Monday, 29 September 2014

Sketchbook 022

A bit of a scrappy month in the sketchbook. Tried out a few pens which led to Goldilocks moments: too thick, too consistent... Rarely felt like things clicked in to place and just flowed.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Life Drawing 004

First time I've gone to life drawing in some time. Really enjoyable there and then in the moment but when I got home pages looked dull, amateurish with no real insight or the feeling of things locking cohesively together in to place.

The life drawing class was 2 and a half hours in length after a long day at work so my concentration levels were flatlining as I got to the final pose below. The instructor (a really nice passionate old man) stood over my shoulder and called me up on everything, basically things I was just making do with rather than applying a bit of thought and concentration to: proportions, angles, planes, tonal weights. He explained 'jumping the lights' to me (using same tonal depths on two differing side-by-side planes which should have differing tonal depths to distinguish one getting more light than the other, causing confusion) which just crumpled me at that late stage

Ideally, I'd like to walk away from life drawing knowing that it feeds in to my own drawing and illustration. But at moment, it seems to have just widened the bridge in my head. The exactitude and technique needed for solid life drawing highlights how my own drawing work seems to be cobbled together from lazy stylization tics and papering over limitations. Maybe there's positives to be got from questioning and taking things apart in my head. Hopefully.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Sketchbook 021

Another month, another dump...

Monday, 4 August 2014

Sketchbook 020

Have recently picked up my first moleskin sketchbook. Was a bit wary initially as they're pricey little buggers and thought it could be a bit of a wanky affectation but I've got pretty attached to it.

Hope to spur myself on to keep it up by uploading pages I've done once a month, thus publicly shaming myself if the quantity or quality isn't there.

The latter pages were created over the course of a great holiday in Corsica.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Beardrock - Charlatan Tales - Review and Interview

I was chuffed to get a really positive review of my 3 anthology-style comics 'Charlatan Tales' over at the BeardRock site. A lot of the reference points and influences assumed and highlighted are uncannily on the money. Also great to get faults/niggles raised to give me some food for thought moving forward. 
The review was followed by artist interview, which was fun to do and to look back and think about what were the big inspirations through the years. Though I feel I let myself ramp up the waffle-factor a bit too much.
The reviewer/interviewer Tony Esmond was a really hassle-free guy to have a correspondence with and he really seems to know his apples when it comes to comics. He can be followed on Twitter @Ezohyez

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A - Z: A is for...

I've had the idea floating about my head for some time to alphabetically create a series of illustrations of musical acts. Hopefully, utilise styles/techniques that are sympathetic to the subject matter in each case, but maybe more importantly, utilise differing working methods for the sheer sake of shaking things up for myself.
Lately I've got into a bit of a rut of doing comic-booky working method of creating clean inks, scan them in, clean them up, then flat colouring in Photoshop so it seemed that now was a perfect time to give this a go. There's no defined schedule on this or anything else imposed, so hopefully I put this to positive, fruitful use going forward.
With this series I want to be able to break a few eggs along the way, not be too precious and use whatever gets the job done, pencil, ink, watercolour, paint, vector, texture scans, maybe try out new techniques and materials. Basically rip it up and have fun. Regarding creating fresh work lately, have been a bit zapped with usual life and 9 to 5, so hopefully this project on the side gives me a bit of fire and incentive to attack the drawing board with a bit more relish.
Have been listening to a bit of old soul this weather, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, so there was little doubt in my mind to kick things off with the Queen of Soul. In a weird way, due to the recognition she's received and lack of obscurity think it's easy to be a bit dismissive of Aretha. Stuck on 'I Never Loved A Man' album while working on this, it's the definition of class with a side order of 'oomph'. Hopefully there's a little drop of that oomph that she delivers in this...

Dirty Inks Done Dirt Cheap - Original Artwork for Sale

Have a large number of inked comic book pages from the last few years for sale over at my Comicsy account. They're all pretty much A3 size. Any queries, get in touch.