A card for my gal, who's having a birthday on this jollier than usual 5th of November. Don't worry - she is an adult, despite what you might imagine looking at the design. And, no she's not Suzi Quatro.
The frontal feline is based on a charming little kitten we bonded with on the summit of Lindos acropolis in Rhodes earlier this year.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Here's something I forgot to post when it went live a few weeks back: "Bad Radio" - five pages of Weirdness in the Woods, written by Sam Costello and illustrated by yours truly for his excellent monthly horror webcomic Split Lip.
Sketched very roughly in pencil, with blacks and greys in Photoshop, retaining some of the pencil textures here and there and trashing them elsewhere. Huge fun.
My website's had an extensive rebuild so that it'll more coherently house the avalanche of new illustrations heading its way over the coming months. Have a peek.
It feels good to be giving the old portfolio an overhaul, especially having spent a sizeable chunk of the last twelve months working on a comic strip pitch for The DFC - a pitch which, despite a strong start in the editorial enthusiasm stakes, is presently inert. Such is life. I'd been needing to get away from it for a while, do something else for a bit and go back to it with a fresher head - if anything can take it onto a new level, it's that... plus maybe spending at least a week watching nothing but kids' TV and films, reading nothing but kids' books and eating nothing but sweets. 'Bit of a no-brainer. It's a long time since I was ten, after all. Time to get a re-grounding. Be a sponge - soak it all up and knock it out into new shapes.
I'm happy with the concept of the strip (courtesy of my partner) and the look of it, even if my writing and dialogue have been a bit prosaic so far. It's partly down to aesthetic hesitance - not being entirely sure how you should approach the process, and not being entirely sure who you need to be aiming the results at. I'd like to think I'll be clearer on that front by the time I dive back in... So far, the bits that work best are when it touches on the kind of verbose silliness and surrealism abundant in some of my grown up comics. If I can combine that with a more universal feel, well, we might be onto something.
Monday, November 03, 2008
It's a kids' illustration for grown-ups, really, isn't it? Ah well. I'll do something a little cuddlier next time to balance it all out. In fact, no... I'm going to do a cuddly version of this very piece, and stick 'em side by side...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Finally got around to doing some more; at this stage it's not a million miles away from being done and dusted.
I've had my Vermeer book close to hand throughout. I love Vermeer. What an artist.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Illustrations for a team building murder mystery event... one of those nice little surprise jobs that lands on your drawing board every now and then.