Have locked in to keeping sketchbooks on the go in the last year so now there's an added 'Sketch' section.
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Have created this illustrated piece for Belfast-based newly established label Yoshiwara. They're focusing on releases of doom/stoner/metal and just downright esoteric material.
The name is taken from the club featured in Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) so the direction was 'do something with art deco feel and if possible throw in something dark/fantastic/satanic'. Had a blast doing this as love Art Nouveau/Art Deco stylings and trappings and intersected with dark, murky stuff just made it all the more fun to work on.
It involved original ink elements such as figures scanned in, then a lot of background/environment stuff built up as vector elements in Illustrator, then colouring and textures applied and tweeked in Photoshop. Haven't really had the time this weather to build anything up in that time-consuming intricate fashion so was nice to get to work this up.
Below is illustration containing the Yoshiwara logo created by Will Broadbent, drummer of band Ogre who do a great line in Sabbath 70s-style heavy doom metal. They've released material through the Yoshiwara label.
Monday, 30 March 2015
Monday, 16 March 2015
Before Christmas I pencilled and inked a 4-page back-up strip for the Uproar Comics flagship title Zombies Hi! issue 12, out now to buy.
The script was written by Glenn Matchett (industrious Northern Ireland-based writer, can be followed on Twitter: @glenn_matchett) and had that old-school 2000AD black satire bite to it I love. Enjoyed doing these pages, wanted to set myself task of producing them relatively quickly so didn't want to get overly precious about level of detail/polish, hopefully I came close to hitting some kind of happy median. Though looking at them now, they've come out a bit on the sparse side and level of quality isn't maintained as much as I'd like throughout.
Below are the final clean Bitmapped inks:
For those of you into the kinky under the bonnet stuff, here's original pencils:
Sunday, 1 March 2015
The latest issue of the 2000AD fanzine Zarjaz, issue 23, contains my first artwork I've done for the Zarjaz/FutureQuake stable.
It's a 6-pager Judge Anderson story, script by Lee Robson, based on an original story by Bryan Coyle.
It was a real luxury working from Lee's scripting where everything led on from scene to scene in a natural, realistic way rather than my own stab at writing my own material over the last few years, which was usually a patchwork of plotholes and massive coincidences.
Really enjoyed depicting Anderson and spending time in her smart, strong company. On my initial image search researching Anderson I was a bit crestfallen to see one too many busty Babs Windsor 'ooh, my zipper just came down and I ain't wearing no bra' style depictions. She definitely deserves better than that.
The full colour promo image was released online just prior to the sad news of Brett Ewins passing. Picking up the baton from Brian Bolland's original Debbie Harryesque depiction of Anderson he really solidified the smart, funny, sexy, humane take on Anderson. As a kid I think I scanned over Ewin's artwork that bit too quickly, but in later years have begun to really appreciate the economy, clean design and humour of his work. So much strong work from one creative; Anderson/Dredd, Bad Company, Johnny Nemo and Skreemer. Also with the founding of Deadline he gave a springboard to Brit indie artists that I love, specifically Philip Bond and Jamie Hewlett.
I'd like to dedicate my work on this strip to his memory and note his passing.
I'm currently finishing up artwork on an ABC Warriors strip for an upcoming Zarjaz, scripted again by Affable Lee Robson.
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