23 Nov 2016

Fake menko


This is a fake menko (面子、めんこ) that I made. What are menko? Menko are kinda like Pogs or Tazos but they come from Japan. They are super cool and I've found them kind of hard to come across. Below are some real menko.


I've been told that you used to buy them in one big sheet of cardboard and cut them up yourself. The ones I have don't seem hand cut, but maybe these are newer or older than they ones I was told about. They work the same as Tazos or Pogs. You pile them up and use a card to try and knock them over. And just like Tazos or Pogs, the game doesn't work very well.

I made the space dude in Illustrator and used photoshop to put it on a real menko. I had to remove the super cool Japanese design first, and then used some filters and overlays to try and make it authentic.


20 Nov 2016

Christmas is coming

I made these for a church event. I think it's a Christmas event.






18 Nov 2016

10 ways living in Japan makes you talk like a wierdo.

A bit over a year ago I posted a blog "10 ways living in Japan makes you talk like a weirdo." I posted it on Facebook on a Monday morning and I remember being so annoyed as it disappeared from the news feed so quickly. I kept deleting it and reposting it so at least a couple of people would see it, but eventually I gave up and went off to work frustrated.  This is the blog:


10 ways living in Japan makes you talk like a weirdo


1. You can’t stop using useful Japanese words.
 2. Everything is natsukashii.
 3. You forget what words aren’t English.
 4. You simply forget English words.
 5. You use Japanese particles in your sentences.
 6. You use Japanese English.
 7. You talk to yourself in Japanese.
 8. Your answers become more vague.
 9. You make lame bilingual puns.
 10. And lastly, you can’t help yourself.

By the time I got home the post had exploded as far as I'm concerned. It didn't go viral or get a million views or anything, but it did get more attention than I'm used to. People who got it, loved it. 

The blog had almost 200,000 views and was shared on Facebook over 10,000 times in just a few days.

I didn't put my name on it and so most people didn't know that I made it. I could see what people really thought. It was fun.

A few days later the blog traffic slowed right down and that was that. But I only just noticed something looking at the stats:


Can you see it? I posted the blog in July and a year later I got a spike in views. What's so special about July?

July is the month when the JET Programme starts and almost 2000 people fly into Tokyo to start working as English teachers. Which also means 2000 people are flying back home. That's probably got a lot to do with it. 

It seems I posted the blog at the perfect time, which is cool. I didn't plan it, but I wonder if I should be paying more attention.

15 Nov 2016

Patterns Patterns Patterns


I've been playing around with some pattern designs. These are some of the kiddy designs. I've put a few of these patterns up on Spoonflower if you are interested in the fabrics.







14 Nov 2016

Library Walls


I've been working on a website that gives you free printable library posters. Click on any of the pictures below to go to the website. There are also a few other things on the site such as free printable bookmarks.








Library Walls


I've been working on a website that gives you free printable library posters. Click on any of the pictures below to go to the website. There are also a few other things on the site such as free printable bookmarks.








31 Oct 2016

Domestic Cowboy Website and Instagram

I've now got a Domestic Cowboy Instagram account. Check it out! --> @domesticcowboy



I've also put up domesticcowboy.com. At the moment it's kinda a landing page for anyone trying to find me. I've only got a few of my favourite images I've made up at the moment. You may not have seen them. I'm trying to keep it clean and simple at the moment. Check it out!




15 Feb 2015

Experimenting with method


I guess the bunny has a mouth now. And a tooth?

I thought I would do a method/style test before I did any kind of longer comic. Above is an attempt at one panel with clean black and white line work. It's kind of stark but it almost works. Maybe the line work is a bit thick and the shading is a bit strange. I was very keen to shade something as I wanted to try out these manga shading sheets that I found in an art store in Japan about a year ago. They are super fun and easy to use.



And this is before I applied a threshold filter.