Monday, 16 June 2014

52 Posters - #14 Poison Ivy

Pencils, ink, watercolour, acrylic, charcoal, oil pastel. Yeah, this was fun to play with...

Hope this finds you well.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Cover for FutureQuake Press

The nice folks at FutureQuake Press asked me to provide a cover for their forthcoming issue of FutureQuake, an anthology comic telling tales of all things sci-fi.

This was a riff on Jack Vettriano's 'Mad Dogs' painting, which I thought might be a fun way of subtly introducing a character from the story I drew called Package Holiday, written by Andi Ewington, that appears in this issue.

Adapted pencil drawing of the original, then painted in Photoshop. I had a moment of clarity with the rings around the planet, realising it could be done with a series of radial gradient sweeps then set in a single layer, and distorted to match the angle required. Which almost certainly saved hours of anguish...

And with the final title & pricing.

Friday, 23 May 2014

52 Posters - #13 - The Crow

I had planned to get this done for Bristol Comic Con a few weeks ago and ran out of time.

More of a nod to the movie than the comics but I'm a fan of both.

As it turns out, I heard James O'Barr, (the creator of the Crow, who made an appearance at Bristol) whilst being incredibly diplomatic, isn't the movie's biggest fan, so it was probably for the best.

A few new techniques thrown in with texturing the inks on this one, which was a lot of fun, but very messy...

Thursday, 22 May 2014

52 Posters - #12 - Vader

Done as a pic to amuse myself, and as a thank you to a friend of ours who has been very helpful of late.

Incidentally, this was bordering on completion when I came across Joe Corroney's piece of the same idea. That made me put this one on the back burner for a couple of months - someone coming up with the idea before me? The cheek of it!

Anyway, as always, hope this finds you well.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

52 Posters - #11 - The Ex-Presidents!

I had so much fun doing this...

Anyway, one for all you surfers out there. And for those who don't, it can change your life. Apparently.

Hope you're well.

Friday, 4 April 2014

52 - Posters - #10 20 years gone, not forgotten.

Been led slightly astray by a recent Comic Con, and work that led up to it, but things are back to normal now.

This one's more of a reflective piece. I'm not looking to dwell on the sadness of this weekend's anniversary, but more to look back and appreciate the impact that one band had on music of the time, and the lasting effects still being heard in music today. It's not often it happens on such a scale.

Hope all's well with you.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

52 Posters - #9 - Twin Peaks

The Twin Peaks series stuck an anchor in my brain from the first time it aired on tv. The story was unsettling, the characters believable, and, just when you had your suspicions of who killed Laura Palmer, A DANCING DWARF THAT SPOKE BACKWARDS sauntered across the screen. My impressionable young brain imploded. By the time Killer Bob climbed over the sofa towards the screen - as if he'd crawl right on out - I was already sold.

So here's a tribute to one of the best things to ever make it onto our screens.

(Acrylics, pencils, black & white inks and washes and fake blood.)