Tuesday, September 7, 2010


I abandoned this picture because I wanted a window in the background and a book beside the candle, but I couldn’t work out how to add them without ruining it. Oh well.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


I’m trying to hit three birds with one stone with this. It’s my first ever entry to Illustration Friday (theme: “Dessert”), a tribute to Edward Bawden (here’s my inspiration), and also, clearly, to my wife! Happy anniversary, Melanie!

Inspirational quote for the day

...for instance, the morning on which [a man] sets out for a duel which is to be fought under particularly dangerous conditions, and he is suddenly made aware, at the moment when it is perhaps about to be taken from him, of the value of a life of which he might have made use to begin some important work, or merely to enjoy a few pleasures, and of which he has failed to make any use at all. "If only I'm not killed," he says to himself, "how I shall settle down to work the very minute, and how I shall enjoy myself too!" Life has in fact suddenly acquired a higher value in his eyes, because he puts into life everything that it seems to him capable of giving instead of the little that he normally demands of it. He sees it in the light of his desire, not as his experience has taught him that he was apt to make it, that is to say so tawdry. It has, at that moment, become filled with work, travel, mountain-climbing, all the splendid things which, he tells himself, the fatal outcome of the duel may render impossible, without thinking that they were already impossible before there was any question of a duel, owing to the bad habits which, even had there been no duel, would have persisted. He returns home without even a scratch, but he continues to find the same obstacles to pleasures, excursions, travel, to everything which for a moment he had feared that death would deprive him of; life is sufficient for that. As for work--exceptional circumstances having the effect of intensifying what previously existed in a man, work in the industrious, idleness in the lazy--he takes a holiday from it.
 --Marcel Proust, The Captive

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Thanks to Sabrina Chap for passing on this photo of the Schlapentickle family merch table, featuring my design for their family crest and logotype! (photo taken by Cassie Truskowski.) Get more information on this great act at www.schlapentickle.com!