Friday, 12 August 2016

Beam

























Last month I was asked to provide a cover for the tenth issue of the fanzine BEAM, edited by Nic Farey and Jim Trash. Nic gave me the general brief (and the photograph of the crossed searchlight beams) and left the rest up to me.

I realised this was an opportunity to use some pages from my Sketchbook Circle book (see here) , so I combined the photo and the drawings, in the process having to work with umpteen Photoshop Layers for the first time, then coloured the whole thing in Photoshop.

The fanzine has now been issued, so I can show the cover here. I'm pretty pleased with the way it's turned out, as I hope the editors are. By the way, for those slow on the uptake, or without Nic's Classics background, the crossed beams show an "X" for the tenth issue.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Michael Foreman Masterclass

























Me and the Monster (WIP)
(Fine line marker and watercolour)

One Saturday in May I went to Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books based in Newcastle, where I'd paid for a Masterclass with Michael Foreman, the great children's author and illustrator.

It was great fun. Michael told his life story, illustrated with family photographs and pictures from his books. He's a good storyteller with a fund of stories from his life and it's clear that his childhood has informed much of his work.

The final part of the day was a workshop and Michael admitted this was the first he'd held for adults. That became clear when he asked us what we wanted to do, rather than giving us a project. What he eventually settled on was "Draw yourself as a child, then draw who you thought you'd be when you grew up".

I don't think he could quite get to grips with what I drew (see above). I had to explain that I never had any idea of what I'd be when I grew up, and that's pretty much how I feel today. When I grow up, I might have a better idea.

Not knowing what I wanted to be, I drew a monster next to me, because that was what I liked when I was that age (and, of course, I still do).

I didn't have time to finish the watercolour work, or even get the feet right, but in due course I will.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Onion Head

























Onion Head 
(Mixed media in A5 sketchbook)

One of the potential difficulties with having my work split between this blog and Boogie Street is that occasionally there can be an overlap. Were it not for having completed this image in a sketchbook in a Sketchbook Circle which is definitely at the Fine Art end of the spectrum, I'd almost certainly have posted it here as an Illustration.

Well, nothing's perfect.


Sunday, 24 January 2016

At the Gym
























(Black marker and digital colour)

Back on the ..er.. treadmill, as it were. This is for the latest challenge from the Cartoonists' Forum Cartoon Competition. Caption Competition No 337 asks for a cartoon on the Theme: AT THE GYM.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Theme Park





















Trying my best to keep this thing going, here's another another challenge from the 52 Week Illustration Challenge

This is Week 3 : Theme Park (Black markers and digital colour)

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Outdoors

























Another week, another challenge from the 52 Week Illustration Challenge
Week 2 - Outdoors. Black marker and digital colour.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Fancy Dress

























In yet another effort to push myself along, I've signed up to the 52 Week Illustration Challenge on Facebook. They also have a blog here

This week, the Challenge is FANCY DRESS and while I intended to hand colour my black marker drawing, I let things slide and ended up using the easy Photoshop alternative.

Must do better.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

People



















People (Oil on canvas, Photoshop)

It's a long time since I posted here and even longer since I contributed to Illustration Friday. So here is my contribution to this week's challenge - People.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Film Lines






















This week, the Cartoonists' Forum Cartoon Competition asked for something on the subject of  - Film Lines.

[Later]: I'm pleased to announce that this one won First Place in the competition!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Are you trying to be funny ...?

























After a very long lay-off from cartooning, or indeed drawing of any kind, I'm back with an entry to the Cartoonists' Forum Competition. This week's challenge was a cartoon using the set caption "Are you trying to be funny ..?" the answer to which is, I guess ... yes, I am.

It's always nice to renew acquaintance with Dr Frankenstein and his Monster.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Daily Star 4 (Late Night Edition)


Pens of Yesteryear

I've been sorting out some of my drawing equipment and in the process uncovered the bottles of ink needed for two of my favourite drawing pens. One was a very small bottle of black Rotring ink for a marker pen I used to draw "Journey" below. I stood the pen up with its reservoir in the ink bottle but even after several hours the nib still wouldn't work, so I binned it (and the bottle).

Better results with the old bottle of Quink and the Osmiroid sketching pen. That's what I used for "Daily Star 3" below and it looks like it works really well. Hurrah. Looking forward to using it again.

Journey























"With hope in his heart and all his worldly goods on his back, he set off on his great journey."

An illustration for this week's Illustration Friday topic - Journey.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

King























This week's challenge from Illustration Friday is : King. I've dug out another cartoon from the Archive (originally done with a sketching fountain pen and ink), changed the caption and run it through Photoshop to colour it.

It's nice to be back on the treadmill.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Proteus Pencil























1B pencil on lined foolscap

Here's something from a long time ago. This is a pencil drawing I did for the cover of a fanzine called PROTEUS, some time in the mid-60s. I'd have traced this onto a wax stencil before cutting through the wax to produce something that could be run off on a duplicator. 

Technology has moved on a bit since then.