Community Action – Phase 3

Phase 3 of an octant is a long-term commitment and should take at least 30 hours, can include gaining a qualification or teaching something to others. My Phase 3 is something I committed to for a year, but for documenting the activity this project I wrote this up following 9 months…

Phase 3: Continue assisting Post Pals with Fortnightly Writing

I decided to continue my work with Post Pals, continued writing fortnightly to Ruby and also took on a second fortnightly pal, Kaleb aged 7. I started writing to him about similar topics as I was writing to Ruby, I liked to include drawings, colouring pages and sometimes a gift.

A small project I started in this time was drawing superhero characters based on some of the girls who needed extra care. I left them black and white so the children could colour them in themselves. After spending five hours on these cards I decided to concentrate on writing longer letters to Ruby and Kaleb and making cards. I tried to brighten some cards with stickers, used old leaflets to cut out animals to create interesting cards and would use the images on the front to make games for the children.

During these months I created a feltie character for Kaleb of a zomling, plus drew a colouring page of all the characters. I took on another monthly project all about the senses for a 13 year old boy, Jack. He enjoyed Doctor Who so found him an audio CD for sound, optical illusions for sight and soap lego for smell.


I moved on to making themed cards for Ruby and Kaleb with the photo of each child as if they were a character. These included space, the jungle, underwater and superheros. Inside the card I wrote a little about what they would need to learn about to get these jobs and continued writing about what I had been doing and also about the adventures the Brownies were doing.

As a side project, with the spare time I had, I enjoyed making a Pokemon themed card for a brother and sister who both enjoyed the games. On this I included their photos and drew them as Pokemon trainers with their Pokemon around them.

I think this is a very worthwhile charity and hope the cards I send might cause a little happiness. I plan to continue writing to Ruby and Kaleb on a regular basis. If you can offer some time please check out the charity here.


Community Action – Phase 2

Phase 2 of an octant should take at least 12 hours to complete, it can be a continuation of Phase 1 or something new. For my Phase 2 I continued a project I had enjoyed starting in Phase 1.

Phase 2: Post Pals Monthly Projects and Fortnightly Writing

From October 2014 I started dedicating more time to the Post Pals charity when I discovered the additional projects that volunteers can help with. I started with the ‘Mrs Claus’ Christmas project. I was assigned an 8 year old boy called Dominic and was tasked with writing him letters to send in December from Mrs Claus. I wrote three letters, one for each week of December, giving some insight into what was happening at the North Pole. For Christmas I also sent him a Christmas card from Mrs Claus and a pack of Marvel top trumps (Dominic’s Post Pal page shows he likes superheroes).


I also took on the Christmas monthly project of being a Christmas Elf. I was assigned teenager Anna-Mae to send a Christmas gift. The project has a £15 limit and with that I bought Anna-Mae some stationary, a make-up set and a giant Smartie tube. Anna-Mae’s page shows she likes make-up and writing letters so hoped she would like the gift. I wrapped the items in a box and posted it to her in time for Christmas.

Following these projects I decided to become a ‘fortnightly writer’ so emailed the charity to request I be assigned a child to write to. The charity askes volunteers to write twice a month to a chosen child to ensure all children will receive some post. I asked if there was a girl aged 6-9 without a fortnightly writer as then I could include stories and activities from Brownies. I was assigned a 5 year old girl called Ruby, whose brother Alfie has a form of Leukaemia. Their page shows Ruby likes cinema, arts & crafts, drawing, Minecraft and role play so in my first letter I sent her some Frozen stickers, colouring pages and wrote about the bird feeders we made at Brownies. I drew a picture of a robin for her to colour in.

I continued to send her fortnightly updates of what I was up to and included drawings, jokes and the occasional gift. I spent two hours creating a feltie for Ruby. From her interests the only thing I could create that would be meaningful was a Minecraft creeper. On Alfie’s Post Pals page Ruby’s Mum referenced the feltie I’d sent and thanked me for it. I found that I had more time to offer than the time it spent to write to Ruby so I also sent messages to other children which the charity stated needed extra care.


If you have some time to spare please consider assisting Post Pals, you don’t need to sign up if you cannot make a regular commitment, just find a child to write to and send them some post! Find out more here!

Community Action Octant – Phase 1

Phase 1 of an octant must be about trying new things and should last for a couple of hours. These are the adventures I had to achieve Phase 1 of the Community Action Octant …

Phase 1: Assist on games stall at Church Summer Fate

When it was announced that our Church would be running a Summer Fate in 2014; I put my name down to help assist with side show games.

I had already created some games as part of our District Star Quest event, so donated these to the fate alongside half a day running the games. Together with Mum, we ran the bean bag toss, ping pong toss, tin can alley, pick a lollipop and higher or lower.

At times we were very busy running all the games, but it was good fun and we helped the Church to raise money.


Phase 1: Organise Bring and Buy sale for Brownies to raise money for local animal shelter

The Brownies had asked to run an event for charity and decided that a Bring and Buy Sale would be ideal. In the Autumn Term 2013 we had spent time discussing the new Promise and its change from serving the country to serving the community. To emphasise this the Brownies chose a local pet re-homing charity as the cause to raise money for.

On the evening the Brownies brought old toys, books and games and spent their time buying new things with a little pocket money. We also ran a couple of side show games and sold biscuits and drinks with the proceeds going to the cause. Some parents and siblings came along at the end of the evening to join in the fun. In total the girls raised £47.00.


Phase 1: Send letters and cards to children through Post Pals charity

Originally I discovered this charity and assisted the Brownies in making packs of letters, drawings and puzzles to send to very ill children to make them smile. Each six was assigned a child of a similar age to write to.

I thought this was a very worthwhile charity so continued to write to children on occasions. While shopping I would look for cheap, colourful cards to write messages in, and while on holiday I picked up interesting postcards to write when I got home. One I really liked was a postcard of Barcelona FC football ground which I sent to one football crazy boy.



Drawing the Marvel way

My art style is a little more cutesy than the standard Marvel style, but I love trying new things so when I saw this magazine while food shopping I thought it was worth a try for 99p!

I’ll admit the free metal ruler was the clincher in my buying this magazine, I needed one anyway for when I start drawing my graphic novel, so why not have a browse. It also came with a 2h pencil, fineliner and a putty rubber so is well worth the price.

20160131_150224_resizedIt is a nice magazine, it is aimed at those new to drawing and goes into the basics of cartoon anatomy, faces and discusses the changes in style over the decades. My favourite things about it though was the pull out sketch paper in the middle, very clever addition.

I was very keen to get this out and attempt drawing Spidey. The paper is ruled to match the sizes of the drawings in the magazine, plus a couple of character outlines so you can grasp the proportions from the start. I grabbed out the pencil and rubber, lay the paper down on my fancy new living room floor in front of the french doors, and put on the first beingboss podcast, then I was ready to start!


There is little text to consider so a lot is mainly copy what you see. I have a lot of experience drawing people (though not bulky Marvel types) so I think the drawing started out okay. It was helpful to draw the shapes of the muscles, to consider where the lumps and bumps of the human body are.

The pencil is fine, the putty rubber is nice, and I was surprised at how nice the fineliner was (as a cheap magazine I wasn’t expecting much).

This issue doesn’t go into inking, it mentions it will go into this later and advices the reader to outline what they’ve done for a more professional look. I liked the final drawing, I think it looked like the original image. It was a lot of fun actually, considering it was a boring pose and not something I’m likely to replicate in my book.


I’m unsure whether I’ll be purchasing the rest of the series. For those new to drawing I think it is a great resource for learning to draw people, and I imagine the rest of the series will continue this.