Daily archives: December 13, 2007

Stop the buses

Stop the buses, originally uploaded by spinneyhead.

Piccadilly bus station, and the shops beside it, has been cordoned off. The nearest vehicle in this picture said Collision Reconstruction Unit on the side, so I’m guessing a bus crash.

Update An elderly woman was hit and killed by a 142 Magic Bus.

How to draw boobs

Pinup artist Max Riffner on how to do justice to natual breasts.

I say these things because in order to draw them and make them look nice, you need to understand what they are. Drawing them in some objectified manner is really unacceptable. It will make your drawing end up looking foolish and trite, not to mention making you look like a thirteen year old who has never even touched a breast in their life. In fact that brings up a good point: go touch some breasts.


via Fleshbot

Wacom Cintiq 12WX Interactive Pen Display

I love my little graphics tablet, which makes drawing on screen so much easier than using a mouse. But it’s still not a perfect replacement for the experience of dragging a line across paper, or- in my current comics project- tracing paper. Which is where the Wacom Cintiq comes in, if you’re rich enough. Full size Cintiqs go for over £2,000. You’d have to be a mad keen amateur or a professional to splash out on one of those. So, to get (slightly) poorer people hooked, Wacom have introduced the Cintiq 12WX Interactive Pen Display. Amazon has them fot £839. Needless to say, I’m adding one to my wish list.

An Embuggerance

An open letter from Terry Pratchett to all his fans-


I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s, which lay behind this year’s phantom “stroke”.

We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I
expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there’s time for at least a few more books yet :o)

Terry Pratchett

PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as ‘I am not dead’. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think – it’s too soon to tell.
I know it’s a very human thing to say “Is there anything I can do”, but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.

Terry Pratchett strikes me as the sort of person who’ll find creative ways to fight Alzheimers. I’m optimistic that we’ll see a few more books from him yet.