Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Everything is fine. There is no cause for alarm. Please move along steadily. Mind the gap. Enjoy your journey. Move away from the closing doors. Remember to smile. Chin-up. Keep on keeping on.

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Going Toast cartoon archive

My blogs and sites have turned into a bit of a mess over the years. The most simple thing would have been to keep everything in one place which is what I had done for a long time, but I thought since I make such different kinds of work (fine art, design, illustration, cartoons, blah) I decided to create different blogs for different content. Now I realise that was a ridiculous idea simply because it’s so difficult to upkeep!

When I was younger I used to draw cartoons all the time, but when I started taking art seriously I moved away from that. I did things here and there for fun, but nothing that regular. Then I got tired of working mundane jobs in order to pay the rent and fund my art making, so I started working in design after I had finished my funded MA. Through working in design people realised I could draw so I often produced illustrations. In 2010 I moved to Finland, got a job and then in 2011 my daughter happened into this world. This was a great time, but it was also a tiring time and I think I spent two years like a zombie. During this period I began making the cartoons. I think it was my way of dealing with what was happening in my life at the time, trying not to take things too seriously and trying somehow to stay sane! So I began again picking up from an old hobby just for the fun of it.

These were the beginnings of the more complex drawings I now create. So rather than migrate across all those drawings and make even more of a mess of this blog I’ll just direct you to the archive which is here:

goingtoast.wordpress.com

Below are some drawings from that archive I’m quite fond of.

Passing the Great Exhibtion

The Great Exhibition

Can you spot the art references? There’s probably some in there that even I don’t know! I think the character on the cloud could be coming off the cloud soon. The fuzzy Hikaru character seems to be a kids art guide this time around. I’m happy that my sculpture designs finally made it into an art show. I think this is just the right place for them!

Gallery

Going Toast in February (close-ups)

Going Toast in February - close up 4

Going Toast in February - close up 5

Going Toast in February - close up 6

Going Toast in February - close up 1

This one was planned for Inktober last year, but I decided not to rush it. I still went through the list of words for each day. From these close-ups you might see the words.

The Inktober 2016 words were:
Fast, noisy, collect, hungry, sad, hidden, lost, rock, broken, jump, transport, worried, scared, tree, relax, wet, battle, escape, flight, squeeze, big, little, slow, one dozen, tired, box, creepy, burn, surprise, wreck, friend.

For more about Inktober initiated by the awesome Jake Parker check out: mrjakeparker.com/inktober