To celebrate having gone over 10,000 views on my drawing school, here is a video to show you how to draw cute little kittens!
Click here to find more lessons including how to draw Santa and Reindeer. Seeing that Manga lessons attract so many viewers, I think I’m going to experiment and add the word Manga to the tags and see if it has any effect.
Interestingly, my daily website stats are down. I guess everyone is shopping or getting ready for Christmas carol concerts at school.
Hooray! My first iphone eBook app is now available at the itunes store to download to your iPhone and read on the go. Millie and Bombassa – Dizzy DIY is a story I wrote and Illustrated for Scholastic, but is unfortunately unavailable in print. It is still one of my most borrowed books from libraries.
The iPhone version is published by SleepyDog, who are boldly going forward into this new and exciting format for children’s books.
Bombassa is a sleepy old rhino who would rather spend the day in bed drinking tea, and Millie is a bright little bird who would rather he got up and did something. A bit like the voices in my head when I wake up in the morning really!
Click the video above to see how it works and hear me read the first chapter – enjoy!
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I went to a performance of Handel’s Messiah last night, performed by the Monmouth Choral Society. It was their conductor’s last night, so they there was an extra charge and the choir were singing their thanks for his time with them.
In one of the choral airs, the music builds to the phrase, “he shall be known as Wonderful…” Handel skips a beat before the word Wonderful, giving the whole ensemble, Choir, Soloists, Orchestra and Organ to blast in with this one word.
The forst time I was so surprised I saw gold and amber in the music. It wasn’t a visual manifestation or a vision but a strong sense of colour.
Afterwards I was saying how I loved the way Handle spun the melodies together in and upwards spiral. Blank faces made me realise that maybe not everybody sees or senses shapes or colours in music!
Yes, not only can you relive the joys of the tossing the coo poo game, and singing along with the Craig Mnure Big Band, you can join in the Craig Mnure International Blog. Craig tells me he’s going to take a while getting used to it and making it look yucky, but in the meantime, if you need advice on Manure, plumbing or the simple life, go to Craig’s Blog and drop him a line.
It is rumoured that he has plans for YouTube, just as soon as he can get an old video camera from eBay. (It takes a while for the post to get out to Bronchs Chair, so don’t hold your breath.)
Here’s a drawing lesson for a Giraffe and below is a lesson for how to draw Dark Claw. You can read all the stories for FREE in an exciting, click and flip the page edition on my site here. I am going to make Dark Claw a Creative Commons project for children to write about and draw. More info later.
My Godson, Ross Tomlinson, has just been on the telly. I spotted him in a trailer and watched Doctors on BBC1 to make sure it was really him. The photo is from his website and shows Ross as I remember him last, a dear, sweet boy.
But now I think about it, when I saw him last he had just acquired a passion for Stephen King novels. And he has grown quite a bit too. Maybe time for a new photo? I just looked through my photos, but he was way auditioning when I last took photos of the family.
All that horror has paid off as he was playing against type in Doctors today, as the school bully, and pretty nasty he got. The nice Doctor made his character see sense and he and the target, a weedy violinist, became friends. But you could see it in Ross’s eyes, he didn’t believe in the wimpy plot – Ross is ready for far more sinister roles.
Oh where is that sweet, young boy I remember?
Sting is agin it – and in my heart, so am I too. He says they are Karaoke performers, aping Celine Don, Whitney Houston and Take that. Actually he is right. It is a pantomime. it is a programme to boo and hiss at. It’s is not about music – it is about pop. Real talent wouldn’t be seen dead on it.
One problem with XFactor, is that we get to know the contestants too well. I just switched iTunes on and there is a promo photo of Leona Lewis, glammed up to the nines, pretending to be a Diva. Well, we know better, She is a charming young woman with a heck of a voice, which is not being wasted on the pap she is made to sing.
She always looks so uncomfortable, bumping and grinding away on her videos – it just isn’t her. She will probably come into her own when she is about thirty, her voice will be at it’s peak and she will be in a position to find herself proper artistic support. That is – unless she is just a very good karaoke singer.
Real, enduring popstars, are made on the road, driving from gig to gig, honing their performance and their style, building their following.
But of course, that’s not possible anymore – health and safety has banned live music – there’s nowhere left to play and learn the trade.
Yes I know I’m late for Halloween, but I was asked how to draw a witch. Presumably it will be on YouTube for ever, so think of me being early for next year!
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