Circle Chums

Choodle time again. I want to make stickers see, and after some train-brain-storming, these little fellers arrived. Love Mr Raccoon. Looks like he could get up to some crazy shit.

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Drumroll… NEW WEBSITE!

After two weekends of designing, coding, bashing my head against my keyboard and pestering anyone I know with more technical smarts than myself… we have the all new www.catillest.com. Yay.

When I gain some more smarts I’m sure I’ll want another revamp, but it’s nice to have a full on portfolio there and my blog over here. So whatcha waiting fo’!? LOOKIE

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Spinal Wrap

Decided to put to use my sketches from a workshop I attended a good while back (see photos here) and make a pattern. Potential wrapping paper I’d say, though I don’t know how festive the theme would be… Badger spine bones? Meh, I think its worth a post if only for my clever title.

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Zine #01! A is for…

AFTERLIFE! yeah so the first run of zines are on sale now in my shop. The idea is this will be a series of alphabetically ordered fanzines, each theme dictated by the letter. I’m pretty proud of these – 16 pages of black and white dodgily photocopied goodness, with my drawings and photographs, as well as an excerpt from a favourite writer of mine and my comicly styled explanation of four cultures’ very different views on the afterlife.

Intrigued? Buy! Limited edition of 10!

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A Tortoise Adorned

AKA ‘Torty’. He comes in two flavours:

Dolly Mixture

Aztec Cocoa

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New Choodle: My Faraway Land

I has completed choodle. Seriously nothing more relaxing on a crowded commuter train than drawing abstract lines and circles that make up some weird environment.

Only one more colourway this time, promise. I know I’m obsessed with doing this:

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Exquisite Corpse

I just found out there was a name for that time burner game I used to love playing (and still do… need to find the time to burn though…). The Surrealists started it all off, according to the wiki. The way we played it was never with words, just one person would start by drawing a head of some kind, cover it up and hand over for the next scribbler to draw the torso etc (rookie cheat was to leave enough of a marker to ensure the next person in line would know where to start to make it flow). Much fun had. I just wanted to show these awesome examples from the grandaddies of it all:

Courtesy of this fine site.

Kind of makes me want to start the ball(point) rolling again. For a start, I can take part in PLATS‘s event ‘A Distinguished Head’ at Somerset House on 26th & 27th March. Part of Pick Me Up, a graphic art and design fair, which starts this weekend and I am freakin gagging for.

Also I was thinking about doing some kind of online version of the game: exactly the same as the hard format version but involves swapping digital files over teh interweb. Funs yeah? So, watch this exquisite space…

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Creepy Advertising

This is just something that made me giggle. In search of inspiration from old adverts, I hit upon this collection of gems, courtesy of Weirdomatic.com. These are just some of the ones that creeped me out most, but there are plenty more. Advertising is something I’m fascinated by, and a little scared by… The power of it, how it taps into our subconscious and how it reflects how culture and society changes over time. I mean, there are plenty of contemporary adverts that creep me out too (Glade Touch ‘n’ Fresh. Need I list the reasons!?) Atleast these have some antiquated charm.

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Chrystal Chlear (Pattern #03)

Still powering through these badboys.

Ice Queen

Harlequin

BonBonBonBon

June

Firecracker

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Five things that make me happy

1. Penpal

I have mail! The real handwritten, pen ‘pon paper kind. From my brand new penpal all away from Californiway. Big thanks to Margaret of Paper Pastries, a beautiful blog. Think it’s time to invest in some pretty writing material – yay! How I love paper shopping. Got my eye on these bad boys from Kate’s Paperie (US) and Papernation (UK):

2. Star Slinger

Can’t get enough of Star Slinger, and this visual accomplice to their new tune pushed that fuzzy feeling even further.

3. Accessorize

Went for a shopping spree on Friday and allowed myself a wander around Accessorize. Something I need to do with caution. This place makes my head spin with it’s ridiculously well designed jewellery, bags, well… accessories obv. In my wildest dreams I’d be a jewellery designer for them, for now I’ll just gawk like a seagull looking at a chip on Brighton pier.

4. The Lovely Bones (2010)

Just finished watching The Lovely Bones and while the film isn’t perfect (I really couldn’t stand Saoirse Ronan’s whispery voice… that’s all) they have done an incredible job at visually creating a world for the deceased. It’s a genuine serotonin increasing section of the film, watch it on mute and put on some Star Slinger.

5. Take 5

And finally, what would my happiness be without some chocolate covered peanut butter crunchy goodness? A cheeky visit to Covent Garden’s Cybercandy gave resulted in a Hershey’s Take 5 bar munch. Good things indeed do come in fives.

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