Wednesday, 1 October 2014

52 Posters - #17 Judge Dredd

To celebrate #DayOfDredd, the official day in which hopefully enough folks share their love of the frequent movie enough to inspire/greenlight a sequel.

Also today is the first day of #inktober, which is another inspired bit of thinking, this time from Mr Jake Parker on his site.

Nicely timed/shoe-horned there, I thought. Perhaps I should try that more often...

Friday, 19 September 2014

52 Posters - #16 - Joker

I'll do a proper scan of this pic later, but for now, here's the 'camera phone pic while the inks dry' version.

More inks, this time with coloured inks and washes. Trying to capture the madness. Somebody recently asked me to do something like this for a tattoo they wanted. I'll post up that one when it's finished - this was a sort of test run for the final piece. Not the first time someone has asked me for a design for a tattoo, and hopefully not the last, but each one makes me nervous! There's an added pressure, knowing that the thing you draw will end up being permanent on someone's skin.

UPDATED 22/9 Here's a scanned & balanced version of the same pic.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

52 Posters - #15 - Crossed

Yeah, I know, there's been a gap. 'Things getting in the way of other things' seems to be a common theme around these parts.

That aside, it was always my intention to use this series of posters as a testing ground for pushing the boundaries of how I work. For a while, I'd been caught up in the precision of steady and sharp edges to my linework. It's all very useful and I'm glad I spent enough time concentrating on such things that it's now something I don't even think about. I'd certainly spent enough time previously giving it no consideration at all...

To that end, a lot of these pictures feature a lot more experimentation with how lines can be formed without drawing lines, as well as playing with different media in the same piece.

This one used inks, washes, black and white ink mixed, and acrylic. Not ground-breaking as far as the comic art world is concerned, but certainly so in this little corner of it.

The character is based on the Crossed series, currently celebrating the end of one four year run and the start of another. Not for the faint of heart, and something that explores the darker areas of the human psyche.

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.