Manaus is Rudy’s son and as such has been through many of the trials she has.

There is something very interesting about the ‘relationship’ between a writer or artist and their characters. It’s possible to be very cruel to them to serve a story. I don’t remember thinking much of it at the time, but looking back now I feel very sorry for Rudy.

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I was in Edinburgh yesterday for an animation event, so I spent some time drawing in the museum on Chambers Street. I sketched a sperm whale skull and a haughty-looking llama as well as some of the visitors. The sketches are pen on paper, but the tone was added digitally.01b

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Last month I got to take part in a fantastic two-day masterclass with Wouter Tulp and John Nevarez. On one day we came up with different character poses and situations for someone saying ‘Go ahead, I’ll wait.’

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The drawings above were my first rough ideas. I wanted to show a little girl waiting outside her house for a friend. I felt I couldn’t get the leaning-on-her-scooter thing right, so I changed it to a railing. Perhaps this is peculiar to where I live but I remember swinging round, leaning on, and falling off of many railings while waiting for friends and parents as a child …

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Here you can see the ‘finished’ leaning-on-the-railing drawing in the centre. This, and the reading ones at the bottom, were my favourites. I thought there was a nice balance between the passive-aggressive child, who really doesn’t want to wait at all, and the young woman reading who would quite happily spend an hour or two more as she is.

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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I sketched this boy at a party I was at this weekend. I loved the way he was sitting on the chair.

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