Improbable truck.


For your steampunk freight transport needs, a two cylinder steam truck. With certain user modifiications. Thoroughly impractical of course, but that never stopped my before. The business around the real wheel should be rodding, similar to what you’d see on the side of a steam locomotive. I think I’ll need a bigger version to make that happen though.

Every time I post one of these, I think “One month less to go until graduation…”

No-tech Laptop


A sketch of a ‘Captains writing desk‘ I considered making for my final project when I was learning to be a cabinet maker. The project had to include at least one drawer with traditional sliders, and a ‘hinged element’.

Despite this being marvelously steampunky, with all kinds of possibilities for adding brass and leather elements, I honestly couldn’t think of any situation where I could use this, and it was too complex for a project that should last no more than two weeks, so the design went onto the ‘nice to try, one day’ file, which is getting bigger all the time…

Means to an End -2


The second of four posters. This one illustrates the principle that work should be sustainable: it should not cause any long term illnesses through repetitive movements, lifting heavy weights, or exposure to dangerous substances.

For some reasont this wouldn’t go into my head, so there’s a play on words as the German word for ‘carry’ is ‘Tragen’: so he’s carrying something. (Tragen and Erträgen, gettit?) I’m hoping this will help me remember the point.

I’m also hoping they won’t deduct points for bad puns…

Means to an End 1


It’s exam season at college, and that means getting the remaining functional brain cells to work trying to learn things.

It turns out I’m a visual learner and I don’t remember abstract concepts very well, so to get some of the ideas into my head, I hit on the idea of making posters for them. The process of making the pictures and drawings helps me retain the information, and I have a visual idea to try and recall during the exam.

That’s the theory. And I get to draw stuff and call it work.

This is my main output at the moment so expect more of the same…


Urban Sketching

Theater Rampe

My college is in the depths of the city of Stuttgart, which is one of the more pleasant cities I’ve experienced, but that’s all I’m saying for it: It’s still a city, and I don’t get on with them. Still, there’s lots of things to sketch, and this week I realised I’d better get on and try.

I have 20 minutes to walk from the tram to the college, which gives just enough time to get a rough doodle down that I can finish when lectures get boring during a break.  The field sketches have to be fast, and I only have space in my bag for a small notebook, but this way I’m at least drawing something…

Theater Rampe (“The Ramp Theatre”) 12 x 8cm 15 minutes field sketch, then 30 minutes finishing.