This Norwegian guy (OneMillionGiraffes) is doing something completely pointless but it's really fun and creative so I decided to help out in a tiny way. I do have lots of other work to be doing but I don't follow reason well and just wanted to try it out... and by the way, I love bull clips!
Why don't you have some fun and join in the Giraffe challenge?
Originally posted 19 August 2009: http://eifionpaul.blogspot.co.nz/2009/08/giraffes-pointless-but-fun.html
Originally posted 19 March 2009: http://eifionpaul.blogspot.co.nz/2009/03/how-not-to-design-or-write.html
I found the first t-shirt I painted, it was years ago at camporee. I decided to play about with it and come up with a fun Welsh flag. Not sure why I've given him a cheesy smile but he's pointing up or having an idea, so maybe it's his eureka moment. I know I know, get some serious work done!
Originally posted 12 March 2009: http://eifionpaul.blogspot.co.nz/2009/03/smiley.html
I was fortunate to be asked to share a talk with Newport Church on Saturday (nervous first time and I'm not sure why me, but I took up the challenge :). I've never aspired to be a preacher, but for some reason I was happy for a chance to study over the last few weeks and be able to share a positive message. Instead of just sitting in the background it was exciting to be up front and finally put aside ideas of not being good enough, a fear that has always held me back.About the talk, well I babbled on for too long, with too many ideas in my head, but hopefully some people got a thread of the message (at least I think they got past me wearing a big painted t-shirt and comfy white trainers in church, a mini victory :).
By providing some link surfing I'm going to try to give a clearer picture of the ideas I tried getting across through this post. I'm not an expert on anything, just a guy trying to offer something useful, so please don't think that everything I say is truth, I'm just trying to point to a greater truth.
Originally posted on 23 February 2009: http://eifionpaul.blogspot.co.nz/2009/02/big-picture.html
I've been thinking a lot about 'peace' this week thanks to a Martin Luther King Jr.speech found on the thorough Nobel Prize website. Suddenly I remembered good old Calvin & Hobbes, and this strip basically sums it up. (C&H official site is here, but this fan site is a better introduction).
Peace doesn't simply mean 'no violence',
stop being boring... be creative!
(Ps. I was at one of the meetings where Rob Bell gave this talk that the blogger sums up so well. I've read so many disgusting comments from judgmental people on other websites that I have to stand up for it. The whole talk was brilliant, shedding new light on the wonderful possibilities that non-violence can provide when done creatively. It's a shame that I can't find a full video or transcript from this talk.)
"The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose." Richard R. Grant
Very late but...Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!
(Happy new year)
The wedding was a great success and hopefully when all the photos are in I can show you some of the cool ideas my sis tried out to make the whole event personal and even more special.
Sadly (well only for me) the mini clip experiment was a no-go since they weren't needed in the end. Annoyingly the venue just taped the menus to their own table markers. Hopefully the idea will be of some use in the future.
I've not been up to much lately (apart from piggin' out on mince pies and other goodies) but I've tried to make a productive start to the new year. Starting with getting my room in order (no small task!). I've been sorting through 'work' going back years, and it's sometimes disheartening to see that some of my drawings as a teenager are better than today, but also fun to find old sketches for ideas that I never carried through. Anyways, until I dust away all the cobwebs and finally get to making new sketches I'll leave you with this 'comic'. It's a shame I didn't date it but I think I was 11 at the time, wow.. 15 years ago ('Larry the Punk' even then I was out of date!)
New years resolution: get work done and make this interesting! :)
Originally posted 5 January 2009: http://eifionpaul.blogspot.co.nz/2009/01/very-late-but.html
Here's some rough sketches of me trying to come up with an idea for my sis. After some silly complicated methods to stand a folded A4 menu I finally came up with something that works.
Basically, I've found that you can make quite a pretty table placement sign from just a printed piece of A4 and a mini bullclip. Simply fold the A4 in half (menu on one side, table number on the other). Fold the top open corners inwards, then simply clip the folds on the inside with the bullclip. The paper should form a slender curve at top and have an open base for stability.Hopefully I can explain things much more simply in the future, but I hope you get the idea.
It will go to test this Saturday at my sister's wedding...
Originally posted on 16 December 2008: eifionpaul.blogspot.co.nz/2008/12/mini-bullclip-to-rescue.html