BONUS MATERIAL – The Birth of Cat-man and Sparrow


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The first drawings of Cat-man and Sparrow in felt tip on uncoated paper

A note from the editor. The real Cat-man and Sparrow were called (Ned) Kelly and Lottie and were our family cats when I was a child in the 1970s. Kelly was a ferocious and fearless animal, and it was after telling Arty about Kelly and how he nonchalantly rescued Lottie from a barking dog one day, that Arty started drawing a cartoon version and called the characters Cat-man and Sparrow… a play on Batman and Robin in case you hadn’t already spotted it. Now I’ll step back and leave Arty to it again.


New Look Art’s Art

Arty has just spent several hours drawing banners for all his comic strips and a new banner for his blog. He then had a lesson in PhotoShop to colour in his new red banner. Yaaay!

Look out for Arty’s Month of Comics, coming soon! (We weren’t quite ready to start on the first day of November.)

Fragments – getting the ol’ blog up and running again

I’m popping some stuff up to get the ball rolling again. Arthur can take over when I’ve got time to teach him how to scan. The software is a bit tricky.

First up, Arty’s modification of a postcard from the Melbourne Immigration Museum. He’s going through a phase of taking famous faces and modifying them. This cityscape got the same treatment. I added the colour because I couldn’t resist!

arthur postcard with judy colour


Then on the topic of angry lizards…

angry lizard



And angry pirates…


unfinished pirates

Pirates threatening an unfinished pirate who can’t defend himself

Let’s keep this balanced. Here is a friendly lizard. His name is Squiggle. He’s part of an unfinished story illustrated with felt tip and collage.

Squiggle - 1

Squiggle - 2

Squiggle - 3

…to be continued

More Australian bush creatures below.

Australian Outback

And another unfinished story.

I love the Dogs of Dogby. I really hope Arty finishes this one.

Dogs of Dogby - 1

Dogs of Dogby - 2

Dogs of Dogby - 3



Stay tuned for Arthur’s month of cartoons, coming soon!

A Piratical Preoccupation

One of Arty’s interests at the moment is pirates. No doubt as a result of a small set of pirate characters bought at the toy shop while visiting his grandparents in Camperdown. They have sparked off a series of illustrations (only a couple of which are pictured here) and three songs. Arty has begun to add a melody to one of the songs and sings along to it on the piano. Perhaps we will be able to post a recording at some stage.

Some of the drawings

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The three songs

pirate song 1

pirate song 1 ‘Lost at Sea’

pirate song 2

pirate song 2 – ‘A Pirate’s Life for Me’

pirate song 3

pirate song 3 – ‘Buried Treasure’