Friday, 29 January 2016

Sketchbook 035

Been some time since I uploaded sketchbook pages, took on Inktober back in October then directly after that I've been working on comic pages for a new project. Sketchbook pages have fallen by the wayside since then. It's frustrated me that I've lost focus and purpose in that department.
 
Also, I've gone from using a little moleskin A5 sketchbook to a large hardback A4 book. I've found I'm more self-conscious using the bulkier book out and about and also a bit intimidated about how to go about filling the larger white space. But onwards...
 
 









Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Monday, 2 November 2015

ABC Warriors: Red Spice



After last years 'Anderson, Psi Division: The Line of Duty', I've been fortunate to work with writer Lee Robson again for Zarjaz magazine. This time had the luxury of brick-batting with him from the ground up something we'd both enjoy working on and would hopefully play to both our strengths.


Always had a love of the dark, weird elements of Pat Mills 2000AD universe such as Nemesis the Warlock and elements of ABC Warriors. Lee had a look over my portfolio and saw recurring psychedelic-style elements and mystical hoodoo voodoo motifs such as Tarot card designs. This led to us putting the focus on Deadlock.


Within the strip there is a section that happens on a mystical, spiritual plane (ask Lee to explain, he wrote it!) so to differentiate this section, I brought in ink washes to the background. I'm learning the hard way that ink washes aren't just a gung-ho case of slapping it down, there needs to be a degree of consideration, getting an even wash and gauging the darkness of wash applied (always seems to dry out lighter than it goes down). So not altogether sure how successful this comes through on final pages, but hopefully creates a differentiation between sections happening in the real world (the real world of mercenary robots on Mars) and also brings a bit of hand-applied grime to proceedings.


Really enjoyed working on these pages, hopefully it shows to some degree. The 10 year old me that devoured Best of 2000AD monthlies would be very happy. Found it a really smooth process working from Lee's script. He lays out concise direction, clear and easy to visualize action and he knows when it's fine to step back and let the artist take the wheel and have fun when it comes to defining things. Also, real down to earth guy to have correspondence with, a big help moving things along.

Here's two character sketches I did initially to help me lock in to drawing the lads...



'ABC Warriors: Red Spice' appears in Zarjaz no.25, available now. Spread the word.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Inktober 2015

Inktober is something that's grown in the last few years within the creative/illustrative/comic book social media community. A drawing a day for the month of October. This is the first time I jumped in, I started two days in to the month and missed the second last day, mea culpa.

To create an element of surprise, I got my wonderful English teacher wife to do a month long list of words and I'd get a new one every morning. Here they all are...

Serendipity
 
Voyager
 
Ceviche
 
Blood Moon
 
Block
 
Unknown
 
Hullaballoo
 
Clash
 
Frantic
 
Metamorphosis
 
Unity
 
Turtle
 
Lies
 
Calm
 
Pungent
 
Annoy
 
Conservative
 
Lost
 
Suspend
 
Spiritual
 
Pulp
 
Fern
 
Ethereal
 
Eccentric
 
Loathing
 
Megalomania
 
Kinetic
 
Free