Saturday, 16 February 2019

Saturday Morning Sketchbook

Having used dip pen and ink a lot recently thought I'd give a brush pen a spin around in my sketchbook. Pens bring out the line where brush is good for shadows. Nice to do freehand but I don't know how sustainable it is as a style for me. Pages got black very quickly making me want to try out colour real soon.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019


Unused alternative to the Beheading of Thomas of Lancaster for the Pontefract Castle project I'm still working on.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Shh! I Can Hear Mice

WIP. Another background without figures added yet, this one illustrating castle counterminning to locate offensive tunneling. Original art (36 x 18cm 300gsm cartridge paper) was done with a variety of dip pens and indian ink and coloured with transparent watercolour which was scanned and the colour tweaked in Photoshop.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Backgrounds, No People Yet

A couple of backgrounds for the Pontefract Castle project I've been working on recently. Historical figures will be overlaid, cell animation style. Drawn A4 (ish) on 300gsm cartridge paper with a variety of dip pens and indian ink and coloured with transparent watercolour which was scanned and then the colours tweaked in Photoshop.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Reading Pictures: Seeing Stories Workshops

I've been asked to do a few workshops in November for Wakefield Libraries, celebrating words and pictures. Using Inktober this year I wanted to put what I know about drawing daily comics into practice. Where do ideas come from, keeping a sketch book and how do you shape them into regular pages.

Come along to Ossett Library 17th November and Wakefield Library 24th November and find out what I know.

Historical Comic Reprinted

The Battle of Wakefield 1460 I illustrated for Wakefield Museum a few years ago has been resized, re-lettered and reprinted and is available with the November 2018 issue No. 70 of All About History available online and where ever they still sell magazines (I found mine in my local Sainsbury's).

There's a little review over on Lew Stringers blog. Thank you Lew.