Inspired by a question that a colleague asked me, and a good excuse to try out a Faber-Castell brush pen lurking amongst my technical drawing pens.
Overheard in a garden in Essex. Why they were listening to a Christmas song in June, I do not know.
A time lapse video (2mins) of me inking an Oojo and Bink comic strip called Delivery. I assembled a large flat-packed bed in a small bedroom once, and the experience clearly scarred me!
This photo reminds me that all I need to make my comic strip, Oojo and Bink, is some Bristol Board, a pencil, a rubber and some pens. Plus a ruler. And a scanner, a laptop and Photoshop software. And a table. Or other flat surface. That's all. ;-)
This Oojo and Bink comic strip is the most technical one that I've drawn so far.
In this video I talk about an autobiographical comic strip called Three Bags Full, and the creative choices that I made.
In recent years I've got into the habit of drawing in the morning, when my mind and body are fresh. But every now and then I feel like drawing late into the evening, and that's OK too.
This comic strip has one of my favourite punchlines in the Oojo and Bink saga so far. I remember when the idea struck me...
"Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed out the connections between wars that we've been involved in or supported and fought in in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home..." - Jeremy Corbyn, Friday 26th May, 2017
I didn't realise how much I hesitate at the start of the inking stage, until I watched this video back! Once I've started, I relax into it. See the final comic strip here.
I like taking photos but I often forget to photograph my artwork in progress because I'm so absorbed in making it. Here are a few snaps of two comic strips that I published this week.
In this short video I compare a first draft and final draft of a comic strip called May Morning, and explain the choices and changes that I made.
A few months ago my friend Joanna Ogden, a television producer, tagged me in a Facebook post (see above).
The article that she had shared was called Report: Bananas Still Most Popular Fruit For Pretending To Receive Phone Calls, published by The Onion, a satirical website.
The challenge had been set. Would I rise to it?
This Mental Health Awareness Week, pick a spot in your home that has some clutter in it and ask yourself, "Does this item make me feel good or bad?"
The flat in Oxford that we stayed in afforded a desirable view of the river. I loved watching the waterfowl; very relaxing. But the noise during the night...!
This is the first 'making of Oojo and Bink' video that I've published. I didn't intend to film it sideways, but my mobile phone had other ideas!
We were surprised how quickly we reached the centre of Marlborough Maze at Blenheim Palace. I wasn't surprised how quickly we could exit it.
This year I attended the traditional May Morning celebrations in Oxford for the first time.
I drew this cartoon after listening to Scott Thomson being interviewed by Tara Roskell in this episode of The Idea Medic podcast. Playful stuff.
I was interviewed by Tara Roskell for her upcoming podcast, The Idea Medic. Listen to our conversation here: https://ideamedic.com/comic-strip-artist-richard-pettitt-talks-cartoons-creativity-and-ideas/
On Tuesday I announced that my new comic strip, Oojo and Bink, will start on Monday 3rd April. And that it will be published on my website and social media pages (links below).
It's important to know what's going on in the world, but news reports are so often negative in tone that they can leave you feeling angry or sad.
Here are five contemporary comic strips that will help you to smile again. Until the next bulletin.
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.