Think of the children


Tim. Apple. Cook. Pie.

On the river

I walk over the Thames south branch bridge on Wellington Road. This tree has been there for quite a few weeks. The colour and feel was right today.

TheZazzle store plugs along

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Yes, it’s been a while since I added any products. Once a year they drop $50 bucks into my Paypal account, so I really can’t complain. And I have been busy with a shift in emphasis towards Londontlife. I’m not so certain that the editorial cartoons have a wide enough international audience to drop onto a mug here, but I do consider it from time to time. That said, should anyone want a one-off mug with an original Londontlife cartoon on it, hit me up.

I appreciate that some of the more odd and offbeat item images are selling. My, honestly, very dry, wry sarcasm doesn’t market that well. :-)

The thing is, I don’t think anyone wants to see this vile man:


… on thier coffee cup everyday. But what do I know.


Doug Ford This.

On Predictions


I modified my Procreate brushes collections into Fave Inkers, Fave Sketch, Fave Paint, etc. I also realized I could set contained size ranges for various brushes. So I have  for lettering now, Script 1 to 5, Script 4 to 15, and the original fat Script in my Fave Lettering set.

You know when you switch brushes by clicking on the set, the already selected brush becomes the brush. D’oh. So instead of having one collection of Faves where you would have to scroll through and find the next one, each Faves set now has maybe six brushes I want to use, and the last selected one is always active.

I was using Comic Draw app for lettering. I still prefer handwritten as it keeps the style consistent, and likely I will do so going forward for smaller panel cartoons like this one. My handwriting has always been terrible and my hands cramp when I letter.

And I discovered Affinity Photo has Callout Ellipse and Callout Rectangles shapes … which are … word balloons!

Doug Putin

Cartoons on LondOntLife are are shared based on a premise that people will maybe use and remix them. Here I rework the drawing, running the drawing through Inkwork. I do that sometimes just to see what variety it produces. Then popped back into Procreate for some painting.

Here, our Provincial Primier poses, displaying his competitive autocrat true self, now that he has a place on the world stage. Hopefully a short 15 minutes of fame.

Easy to taste Art History with Waldemar

I am intensely enjoying Waldemar Januszczak‘s art history episodes on YouTube. I started with , his Dark Ages: An Age of Light, and YouTube rounded up Baroque: From St Peter’s to St Paul’s. There seem to be quite few. more.

Having completed a binge watch of Tony Robinsons’s Time Team, Wladimir is a delightful find.

The Wikipedia piece sums it up pretty well:

Januszczak has been described as “a passionate art lover, art critic and writer. His presentation style is casual but informed, enthusiastic, evocative and humorous. He bumbles about on our TV screens, doing for art what David Attenborough has done for the natural world,” and someone who acts out of “a refusal to present art as elitist in any way. He makes it utterly accessible and understandable.”[5]

All I know is he left the building.

Four heads

Wow. Picked a neglected brush in a Procreate and drew these (bragging) with no underdrawing, but direct. All lively accidents intact.

Getting Out of the Byron Bubble

The View from Oxford & Maitland

In my very first column, I wrote about living in Byron in good ole London Ontario, a very busy life and how I was oblivious to and ready didn’t care as to what was happening in the rest of the city. I am not picking on anyone from Byron or any other suburb. I am speaking from my own experience.

I knew we had homelessness, drugs on the street, a dying downtown and I really didn’t pay much attention to it. I was in my comfy ranch home in Byron with my big backyard and two cars in the driveway. I didn’t give much thought to issues those with disabilities faced or crime, unless it was in my neighbourhood. Oh, we had crime in West London, but, unless it affected me, I didn’t give it much thought. This wasn’t a conscious decision to ignore it. Life was moving pretty damn…

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Sometimes, in between.

A four panel comic for Sammy.

I got a copy of Polarr Deep Crop (iPad) and one of the things it does is this four frame collage with a chosen image cropped in various ways. The AI chosen crops for this structure seem random, but they seem to have a story telling feel.

And I found Comic Draw app (iPad) which basically has everything one needs. Used here for boxes and lettering.

Georgian Bluffs. Not by David Milne.

From a walk along The Bruce at Georgian Bluffs

Man with scythe

# Man with scythe
Maybe late 50’s, early 60’s, after we had moved to the Queens Ave house, I would walk along Queens Ave to Queens Place and down that small lane to Lorne Avenue School\. The dirt lane off English Street was more fun, but the bully thugs hung out there\. Still, I got to bark at the dogs living down Queens Place\.
One morning on the lawn of the cottage opposite Queens Place a man swung a scythe over the overgrown lawn\. The grass was well overgrown\. A mower wasn’t going to cut it\.
From the glimpse of my memory, he wore a fedora, and dark suit jacket coat\. Maybe the pants were blue jeans\. It wasn’t a full suit, but a dark jacket, white shirt and fedora\.
I watched him swing the scythe a few times, decided he wasn’t Death come for me, and walked down the lane to school\.