If you recall from Friday, anyone reading this is invited to guess the Kiwi innovations and innovators (pictured above) before the post which follows this one. I’ll chuck your caricature in for free to  commiserate your evidently overworked brain.

Ahhhh, Inventive Kiwi’s, THAT’S the stuff of life!

To make your guesses a spot easier I’ll lead in with who the first two are, skim over what they did that had an effect on the world, put in any inappropriate remarks I can muster, and briefly add notes on what materials were used in the drawing.

FIRST, CAPTAIN ATOMO- the man who split the atom…

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NO, that would be The Right Honourable Lord Rutherford of Nelson, OM FRS, president of the Royal society. or plain Ernest Rutherford, as the humble kiwi prefers to call him.

A good Christchurch lad and born of Canterbury farming stock. He’s the father of Nuclear physics and came up with stacks of nifty atomic stuff that 50’s comic books took for granted.

It’s quite a hoot, I might add, that he, a Kiwi gent. paved the way for the invention of the Atom Bomb and Nuclear powered ships, neither of which our government will allow within coo-ee of our ports. For that matter, any missiles planning to nuke the Antarctic mainland will have to detour around our airspace.

While the cleaver and chocolate centred atoms were painted in photoshop style, they were done in my mainstay software “Painter 2017” using airbrush, ink pens and chalks. Hand drawn via a whacking great tablet.

Using a pen the cleaver was drawn in white. The layer was then locked off so that I couldn’t drawn in transparent spaces. the back and side of the blade were masked off and the rest was Airbrushed freehand. The handle had black watercolour applied with brush. Chalk was used to apply the textured spots, also inside the chocolate atoms. The first atom “jaffa” was a plain circular selection, filled and then freehand airbrushed to add shadow and shine. The layer was then duplicated and colour changed via “hue and saturation”. the circular paths of the electrons were made with a circular selection, squashed and tilted, then with a stroke added. An external glow effect was added.

Time has run out, so I’ll continue next time with Bruce Mclaren, this also means you have an extra day or two to guess the rest!