Aby-a-Day – 2 April: Birthday pub quiz sketches (Cartoon Tuesday)

A couple of weeks ago, we did the pub quiz again. It was our friend Roger’s birthday, so I did a birthday-themes sketch with Lorelai.

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I also did one with her beloved red dot as well.

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And, of course I wanted to practice Izaak, too. It wasn’t our best night, but we had a really good time.

Aby-a-Day – 25 Mars: That next step is a doozy! (Cartoon Tuesday)

My sister’s birthday is this weekend, and, as I always do, I sent her a card. And, as I usually do, I included a little cartoon of Jacoby.

My sister is five years younger than me, and thus is turning 49 this year. That next step really IS a doozy!

Aby-a-Day – 5 Mars: Game day sketches (Cartoon Tuesday)

Björn has been a roleplaying gamer since 1982, starting with Dungeons and Dragons. I also played D&D and Heroes in college. Björn has been working on a Call of Cthulu campaign he wants to run with some friends, and, whilst I have never been a fan of H.P. Lovecraft…it is set in Boston in 1920, so how could I resist?

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My character, Ivy Poole is a widowed photojournalist who lives on Peterborough Street near Fenway Park (she’s a big Red Sox fan; hey, they won the Series two years ago, how long can it take to win again?)

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During the game, I tried to sketch her so the other players would know what I look like. However, I got discouraged because A) she looked too much like me (at least how I looked 20 years ago when I was my character’s age) and B) I’m crap at drawing humans. So I resorted to sketching what I sketch best…cats. First I started with Lorelai, because she had come to see what we were doing with the dice.

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Then Izaak wanted to sit on everybody’s laps, so I switched to him. This one had funny eyes…

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…but this one…this one I really like. I think I may have to finish this one!

Aby-a-Day – 19 Februari: Valentine’s pub quiz sketches (Cartoon Tuesday)

Last year, Valentine’s Day fell on a Wednesday, so Björn and I celebrated by doing the pub quiz Our favourite pub, The Bishop’s Arms. This year, of course, Valentine’s Day was on a Thursday, but we decided we wanted to celebrate the same way, so we did Valentine’s Day a day early.

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And of course, I drew on the answer sheet again. First Jacoby with a big heart sign, because Valentines. But then I wanted to draw someone else. I started it out intending it to be Izaak, but once I got the face done…I realised it wasn’t Zak at all. It was Alfred! Which, considering he wears a heart on his collar tag, seemed quite fitting.

Aby-a-Day – 8 January: Pub quiz doodles (Cartoon Tuesday)

Our favourite pub, The Bishop’s Arms, holds a pub quiz on Wednesday evenings. When Björn works downtown, and I happen to be downtown too, we’ll go play. As a team, we do pretty well; we’ve won everything from 800kr, to hair salon vouchers, to glasses, a package of napkins, and Bishop’s Arms reflectors.

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They supply us with pencils and paper, and the golden rule is NO SMARTPHONES. So…paper, pencil, no phones and downtime..? Yeah, I started sketching on the quiz form.

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I also did a little drawing of Jacoby as the Bishop in the logo. Even with a ballpoint pen, drawing on paper napkins is HARD! I guess Picasso must have done his art on cloth ones.

Aby-a-Day – 18 December: Luciatåg (Cartoon Tuesday)

Last Thursday was St Lucia’s Day here in Sweden (Luciatåg), and it is another religious day turned into a secular celebration. December 13, under the old Julian calendar, was the date of the Winter Solstice, an important event in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries because the sun is only up for a few hours, and the nights are extremely long. After the Winter Solstice the sun returns and days get longer. The name Lucia actually derives from the Latin word for “light” (lux), so Swedes took Lucia’s saint’s day and turned it into a non-religious celebration of the lengthening of days and the return of light from the darkness of winter. Luciatåg becomes a part of the larger Jul celebration which officially starts on the first Sunday of December (although decorations start going up after Halloween) and continues through Christmas to Twelfth Night. By “tjugondag Knut” (20 days after Christmas), the decorations are taken down and the Christmas tree thrown out (if it’s a real tree), traditionally with a party but that custom has begun to disappear.

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Lucia is celebrated by girls dressed as St. Lucia (being chosen to portray Lucia is quite an honour) and Lucia’s handmaidens (“tärnor”) and boys dressed as star boys (“stjärngossar”), gnomes (“tomtar”) and gingerbread men (“pepparkaksgubbar”) who sing Natten går tunga fjät (“Night Walks with a Heavy Step”) and other songs celebrating light.

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So, naturally I had to draw Lorelai as Lucia and Izaak as a star boy…

Aby-a-Day – 11 December: Mini and Maxi (Cartoon Tuesday)

Recently a new cartoon has appeared on the internet: Pixie and Brutus, about a tiny kitten and a retired military war dog. Now, I know Pixie has stripes on his back…but other than that, he looks and, more importantly, ACTS just like a Singapura.

I know my sketch is a bit disproportionate…but I imagine this is what the Maine Coons felt when they first met a Singapura…inspired a bit by Pixie and Brutus.