21 August 2006

Haju-Hemmo ja Pallo-Poika rannalla, or another Finglish birthday card...

...although this is more strip than card, all Fin and no glish. The two characters shown are Pallo-Poika and Haju-Hemmo, whose reason and meaning are explained in the original Finglish birthday card and accompanying post.

Haju-Hemmo ja Pallo-Poika ranalla

Translations: Rannalla - at the beach; haukotus - yawn; EI SAA!! - literally, NO CAN!! but roughly NO, YOU CAN'T DO THAT!! or NO, STOP!! in a telling off kind of way (which I thought the energetic young lad whose birthday it is might be familiar with and appreciate).

I'm sorry I've been absent from this and other blogs for the last week or so. Guests have kept me from making art and spending much time online and what time I have had online has been spent hiding away at flickr. On top of that I've been sinking like a ton of lead, perhaps for the whole summer so far but more definitely and determinedly over the last week. I suppose it could be just birthdays which have always kicked the stuffing out of me. Well, after the age-of-toys-and-other-innocent-delights anyway. On top of everything my spacebar is either sticking or not working at all which makes typing really fucking difficult (I left that stick in just to show what I'm on about although now that I've just previewd itI cansee that the lovely helpful blogger editor hasobliterated all superfluous spaces. But not added theomitted ones...).

I will be similarly absent from this and other blogs for the next week or so while away doing my last stint of dad of the summer. See you all in September.

9 comments:

marja-leena said...

Hauskaa syntymäpäivää pikku pojalle! I love your cards, Dem, and it's sweet of you do them for him.

Dem said...

(I had to get a translation for the Finnish...) Thanks - I hope Patte likes it too!

Molly Bloom said...

The colours in this are absolutely fantastic. Capture the spirit of joy perfectly. Beautiful, beautiful drawing. You really are brilliant.

Molly Bloom said...

Just going to e-mail you.

Dem said...

Thanks Molly - glad you like it. I had to rush it because we remembered the birthday late and being-dad-plans changed at the last minute so I did it all over the course of yesterday - idea percolated into my conscious mind as I swam up to consciousness in the morning, pencilled it while listening to the farce that ended the test match, inked it while Man Utd and Chelsea returned to business as usual, painted first during Andy Kershaw and finally while 'listening again' to last monday's late junction then flickrd and blogged it in the early hours of this morning. I'm often surprised that what I think of as necessity rush jobs go down so well. Anyway...

Natalie said...

Dem, those kids and adults are lucky to have you as their own special artist. Lovely story and art, you have a gift for giving relevant visual/narrative gifts.
Hope your typing troubles get resolved.
XXX

Dem said...

carlo*4 - I really appreciate your comment but unfortunately the website you link to makes it seem like a spam comment (and, somehow, less sincere for being so) so I'm deleting it. If I'm wrong, and you come back this way, I'm sorry for making an honest mistake but if comments link to sites that aren't blogs, personal homepages or artist gallery pages then they look like spam to me and I get rid.

Natalie - thanks! As for the typing problems, I think I just need to abandon the idea that it's going to get better and buy a new keyboard. Beer was spilled on it nearly two years ago and it's stuck on and off ever since - basically, sticks after there's a bit of damp in the air and then gets better when it's hot and dries out but, well, 'a bit of damp in the air' isn't exactly a rarity here in the desert that is Liverpool...

Doe said...

Dem, just to let you know since you're not in Liverpool for me to tell you in person: Patte absolutely loved the card, especially the bit where Pallo-Poika's head is sticking out from the sand. He's now looking forward to the next adventure of Pallo-Poika and Haju-Hemmo. So am I!
To be honest, Patte only realised to pay attention to the card after he got over the excitement of a new toy :) But what can you expect from an overexited 6 year old. He had also made a huge mess opening the present because the parcel was packed so well to travel from England to Finland. His older sister wasn't too thrilled that Patte had decided to use her room for opening the present. When she came in the room was full of little pieces of paper! Anyway, just wanted to let you know Patte really liked it as did everyone else in the family. XXXX

Dem said...

Thanks for letting me know - glad the card went down well with everybody. I'm looking forward to seeing what else happens to Pallo-Poika ja Haju-Hemmo. Glad to be back in Liverpool so you can tell me these things face to face.
xxxx