Tuesday, 28 July 2009


Dave Morris is right, the plunger and gun are on the wrong sides in the previous blog entry, damn! I was too busy moving elements to gett the symmetry of the beast in the background right. Originally the Dalek eye was pointing the same way as it's torso, I wanted to create a sense of movement and confusion in the Dalek so 'flipped' the head horizontally in Photoshop. These sketches show the original sketchbook idea and the composite I was to trace for the final drawing.
The image flipped back again to get the plunger and gun in the right place.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Drawing Daleks...

My first Dalek drawing can hopefully be seen on the 'Exdrawminate' blog. My second drawing above of the Dalek and Cthulhu nightmare is just one of those images that came to me, one eyed squirmy things from the abyss. I have an idea for a third drawing involving Captain Jack Harkness draped over the front plunger of a Dalek, 1950's horror poster style, but, you know, it's just an idea.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

DaM Sketchbook...

More doodles from the story I am working on in the background. These are done in pen and ink and ink wash and I love the immediacy of drawing direct.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

July in the Studio...

I have been using a black Pental Colour Brush pen and finding refills has been a bit tricky as suppliers only seem to stock and sell the entire pen unit. I looked on the internet for ways of refilling the ink cartridge and using a syringe seemed to work for some people. I tried this and discovered Pascal's Law... brute force prevailed and I managed to get a few drops of ink inside the cartridge to keep it going. Messy, yes, but I am going to perservere with recycling my ink cartidges until I find a suitable supplier.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

The 456

Following on from the Torchwood post yesterday, I got to thinking how the BBC have succeeded in terrorising generations of Kids. I loved the 456 and the 'less is more' way of showing them/it shrouded in toxic fumes. 'Less is more' is good when it comes to imagination and of course sci-fi programme budgets. I scoured the Internet looking for pictures of what the 456 might look like and after half an hour gave up. So here is a drawing of what I think the tick like parasites might look like behind those fumes.

NB. Over time, clearer photos appeared on line of the 456 showing how woefully off my version was. 

Friday, 10 July 2009


I really enjoyed Torchwood this week. Horror and laughs and politics. These sketches are composited from my sketchbook and kind of show my favourite bits from the show, Captain Jack's rejuvenation, Gwen's speech to camera asking "where are the heroes" and the horror of the 456 using kids as drugs. The politicians came off worst, I wanted the Prime Minister to rally an army of elite soldiers and hidden tech against the alien threat, instead of taking the path of least resistance like tepid water.

Life Drawing...

I swung on by the Channel 4 on Demand website today, to have a go at their Life Class programme. I have attended life drawing classes before and personally found older gnarly bodies are better to draw than younger 'perfect' ones, the process being more fulfilling than the end product. Having worked with art directors in design and animation, the ability to draw the human figure accurately is held as a high mark of quality drawing. Life Class is interesting but I felt like I was copying a photograph from my computer monitor. You do get examples and advice from the tutor of the day and watching other people draw is always fascinating.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

'Die at Midnight' Sketchbook...

I am working on an idea for a story called 'Die at Midnight', based on a Midsummer's Night storytelling walk and ramble I did with Helen on June 21st. Lieing and making stuff up around the facts of the day to make my story plausible. It was only at the point where I describe how I transformed into a werewolf that Helen said "...wait a minute!", which was quite satisfying. My que to take the story right off road with magic trees and hidden creatures with copper belts, asking for their teeth back. I have been working in my sketch book with a black Pental Colour Brush and a cheap dodgy water brush to dilute the colour ink to create the ink wash. I watched the David Hockney Imagine programme on the BBC iPlayer last week and was taken by the brief glimpse of a landscape Chinese scroll book. I think this is the format I want to do 'Die at Midnight' in.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Faceless Freelance...

I am busy this week working with Faceless on a performance piece which involves talking about 'architecture'. I am doing a lot of texture painting.