Monday 29 October 2012

29th October '12

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

Butterflies' Rest

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

Garnet Colour - WIP

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

Forest Clearing - WIP

I've not had much time recently to work on any personal art, but I've been able to snatch the odd hour here and there to work on this piece.
Still a long way to go.

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Zamphyr - Sketch WIP

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

Garnet - Sketch WIP

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

18th June '12

Another ACEO - Original: alcohol based markers and water-soluble coloured pencil on 2.5"x3.5" Bristol Board

Monday 11 June 2012

11th June '12

Another ACEO - Original: alcohol based markers and water-soluble coloured pencil on 2.5"x3.5" Bristol Board

Wednesday 30 May 2012

30th May '12

Some more ACEOs.
Original: alcohol based markers and water-soluble coloured pencil on 2.5"x3.5" Bristol Board

Wednesday 9 May 2012

9th May '12

This is my first ACEO card art.

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 (minus the watermark). For any enquiries please contact me at

Original: alcohol based markers and water-soluble coloured pencil on 2.5"x3.5" Bristol Board

Monday 2 April 2012

2nd April '12

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

26th March '12

The sun has come out over England and the weather is lovely ^^. We could still do with some rain though, but I wont be complaining while I enjoy the sunshine.

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Tuesday 20 March 2012

20th March '12

Above is an image that I created for MinamiCon, an anime convention that ran in the UK last weekend.
The design was printed on canvas bags that were handed out at the event.

Wednesday 7 March 2012

7th March '12

I'm slowly getting through commission work and hopefully have some time to finish off some personal work. Also hopefully start turning these sketches into colour drawings.

Monday 5 March 2012

Monday 27 February 2012

27th February '12

I've been a bit slack on uploading anything new recently, since I've been trying to complete a commission piece. But hopefully I'll have time to fit a few more sketches in as I work.

Monday 6 February 2012

6th February '12

We got our first proper snow of the year this weekend. It's been pretty cold too! Luckily I've been keeping warm by eating cake.

Tuesday 31 January 2012

Tuesday 24 January 2012

24th Jan '12

Thought I'd try working smaller to try and improve the speed at which I work. This is a 2.5"x3.5" sketch.

Monday 23 January 2012

23rd Jan '12

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

6th January '12

This piece is coloured pigment ink on A3 Bristol board. I'm tentative about starting colouring on it as I like the lineart a lot.

Monday 2 January 2012

2nd January '12

First post of the new year! Finally getting back to drawing again after the busy-ness of the Christmas season.
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.