Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The Battle of Wakefield 1460 Comic Strip

A very brief telling of one of the bloodiest War of the Roses battles that went down in Wakefield 1460.

The comic strip was originally designed for large scale display at the Old Wakefield Museum (The Mechanics Institute building) on Wood Street, hence the tiny looking font. 

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Let the Battle Commence!

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Saturday saw the official opening of ‘The Battle of Wakefield Exhibition’ at Wakefield Museum. It was a great afternoon with live medieval entertainment in and around the exhibits and my comic strip, the reaction to which was very favourable. Big sigh of relief all around. My main concern was people would think it trivialised the war, to the contrary it was mentioned more than once, just how accessible it made the subject.

The opening garnered a few inches in the local press with some lovely big photographs. When you enter you are asked to take sides. That of the Yorkist’s or that of the Lancastrian’s. After spending time researching and drawing this strip, I would take the side of the Lancastrians in protecting their land, families and wealth. With the economic landscape of the UK in turmoil this week it shows just how little has changed in 550 years.

I am still struggling to get a decent set of photographs of the comic strip work insitu but my time is taken working on another project which needs to be wrapped up soon, for the sake of my sanity. It’s another set of BIG banners for Wakefield and even with my RAM and software upgrades it’s pushing the limits of my home computer set up. Looking forward to working at a smaller, more human scale sometime in the near future.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

First Look at ‘The Battle of Wakefield Exhibition’

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The Battle of Wakefield Exhibition at Wakefield Museum opened today and even with my critical eye, I must admit, the comic strip looks good. The pencil line and digital colouring has held up to being enlarged and the speech bubbles are crisp and easy to read. I like what the design team have done on the outside too, using the colouring flats as silhouettes to illustrate the text based pieces. This is something I hadn’t thought of but boy, it works well.
As always, it’s difficult to get a good photo, museum lighting is 40Watts of archival darkness at the best of times. Will try to remedy that in the next few weeks and get some nice photos made.

Wakefield SketchCrawl

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Today is also a SketchCrawl day. A day for people around the Globe to take time out a with pen and paper and crawl around their neighbourhood together. A modest few of us got together today to do Wakefield and I had a great time. The dread at drawing in public again was soon conquered by the simple act of doing it. I also came to the realisation that I enjoy drawing people more than I do buildings, from the comfort of a Cafe Table.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Old Nag

old hag drawing

Up late into the night trying to get my head around a drawing brief. Self doubt sets in.

Thursday, 14 October 2010


Portobello Banners
Using a light table to redraw part of a Banner design.

October Sketch Book

Sketchbook October 2010 B

It’s been awhile since I have written anything. I have been busy drawing things that I’m not allowed to reveal, just yet. Moving from one project to another with the speed of a mouse. Even with breaks scheduled in I am looking forward to a time when I have only the one thing to think about. That’ll be Christmas then!

We are in the month of Halloween, my favourite time of year. The pages above are from my recent sketchbook, trying to break away from all the pencil work I have been doing. It seems to have worked as all I want to do is get back to drawing with a pencil.