Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Cartoonist and Writer

It has been said of me on a number of occasions that I take too much on; that I have far too many projects on the go at any one time.

That's fair comment I would say, but the problem is this: If you are a writer, you create stories, tales, novels ect, that's what you do, and when you are a cartoonist, the same applies; you have to get your images onto the page and out there into the big bad ol' world; to be placed as greeting cards (coming soon, god help my sleepless nights), or graphic novels (Brabbles & Boggitt) and of course Roswell---god help even more sleepless nights.

But when you are both writer and artist...well I think you can see what I mean.

Anyway, I was thinking about what I did yesterday and the mountain I had to climb, and I thought: why not catalogue it with the relevant times; and through the use of both scanner, finished art and screen capture, show you what I did on that particular day, Monday 9th September 2013.

Here we go, fasten your pencil sharpeners and typewriter ribbons...


Pencil & inked  two panel re-do's for Fridays Brabbles & Boggitt (all of which you will see when you come back here on Friday for page 40 with its brand spanking new panels, plus the ones they replaced)


Much deserved cup of tea


Colouring a comic book page


Lunch, cup of tea and a spot of light reading


Edit my Novel, Sleepy Hamlet (Oh please God, soon to be released)


More comic page colouring




Modest Dinner with a few friends 


Two more pictures for mine and Clive Wards book 101 Uses for a Dead Mother-in-Law. These are just the black and whites, they will be grey-scaled before going to print and to be released through CreateSpace in time for Christmas, as will the Brabbles & Boggitt tale.


Stop for the night and sleep...phew!

So now you know what I get up to on a daily basis, and whenever you think to your self: 'I wonder what that cartoonist chappie is up to' as I'm sure you all regularly do, well now to have and answer....


But then you wouldn't have me any other way...would you?

If you like my blog and the things that I say and do, please tell your friends; mention me on Facebook, Twitter and any of the other fine social media networking sites you use. I would love to have my work reach a much larger audience and although I could no doubt eventually get there under my own steam, I'll get there a lot quicker with your help, so please, please spread the word.


  1. Yep, That's lot of work. But I'm glad I'm not the only one trying to draw comics and write novels at the same time.
    Continued success with all your projects.

    1. Hi Ski,

      It is tough but we must continue. I, like yourself, have so many ideas but such little time to execute them

    2. Hi Ski,

      It is tough but we must continue. I, like yourself, have so many ideas but such little time to execute them

  2. Just found your blog, I love artist's day in the life. I especially like your style in your comics and the exaggerated photos you used. Are some of your work in newspaper comics? they have that feel to them.

    1. Hi Jardley, I'm glad you like what I do, I certainly enjoy producing my work and blogging for you all out there.

      You are right, I have worked in both newspaper and comic books over the years and you may very well have seen my cartoons on other sites and in a mountain of magazines, but I hope you keep on coming back here to see me produce what I really love producing: my ideas and my cartoons

  3. Hi Karl! Considering I have enough trouble getting up in a morning and reading blogs, I can appreciate what a Herculean task you have to do every day. I'm just glad somebody out there is willing to do it or we'd never have stories like Brabbles and Boggitt and Sleepy Hamlet! Now stop reading this and GET ON WITH IT!!!! Kind regards, Brian.

    1. Hi Brian, I look forward to your replies and as always this one didn't disappoint. It is a task sometimes but when I have readers like your good self, willing me on, how could I not produce all that I do.
      I would stop and talk more but your orders have been issued and I shall be Brabbles & Boggitting and Sleepy Hamleting all weekend


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