Saturday, 10 December 2016

Colouring Process Rethink

I have been rethinking my colouring process. and experimented with combining hand colouring with Photoshop digital colouring. I like hand colouring but my technical abilities are not up to making paintings. I like digital colouring but I loathe the amount of time it takes to prepare the Colour Flats.

A combination of the two seems to be the way forward.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Kitten Coffee Label

My refillable coffee tin for weaker strength coffee needed a new label. The old one had got grubby and didn’t really reflect my morning moods of late. I drew a new one, coloured it with water colour and ‘laminated’ it to the tin with plastic tape.

Saturday, 26 November 2016


The Kate Bush Cloudbusting video (1985) is about Wilhelm Reich, his son Peter and the invention of Orgone Accumulators which he hoped could make rain. It featured Kate Bush in a dodgy wig and Donald Sutherland as the inventor father, Wilhelm.Not being aware of the back story back in the eighties, I imagined  there was more to the video than we were being told.
The mechanical invention seems to work but fails, only to be resurrected through the flesh of his child, just in the nick of time. The psychic desire to control the elements passed down through the fathers genes (a sub plot involving him hiding the identity of his daughter from the Men from the Ministry is in there too). Desperate to save her Dad, Kate channels her mutant powers and hurls a thunderbolt at the speeding black car.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Illustration Time

I have been busy with ad agency deadlines all week and finally this evening, got around to colouring my illustration for Save Our Souls magazine. It will support an article about ash dieback written by Charlotte Dixon in issue 3 (out early December 2016).

Monday, 31 October 2016

Inktober 2016 Part 2 (Days 14 - 31)

Not all the drawings are included here as some were better than others, check out my Twitter or my Instagram feeds if you want to see everything.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Inktober 2016 Part 1 (Days 1 - 13)

It's that time of year again, where artists who draw with ink sign up to do a drawing a day and post it online for all to see and marvel at. I started off not worrying too much about where I was going with it this year. From experience creating expectations out of thin air can create failure just as much as success. Day two I came up with a character who was either evil or a guardian and I wasn't sure if he was there to protect the child or sacrifice her (see what I mean about creating expectation).

Not all the drawings are included here as some were better than others, check out my Twitter or my Instagram feeds if you want to see everything. These drawings are done as an added extra to the working day so I wasn't going to get into 'redrawing and designing things until they look right mode' they are created day by day and I have no real idea where they are going.

As you can see I hit upon using cut outs as they find their way in to our universe, this saved me time having to draw backgrounds and made #inktober a bit more experimental, talking of which Day 7 I ordered a couple of Parallel Pens from Cult Pens. I had been using a Platinum Carbon Pen up until then but was getting itchy to be a bit more expressive in my mark making. I had seen a few artists I follow on social media using Parallel Pens and decided to give them a go, Cult Pens being great delivered them the next day. The timing was spot on and aligned with the character's travelling into a Parallel Pen Universe.