As you may have read on the About page, the main activity around here is to make new and existing ideas visible.
Illustration is the main focus, but web and graphic design also jobs fly into and out of this screen..
So much to do… so there’s hammock time as well, otherwise the Humble Hedonist blog will never get written. Fun must be had, or as some friends call it – ‘pink time’. It could be called creative input time.
The well must be filled, ‘not seau?’* then there’s French to be learned, poetry classes to attend, German to be polished, (very serious about this - have now married Stephan for more intensive lessons) violin to be studied…and chess... one day.
*That’s French for ‘N’cest pas?’
These little CrazyTalk animations provide a friendly beginning and end to educational Powerpoint courses. The client was Poema, working with Unicef to provide capacity in an African government department. This course focused on statistics.
I’ve updatedMutants at The Mall to include the new style and a couple of new features, like interviews with the various characters, a diagram showing how they relate to each other, and a few other little things.
See what you think – I would be interested to hear whether you prefer the new style or the old photorealistic version.
My client needed some whiteboard-friendly designs.
So, from the rough samples supplied, I made these as .png and .ai (Illustrator) versions. They resemble our previous stick-figure images, with a dash of extra style! Specifically, the Chinese style combined with the Tinted Lines style.
Also, the colour washes add some extra pizzazz. Enjoy the show.
Also strange is the third coincidence. Over this past weekend, I’ve been in a wealth-management course. We were invited to form several pairs of teams and play a game against our opposing group, imitating the stock exchange. One young lady in our team who must have been in her twenties, but looked about fourteen, suggested a certain strategy: to have a discussion with the other team and collaborate to fix the result to earn more. I overrode it, thinking to myself… ‘Nobody this young could possibly come up with something useful.’ I did. I really did think that. Not knowing anything about her, her background, education… the game went on, and it turned out that if we’d followed her strategy, i.e. collaborating with the other team instead of competing with them, we would all have gained.
So there was I, who often think older people are written off because of their age, doing exactly that because someone was ‘too young’.
The game was set up to prove that collaboration always wins over competition. It’s doubly ironic because I often refer potential clients to another illustrator if I can’t help. Weird, huh? Looking back though, there is an easy explanation. I was treating it as a game, not related to work. And yet – what you do in the micro you do in the macro.
Caricatures tend to pop up frequently in my work, especially in the last few years.
I like to include bits and pieces from the person’s work and hobbies e.g. those of Ferdi and Hilde Keller, guest house owners in Seapoint, who are also keen golfers, as are most of their guests.
Caricatures make wonderful corporate gifts. For special occasions as a token of appreciation for individuals, it is the perfect personal gift. One can also honour a team with a multi-caricature to mark an occasion.
Adding certain items in the background can reflect the person’s hobbies or work or both, as can be seen in the caricature of Henk, who is involved in telecommunications.
For the Zest agency, all five individuals in the team appear on a billboard welcoming visitors to their town, Dullstroom.
The Little Wingsters is a TV series in development.
Aimed mainly at kids 6-8 years old and consisting of 26 x 11min episodes, Little Wingsters honours the tiny members of the angelic realm who deliver information, joy and comfort to children everywhere.
They may occasionally borrow items to wake a child up to the beauty of lost things. But if asked nicely, they help in the recovery of such items. This is especially so, once the ‘victim’ has also found other lost things. Those things they often needed even more…
Pictures of the Winged Ones and their loot will soon adorn clothing, bed-linen, mugs, badges and a colouring book. All of these are moving from ether to brain to production at a steady pace. So far, the calendar will have to be a quarterly one. That’s because the monthly version must wait till 12 staff members have been hatched, then paused long enough for a mug-shot. They move quite a bit faster than bantam chickens.
Here’s a pic of my booth at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in September 2017. You can see who my favourites are! (Shhh)
Below is the pic from the festival for 2018. Little Wingsters are still taking up more real estate! But actually, there is a bit of planning here. Their banner will be displayed wherever the merch appears. One has to think ahead.)
So – more news on that here, and soon. An online shop is in progress too, of course. And when it’s up and running, the news will be here and on Facebook. Do visit their Facebook page as well, and join us if you like – would love to welcome you.
Meanwhile, I’m adapting the first book from the pilot episode of the series, which stars Coco, the little healer whose gifts are love and joy. After that is done, there will be three other books, each with a story starring one of the angels. And seeing I’m getting back in gear here with updates, you will see it here first.
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