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Marwell's Zany Zebras: Day 31


I've just spent seven hours inking this side of the zebra, and I confidently thought at the beginning that that would be enough, yet at 8pm I still had a few sections to do, a pile of discarded pens and a very sore finger where the pen rests against it. Despite all that, I'm dead chuffed with how it's coming together, but I guess I'll be back in for another session tomorrow...and Thursday...and possibly Friday...

And especially for Emily, here's what's going on directly beneath the Trojan Zebra's tail:

Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 17/05/2016

Marwell's Zany Zebras: Day 30


Just a brief visit today where I inked the tail and most of the mane. Lots of people came in to ask about the recovery of the stolen promotional zebra, Gilbert. I'm genuinely astounded at the amount of people that are looking forward to the trail. 

Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 16/05/2016

Marwell's Zany Zebras: Day 29


Huzzah! The painting bit is done! Well, other than tiny bits I might spot as I go round inking, but certainly the vast bulk of it. Just lots of inking to do now, but hopefully that won't be too bad as all the fiddly areas have been done. Two other artists completed their Zany Zebras today, and at least one other will finish tomorrow, so may well be just me come Tuesday. Huge thanks to Ruth Leu who saved me hours today by block filling lots of blue. The bits that are left only I can do, so better crack on...



Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 15/05/2016

Marwell's Zany Zebras: Day 28


Getting there! The white spaces on the stripes are all that still needs painting, so fingers crossed that will be done today, but I'll still need to do the inking on a lot of lions after that. The end definitely is in sight. I also had two helpers yesterday (Hello, Mum and Ruth) and I could have had a third (hello, Glen) but it's not the easiest way to work with that many people and it's hard for them to follow my intent with some of the pencilled areas. That said, with their help we covered a lot of the blue blocking in, so I'm very grateful for the assistance. Going to leave shortly for a l-o-n-g Sunday...

Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 15/05/2016

Marwell's Zany Zebras: Day 27


As you can see from the background of the picture, the artists are slowly completing their zebras and their being packaged up for storage while the trail is planned. It was a busy day in the Marlands yesterday, with a handful of us still working, the Marwell team busily wrapping, a constant stream asking about whether the stolen Gilbert has been returned or not, and some schools dropping their smaller zebras off.

I managed to pencil out and paint the bulk of the lions on the final side, but there's still plenty to do today and tomorrow!

Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 14/05/2016

Marwell's Zany Zebras: Day 26


Huge thanks to Paddy who came in this evening and filled Trojan's ridged mane and tail. He did all the hard work and I chased around him with the vacuum cleaner, dustpan and brush, and broom. I've now got a much better surface to draw on, so the mane will look part of the design and not some weird out-of-place blob perched on top of the neck. Ta, Paddy!

Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 09/05/2016

Marwell's Zany Zebras: Day 25


After a long day of inking outlines, my Trojan Zebra came off the stools this afternoon as the legs and underside areas are complete. Also managed to pencil some of the white areas on the last side too, so feeling like I've accomplished something. Mum also popped in for a few hours of second-coating too, which I'm hugely grateful for. The next step is to fill and smooth out the highly ridged man and tail. For that I'll be needing an expert...

Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 08/05/2016

Marwell's Zany Zebras: Day 24


The only way my daughter seems to be able to see me at the moment is to come and help paint, so she came in this afternoon to help with some second-coating while I tried to finally finish the legs. The legs are by far the hardest part, requiring you to constantly change position and angle to follow the three-dimensional surface, and even though I'm fortunate enough to have borrowed some stools to lift it up a bit, it's still awkward, and swiftly tires your arm, twists your back and deadens your legs. So even after just over three hours I still hadn't finished the last hind leg, so will just have to come at it fresh tomorrow. Then I should at least be on the home straight!

Posted in Cartoons by Simon on 07/05/2016

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