Monsters, dog poo and sketchbook nonsense

The summer holiday is over and the little one has survived her very first days of kindergarten. Back to everyday habits, including this weekly post of links and drawings.

Earlier this year, I decided to start drawing a little every day. This July was the first time I managed to keep it up for an entire month. The Streaks app is pretty good for both tracking and motivation. I try to jot down a daily journal entry as well, but skipped July 1st, so that ruins everything. Still, the new habits are starting to take!

Artsy posted an interesting article about Fortunio Liceti’s bizarre “On the Reasons, Nature and Differences of Monsters” from 1634. The Public Domain Review has picked some highlights, too. Found out the whole work is available on Google Books as well – good thing you don’t have to know Latin to enjoy the illustrations.

Enjoyed Toby Morris’ new comic about suburban superstition in The Bottles – a story about nostalgia and dog poo. (His “The Side Eye” column is consistently great.)

I guess it’s a niche interest, but this picture blog about Japanese air condition units is just fabulous.

Fraser Speirs wrote about his experiences with education software and “productivity clouds”:

I feel that Apple has not grasped this issue correctly. There are only two ‘productivity clouds’ in the game: GSuite and Office 365. In 2010, we chose our computers and ran the software that came on our computers. In 2019, I think that we choose our productivity cloud and get the computer that best works with that cloud. Apple simply has not and is not competing in this space and is therefore at the mercy of forces it does not control.

He briefly references Benedict Evans’ article about the evolution of technology, “The Best is Last”. Came for the interesting ideas, stayed to gawk at a bunch of oddball ships and airplanes.


Started drawing more characters for my “Clamberville” city scene and wrote a little post about it.

Also finished a couple of sketchbook spreads: a pair of nonsense practice comics and some collages.

Nonsense comic panel practice. (You can sing that to the TMNT theme song.)
Collage time: A giant glutton for mutton and the worst sci-fi novel title ever.