

I have been out of the loop a bit and hope to catch up with all of you soon. I am so chilled after having a few weeks in Japan, and totally inspired by all the Manga art and wild Tokyo that I saw. Oh and the gorgeous cherry blossoms were a sight to see!
Thanks for stopping by and leave me a note if you are up to it.
The new IF looks great, Well Done!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Speed - Illustration Friday

Got to get out of this place!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Captain America type of guy

I am at home waiting for the gas man to come and servcie the boiler so I had a little time to doodle. I like the face on the far right. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

fashion poses

Some sketches inspired by Vogue.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Monster - Ilustration Friday

It was a monster of a serve!

I have so run out of time this week! I still wanted to polish this but hey, sometimes you got to let go. Hope you had a good week :-)

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Feet - Illustration Friday

A bridge for those with rivers to cross.

I was on holiday recently and sketched my feet and the the bridge comes from looking at many Chinese paintings. I am taken in by the principles of Chinese art where the composition is based on the ebb & flow of opposite strands which relate to each other.


Quick pencil and fine point sketches from my lunch break in the library.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Slowlife or Wabi-sabi

The soft approach is summed up by Japanese burgeoning Slow Life trend. Ironically for a movement that seeks to shift the social focus from money to quality of life, Slow Life has its roots in marketing. In 2001 prefectural governments, chasing the "green yen" of eco-tourism, began advertising campaigns using the slogan "Ganabaranai! -- Don't go for it!" Attempting to lure stressed city dwellers to their rural regions (no doubt on high-speed trains sporting the Koizumite slogan "Ambitious Japan!"), the prefectures devised an eight-point Slow Life Manifesto that stressed nonacademic, noncompetitive lifestyles -- walking, wearing traditional clothes and eating food made from local ingredients; durable and sustainable building construction; forestry; respect for the old; self-reliance and living in accord with the rhythms of nature. Read more from Wired News!
Some saw the Slow Life movement as a passing fad, but five years on magazine racks tell a different story. Visit Osaka bookstore.
wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Tattoo - Illustration Friday

The return of the urban warrior.

This guys tats consist of 123 etched on knuckles, the classic heart on his shoulder and an anchor on his forearm. Classy man he is, eh?

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Insect on the move

Here she is, the killer queen bee ready to attack, the 2nd part to my sketches this week.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Tea - Illustration Friday

Don't you just love that first cup of tea in the morning!

Can you guess that I have been reading to many graphic novels! I love looking at various inking styles from comic books. This is my first attemp at this style and its all inked on computer- Have a good weekend!! -

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Academy Awards - Best animated feature

Will Howl's Moving Castle win an Academy Award this year in the Best Animated Feature category?

It's reported that Hayao Mizazaki will not be attending this years ceremony on Sunday, a representative will accept the award on his behalf, if it it happens.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Dreamworks 'Flushed away'

Dreamworks currently has 9 films in production.
I am looking forward to seeing 'Flushed Away' which is due to be released this year - It's a story of an upper crust London “society rat” and a scrappy scavenger rat from the city’s underground Ratropolis, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet.

In 2007 there will be sequels to Shrek and Madagascar. Further info from Animated News

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Pixar:20 years of animation exhibition

Rob Warren curator of the Pixar: 20 years of animation exhibition which will be held in London in April.

If you like the art of animation, you have to see how artists worked to prepare the masterpieces which will remain in the history of animated movies.

Open from 1 April to 10 June 2006.
Place: The Historical Science Museum of London.

Further links
GFX artist
CG Explorer

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Song - Illustration Friday

Are you joking? You want me to play another song?

I was at fist uninspired with this weeks topic and started sketching a girl listening to music, with a big smile. The smile turned bigger than expected and then I had the thought of making it a twisted smile. Hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments.

PS. I think she would do well in the Adams family.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Wannabee Shogun

This little guy needs to grow into his role!

Friday, February 17, 2006


Is spring really here? I am thrilled to see a little more of the sun this week, even the bulbs are starting to peak through the grass and I am loving the light!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Monday, January 30, 2006

Glamour - Illustration Friday

The one and only glamour goddess!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Pixar, Disney and Steve Jobs

Comments from an article published in the Financial Times newspaper;

Pixar's meteoric rise from an initial $10m investment by the Apple Chief Steve Jobs to a $7.4bn takeover offer from Walt Disney highlighted the lucrative nature of the business of animation.
Joshua Chaffin (FT)

Steve Jobs has become a director at Disney while also becoming the companies biggest individual shareholder, but is not expected to take on any more formal role.
Richard Waters (FT)

Bob Iger, Disney's CEO, has explained his vision as using new technology to find new ways to distribute the company's content, and also to improve that content.Richard Waters (FT)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Music discovery

Now here is a find!! PANDORA ia a website thay you have to visit.

Its next generation music technology, its a free and plays tracks through your browser.

The way it works is that Pandora asks you for a song or artist that you like and then throws up tunes from that artist or trys to match it. I believe you are allowed up to 100 playlists. Its fun stuff and I was tapping my fingers to Hall and Oates, oh my, I have regressed to the 80's!

(tip on the nav, once you have the songs going, use the stop and play buttons on the top right to move onto the next song.) Enjoy!

There is only one hick up - I couldn't save my songs as I am not a resident in the USA.

Pandora says "At this time we are only licensed to offer Pandora music services to residents of the United States. Audio streaming regulations differ from country to country, and we are working on acquiring the proper licenses so we can legally offer Pandora outside of the United States. We require your zip code to confirm that you are a resident of the United States."

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Cats - Illustration Friday

A cat is never alone.

Rushing by ...

I drew this landscape a while back and today I read these words from 'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying' by Sogyal Rinpoche. I wanted to remember them, so I made this postcard which I will print through Cafe Press.