1, 2 or 3 stroke animals

one stroke: squid, fish
two strokes: hen, cock, pig, duck
three strokes: sheep

I was thinking about asian calligraphy and how Chinese characters – these sets of ordered, standardised strokes – mostly come from often obvious literal, visual origins; like the chinese character 日 meaning ‘day’ which originated as a pictorial representation of the sun.

I was then like, can I simplify animals into calligraphic strokes which are easy to remember and more or less consistent – like handwriting? So these animals (all food… go figure) take just about as long to draw as to write their names in english, especially if I’m trying to write all neat and everything.

So far this is great for Pictionary! However, other applications not so much. Ideas on a postcard please (or just drop me a comment or an email… much cheaper).

Secret portraits – Dylan Horrocks interviewed in London cafe

Illustration, Secret Portraits

‘You’ll have to speak louder’, the interviewer shouted over the music.

Dylan Horrocks wondered again why they had chosen Foxglove and Ginger.
The girl’s jet black hair was a welcome distraction to the discomfort.

Foxglove-and-Ginger_DylanHorrocks_290515

Pencil, pen & ink

Words, Mukta Das

We just having a coffee’n’cake when comicbook writer/artist Dylan Horrocks was being interviewed downstairs in the cafe. Super noisy with music and a crazy-loud hand dryer in the Lois, the interviewer saw a task ahead of him in cleaning up the audio so shoved that recorder nice and close 😉 I hope Dylan and the interviewer find this little document of their encounter cheeky and nice..