Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Urban grit

Late lunch over at Circus Street getting a numb bum from sitting on crumbly concrete and sketching the decay as part of the Drawing Research Interest Group project.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Drawing Urban Spaces

Over the next month the University of Brighton Drawing Research Interest Group (DRIG) and some Undergrad Fine Art and Visual Communications students are going to be spending some time in the old Market Buildings at Circus Street in Brighton.
There's a big redevelopment  of the site underway, and this is a chance to explore and record the site.

It is a fantastic place, and really atmospheric when the architecture folk show their final projects amongst the decay.

If we're lucky our work may feature as part of the 4th International Visual Methods Conference, University of Brighton 16th – 18th September 2015.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

St George and his Dragon

Flags are out in the village, and Phil Shoebridge has his excuse to dress up as St George.
just realised it's 3 years since I did the #24HCD effort on Dragons:


Saturday, 28 March 2015

Been drawing

I spent the morning checking through all the files for the now long term project - Ninja Dinosaurs vs Pirate Robots. It looks like I have 33 pages drawn and inked and just 6 needing colouring. The plan is to try and finish the whole book over the Easter break and get it into the iBooks and Amazon stores. I needed a couple of sketches to add to the front pages so have been inking a page of stumpy versions of the characters.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Clever girl

I'm watching Jurassic Park, so really had to draw a dinosaur... And just for a change I thought I'd not draw a tyrannosaur, so here's a velociraptor, drawn on my iPad in auto desk sketchbook pro with a Wacom bamboo stylus.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 - first post - cable cobblers

I managed to get about 8 extra pages done over the holiday which is the meat of the work.
All that remains is erasing pencil lines, scanning, clean up, colouring, toning and compiling layers... then adding text etc....
I let the ink set over night before erasing the pencils, as the copic pens don't like having pencil erased, and tend to fade to grey when "rubbed" (The Micron pigment inks are far firmer).

This morning I thought I'd "just" scan the cleaned up artwork in but of course the scanner refused to talk to the macbook.
Could it be a driver issue?(it's nearly always a driver issue using old kit on new(ish) Mac OS X versions)
I installed a driver written in OCTOBER 2014, which is like cutting edge stuff for my kit.
Still didn't work.
Switch to my old macbook, slightly better but still no real use - just solid black scans.
So I tried another cable and Bob's your uncle the scanner started to work.

However the power cable decided it would only charge the macbook if I draped it in a particular (random) pattern... finally as the battery hit red it decided it'd maybe start charging.
All of which meant that instead of using my shiny Cintiq and Creative Cloud Photoshop to edit the images, I'm back in Photoshop elements with my old Bamboo tablet... which actually suits me better.

Happy New Year.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

New Pirates

Working on the ninja dinosaurs vs pirate robots iBook. Sketched another pirate robot ...

Anchor-Jaw Jones