Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Content is King

I'm working on the Becta Interactive Whiteboard common file format
at the minute, the standard is set, and we have a viewer application and some sample files underway... unfortunately the samples don't look exciting, so I thought I'd try and run off a few files... which is harder than it sounds... hand coding xml is something I haven't done in a number of years.
So I thought I'd start simple and make a chess set and board.
I sort of copied the Lewis Chessmen, but I think they have a Kate Beaton feel to them ( I'll colour them tomorrow and split them into individual pieces.

Thursday, 24 September 2009


Rob from covered mailed me today to say he wasn't going to use the submission, (can't say I blame him), so I can post it here.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009


Felt guilty at not drawing anything, and inspired by BoingBoing Bearsharktopus:

thought I'd add the feared swine to the mix

more old Guff

I was looking for a mag motor or something to add a little pep to a bicycle, and found Suren who used to run the robot Supernova was selling his old Lynch motor.. put a bid on for it, but next time I looked i was gone.. shame... didn't get a chance to draw anything today, so puled this badge out of the files.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

More pie

I coloured the 2000AD cover and submitted it to Covered, so won't post here until I see whether they want to use it.. I'd guess not, as I said i think it would be amusing to do one of the 2000AD covers in a steampunk style, as it was last century..
Got home late tonight so dug something out of the archive to post here:

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Covered again

Another attempt at a cover remix, I thought I'd like to do some sort of 2000AD cover as that was my childhood staple.. but thought I might be able to do it in a steampunk style, as 2000AD is no longer the future. (I can remember when 2000AD was 24 years in the future)
I found a copy of the issue thirteen cover, and to be honest it's a real bodge up, and looks like a bunch of clip art hastily put together... and the text... " From out of my alien head I Tharg bring you the future!"
anyway, I've inked up a page, and it reminds me of Munchkin artwork...scanned it in trying some different setting, to see if I can avoid the antialias trapping problems by working at a higher resolution (600dpi).
Should have it coloured by tomorrow.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Crawley Library Tim Quinn talk

Took Dom and Adam to Crawley Library for a morning cartoon workshop, and a talk in the afternoon on comics by Tim Quinn...
an interesting talk.
Tim talked about the history of Comics, his life working in comics, for DC Thompson and Marvell amongst others, lots of laughs, lots of things for further research.. particularly Varney the Vampire, the demon detective and Spring heeled Jack (though Adam tells me the last has been in a Phillip Pullman book)


Boing Boing had a link to Covered
It inspired me to have a go at doing a Hellboy cover, not interesting enough to post to the guys at Covered, but I'll find something else to do for them.

Monday, 14 September 2009

These aren't the droids you are looking for

I went to the musty old basement which has been taken over as a Warhammer den by Dom, to look for some old guitar music and found some sketches I did for Mentorn years ago... design sketches for Robotwars, for a series called Mechanoids, and for another series called Rescue Robots...

Friday, 4 September 2009


My favourite Hellboy story isn't actually my favourite Hellboy artwork.
The 2 pager, Pam cakes where Hellboy wants to eat spicy noodles for breakfast, but is forced to eat pam cakes, causing all of Hell to wail, has so much crammed into such a short space.
I'm not actually very fond of the pics of young Hellboy, except for the one where he's sitting waiting with his fork in hand.
It shows his youth without being too twee, and becoming too cartoony, which is something tricky in a comic.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009


Have an idea for a Hellboy monsters style story on the train...