Thumbnailing a 12 page comic for Wakefield Museum chronicling Charles Waterton, the early years. I'm not working to a definitive script yet so these are based on a very rough synopsis of what the story should contain. They help in pacing the visuals over the 12 pages and even at this scrappy stage help in defining what the characters might look like.
Thursday, 9 April 2015
I am part of a team working on a comic for Wakefield Museum chronicling the life and times of local lad Charles Waterton. 'The Squire' died 150 years ago this May and was an English naturalist and explorer. He is known for his eccentricities one of which was being chief rat-catcher and fox-taker, "by mutual understanding" while a student at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.
Saturday, 14 March 2015
Friday, 6 March 2015
Friday, 27 February 2015
This morning, pen testing and character design using a swiftly delivered A3 Minisun LightPad. For years I've made do with cumbersome, home made light boxes.
The Minisun LightPad works well and may even be a little too bright with plain sheets of 100gsm copier paper. I've read on-line of illustrators using 300gsm watercolour paper with this thing and having no problem seeing the under drawing. There's an in-line switch on the power cable - very handy, no more crawling under the table to switch lamps on and off.
My old 'light box' set up was an old desk lamp under a picture frame, perspex sheet and a salvaged drawing board stand. It worked okay but meant clearing an A2 size space to use it. Light was uneven and not that bright away from the middle.
Toast/coffee, comfy jeans, light pad, preparing for a drawing project. I'm happier than I deserve to be.
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Monday, 16 February 2015
|Favourite autobiographical diary pages from the past|
Diary pages for clients
I have been 'illustrating' freelance for 13 years, before that I worked in my teens, twenties and thirties for companies in graphic design/print, community arts, sign manufacture and computer games. While working the day jobs I was also contributing, collaborating and making small press comics and sending sample portfolios to all the major comics publishers. Until recently I was in the frame of mind to throw away, burn and destroy my old work because my new work was where I was at and I hated nostalgia.
Working with clients has meant me keeping records of work digitally on dvd's and hard drive back ups. Just in case I have to revisit a project, or remember how I went about creating a particular image or increasingly, using past drawing projects to promote my work for the future. Most of my work since 2007 is available to see for free on this blog, selected projects can be seen on my personal web site and work in progress/doodles/sketchbooks can be seen on Facebook, Twitter and my favourite site for posting at the moment, Instagram.
Working and illustrating for writers
There is a lot of comic work from the eighties and nineties that I would have liked to revisit, just for old times sake, the super hero strips that I did for Harrier or the horror anthology strips for Fantaco in particular. But they are gone, I get the briefest of glimpses sometimes if I search the internet hard enough. Maybe they are lost for a reason, I don't work or draw like that any more.
Collaborating with storytellers
Trawling hard drives, curating themes, resizing the images to fit all take time and I'm glad that the fifth and final day has come around. The cynical side of me thinks these challenges are Social Media Companies getting free content hooks to hang their advertising worms from, tasty wriggly visual content. It has been good to revisit these projects and to link, tag and be re-tweeted by friends and clients from the past and to make new networks in the process.