Making yourself feel useful

How do you do it? Some people can turn their hands to all sorts of practical tasks to help in a crisis, and for the first time the word crisis is the correct word to use in the present situation. Perhaps a first time in recent years, makes Brexit seem almost inconsequential, even though it’s not.

I do it by banging on about stuff and trying to extract a smile. I wake up with ideas, go back to sleep and then forget what I thought of. I’ve been writing “Keep your distance posters” as if I’m employed by the Ministry of Information. I’ve been drawing cartoons as usual, with the same sort of theme, I’ll probably go on to the theme of staying at home. I’ve been gardening like fury, finding seeds and plants here and there and glaring at the pots challenging them all to germinate.

Our diet has changed, we’ve avoided supermarkets as much as possible and found other ways to get what we need. I’ve not seen a chicken for a while, but we have a ready supply of veg supplied in boxes from a farm shop. So I’m making myself useful here again by encouraging you to change your shopping habits, go local and find a farm shop. Our last supermarket order that was delivered was short of every basic that we had ordered and the veg we got came from Mexico and Morocco ( asparagus and brocolli ), For crying out loud, it must have been flown here. We ate it with a fair amount of guilt spooned over.The veg box from the farm shop? All the veg came from around here, and had not long left the field, tasted wonderful and their system of non contact worked a treat.

Local neighbours here have been busy arranging donations for the homeless, so they must feel pretty useful, and the young son of a good friend has been churning out parts for facemarks on his 3d printer to supply to the NHS. How brilliant is that?

This is what my friend’s son has been helping to make.
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“Keeping in touch with family and friends is important” says he who hands the phone to his wife when the kids are on and says “Best talk to your mother” On the other hand, my friends get the benefit of a long and rambling call when they probably had something much better to do in the garden or making something for the NHS.

Here’s a sample of my posters, and you can get almost any of these printed on a t-shirt or even a mug from right here. As well as the typographic designs there are cartoon versions. What’s more I’ve set a zero mark up on these in the hope that the people who print and produce them might get some work from it and stay in business. I have no wish to profit from them.

Having uploaded these to Red Bubble yesterday I took a look around at other Covid 19 stuff and there’s quite a bit. But what was immediately apparent to me is that the USA is still stuck in Imperial measures and one is asked to stand 6 feet away from anyone else to comply with social distancing. Strange, strange times.

Please share this as much as possible. Make yourself useful.

Sporting Distance

I recently posted a short video of me drawing. The clip was done on time lapse so it looked quite speedy, I draw fast but not that fast! So here’s another with the drawing in real time. Here’s the drawing as it was finally used, though come to think of it, although this is the final I might well have done it again after, so this may well not be the one in the film, if you get any drift.

And here’s the movie. It’s not Cecil be De Mille but I am working on my production values. I’m hoping this works but will persevere if it does not. I hope you find it diverting, I’ll be trying more of these very soon. Thanks for visiting.

Don’t come too close

I’m tempted to make all sorts of references to trumpeting the message and the like, but I’ll resist. I’m planning to put these as available on my Red Bubble site in due course and will put a zero mark up on them, so in keeping with my recent history I’ll be making no profit! Hopefully it might keep the T shirt people and the like busy and in business. Take a look over here. More designs to hopefully lift the spirits on here and there in the coming weeks.

Thanks for visiting. This is one place where you don’t need to stay away.

Further than an old knight’s sword. Social separation explained.

This is the final piece from my drawing video. I’m doing more of these because it makes me feel useful and keeps me off the streets.

For the techies out there the black and white line work is put into photoshop and faffed with a little, the text put in with this one using In design, much better as far as I’m concerned than putting photoshop text in there. ( Though I have to admit I’ve used it once or twice recently )

I’ve got more ideas on the drawing board using this sort of theme in an attempt to get people to keep away from each other. If you thought the British a little “stand offish” then think again, perhaps we ought to be.

The video was also uploaded to You Tube as well as on the blog before this one, you can find it here

Keep clear and Carry on!

Stay well.

Knight’s Sword plus = 2 meters

Here’s the latest stage of yesterday’s drawing almost through to the final, thanks to the wonders of my old iPhone and Imovie. For those remotely interested I used the time lapse button on the movie bit of iPhone, I normally don’t draw quite as quickly as this. The final version will be posted later in the day here.You can also find this on You Tube just here

Keep clear, in every meaning of that phrase, and stay well.