Monday, 1 March 2010

No time - bye bye for now

It seems that I don't have much time to update my blog these days. It doesn't really have a direction and I'm working on a few other things as well as looking after a 1 year old so I'm giving it a rest for awhile.
Hopefully in the near future I'll pick it up again, but for now, those few readers, I will bid you adieu.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Another sketch, another character

This girl is based on Karen O from the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's. She is just an idea for another character for the GN.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Thank You - lino print

I managed to get some time to carve another lino tile the other week.

I wanted to send Thank You cards to everyone who sent Amelie a birthday present.

I think the 'Thank You' card/note needs to be sent more often. Post in general needs a resurgence.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Back to the drawing board

I am working on that Graphic Novel again, the process is slow as my free time is in short supply (with a one year old) but both Christine and I are pleased with the direction characters are taking and the story.

This is a profile of the main character, Sam, although this may even change in time.

I am happy with the style of illustration which is a bit of a departure from my usual style.

Monday, 18 January 2010

The Cloud Appreciation Society

Spotted looking north from Glyn's house in Ohakune, North Island, New Zealand, to Mount Ruapehu. The locals call this one, "The Angel's Wing" © Glyn Hubbard.

I just joined the Cloud Appreciation Society, I do enjoy looking at clouds, Melbourne in particular is great for different cloud formations as they are changing constantly due to the strong winds.

This photo is one of my favourites.
I am looking forward to receiving my certificate and badge!

The cake

This is Amelie's 1st Birthday cake.
I used a little too much red dye which resulted in our fingers turning red and what looked like a murder scene on our dining table.
It was tasty though.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Going back to school

Well sort of, I've just enrolled in a short course at the local University in Desktop Publishing. Hopefully this will help me get back into the work force with more of a creative slant to my CV other than just Administration.
So for 3 months I'm going to be studying and using my brain again! I'm very excited.

Gone swimming

This morning I went swimming at my new local pool.

Since moving house I haven't been swimming, and after a good 20 minute swim I realised how much I missed it.

Tomorrow we are going to take Amelie for a little splash around in their children's pool - I can't wait, I hope she grows to like the water as much as I do.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010


The sky is grey and the weather is a cool 20 degrees.
We all slept through the night and have more of a spring in our step.
Lets hope the plants spring back and our tomatoes don't shrivel up.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Too tired

Too tired to do anything

No sleep last night

39 degrees at 9:30pm

Amelie didn't sleep

Come on cool change!

Friday, 8 January 2010

Another hot spell

Today is going to be another hot day of 34, the weekend is pretty much the same then Monday is going to be 41 degrees!!!!! It seems that the majority of my posts recently have been about the heat or various images of me with a hat, scarf or some other item of coverage to protect my skin from the sun. At least we have an air conditioner in our house and if need be I can put it on for a little while to cool the house down (not for too long though as it costs too much).

Sunday we are having an early 1st birthday party for Amelie (her birthday is on 14th), some friends are coming around and I am going to make a ladybird cake. I'll post a photo of the cake when it is finished, fingers crossed it looks decent. Not that Amelie will care but she can look back at the photos when she is older.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

No touching!

I walk to the shops often; it gets us out of the house and gives me a little exercise, however at least once a week I walk past the same old man who insists on kissing his hand and then placing it on Amelie's head or leg. He doesn't speak English so doesn't utter a word to me but no matter how fast I plow the pram past him to avoid the contact he manages to keep his balance and touch Amelie (I don't know where his hands have been).
I need to find another route to the shops.
Note: I changed the image of the man to a woman, for some reason the man looked creepyer?

Saturday, 2 January 2010


2009 was the year of Amelie Mei-Lin Murphy, yes this year Amelie was born and has been the centre of our life. What a little rascal she is turning into; a head-strong little girl with a mind of her own - I wonder what sort of person she will grow up to be?

In between looking after Amelie I have tried to do more of my drawings, printing and sewing. The launch of Tango 9 with 2 of my comics included was my highlight. I am still working on a graphic novel with my friend but I also want to begin work on my own comic about my past year as a new mother, I have never seen anything published on this topic and well, I'm going to give it a go...

2010: there is a lot to look forward to...and a holiday in London as well! I can't wait to see everyone.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Friday, 11 December 2009

A night on the town

What I wore last night, although the skirt was a little longer.

Last night was the Tango 9 and collected volumes launch. We hired a babysitter which made us very anxious but the lady was lovely and Amelie was asleep for most of the time so it wasn't so bad.

The 3 rooms of Dante's Upstairs were full of Melbourne's comic 'people' an unexpected mix of all ages, sexes (although a little male heavy) and looks. Bernard gave a very vivacious, compelling entertaining speech and then we left as it was just so hot and we were hungry.

So into the night we ventured with our 2 copies of the 346 pages of Tango 9 and had dinner at one of our favourite restaurants Wabi Sabi with Christine and John. It was a lovely night and we appreciated it all the more as we don't get to go out that often.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Out of action but out tonight

The dreaded flu caught up with me last week and I have been out of action for awhile. Luckily it has almost disappeared as tonight is the launch of Tango 9 in which I have 2 stories, one written by Ed and one by my friend Christine.

I am very excited to see them in print and to maybe meet other people who have contributed to the graphic novel (I'm not good at networking or meeting new people and as I can't drink because I am driving it will be doubly hard). Tonight is also the launch of the collected previous 8 issues of Tango by Allen and Unwin so it will be a big night.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

11 stripey t-shirts

I bought another stripey t-shirt on the weekend, it was perfect: a lovely shade of blue and white with sleeves that come down to the elbow (I love this length sleeve, less chance of being sun burnt), they had another but in red and white ... might have to go back and get it at some point.

I got it from a lovely shop on my high street called Hummingbird 60, their clothes are so lovely and just the length, style, size I like; in shoes, skirts, dresses and well, everything.

I got home and decided to count how many stripey t-shirts I own....11!! I think this constitutes a collection!

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