Monday, 20 December 2010

not very festive at all...

An exercise (read: messing about) with new toys and old ideas.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Defoe - Advent Calendar artwork.

Finished pages for a Defoe-themed 2000AD Advent Calendar entry. The lettered pages are up at writer Matthew McLaughlin's blog. For those not aware, Defoe is a 17th Century zombie hunter. What's not to like?

Thursday, 9 December 2010


Wednesday, 8 December 2010

zombies in the snow

Well, it's Christmas innit, guv?

Friday, 3 December 2010

Dirty Frank Advent Calendar

..and a happy December to you all. This is the larger version of the Advent Calendar piece I did for the 2000AD forum. For some reason it's not resizing properly but if you click on it, it should sort itself out. Alas, as well as being technologically behind the times, I can't lay claim to writing the script either...

I got completely carried away with the details and as a result most of them are obscured on the forum post. So here's the full size. Enjoy.

Sunday, 24 October 2010


This is the first page of a new 6 pager called Windle. It's not a happy story. To be honest it kinda scares me. If the gods are kind, it will be available for all to view in a week's time...

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Time for BICS...

Off to sunny Brum for the British International Comics Show this weekend. Will be pimping the Dark Judgement Special to anyone within earshot.... You can get your mitts on a copy from the FutureQuakePress stand at BICS - only £1.50 for 28 glorious pages!

Then off to see the powers that be for more of the all-important feedback and pointers. It's all a big learning curve but I love every second of it. Wish me luck!

This is the final cover art, with text by the ever helpful Bolt-o1.

(See - At the bottom! My name in print! Hurrah!)

Monday, 27 September 2010

short story tangents

Following the Dark Judges work, I decided to do something a bit different. Inking and brushes never really allow for softer edges and tones and things, (or at least, not in my hands), so I've devised a new hair-brained scheme to go with the next set of scripts I've been entrusted with.

This is a work in progress and I'll post up some more as I go. It will either work or crash and burn quite spectacularly. But comfort zones are not places in which to stay too long. I think.

Monday, 13 September 2010

'Dark Judgement 'Cover

The cover for the upcoming Zarjaz special.

I was wrestling with a couple of ideas for the cover when I went into the back garden and saw the skeleton of a bird lying on the ground. Inspiration can strike in the most interesting places sometimes.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Dredd Head (Cheeky sneak no.3)

Pencils and inks for another panel from the Zarjaz Dark Judges special. I don't think this gives any plot away. It could be from a scene from anything in the last 30 years really, couldn't it? Anyway, I'm nearly three quarters of the way through the art for the special, so I'm beginning to look forward to BICS now.

Oh and there is a cover design ready to go. Question is... do you guys want a peak?

Let me know.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

cheeky sneak no. 2

A Judge Mortis preview, culled from a wider panel, just so you know I'm not sitting here eating crisps. Actually, I don't have any crisps. Damn. Shop time...

Monday, 16 August 2010

Fire! Fire!

This October the lovely folk at FutureQuake Press will be publishing a Dark Judges special, written by Richard McAuliffe and art by yours truly. The idea is that this will be a return for the four Dark Judges to the days of their first appearances in 2000AD, when they were just plain nasty, as opposed to the slightly camp pantomime status they achieved in later years.

I'll post up details of how one gets ones mitts on such a prized possession closer to the time.

This panel is an ink-in-progress for the upcoming Judge Fire story. Here we see the Dark Judge invited in for a nice cup of tea and a friendly chat. Wait, maybe I should go and read the script again...

Thursday, 12 August 2010


Two upstanding members of society...

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

mind your head

A quick peek at page 34 of Fractal Friction...

I was quite pleased with the way this turned out. But full credit must go to Kev Levell for the original design of a real nasty beast.

Now back to all things Dark...

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Counting down already...

So the next big thing on the distant horizon is the Birmingham Comic Con in October. "But that's ages away!" I hear you cry. And it is, in theory. But I have discovered that objects far away have a nasty habit of getting bigger the closer they get. So here's an ink-in-progress to get the ball rolling.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

tales of the underground

This is a character sketch for a story from the many spooky goings on on the London Underground - and by that, I mean more spooky than trains actually turning up when they say they will on the information ticker... I digress.

There are a few stories I've collected and collaborated on over the years so it's a nice little side project to dabble with for now.

The only difference is this guy is based on a character from a true story...

