Sunday, 30 September 2012

Tribal Cat Warrior

I was having a hard time coming up with an idea for today's sketch so went with something random and did a cat warrior. Not the most original of ideas but it was amusing to draw.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Doodles and oodles

A sketch I found that I did in Romania of Thunder. I had recently at that point read Darwyn Cooke's adaptation of Richard Stark's novel 'The Score' and liked the use of negative space when the main character confronted a stalker which I tried out using my character. Looking at it anew the attacker looks smaller than he ought to in the foreground and should be much bigger and the lightning could have been better to make it more coherent. Little lessons to learn for next time.

These pages are sketches that me and Diana did whilst at an evening service. The cat wizard is a character I have in mind for a graphic novel and appeared briefly in the 24 hour comic. Diana sketched Harold who plays the keyboard for the songs at the service.

Finally a sample of my poor attempt at life drawing. Though it was challenging to draw them in my illustrative style rather than the usual academic way I would normally go about drawing from life. I hope that if I continue to try and do this it may inform my visual style to be coherent and anatomically correct.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Dangerous streets

Today's sketch was originally just this nice young lady and then the background and the shadowy guy came later. I felt I haven't done a gangster/film noir image in a good while so it was nice to come back to it. Also I think the time has come to try a different colour has been used enough.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

I see you!

I seem to have gone back to Tolkien again this time with the tower of Barad Dur. I have to say my pens were dying whilst making this image so the orange gets a little faded round the eye of Sauron. Other than that it was incredibly fun to create my own rendition of something from Tolkien's work and not be based on the Peter Jackson visual which has tainted the imagination of how we perceive Middle Earth.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Tell your friends we're coming for you!

Started doing some daily sketches just to keep the flow of drawing going. And today I started off with a mass effect showdown on Rannoch. With this piece I experimented using 'Kirby spots' for the Reaper laser making it all crazy, but I feel that makes it visually unclear. Saying that though I had fun making Shepard sweat trying to take out a Reaper.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Go back to the shadow...

I found a couple more sketches from Romania, this one here depicting the epic confrontation with the Fellowship and Durin's Bane. This composition is based off a sketch from artist Skottie Young but my own take of it, so it's not an original sketch in that sense. By trying to draw a little like him I found a way of drawing subjects in the fantastical context which is easier or more natural.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Leviathan 24

Last week I took part in a 24 hour comic event at the Peninsula Arts gallery at the Plymouth University. The event tied in with a publishers event that surrounded 'The Big Read' event with Moby Dick. This interactive comic is my contribution to the event and there is a link here if you want to take a look at the other artists 24 comics such as Dave Smith and Jack Teagle.

Friday, 7 September 2012

The Forgotten Corner...

Hey folks, it's been awhile, I have been looking for prospecting jobs and sorting out my life. I finally got a chance to do a piece of Illustration.
Also some friends of mine from Uni have formed a collective so we can help each other find work as illustrators and to be encouraging to one another in creating some beautiful imagery.
We agreed on calling ourselves 'The Forgotten Corner' affectionately named after our work space at the studio. Our first brief was to create images relating to the name of our collective, whether it be vague or as literate to it. 
Here is my contribution to the brief, which materialized into a small insight into my subconscious thoughts and my imaginings, so it’s quite a personal piece to me at least. 

Please do visit the other members of the collectives sites: OndrejBenjNickTomChrisTim and Chris Courage (sorry don't know his site) Stay smooth guys!