Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Pencil Sketch

So for the first comic that I will be doing featuring this character of mine, I have been trying to figure out a way to create a moody atmosphere with the images with the intent that the comic would be printed in B/W, since printing in colour is too expensive. Originally I was just going to do it all in my usual single tone colour which would come out grey from the printing. But I wanted to do something that takes advantage of that print process and not let it hinder me. So I figured pencil is an obvious choice to make a dark, gritty, moody atmosphere that evokes Noir. 
And that brings us to this sketch, done in HB pencil and black watercolour pencil (a cheap one) and ink for the solid blacks. Upon reflection I feel its still a medium I am not used to in terms of rendering my images in this fashion and it will require me to keep on practicing until I think its good enough for the printed comic. 
So next time I will use different paper and a better black pencil too.
As for the story its still being refined. The first issue is being overhauled as there were too many comic book cliches. Also creating a voice for the character to come through the dialogue is harder than I thought. So basically it feels as though I am starting from scratch again.
I hope to get the comic finished by the end of August so it gives me time to get it ready and printed just in time for DevCon1. I should have some progress shots of the comic coming up soon, so keep watching this site.

Monday, 24 June 2013

A little portrait

I've been in a painting mood last week so here is another image just for you. Here is a portrait of me and my talented better half, Diana Mazuru, that I did with watercolours on smooth hot pressed paper. I feel the suit makes me look older than I am. Incidentally, you can check out Diana's own blog at

Blue Hamster

I haven't been very good with keeping this site up to date and whilst I am busy doing my own projects and work I decided to do a quick sketch just to keep things fresh. Lately I got into gouache paint for the first time and decided to give it a trial with this Space Hamster sketch. I was pleased with the results as the paint is similar to inks but gave a painterly quality to the my image. The paint wasn't 'washy' like ink either so when it came to tweaking on Photoshop it was easier for me to select and adjust the colour. 
I think that this new medium might become a replacement to the ink washes I am accustomed with when doing tonal images.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Final Poster

Well here it is, the agreed final design for this year's 150th rail exhibition poster in Falmouth. 

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Railway exhibition poster evolution

Currently doing a poster project for the history society in Falmouth. There has been a few backwards and forwards with this poster, and the last thumbnail is where the poster stands for now. It has been good little work experience but I am looking forward to giving more time for personal projects once this is over.