Thursday, May 30, 2013

Quick Superman sketch

Not really much else to say about this......

Friday, May 24, 2013

Commissions list open

I am opening my commissions list, so if there are any of you who have had commission requests turned down recently, or anyone just considering having a commission, now is the time to get your requests in. Prices are now as follows;-

A4 single figure marker drawing. £85 + p&p. These will have some background elements, & will generally speaking be in black & white with a little highlight colour added if I feel it works.

A4 two character marker drawing £150 + p&p. Similar to the single character piece, except it has 2 characters.... obviously

A3 single character marker drawing £150 + p&p. A gain, similar to the A4 single character, except it's bigger, some might say "better for framing", I couldn't possibly comment.

A3 two character marker drawing £200 + p&p. Do I really need to explain what this one is? I haven't actually done one of this type yet, but a couple of people have enquired about this, so I figured I'd add it as an option.

A3 print quality art £350 + p&p. Bit difficult to explain this one, basically what you get is a piece of art which would sit comfortably along side any artwork I have produced for Marvel, DC or 2000AD. There are no limitations on the content (up to a point... don't ask for "every single member of the Legion Of Superheroes, EVER!", just use your common sense) so if you are wanting cover recreations, this is the one you want.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Deviant Art

I have started a Deviant Art page, actually I opened the page three years ago, but never actually did anything with it until today. Anyway, I'm going to use it an an updatable online gallery. But I won't just be putting new material on there, there'll also be some much older stuff too, some of which was created before I had any kind of online presence, & as such will be seen for the first time.Also, if you're just interested in looking at the art, it will be a lot simpler that scrolling through page after page on the blog.

Anyway, here's the link.... DeviantART page.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wolf/Werewolf Sketch

For a proposed project recently that in the end didn't happen.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Taste Of Things To Come......

Yeah, I know, shit joke.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Knight & Squire

Some time ago I was asked by my pal & partner in comicbook crime, Jimmy Broxton, to help him out on a project he was working on for DC comics... Knight & Squire. Jimmy was pencilling & inking all the art on the book ( as well as creating lots of back up material) & this intense workload had left him temporarily behind the deadline eightball, something every freelance experiences from time to time. He asked if I could take his already competed thumbnails, & work them up into a more or less inkable pencils cum layouts & I was happy to oblige.

Below are examples of Jimmy's thumbnails, my pencils/layouts, & most interestingly, Jimmy's final inked artwork. Where I still have copies of all three versions of the page, I have combined them into little 'triptych' images. Comparison of the three stages will demonstrate the truely organic method on display, & how the artwork developed through the stages from Jimmy to me & back to Jimmy.

If you want to make some comparison for the pages where I don't have copies of either the thumbnails or the final inks, you could do a lot worse than pick up a copy of the Knight & Squire trade. Written by Paul Cornell & drawn superbly by Jimmy Broxton, it's a fun look at superhero tropes, filtered through  a uniquely British lens.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Ice Man.

No... not the guy from the X-Men! This is more of the work I did in the last couple of years when I wasn't posting on this blog. For a children's non fiction book about an 'ice mummy' found up in the Alps. As is my usual practice when doing this kind of work, I did the pencil sketch on a printout of the book's layout so I was sure of getting the dimensions correct. This was especially significant on this particular job, since the illustrations vignetted off at the top without a definite border, & I had to be sure that the artwork didn't clash with the body of the text. As you can see, between the sketch & the production of the final colour artwork, I was asked to add some clothes to the figure.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

More published work.

More examples of my published work from the last couple of years. The fun part about doing these (& similar pieces) is that I get to handle the whole creative process, from pencils through to final colour, something I rarely get to do when working for comics.