Aby-a-Day – 10 April: A sketchy packing job (Cartoon Tuesday)

While I was at the Winners Show, I found this sketch I had done on my (then new) iPad Pro with the coordinated Apple Pencil. I am not sure where I was going with this, but it had something to do with packing to move to Sweden. I wish I had put in the conversation Angel and Jacoby are having.

Aby-a-Day – 19 April: Sketches on a train (Cartoon Tuesday)

I drew this on the train back from Washington DC last Wednesday after my residency permit interview at the Swedish Embassy. I used Adobe Sketch…it’s actually rather a frustrating program! I used my iPad Pro and Pencil…which should have been like drawing on paper. Not so much.

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It does have different media, though. I started out with a pencil…then I inked it in.

I also drew this whole thing, from scratch, TWICE because somehow I managed to delete the first one. Seems there are sketches and projects in Sketch, and once you delete a project – a whole set of sketches – there is no way to get it back! Arrrrrgh…

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However, it was definitely easier than drawing on a Wacom tablet and having to look at a screen away from where you’re drawing to see what you’re doing. I just need more practice. Anyway…here’s a little doodle of what poor Jacoby must be thinking since I couldn’t bring him to our wedding in Manchester yesterday. Don’t worry, Jakey! You’ll be Best Cat at our Swedish wedding!

Aby-a-Day – 15 March: Playing with Pencil (Cartoon Tuesday)

So I broke down and bought myself an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to go with it. I haven’t had much time to play with it yet, but I did do this quick sketch of Jacoby.

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It’s so much better than trying to draw on my Wacom tablet, but I still need some practice…

Aby-a-Day – 1 March: Zen Brush (Cartoon Tuesday)

At the Apple Store this past Sunday, I played around with Zen Brush with an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro.

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It’s pretty nifty…but you can only draw in black or red.

Aby-a-Day – 5 January: He shoots, he scores! (Cartoon Tuesday)

The 2016 World Youth Hockey Tournament just ended tonight. We spent a good part of New Year’s Eve watching Sweden beat Canada, but last night there was a pretty rousing game last night between Sweden and Finland.

So, today’s cartoon was drawn on my iPad while on the train from Skövde to Stockholm today, because our friend Sanna-Leena posted about her litter of half-Swedish kittens cheering for Team Finland last night…including an Instagram video!

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This is what Jacoby has to say about the game.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – December 29: Snö! (Cartoon Tuesday)

It finally snowed here in Skövde yesterday! Not quite a white Christmas, but close.

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I’ve been drawing on my iPad again, using both Paper by 53 and Photoshop Sketch. This picture of Jacoby is actually based on the view of the first snow from Björn’s living room window. I’m pretty proud of it, since I haven’t been drawing that much lately.

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Of course, I also drew this picture of Lutfisk after a traditional Christmas day dinner at Björn’s parents’ house…so don’t expect a brilliant comeback of my cartoons anytime soon…

Aby-a-Day – December 27: Reverse FaceTime Date (Selfie Sunday)

While I’ve been in Sweden, Jacoby has been moping.

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He’s been hanging out in the bedroom. He’s started building a mancave in the comforter on the bed.

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He goes into a fold and then scoops out a tunnel by rolling in place. And then he just sleeps there. All. Day. Long.

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So, I decided to FaceTime with him.

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At first, he didn’t react much. I’d woken him up and he was a bit groggy.

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Jake just wanted to sleep until I come back, I guess.

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But hearing my voice seemed to perk him up.

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He reached his paw out to touch the phone.

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And then, he rolled over!

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He actually left his quilt fort and sat up.

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He gave me his opinion on my being away…

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…but then he really perked up.

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Jake does understand the concept of FaceTime.

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He knows it’s me, and my voice.

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It might be better if he’d been “talking” to me over an iPad or a Mac, something with a larger screen than just an iPhone 6…but it worked pretty well. He seemed to be much happier after our call.