Things have been a little quiet here lately, and that's because I have been working hard on making the Teacup LOLcats web comic that ran in 2010 into a book!

It was a grey drizzly day when I visited the Wintergardens and hot-houses at the Auckland Domain.

I didn't get to take many pictures outside, inside however I found lots of colourful flowers and interesting exotic plants!

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Pencil, digital painting.

I made the sketch for this on a lunch break and then decided I would like to turn it into a painting. I would like to re-do the drawing from scratch at some point, but I am happy with aspects of the painting such as the fur and the shine on the kaiju's candy cane tentacles.

More to come in this series!

Candy Kaiju #1 by Squibble








One of my favourite films as a child was Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. I bought a DVD of the movie a little while back, and just got around to watching it on Sunday. Produced by the Jim Henson Company and released in 1982, the fantasy film utilised puppetry and a small amount of live-action. The concept art for the film was created by Brian Froud.

One of the special features on the DVD is the made for TV behind-the-scenes documentary called The World of the Dark Crystal. I could not find this documentary available anywhere online, so unfortunately it looks as if the only way to see it is by purchasing the DVD or blu-ray. Also available is Brian Froud's book The World of the Dark Crystal, which has now been re-published with new material.

If you have not seen The Dark Crystal I thoroughly recommend it, the amount or work and detail that went into creating every aspect of this film is amazing.These were the days before CGI was run-of-the-mill; the world of the Dark Crystal and every character that you see on-screen has been designed, sculpted, painted, and brought to life by a massive team of artists and craftspeople.

Cicada in the Autumn SunshineAutumn is here but this little guy was determined to make the most of the last of the summer sun this morning.

I finally have been able to start tidying up the blog. There is still a bit of work to do, so please excuse any images in the wrong place or layout issues while I finish the re-design!