Rafe's 6 Month Birthday

29 June 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

It is Adik's half birthday! Yaya says, "But he's still zero!!" While he's not one yet, he's already 1/2 year old, but apparently we haven't taught Yaya fractions. :-)

Bubblicious drooly boy

Can you believe six months have gone by, because I certainly can't! There is going to be a lot of pictures in this entry - so I warn you in advance!

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47 Months

22 June 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

One more month till the big birthday!! Can you believe it? We certainly cannot!

Princess Yaya is almost 4

We had another activity filled month - the 5 days Zarin was here were quite busy (more on that later). I know, I still owe entries on Jo's visit, but I'll get there!

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Happy Father's Day!

18 June 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

Happy Father's Day!! We tried to make it a good one for Vin, his first Father's Day as the father of multiple children. First off let's start with home-made cards:

Hearts from Yaya, People from Adik

Mama helped by manning the sharp scissors to cut the string paper dolls out. Yaya wrote and decorated her own card (the hearts design) and was kind enough to write and decorate a card on behalf of her baby brother (the people design). She's getting good at writing PAPA, no?


Space Ghost

07 June 2012 | Hisham | | Artwork, TV

I has some time to spare one morning and thought I'd draw one of the old classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons. I was then torn between two characters: Space Ghost or Tundro of the Herculoids. Ultimately I thought I'd give Space Ghost a try.

Using brush and ink, I tried giving Space Ghost a dramatic central shadow. The illustration was scanned and coloured digitally using GIMP. Finally, the colour layer was run through GIMP's Ziptone filter to give it a comic book feel.

But without the two kids and the monkey

Click here for a bigger image on DeviantArt.

Space Ghost, I've since learnt, was designed for Hanna Barbera by famed cartoonist and comic book artist Alex Toth.


How Everyone Lost Their Tooth In Sitiawan

05 June 2012 | Hisham | | Family Pics

We balik kampung to Sitiawan the other week and everyone - Irfan, Ain and I - lost one tooth each while there.

Irfan extracted his own tooth even before we arrived at Atok & Opah's house. He proudly showed his freshly drawn molars. He's been doing it a lot with his baby teeth lately.

He's very happy he removed his own teeth

Abang Ngah's Wedding

03 June 2012 | Hisham | | Family Pics

Six years ago we attended Abang Long's wedding kenduri at Kampung Permatang during a balik kampung trip back to Sitiawan. It was now time for his younger brother Abang Ngah's wedding, though technically the aqad was performed in Ipoh the previous weekend. As always it was great to see relatives pooling together to get the kenduri running, working the logistics, greeting and serving guests.

We had visited the previous night when they were building up the main table and backdrop from scratch. The following morning it looked like this:

The colours of the Brainiac and Lex Luthor

Here are assorted photos from the kenduri that day.


Westward RPG Critters - Part 1

02 June 2012 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Wicked North Games, who produced the Azamar role-playing game, using the Cinema6 engine, based on the classic West End Games' Open D6 system, will be producing a new RPG.

The game is entitled Westward and employes a steampunk western setting on another planet in the far future. I have been commissioned to draw some critters that will inhabit the badlands of Westward. Because the Westward Kickstarter campaign has been very successful, Wicked North Games will be publishing a full-colour core rule book! Here is an early preview of the critters of the setting.

A swarm will drink every drop of water you have dry!

Water Nymph

You don't water this plant, it takes water from you


This one will squash you like a bug by jumping on you


Metal in the wild stands no chance against these polyps

Rust Polyps

Not-so-lean, somewhat-mean eating machine. You're on the menu