Sunday, 1 February 2015

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For the month of January, returned to the humble pencil for most of these pages.

On the minus side, you could get in a loop of going over heavy lines and dark areas again and again as pencil seems to dull, smudge and lose its sharpness in no time. On the plus side, it's just so dang flexible and great. Really reminded me that the pencil is the starting point and baseline of how I've worked through the years. It's so simple and dependable and you can get great build ups of weight and texture.

Remember hearing an anecdote from the days of the American/Russian space race. America spent time and money developing a non-leak pen that could be used safely in zero gravity. Russia used pencils.

Maybe in the month ahead, will use a combo of pencil and pen...

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Behance Portfolios - 2014

A round-up of images and drawing from the year that was, 2014, over at my Behance account.

Have knuckled down since the summer in keeping a sketchbook in my hipster-lite Moleskin sketchbook, it's been overall enjoyable and hopefully beneficial, at very least a good way to kill dead time such as travelling to/from work. Link to my first portfolio dedicated to sketchbook pages.

Illustration link contains a mix of comic book material, including cover and pages from my third and final edition of my 'Charlatan Tales' comic series, and one-off illustrative pieces as well first two pieces from ongoing series illustrating A-Z of personal music heroes.

Let's what's at the end of the line in 2015...

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

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December sketchbook pages. Final dump of the year...

Sunday, 30 November 2014

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Sketchbook pages from the month of November, had a bit of a slow start this month, felt a bit forced digging stuff out. Some pages are from the weekend of my first time attending Thought Bubble.

I'm having a recurring thing every month of trying out decent good pens then reverting back to using crappy cheap biros. I think because it's so disposable I've got no preciousness or hang ups using it and get some real free elastic linework and nice range of soft and messy build ups of shading, with no real fear of things going wrong or not working. Trying to think how I can use this to my advantage, maybe doing under drawings/layouts in biro then doing tight clean inking over it with a lightbox? If any ideas/tips/suggestions out there feel free to chip in!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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More pages from my sketchbook for the month of October.

Things I learnt this month; it's near impossible to use a brush pen on public transport. Also, after a month or so trying different pens, I realise that I really enjoy using cheap nasty crappy biro pens for sketchbooking.