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This is my blog. There are many like it, but this one is MINE.

My blog is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My blog without me is useless. Without my blog, I am useless.

I must write my blog true. I must write straighter than my critics who are trying to dis me.

I must out scribe him before he out scribes me. I will…

My blog and myself know that what counts in blogging is not the words we write,

the noise of our bursts, nor the smoke we make. We know it is the content that counts.

We will make our mark…

My blog is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother.

I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories,

its posts, and its pages. I will ever guard it against the ravages of spammers and robots.

I will keep my blog clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready.

We will become part of each other. We will…

Before my readers I swear this creed. My blog and myself are the defenders of my creativity.

We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until there is no enemy, but PEACE.

(This piece is taken form the poem by Maj Gen W H Ruperts entitled “The Creed of a United States Marine” as used in the film ‘Full Metal Jacket‘. Check out this clip on YouTube.)

OK, A word of explanation:

When I started this blog I was studying a BA (Hons) Illustration degree at Cardiff School of Art and Design – I am now a tutor there, albeit an associated one. This means I pass on what knowledge I have as and when I am called to do so . I have been a graphic designer and illustrator for over twenty five years. The dark side that is graphic design has consumed the vast portion of that period and this course is my attempt to step back into the light and pursue the more artistic side that is illustration. I’ve no doubt that many graphic designers would argue, quite rightly, that design is as much an art as illustration or fine art but this statement is made from a perspective of twenty years in the business. Make of that what you will.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2011 11:12 am

    Hi Dan, Apologies… I lost that bit. Hope it reached you.
    I’m trying to get in contact with Catrin Morgan about reportage/hoaxes – have you got an email link to her ? – I tried one I found on hotmail, but as yet no reply. I’m doing a part-time MA on reportage at Glyndwr in Wrecsam, and beginning to get some work doing it.
    Many thanks
    Dai Owen

  2. September 7, 2011 10:20 am


    Many thanks, I’ll contact her by this link


  3. February 18, 2012 12:47 pm

    Hi Dan,

    Lucinda Rogers was kind enough to answer some questions about making a career as a reportage illustrator. I thought you might be interested in reading the interview, so here is a link to my blog

  4. February 18, 2012 1:23 pm

    No I don’t mind at all. Lucinda has an exhibition of some of her Spitalfields drawings from February 27th at Rough Trade East is on Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL.

  5. August 13, 2013 10:23 pm

    can’t believe I only just found this blog, it’s fantastic! πŸ˜€

  6. vediseir permalink
    May 22, 2014 5:24 pm

    Hey! I nominated you for the Liebster Award:
    Check it out! πŸ˜‰

  7. May 22, 2014 5:33 pm

    Many thanks. I will.

  8. Bob permalink
    November 17, 2017 5:19 pm


    I came across your website while looking for mugs for my parents for Christmas. I was wondering if you had a site dedicated to selling those and any posters/prints? I live in Blackwood and my sister is in Cardiff so if there’s a shop I’d love to pop in and browse.



    • November 17, 2017 5:41 pm

      We did used to run a shop with the mugs on it but I’m afraid it’s no longer in business. I can get prints made of pretty much any of my drawings and paintings and do so all the time. I could probably arrange for a mug to be made as well although the price would be a little higher than normal as it would be a one off. Please feel free to email on if you want to discuss this further.
      All the best,

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