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Blake and Mortimer
Monday 20 January 2014
Here's a Blake and Mortimer pencil drawing I did as a warm-up sketch this morning ...
posted 20.01.14 at 10:48 pm in Sketchbook | permalink | 4 |


Monsters
Thursday 28 March 2013
Looking for some artwork the other day I came across these two creatures, drawn in 2010 ...

They were for some kind of monster book for the Crystal Palace Book Festival, though I never managed to get a copy so can't offer any more details. I only submitted the top one, but I think now I prefer the bottom one - especially as it seems to catch spiders!

posted 28.03.13 at 10:17 am in Sketchbook | permalink | |


Samurai battle
Wednesday 20 March 2013
I recently had to depict a samurai battle scene and decided to take a couple of (poor quality, iPhone) photos of the early stages, so here it is from sketchy beginnings to full-colour finished.
As you can see, the scene is very complicated and it took a long time to do. I was a little worried when I came to ink it that it would be just an amorphous mass of chaotic detail, but also fairly confident that colour would sort it all out in the end. The main character has a slightly lighter tone than his fellow ashigaru, and the sky is at its brightest right behind him in order to direct the focus, even if it is subtle!

posted 20.03.13 at 12:15 am in Sketchbook | permalink | 9 |


Bald Boy Sketches and a few links
Wednesday 27 June 2012
This week's issue of The Phoenix (no. 26) sees the final part of Ben Haggarty's Bald Boy and the Dervish, drawn by me. Below are some of the rough character I sketches I drew after reading the script.

In other news, if you've recently ordered books from my online shop - a huge thank you! I have had quite a number of orders, which is lovely, but it does mean there will be a bit of a backlog to send off, so please be patient while I get through them all as best as I can.

A couple of other things of note ... Steve Holland's Bear Alley has recently published a great little article by Jeremy Briggs on the short-lived but influential Near Myths magazine. I'm really lucky to own some of Tony O'Donnell's Thiirania originals, as well as all five issues of the publication itself. Go and have a read.

And you may remember, some time back, that I plugged a super Playmobil comic by Nick Foulger called The Green Man. Nick wrote to tell me that it is now available to read for free as an online video/slide show. It's also available in French, German and Spanish, so do go and give it a look - I think it's really impressive.

Let me also point you to the website of an artist who I met at the Bristol Comic show, but who's work I've been aware of for a little longer than that. Sara Dunkerton is producing some absolutely wonderful stuff, and I've just seen a sneaky-peek of something she's working on with marvellous writer Matt Gibbs and it's really knocked my socks off. Do also go and check out Improper Books, where Matt is an editor. Some good stuff coming your way!

Finally - don't forget I'm at Waterstones in Deansgate, Manchester, this Sunday, where I'll be running a comic character creation workshop from 1-3pm. If you can't make that, and are nearer London, then i'd highly recommend you get yourself along to the Pop-up Festival Comics Big Top of Awesome on Saturday which, as it says on the tin, looks distinctly awesome!

posted 27.06.12 at 11:45 pm in Sketchbook | permalink | |


Yves Chaland tribute
Tuesday 13 December 2011
I was invited by the Klare Lijn International blog to contribute to their Yves Chaland tribute (see here and here) so I drew my favourite characters, Freddy, Dina and Sweep. It's been up for a while now, so thought I could post it here as well.
posted 13.12.11 at 10:14 am in Sketchbook | permalink | 2 |


Throne of Blood
Sunday 10 July 2011
Drawing's an odd thing. Sometimes I can sit there drawing quite difficult things and slowly but surely they emerge on to the paper just as I wanted. At other times I just can't get a seemingly simple leg to look right and it takes forever and nothing comes out as it should. Yesterday was one of those days! (Except it was some fairly simple perspective, not a leg).
Anyway, I didn't want to go to bed without feeling as though I'd accomplished something, so did another Kurosawa drawing. This time it's Lord Washizu from the astounding Throne of Blood (1957).

posted 10.07.11 at 9:42 am in Sketchbook | permalink | 5 |


Princess Yuki
Monday 4 July 2011
I had a sudden urge to draw something not-for-work late last night, so had a quick go at Princess Yuki, as played by Misa Uehara in Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress.
If you haven't heard it yet, the latest Adventure Films Podcast is all about The Hidden Fortress - you can listen to it here.

posted 04.07.11 at 8:13 am in Sketchbook | permalink | 1 |


Joe
Monday 19 April 2010
I was just about to go to bed at about one o'clock last night when I had a sudden urge to draw Judge Dredd. I've only drawn him once before - for a fanzine in about 1986. Anyway, it's just a quickie, and I coloured it this morning...
Edit: Of course I have drawn Judge Death before!

posted 19.04.10 at 1:47 pm in Sketchbook | permalink | 2 |


Rocket hug
Thursday 11 March 2010
Here is some fan art for the brilliant Nedroid, because he regularly gives me a good chuckle (especially with the exploits of Reginald, Beartato and friends). If you don't already read them, go and see!
posted 11.03.10 at 10:31 am in Sketchbook | permalink | |


Learning animals
Friday 22 May 2009
I haven't blogged much this month, things have been somewhat hickeldy-pickeldy. June will be a time of intense work and will include the 40th of June, more of which in a week or so. I've been collecting so many links to share and comics I want to write about that my head's a bit over-full, so for now, here are some recent sketches I've been doing for Rainbow Orchid volume two.
I love drawing elephants - they're like two old men in baggy trousers.

posted 22.05.09 at 11:54 pm in Sketchbook | permalink | |


And I will not suffer a monster to live!
Thursday 23 April 2009
A post on Andrew Wildman's blog sent my mind racing... where could that stray speech balloon have come from? Here's my take from an imaginary comic, and because it's Andrew, I included a robot - though perhaps a little more old fashioned in style than he usually draws!

Cross posted at the Super Comics Adventure Squad.

posted 23.04.09 at 11:15 pm in Sketchbook | permalink | |


On the rampage
Tuesday 31 March 2009
This drawing is Dave Shelton's fault - his lovely cartooning gave me the stomping urge.
posted 31.03.09 at 12:59 am in Sketchbook | permalink | |


Dororo
Wednesday 4 February 2009
I have just finished Tezuka's Dororo volume 3 - what an excellent piece of work. The tale of a child (Hyakkimaru) born bereft of body parts, supplied with prosthetic limbs and things by an adoptive father (a proto-Black Jack), he comes of age and goes on a quest to regain his real anatomy from the 48 demons that now possess them, accompanied by a child thief, the titular Dororo.
Here is a drawing I made of the two adventurers, Hyakkimaru and Dororo, rustled up this morning.

posted 04.02.09 at 2:49 pm in Sketchbook | permalink | |


Tozo
Tuesday 2 December 2008
I have been thinking about doing some Tozo fan art as an appreciation of a superb comic strip for quite a while, and so it became this morning's warm-up/procrastination sketch.

If you're not aware of Tozo, go and get reading, and you can also see the interview I did with David O'Connell, the strip's creator, here.

posted 02.12.08 at 6:14 pm in Sketchbook | permalink | |


Brush pen
Thursday 21 August 2008
I bought some new pens a couple of days ago with one of them being a brush pen - something I've heard lots about but never used before. This is just a quick sketch to try it out (grey-washed with the water from my rinse-pot!)

In other news, go and watch this video - it features Hergé, Goscinny, Uderzo and Franquin! (via)

posted 21.08.08 at 7:35 pm in Sketchbook | permalink | |


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