This is image one. Hoping for one a day – see them all here: Advent calendar
They will all be on this site first of all, but you can also follow via:
Yesterday I went to see my new studio space in its completed form for the first time. Three days a week I’m going to be working at New Road Methodist Church, known as the Fishermen’s Chapel, in Leigh-on-Sea. I’ll be a kind of a ‘Resident Cartoonist’.
There’s a lot I could say about it, but in summary: the church is reinventing itself a bit, and I’m getting involved by a) renting some space, and b) being on a steering group to consider the way forward. It is likely that, alongside church services, etc, the building will become more of an arts venue, used by people in the local community, churches, and others.
I need to say thank you to the people at the church, firstly for allowing me to use this space, but also for the hard work over the last few weeks transforming the room from a vestry into a studio / office space – there is a before and after photo by Juliet Kilpin here (larger size).
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Hello. Yes, there has been a two month gap in blog posts, for which I apologise.
But anyway, some of you may have seen that I’ve been adding cartoons to my CartoonChurch.com site. There are five in fact, all from the book ‘Peculiar Goings On’. Click here to see all five. There will be more to come in a couple of weeks.
So, another Greenbelt Festival is upon us. Here are some things I have done or will be doing for it.
Reasonably accurate site map
I draw one of these every year. It required a bit more work this time around as the site has changed more than usual – no tracing this year. You can get a copy in the ‘Guide to Greenbelt’, available on site from the Bookshop on the Friday night, or there will be people giving them out on the thoroughfares. Also this year there is an app (free) that has the map too. It is for Apple devices, but I am told an Android one will follow in the future (not for this year’s festival). And if you are a Greenbelt Angel you should have been sent a map. Thanks to everyone who supplied me with jokes.
Ten minute talk on ‘How to be a cartoonist’
I am doing a very short talk. This is the only talk about anything that I am doing anywhere this year, it may in fact be the first talk or speech I have done anywhere for two years, I’m not sure. It is on Friday evening at 6pm in the GTV tent, which is called The Treehouse. I am told (I don’t really look at the programme until I get there) that it clashes with Milton Jones. The title is ‘How to be a cartoonist’ which is, shall we say… ironic.
2014 calendar, teatowels, books, etc
Greenbelt is a great opportunity to buy various church-themed cartoon whathaveyous. If I am around ‘helping out’ in the bookshop, which I will be some of the weekend, I will gladly sign or draw on things.
Launch of ‘Rules for Reverends’
As I posted yesterday I have done some illustrations for a book. There is a launch and signing on Saturday at 6.30pm in the bookshop / Church Times tent.
I have a badge-maker and will have it at the festival. I may make some hand-drawn badges for people. I don’t know how, where, or when. The main problem is that I don’t have a place to do it. And also the badges are small so most things won’t fit on them. In fact, if the truth be told, my badge-making plans are an utter shambles. I will post more about them on Twitter, possibly. (This is an entirely unofficial operation by the way.)
I’ll be loitering here and there, so please do come and introduce yourself, let me buy you some tea, etc. Please don’t say after the event ‘I saw you but was too shy to say hello’ as that makes me a bit sad.
I have done some illustrations for a book that is just about to be published. It is ‘Rules for Reverends’ by Jeremy Fletcher. In summary: it is a book of humorous advice for clergy. You can read the publisher’s information which tells you a bit more here. My illustrations focus on particular ‘Rules’ – the one on the cover (above) is an example of the kind of thing.
The book can be pre-ordered / purchased in the following places:
We went to Cornwall for two weeks, which is why this blog and Twitter have been a bit quiet. I will put some photos on Flickr at some point, but here are two from the first week. Above: the Bedruthan Steps. Below: The beach at Perranporth, where we stayed on a campsite and pretended to be surfers.
We’re very fortunate to go to such places. I am now fully back in work mode until we go to Greenbelt. I’ll post more about that shortly.
We went to Shropshire at the weekend. These pictures were drawn in and around our tent at Foxholes Campsite, Bishops Castle.
One minute campsite review: It is a good one. Comparatively quiet given that it was a summer Saturday. Good facilities – enough toilets and showers, freezer, fridge, mobile charging. Ten minute walk into town where there are plenty of places to eat, not to mention two pubs with breweries attached (1, 2). Nearby: plenty of places to walk, market towns, The Long Mynd, the railway at Welshpool.
I have added some Shropshire photos to Flickr here.