Category Archives: Drawing

Just general stuff that comes out of my keyboard

Pi Day 14th March (3.14) – Best video for non-mathematicians

Archimedes – What a guy!

I never understood Pi. I couldn’t make it work without knowing why Pi was 3.14 etc. No one ever wanted to tell me. Like so much of Math, You have to take numbers at face value and just accept – or believe that they are real and have a reason to be special.

When I began researching Archimedes for my little book about him, I finally understood where that number came from – how the radius relates to the circumference and therefor the area of a circle. Why had no one ever told me this? So much in math classes would have made sense.

Some of us are visual thinkers. We think in pictures and understand concepts visually. Mathematicians live in cities of glass and steel where all is pattern and puzzle. Pi does not belong to mathematics alone. Pi pervades art and philosophy too and so needs to be understood and appreciated in different ways.

Show the video above to non-mathematicians and watch them go – “Oh! right! That’s amazing… now it makes sense.”

S.T.E.M. is meaningless without art and culture.

Shoo Rayner – friend of Euclid and Archimedes

To celebrate Pi Day, buy a copy of my book, Archimedes, the Man who invented the Death Ray.

How to draw a Lurcher #dogsofinfluence No 2 – Dark Lightning

In this live video, I create a dog character live from a photo and information sent to me here.

Saffy is a Lurcher and she is fast – so fast she is known as Dark Lightning. Watch how I create a character from a real dog.

I talk through my creative process, explaining that the character is for my next book.

Every day throughout March, up until publication day, I will be drawing a different dog and creating a character on my YouTube channel.

Not any old dog, but Dogs of Influence.
It could be your dog or a dog!

The story, in next book in the series, has a dog show with a collection of “Dogs of Influence” – who have enormous social media followings. These are the dogs characters I will create, and your dog could inspire one of them.

Go to https://bit.ly/dogsofinfluence to find out all about it and enter your dog, or one you love or have loved.

My new book, Walker and the missing millions will be coming out on the 25th March.

You can pre-order on amazon from the link or go to Firefly Press directly, and get a signed copy and free badge too before the 4th March.

Every day throughout March, up until publication day, I will be drawing a different dog and creating a character on my YouTube channel. Not any old dog, but Dogs of Influence. It could be your dog or a dog you know!