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Oh do come in...

A sneaky preview panel for a 4 page strip I'm doing - for FutureQuake! At last, I'm going to be published, Ma!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Art Swap!

A rather cool idea suggested by my Fractal Friction cohort Matt Soffe involves swapping original art with your peers. Here are the ones I came up with...

A creepy Victorian Gentleman for Matt himself.

And a Hellraiser for Chris Askham. It turns out, trying to draw this guy is a sure-fire way of making your eyes hurt...

And a Grimly Feendish for James Corcoran

And a Halo Jones for Kevin Levell. Doing this I've found a new respect for Ms Jones' original artist Ian Gibson. What he can do with a few lines took me about a thousand.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


A two pager written by the legendary Mark Howard.

dark judges warm up sketch

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Back down to earth...

So I've been kinda busy recently (getting married gets in the way of drawing, it turns out), but slowly returning to reality now. Here's a wee taster of a 4 page strip I've just finished, written by Dirk Van Dom. Zombie outbreak and an ice cream van. What's not to like?

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Sorrowhill pages

Here are the other pages from the Sorrowhill script I've been working on, with Page 3 in there for context. Enjoy! (Oh and leave feedback!)






Saturday, 15 May 2010

Sorrowhill page 3 inked

This is page 3 of a 5 pager I'm taking to the Bristol Comic Convention next weekend. Pencils on two previous posts below. There's a version included for the 2000AD Art Comp, that has the text boxes included, here.

This 5-pager, together with another 2000AD 5-pager and some Fractal Friction pages will hopefully get some constructive feedback/slagging about what I need to improve. Looking forward to hearing opinions really. I've been cooped up in here too long, you know...

Oh, and feel free to offer constructive feedback here. Or slag it to the heavens. I need feedback! And possibly a decent night's sleep...

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

...part two

The bottom half of the panels for the same page

Thursday, 22 April 2010

more scary pencils

Pencils for a portfolio strip...

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Friday, 16 April 2010

Widow Grundy (lettered)

widow grundy (continued)

One of six panels inked with a shiny new brush. Even though I've done the lettering, I'll be tinkering with shadows and textures for a while - oh the luxury of having time on a deadline!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

girl eating from bowl

Sketch for another story to add to the pipeline. I've been inking with brushes a lot recently so this is a departure for me but good fun to be moving out of a comfort zone, all the same.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Widow Grundy

Another pencils layout for the 2000AD Art Comp, on the theme of "The Horror!" Based on a page by Kevin O'Neill from Prog 226.

This page was in the first 2000ad I ever read, bought for me by my Mum. If she knew what was on those pages, I probably would've been given the Beano or something. This page (and the Dark Judges about five pages and a different story later) scared the living bejesus out of me. And so my twisted imagination is not my fault. Honest.

If anyone can suggest a useful way of inking this after I've over-egged the shading, I'd be most grateful!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Fractal Friction Page 14 coloured

Here be dragons... (Pencils and inks for this page are further down if you missed them).

Johnny Alpha

For some reason I never got round to doing any Strontium Dog stuff (other than Durham Red and a tongue in-cheek crow-bar version), so this is a world first exclusive! You lucky people (?)

Monday, 22 March 2010

Fractal Friction page 14 pencils & inks

I'm a big fan of artists putting up the various stages of a piece so you can see how it develops. As I have a short attention span, I rarely get to do this with my own stuff. It helped that I did this all in a day yesterday, whilst watching things like Sherlock Holmes on tv for company. Colours to follow this week, before it hits the main page on Friday.

Monday, 15 March 2010


Thought I'd go back to black and white basics for a bit.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Glimmer pencils

This is a basic sketch for the 2000AD Art Comp, which is worryingly close to deadline. The plan is a quick and dirty ink-over and then oodles of colour. It's my take on Glimmer Rats, and if I can approximate something close to Mark Harrison's colour palette, I'll be a very happy man. If I can't, then I'll no doubt end up shouting at some nearby, inanimate objects.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010


Thumbnails for a new story I'm working on with Liz Warren. This is just out of the concept stage but already suitably macabre to warrant going in the pile of 'stuff to take to the Bristol Convention'

The thing with thumbnail sketching is I always get carried away in the details - thus missing the point of thumbnails altogether - but I find it's worth labouring sometimes as I often get new ideas for characters and lighting for scenes.