Count Sockula Rides Again


Cast ye minds back to the Septembré of 2006. What were you doing? Working? Studying? Perhaps enjoying a selection of fine cheeses amongst good friends and great crackers?

Here’s what I was doing:

This is Count Sockula. A puppet I made out of an old sock, some paper, a torn up t-shirt and a couple of buttons. It was hastily put together after recieving some good feedback from this drawing I’d done not too long before:

Little did I realise that four years down the track, Count Sockula would be rubbing shoulders with the elite:

Count Sockula with Premier Brumby (and Randy)

Yep. That’s Count Sockula emblazoned on a t-shirt being worn by a purple puppet named Randy next to Premier John Brumby.

I was pretty stoked when this picture got sent my way (it appeared in this Age article promoting the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival). It’s probably the closest I’ll ever get to ruling the world. Well, at least the closest I’ve gotten so far.

It was a bit of a process getting Count Sockula ready for screen-printing on a t-shirt. I won’t bore you with the details here, suffice to say that this tutorial offered quite a bit of help on the matter.

Here’s what he looks like in his new form on a mock-up t-shirt:

Count Sockula Shirt

It’d be totally rad to have a run of these printed and for sale. I’d buy one. Would you?


"Real" Drawings & Mickey Mice


For the past couple of months I’ve been working with kids in after school care programs. One of the great things about it has been drawing with the kids. REAL drawing. Like, with pencils and paper and stuff. It’s been a while since I actually touched lead to parchment, and I was surprised to find that my drawing skills since I last tried it had vastly improved. Guess the computer screen just isn’t conducive to those kind of realisations.

Anyway, I’ve been drawing heaps of pictures for the kids, and trying to get them to draw as well. Unfortunately, I keep forgetting to bring any home with me, but tonight I decided to spend an hour or two at home doodling away the old fashioned way.

Here are some results:

VampireThis is probably the best vampire I’ve ever drawn. Pretty proud of his wacky bent features.

Smiley Girl

Kid and Hippie Dude

After reading this article about the history of Mickey Mouse, some sort of Disney bug bit me and I just started drawing page after page of the iconic rodent. He was surprisingly easy to draw and I found that even when I screwed it up, he was still pretty much instantly recognisable. A testament to how well designed this character is. (I also realised that Mickey’s iconic ears always appear as round circles on the top and the back of his head, no matter which angle he’s viewed from. A little trick to garner instant recognition, no doubt.)

Mickeys 01

Mickeys 02Mickeys 03

Mickey Running

I even tried drawing him with my eyes closed and he was still instantly identifiable:

Mickey Eyes Closed

It’s interesting to note that in the early days of Disney, Mickey was a much more mischievous and sometimes downright despicable character. “He was a guy who smoked and drank and shot guns, skewered people with swords, threw Minnie Mouse out of a plane when she wouldn’t kiss him, and abused farm animals,” explains Disneyphile Warren Spector in the previously linked article. Inspired by this, I drew a lecherous Mickey Mouse. A far cry from the sanitised, personality-less mascot he’s become today:

Lecherous Mickey

That’s about it for now. I’m really enjoying drawing again for the first time in a while, so hopefully some more sketchy goodness will be populating this blog in the days to come.