Black pen on photocopy paper.

Coloured in Adobe Illustrator.

The fourth in my series for the Happy challenge.

At the moment a lot of things seem to be clicking into place making me feel quite chuffed with life.

I would pretty much rate myself at 9 out of 10 for happiness in 2009.

This is as close I can get to real colouring in Illustrator, including my permanent Homer Simpson 5 o’clock shadow.

I think I’m gonna work on this over the next week or so and do some digital colouring to make a few different versions. I’ll upload them all as they are created. The one with the most favourable comments will be my final entry.

So please, all feedback would be very welcome.

I saw Stefan Sagmeister give a lecture at my university about 4 years ago and it was quite inspirational. His work is awesome and it’d be wonderful to be a part of anything he created!


  • Pilgrim
    Pilgrimover 5 years ago

    This has made me smile, Not sure if you are happy but I am a little bit more from seeing it.

  • Thanks Pilgrim!! I am definitely happy, even though it doesn’t necessarily look it in the illustration. The picture probably looks about a 5.

    – brettus

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 5 years ago

    Brett, i love the calm colours and the light upon your face, a really lovely look….i see you daydreaming and really in a place of peace and quiet content. Absolutely representative of a 9….for me, this is the one. I love the others also, but these are my favourite calming colours of the ocean, it’s fresh, alive and beautiful…congratulations – great work!

  • Thanks Karin! Your feedback really means a lot! It’s definitely gonna stay my entry in the challenge now : )

    – brettus

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethover 5 years ago

    awesome work here man.

  • Thanks MT! Once again, there is no greater compliment than that from one whose work you admire. Cheers!

    – brettus

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethover 5 years ago

    hey im honored you like my work, though i think your a damn site more talented than i.

  • Ha! You’re just being too modest now : ) But seriously, I think “artists” are always most critical of their own work and self worth. There is ALWAYS someone a lot more talented than any particular individual, eh?

    – brettus

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethover 5 years ago

    very very true!

  • Sonia de Macedo-Stewart
    Sonia de Maced...over 5 years ago

    out of the three, definitely my favourite. more powerful i think. very alive. very good rendering of lights and shadows. i wish i could draw ;-)

  • Thanks Sonia. I used to draw a lot, but recent years has seen me become a slave to the computer. This is actually the first freehand drawing I have done for quite some time – no sketches, just straight up pen on paper. The closer I got to finishing it, the more scared I was that I was going to cock it up . . .

    – brettus

  • Sonia de Macedo-Stewart
    Sonia de Maced...over 5 years ago

    well that just proves how talented you are, no practice and you haven’t lost it he! that’s the thing with computers, we take less risks – cock up, apple Z… cheers to your courage, hope you get featured in Sagmeister’s work ;-)

  • brettus
    brettusover 5 years ago

    Ha! Sometimes I really find myself looking for the apple Z in real life! : )

  • vrangnarr
    vrangnarrover 5 years ago


  • Thankyou very much!

    – brettus

  • Cherie Balowski
    Cherie Balowskiover 5 years ago

    Excellent work Brett, love this one!

  • Thanks Cherie!

    – brettus

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