Pets and their owners

I have had a number of pets during my life but never really been sure why I wanted to share my house or garden with what is basically a wild animal. I’ve never been convinced that anyone ‘owns’ a pet and I’ve never seen a caged bird that looks happy. Some pets, I’m sure, don’tContinue reading “Pets and their owners”

The Six Colours of a Rainbow

We’ve seen a lot of beautifully drawn rainbows recently but what colours should you use. It’s a simple matter of physics, but not everyone has seen rainbows the same way, and when Sir Isaac Newton got it wrong we all followed. This is a potted history of how rainbows have been described over millennia. HomerAboutContinue reading “The Six Colours of a Rainbow”

I used to draw postcards

It feels like a different life when we didn’t have cameras on our phones, or not even mobile phones. In those distant days people would send a postcard to friends and family whilst on holiday. Sometimes the postcards even arrived before they returned home. Somehow I started drawing cartoons for holiday postcards. It was onlyContinue reading “I used to draw postcards”

Three Reasons to Write

Behind every author, professional or amateur, is a reason they started and continue to write. I have fumbled for words when asked ‘Why do you write?’, especially as I would be classified as commercially unsuccessful (no agent or publisher). But I have spoken to and listened to a lot of authors in my life, fromContinue reading “Three Reasons to Write”

Where it feels right to write

After a lifetime of working freelance as an illustrator, graphic designer, copywriter and cartoonist, I have an established working routine and a quiet studio with forty years history embedded in every dust mote – or I did have until we moved house a few years ago. I now have a smaller studio, but much ofContinue reading “Where it feels right to write”

Illusions Made From Paper

I have, most of my life, been puzzled by the imagined reality of money. Society started by trading food, goods and services. Then currency was invented. In the world today we don’t have very much real money, we operate almost entirely on promises. You may imagine that the statement you get from a bank guaranteesContinue reading “Illusions Made From Paper”

Three Impending Disasters

Early in 2019 I started to write Hope Island, it was completed that year and published in January 2020. It is set one hundred years in the future but it is not a dystopian fantasy. The premise was how three recognised impending disasters might shape our future. The first we are now experiencing, although soContinue reading “Three Impending Disasters”

Learning to be normal

Everyone human being is made slightly different. Given that there are now over seven billion of us that’s pretty remarkable. It’s also not surprising that some of us malfunction in minor ways. Knowing what someone else is feeling can be a major problem. When I was a childI thought everyone else had a sixth senseContinue reading “Learning to be normal”

A Prediction from 1937

This is an essay my father wrote in 1937 about the what he expected the world to be like in the year 2000. This was an exercise set by the Pelman Institute, London to help improve ones scientific mental training. I’ve included a transcript for easier reading. The World in AD 2000 – David JamesContinue reading “A Prediction from 1937”

The Bauhaus and Me

I was extraordinarily lucky to be mentored by George Adams in my first year of studying Art and Design. This was a designer and artist who had studied at the Weimar Bauhaus under Walter Gropius in the early 1920s. Elements of his teachings are still in the forefront of my mind today, over fifty yearsContinue reading “The Bauhaus and Me”