A rainy Canberra day

Well, we’re back in our nation’s capital.  It’s been pretty hectic for the past few weeks and I haven’t had the time or the energy to post anything. But now that we’re a bit more settled, I can try to catch up.

Yesterday was a lovely grey rainy day – the first we’ve had in a fair while – and Mitchell was dying to go for a walk in the rain with his wellies, raincoat and umbrella. So after much goading, he talked daddy into venturing out.  Thankfully winter’s not here yet!

Playing in Penang

We’ve just returned from a couple of days in lovely Penang, where we had lots of fun playing in the tropics. We stayed at the Golden Sands hotel, which was perfect for our little family unit, being very accessible for Sheridan and with lots of kid-related stuff like an indoor adventure zone and a great wading pool. We really struggled to get Mitchell out of both of these.

The only real negatives were that the visit was so short – only a couple of days – and someone broke into all of our suitcases between Penang and Beirut. Fortunately we didn’t have any valuables in the cases so the only thing they took was an old mobile phone. Unfortunately they wrecked the locks on the suitcases in the process, so the end of the holidays were spent filling out insurance paperwork with Malaysian airlines.

Bummer!

A manga Mitchie prototype

This is my first attempt at drawing a manga Mitchell.

I bought a graphics tablet ages ago but have only recently started mucking around with it and photoshop. It’s quite a lot of fun, but a very technical process. It’s going to take a while before I really get it all down pat. And I’m still not sure that I’ve got the real manga feel yet – even though I’ve featured simplified facial features and unusually large eyes, he’s still too lifelike.

Oh, and Sheridan reckons his hair isn’t red enough. Wishful thinking I guess!