Sunday, January 30, 2005

Someday soon... 

...I really will write a proper entry again.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

if a picture paints a thousand words then... do I really need to write anything? 

Saturday, January 22, 2005

a bear and a bear and a bird 

newspaper doodles 

Okay, so mainly I was wanting to show off that I finished yesterday's Grauniad cryptic...but I made myself laugh with the giraffes.

It's been an odd week.

Thursday, January 20, 2005


"January is like the Monday of the year"

- Matt Broersma

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

What If...? 

You'll have seen some of Craig Robinson's work about even if you've never previously visited his excellent and treasureful flipflopflyin' website (he did an A-Z series of pop folk for the Observer music supplement for instance). He's a quite brilliant master of minimalism, as epitomised in his popular minipops series: icon portraits of popstars and other celebrities (now also a book) that somehow capture absolutely the likeness of the subject in the bare minimum of pixels.

Anyway, his latest work of wonder is a piece of past and future autobiography, in diagram form, that speculates on the different paths his life might have taken/take. It's quite brilliant. I just wish he'd get someone to proofread for him.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

one day I'll fly away 

Friday, January 14, 2005

contractual obligation 

can't stop 

Can't stop - in a bit of a hurry.

But, ooh - Robert Crumb's coming to London!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

big man with a ukulele 

I still haven't got one myself but one of these days...

Monday, January 10, 2005

Hunter and Painter 

Tom Gauld's elegant musings on the nature of Art (or perhaps, more accurately, the nature of Artists), in the form of his recent three week run of newspaper strip Hunter and Painter for the Grauniad, are now archived at his site. Reading it daily as it appeared in print I confess I worried that Tom maybe just wasn't suited to the daily strip form (where was the punchline in the final panel each day?) but that was just me being hidebound and conventional. Mr Gauld was working to a different rhythm, drawing a bigger picture. It all comes together quite beautifully when read as a whole. So why not go and do just that right now.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

website update 

And less than 3 months since the last time!

I've added a new book to the PDF section over at daveshelton.com. This one is called "This Is What Happens When You Don't Pay Attention". It's kind of a superhero story (complete with centrespread splash page of a battle with a giant monster) but don't let that put you off.

Friday, January 07, 2005

penguin, one different one 

penguin in a flying helmet 

Although I am attempting to develop a couple of characters called Edwin and Molly into some form of comic strip, and although those characters are a penguin and a polar bear, and although this was drawn yesterday... this has nothing to do with the strip. At least nothing beyond being part of a kind of ongoing limbering up process. That said, I do hope to have something in strip form relatively soon to post up on my main site. High time for a general overhaul over there too but in the meantime some new content would surely be a good idea.

Anyway, I go draw now.


I promised a number of drawings. I don't believe I promised any particular level of quality, variety or interest. Here, then, is a titchy head and shoulders man such as occur by the dozen on the pages of my sketchbooks.

That said, there should, at least, be some penguins soon.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Mr Abadzis 

Mr Nick Abadzis has a new website (not before time). Or perhaps he's had a website for ages and I only just found out about it. Who knows. In any case there's a stack of good stuff to be perused there, not least a vast archive of his Hugo Tate strips from the days of Deadline magazine. I confess I recall that strip with such fondness that I half expected to be disappointed by the reality of re-reading it years later but in fact the first one I took a look at this afternoon (this one) was actually better than I recalled. Beautifully paced, evocative and kind of wistful. Just lovely.

Saturday, January 01, 2005


And a very happy new year to both my readers.

I do hereby resolve to update this blog more often than last year. Actually, given how infrequent my entries have been I should go beyond that I think... Okay so, um, 3 drawings a week minimum plus any words I feel necessary. Let's see how long that lasts...

In the meantime, for the benefit of anyone who reads this who didn't receive one: this is the Christmas card I sent out this year (or rather last year, oh you know what I mean... it's still "this year" in the same way that it's still "tonight" rather than "tomorrow morning" at 2 a.m.)

More discerning readers, and especially Mr Nick Tuliani, will note the comedic use of zeugma (or at least something very like it).

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