Monday, 29 October 2012
I'm back from London Comic Con MCM Expo. I had an awesome time, but am absolutely exhausted now. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the stall, it was great meeting everyone. I think it's time for me to sleep now though and hopefully post something longer later in the week.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
First completed full size illustration in about three and a half months.
Very happy with the outcome though, so I think it was worth the wait to finish it.
I had a lot of fun with this piece. Especially the ivy and fungus on the tree.
Original is alcohol based marker, watercolour ink and watersoluble pencil on 15" x 11" watercolour paper.
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
This evening I've been trying to rescue this piece. Watercolour paints are deceptively very different to watercolour ink that I usually use. Luckily one of the things I love about traditional media is the how you cope with mistakes. I guess it somewhat compensates for my inability to test new techniques before diving into them.
Monday, 6 August 2012
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
I'm really bad at drawing men. I don't want to draw really effeminate looking men, but at the same time I'm bad at making people look masculine. I also like drawing flowers which aren't very manly at all.
So here's a bit of practice with something of a compromise of not having to be *too* manly.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
A new sketch... just in case I don't actually have enough unfinished sketches yet.
This one is on 9"x12" watercolour paper, so a bit smaller than usual, which means I'm more likely to finish it... hopefully, and also gives me a chance to practice with bottled ink some more
Monday, 18 June 2012
Monday, 11 June 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
It was an interesting challenge going from my usual drawing size of 11.7"x16.5" down to 2.5"x3.5", but it gives me a chance to focus more on certain aspects of my work.
The original and print versions of this image will be available shortly via tangentine.com (minus the watermark). For any enquiries please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Original: alcohol based markers and water-soluble coloured pencil on 2.5"x3.5" Bristol Board
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Monday, 2 April 2012
Got round to doing some inking at the weekend. Tried using a nib pen since I haven't done so in a while and it meant I could finally use the lovely shellac drawing inks I bought a couple of months ago. I think it will definitely speed up the inking process, although I need to find some thin tubes for mixing the ink consistency.
Monday, 26 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
Monday, 27 February 2012
Monday, 6 February 2012
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Monday, 23 January 2012
I received some lovely new watercolour paper, drawing ink and (finally) a new nib holder. So I thought I'd draw something small and quick to test them... but when is anything I do quick?
In celebration of Chinese New Year I tried to draw a dragon.
Friday, 6 January 2012
Monday, 2 January 2012
I don't do New Year's resolutions, but each year I aim to get at least one piece finished per month. Last year I managed to complete 16 full colour illustrations, which is a definite improvement on my productivity of the past couple of years. It helped that 10 of those were A5 sized images, whereas I usually work at A3 size... maybe it's a hint that I should try and do some smaller works as well so that I finish them.
It does mean that I have half a dozen larger sketch pieces waiting to be finished, some of which I can hopefully work on this week.
I also spent about 3 hours today trying to get a Wacom Bamboo Tablet, Windows 7 and any piece of graphics software to talk to each other nicely to do a tiny weeny bit of editing done. On the upside where I am now is a lot more comfortable to work, but it is frustrating knowing there are two much better graphics tablets sitting unused in my other room many miles away.
The piece above is an A4 picture that I decided to try and finish, so maybe if I'm very lucky I can get it completed by the end of the week.