The dog in our family is Bailey. He's a 10-year-old English Springer Spaniel who thinks he's still 10 months old, jumping excitedly at visitors and chasing rabbits at every opportunity.
In October I took part in InkTober. Founded by artist Jake Parker, InkTober is a free online event during which artists all over the world create 31 ink drawings in 31 days. Then share them on social media with the hashtag #inktober.
Time-lapse video is easier to shoot than ever before. Bring your art to life and make YouTube your gallery.
When you panic that you've made a crazy life choice, hold your nerve.
When you're convinced that you're not good enough, hold your nerve.
When you feel guilty for not working 9 to 5, when someone asks you entirely the wrong question, when you're not where you want to be, hold your nerve.
"Do you just do dogs or do you do other animals?" asked the woman.
30 Days of Comics is a challenge for comic artists. The challenge is to draw 1-2 pages of comics every day of November, and share them on social media using the hashtag #30dayscomics.
It's a question that I ask myself frequently.
When it all gets too much, I go for a walk in the woods. It calms me. The smells and sounds and sights get inside me and I feel alright again. It's like pressing a reset button.
I felt uneasy sharing comic number 2 for 30 Days of Comics online. My first comic had gone well, and I felt a pressure to do something similar. An unnecessary pressure that I placed on myself.
My comic number 1 for 30 Days of Comics was inspired by my Nana. "Don't get old," she said to me from her hospital bed. "I'll try," I replied.
Twelve days? More like twelve weeks!
It is the twenty-fifth of September, exactly three months before the public holiday that causes Britain to go into a bizarre excited-anxious frenzy.
I suppose I could tell you how to draw a dog. But my way is just one way, and who says it's the right way.
Last Monday my girlfriend and I walked The Line. It's a new sculpture trail in London that follows the Meridian Line and links the 02 Arena with the Olympic Park. The sculptures are large and contemporary. I couldn't wait.
Last Saturday I was a stall holder at the Canine Partners Summer Show. Canine Partners in Midhurst, West Sussex, is a charity that trains dogs to assist people with disabilities.
On my local High Street there is an old building called Bridge Cottage. It's currently being renovated and is fenced off with high wooden hoardings.
During the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May I visited Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex. The multitude of exotic flowers, shrubs and trees is impressive enough to warrant a trip, but I wanted to go there for another reason: the Sculpture Exhibition.
In April I enrolled on a course called Connect to Nature. It was run by nature-loving creatives Morwhenna Woolcock and Jaimie MacDonald.
It doesn't look like much, I know. Mismatched furniture, bare walls, empty-looking shelves. But this is where I go to make art, and I love it.
I wouldn't have gone to the Alexander McQueen exhibition unless my friend, Paul Browning, had bought tickets for us.
When I was young I called myself an art student, not an artist. 'Student' implied I was a beginner, a trainee, a wannabe. Nobody expected my art to be any good. Least of all me.
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.