Wednesday, 16 November 2011

I get bored.

Here is a little sketch I made at work the other day... Most times, when I am bored, little characters just appear in front of me. It's fun to get to meet them, little by little, as they decide to revel themselves.

The best thing for me though, is the reaction of other people to them, since they seem to instinctively know the characters in my drawings better than me. Three or four of my work colleagues decided to give her a back story: apparently she lives by the sea, and the coastal breeze is the reason why her hair is so unruly. In this image she is standing at the edge of a cliff, looking towards the sea, waiting for her love to come back in his ship. Some say he is a pirate, others say he is a sailor, but no one was able to tell me why she seems to be holding freakishly oversized flowers.

I love hearing people's ideas about my characters, so if you think you know who she is, please let me know.

Aqui esta um sketch que fiz no trabalho. Muitas vezes, quando estou aborrecida, pequenas personagens aparecem a minha frente. E engracado conhece-las, pouco a pouco, pela primeira vez, quando elas decidem revelar-se.

Para mim o melhor e a reacao das outras pessoas aos meus desenhos, ja que parecem conhecer as personagens instintivamente melhor do que eu. Tres ou quatro dos meus colegas de trabalho decidiram dar-lhe uma historia: aparentemente ela vive perto do mar e e a brisa costeira que faz com que o seu cabelo seja tao frisado. Nesta imagem ela estaria no precipicio de uma falesia, olhando para o mar a espera da volta do seu namorado num navio. Uns disseram que era pirata, outros que era um marinheiro, mas ninguem conseguiu explicar-me por que e que ela esta a segurar numas flores tao ridiculamente grandes.

Adoro ouvir ideias diferentes sobre as minhas personagens, por isso se alguem a reconhecer, ou souber quem ela e, por favor digam-me.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Speed Petting!

Yes, I know it sounds really rude, but it really, really isn't! Last week I went to the Creature Company pet shop, in Wimbledon, to experience "speed petting". It was the same shop where I bought my two ratties, Cusca and Castanha, so I knew what I was getting myself in for! The idea is that you go in on a determined day and "try out" and play with different pets... and I mean DIFFERENT pets :D Every few minutes, Sebastian- the owner- brought a few different animals for us to see, from the smallest to the biggest. Here are some examples:


Winter whites (they change colour if they get really cold!)

- the one we met was NOT in a good mood (and so was respectfully left in the box), never seen such a scary little thing!
Guinea Pig
- so cool!
Mice- small and quick, as you'd expect, but seriously endearing, which you wouldn't.
Rats!- Possibly my favourite animal of all time!
Chinchilla- which I'd never interacted with before, and quickly fell in love with. Probably my next pet.
weird little things... it bit my husband, but melted in the arms of my friend, who just wanted to take it home.
Rabbit- hairy, hairy things
- they jump, they run, they play, they kill things! and they smell. quite a lot.

Myself, Sebastian and the crazy ass ferret.

and finally....
A HEDGEHOG! who knew they could be such cute pets! and soft! well... sometimes.


Bearded dragon, a baby one, which will happily look at you and pose for the camera.


Corn snake
, yellow. I had never handled a snake before... I know it's kinda small and that makes me look like a wimp, but it was a big thing for me.

Justin, from The Suburban Poacher, feeling quite relaxed.

I probably forgot some of them, but the point is that it was brilliant fun and it made me consider having pets that I wouldn't have before... (what would be cooler than opening the door to the postman while using a live snake for a hat?) My favourite was probably the Chinchilla (the rats don't count, I'm too biast towards them..)

Which one has your vote?