Long Division Festival 2018

I spent the festival wandering around various venues with my sketchbook making quick drawings of the crowds and performers. There was plenty going on and I feel like I didn't do nearly enough drawing, the pubs were standing room only with no space to swing a pen. Which is good for Wakefield's coffers. The Cathedral on Saturday looked amazing hosting bands, I hope it does it again.

Long Division 2018

Sunday Drawing in the Park (Again)

This mornings drawing started out as an attempt at an open line drawing, letting the water colour do all the work.

I got so far and wasn't happy with the results so decided to go back in and add some mark making with the Parallel Pen. It make things on the page look solid and I like the marks it makes, I feel it brings my drawing alive.

And this is what I used as my 'easel'...

Park Drawing

I had a go at colouring the drawing in Photoshop, trying to capture those bright flashes through branches that happen occasionally on sunny days in England.

Long Division Five Album Cover

I'll be Drawing the Crowds* at this years Long Division music festival 2nd May. As a warm up to the festival hte organisers have released an an album featuring some of the musical talent involved. You can download a copy, available as 'Pay What You Want' in aid of Wakefield Samaritans over on Bandcamp.

The only other cover I've done was for Nik Kershaw for his No Frills album.

*Literally, drawing the crowds of people attending the festival trying to capture the mood and atmosphere of the weekend with my drawings.

Burt Gummer on Arrakis

I see there is a new Tremors movie out, set in the Arctic.
Got me thinking about the inevitable destination for the franchise. Burt Gummer on Arrakis.


One of those hashtag things on twitter, name four films that have stuck with you for whatever reason over the years. In no particular order mine are...

There is a longer list of films I really like (Fight Club, Mad Max, Prometheus, Predator, Donnie Darko, The Fountain etc. and recently Split and Logan) but the ones that have had a lasting effect on me for whatever reason, they are the formative films of my youth. I don’t necessarily have to watch them again and if I did they might not live up to my nostalgic memory of them. Saying that it is easier to watch old films, last year I watched fairly good copies of The Medusa Touch and Captain Kronos on the internet and they have stood the test of time.
#FilmStuck4 #TheKeep #DocSavage #TheMedusaTouch #CaptainKronos

Thoughts Behind Character Design

Easter Sunday was spent doing a bit of character concept design. I've got a script for a ten page comic strip by my friend Noel Hannan on my desk but before I set about doing layouts I want to get into the main character Chuffin' Billy (the author gives a little more over on Facebook).

There's a lot of well trodden paths I could go down with a steam driven war robot , a lot of them ending up at the door of 2000ADcomic characters. Then there's Star Wars with their various robot like Stormtroopers and droid characters (K-2SO for example). A quick search for World War 1 armour brings up some wonderful and weird looking designs. In this age of CGI ultra realism I'm channelling DC Thompson characters Desperate Dan and Brassneck.

A selection of sketchbook doodles done while looking at the internet and thinking about where the character could go. I'm being vague about the nature of the comic strip in case I curse it before it's even started.

I used Photoshop to sk…

Hail and Sunshine

Drawing in the Park with a dip pen and ink. Got so far before the hail hit, finished off the inking and colouring back at home.

Drawing and Thinking

When I'm concentrating on a drawing I cant help but contemplate what else is going on in my life. I thought my 'quarry' work was behind me. Paid illustration has been scarce of late and temping in a warehouse has been a way of generating a little bit income. It's a totally different world to being freelance and nine miles away up some very steep hills.

I used a toothbrush and ink to create the splatter effect, masking out the area where I wanted the writing to go. Feels like I threw every technique I know onto these pages.

Drawing In Public Experiment

Today was a day for running around the park to keep my fitness level up. It's a nice day, not too cold and the sun breaks cloud now and then. Some places are slippery with mud but I manage to get around most of the parks callisthenic exercise points.
Someone on Twitter recently asked if I get bothered by inquisitive people when I draw outside. I tend to creep around areas that are away from the main footpaths, looking for something interesting to draw. I use my run as a way to check out what's what and then return and draw it afterwards. I've been drawing in my sketchbook regularly since October 2017 and the amount of people I've said hello to has been tiny, I think maybe two people have approached me to see what I was up too. I really don't mind it, I spend far too much time by myself so any human interaction is welcome at this stage.
Today's experiment was to draw somewhere in the park that was a bit more public than my usual lurking around in the bushes, I …

In search of chocolate

Legend tells of a Supermarket in Wakefield that sells food and quality continental chocolate at reasonable prices. I've walked from Agbrigg to Aldi (Kettlethorp?) a few times over the years. I don't drive and it is difficult cycling hills and busy dual carriage way so walking is sometimes the best way to get there. The best way during the summer months maybe. Recent snow and rainfall have made the fields very muddy for normal footwear. I've got a good pair of boots so it's just an annoyance getting messy. I managed to rinse off most of the mud in a big puddle before I went traipsing around the shop.  

Had to redraw one of the boots, it came out huge compared to the first one. I didn't notice until I finished the line work. I whited out the big boot with FW white acrylic ink and had another go. The ink isn't totally opaque so there is a ghost residue of the covered drawing. I like that effect.