Tuesday, 27 July 2010


So I get to pick the Ten ton studio sketch challenge, and I go for Daleks, got to love daleks...
I pack my laptop bag for my trip to York, add a sketchbook, some good paper, my favourite pencils, pens etc.. and then i leave it at home.
The result is, I have NOTHING to draw with except a biro, and even more tricky I have my Mum's macbook to scan and crop the picture.
The result is the sort of thing I used to sketch on my college notebooks, or what I doodle these days when I'm in a conference.
Behold, the biro Dalek..

Friday, 23 July 2010

I've won!

Gosh, very suprised to have won this weeks ten ton studio forum sketch challenge.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

a bit pink

For Terri, and her new blog http://aproperjob.wordpress.com

Sunday, 18 July 2010


Being made redundant has given me a strange opportunity to think about the avenues open to me for future work. I briefly dallied with the idea of setting up an artistic prints studio, but realised quickly the investment in time and money doesn't have a direct link to sales... sales as always is the stumbling point. It was when i worked as an illustrator, and I'm certain it would be in any other artistic venture.
Anyway as part of the process of investigating various printing methods I thought I'd try my hand at drypoint. I am rather fond of the velvetty look the prints have, reminiscent of old dyelines builders blueprints.
I found a cracking supplier very close to London Bridge, and bought some materials, I also dug out some old lino print materials my wife had for making Christmas cards.
Here's the first result, my entry for this weeks Ten Ton Studio challenge.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Covered at last

My Captain America Submission to Rob Goodin's "Covered' blog was posted on Monday.
Regular readers will know I've submitted covers before, but this is my first time actually getting published there.
The idea is simple, pick a comic cover, and redraw it in whatever style might work. I picked the Captain America cover, as it fitted into the whole Sepia wartime thing that was/is going on over at http://wychwolf.com
What's interesting is that my drawing style has changed a fair bit since I submitted it (20th April), probably just through practice, and I think I'd draw it very differently now.

I think the days when I could earn a living from illustration are way behind me, but I like to think I can still rattle off a fair scribble.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Burnt legs and coffee

Gosh, my legs are on fire. Sensible people know not to wear shorts when using a Macbook pro for image editing.
Job done though all 20 pages of my guest strip Policy Police in the can, and off in the email to Steve.
I'll put a link here when it goes live.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

6 pages worth

I managed to knock out six pages for the Policy police story I'm doing. There are some lovely characters in it.. will let you know when it's all done.

Crush them with facts

Because I am so very very well organised, I have Monday's Wych wolf page up and sitting in the Comic Press queue already..
Because I am shortsighted, i am not using the time to get ahead of myself, and build a buffer, but to dally in the rockpools, and have a go at a guest strip for my chum Steve's "Policy Police' strip.

I've had a quick sketch and my version of the protagonists are now alive in glorious pencilovision..
I've got to knock out a couple of backgrounds, and then I'll knuckle down to the task.
Should have something by the end of the day with luck.