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A happy scarecrow

4 Dec

“Since it is Christmas I wanted to draw something with that in mind. But in South Africa snowmen don’t really exist so the best you will get is a happy scarecrow.”

Jonathan Wagener
21 years old
I am a web developer but I pretend to be a writer and illustrator as well :).
Cape Town, South Africa

About my drawing

What I was doing: Listening to music
Where I was: At my desk
Whom I was with: Alone

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Sunshine, shopping, sea, etc.

11 Aug

Cathy Styles
a young 46
currently unemployed, previously director of a biotech company
Munich, Germany (previously Dahab, Egypt; Newbury, UK; London UK; then Cape Town, South Africa where I was born)

About my drawing
What I was doing: I was supposed to be online job hunting, but got horribly distracted by the Brain Pickings post on Facebook.
Where I was: at my home desk
Whom I was with: alone with my cat Miro

Strange tree

1 Jun

Jonathan Wagener
21 years old
web developer
Cape Town, South Africa

About my drawing
What I was doing: “I was supposed to be contributing to a meeting 😉 ”
Where I was: “in a committee meeting :), with company”

North pole

26 May

Jonathan Wagener
21 years old
web developer
Cape Town, South Africa

About my drawing
What I was doing: “I was reading a book and had a quick idea for a sketch.”
Where I was: “My desk at home.”
Alone or with company: “Alone.”

Double happiness: chicken looking and koi

22 May

1. Chicken Looking
Chickens make me so happy! I love the way that they fluff out their beautiful feathers, cluck contentedly and strut about, pausing every now and then as though a thought gets in the way and they have to shake it out. The fact that they hatch out of eggs is also fantastic! I sketched this happy picture whilst I was looking at a book called ‘Extraordinary Chickens.’ Just saying the word “chicken” makes me happy.

2. Koi
I have spent many happy hours just staring down into water and watching koi. Trying to capture that on paper is not so easy. A couple of crumpled, ink splattered pages later this koi flowed off my brush and I was happy!


Jane Halford

originally from South Africa, now living in the UK
graphic designer and copywriter