We’ve now been blogging for 10 months, and have been debating what our goal should be, what we should blog about. Until now, we’ve talked about what we do, how we do it and what we love.

But we’ve decided to take a more focused path from now on.

Every Wednesday we will post either a short story, a poem, words of inspiration or perhaps just an illustration that can tell a story by itself. This is true to what we want to do, what we are truly passionate about, and it also gives us the chance to share more stories with you all.

We will of course still share news about what we’re doing when we actually have news, and you’ll see videos with recordings of illustrations being created, but mostly, our blog posts will be story focused from now on.

And with that said, here’s our first Wednesday Story:

Just Desserts | A short story from Frogburps

Just Desserts

Mother told brother to get in the tub.
He was dirty and stinky and needed a scrub.

An hour went by and he still wasn’t out,
so mom went to see what the fuss was about.

When she went in the bathroom to have a good look,
brother still had his clothes on, and was reading a book.

He lay in the bathtub, turning the pages,
reading his book about dragons and mages.

Brother just smiled. He’s such a big dope.
“You never said undressed, or water, or soap”.

“You know what I meant,” mother said with a frown.
“You’re a funny, smart kid. Now clean up and come down.”

Mom went downstairs to make us a snack.
Brother stuck out his tongue behind mother’s back.

Mom thinks he’s funny. I disagree.
So I cranked on the shower and ran, screaming with glee. 

Written by Patrick S. Stemp
Illustrated by Anita Soelver

Patrick's thoughts

Everything is perspective. Is big brother a jerk, or is he really only trying to be funny? Is l’il sis a brat, or just giving a little something back? I honestly don’t know.

I wish I knew where these images come from. The subconscious spits them up almost fully formed. Then I try to find a way of expressing them in words, and Anita does a brilliant job of turning them back into the picture that popped into my brain in the first place.

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. Maybe you have to stop trying so hard (like big brother) and let them come naturally (like little sister).

Anita's thoughts

I loved Patrick’s story, and wanted to capture the essence of it, as well as I could with the illustration.

This is the first illustration for Frogburps that has been done in grayscale. It was meant to be a sketch at first, but I was listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while drawing, and four hours later, it ended up like this.

I like the interaction between them, even though the sister has her back to her brother. Siblings will often be like that, right?

Let me know what you think about this type of illustration in the comments 🙂

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