Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Monday, 30 August 2010
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
It’s the dead days between Christmas and New Year’s eve 1460, castle business goes on apace keeping up with the influx of Richard’s men. The Duke of York in the forge is having his armour adjusted to accommodate his recent good living when suddenly the Earl of Salisbury bursts in. “VIENE TORMENTA!”
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Pencils for the first half page of a short strip I'm working on. This page is A4 Landscape and drawn with a 2B pencil. This will be scanned in at high resolution, resized to A3 and then coloured digitally over the top. I was going to use pen and ink and watercolour but changed my mind at the eleventh hour. I'm just not accurate enough with a pen, where with pencil I can erase and redraw to at least get a passing resemblance to the thing I'm supposed to be drawing. And I like the smoky atmosphere it creates too.
As a side note, I decamped to Helen’s studio for the day to do this and plan on doing that for the next few days to get this pencilling stage complete. Three and a half pages to go, which will now get quicker to do with the style worked out I hope.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Frustrating past few days spent sorting out a new wireless router, three computers and a wireless printer/scanner on a home network. Did these quick sketches of our grubby old ginger cat as a way of celebrating me getting it all working.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Monday afternoon I was allowed to sit in on a session at Sandal Castle Visitor Centre. Drawing and taking reference photos of re-enactment weapons and helmets and costumes. A lot of my research so far has been from websites and black and white locally produced books, so to be able to handle and feel the physical shape and weight of medieval equipment is an eye opener to what these objects actually look like. Now, I just have to find a complete working medieval castle and an army of 28,000 fighting men and my research will be complete.
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Above: These are the first set of layouts for a comic strip I am working on. Being roughs, they include a lot of mistakes and rethinking and blank boxes towards the end. Most of the content is in there though, it’s now a matter of working on timing and panel flow to make it work as a comic strip. I’ll redraw these pages a few times using a light box and layout paper and then it’s time for some editorial input.
Top: Drawings getting into a character.
Bottom: Image is a ‘materials test’. Trying to find the way this project wants to be drawn. I have no choice in this matter, my drawing power is connected to the wind and tides. Dip Pen and Ink is the winner, (now there’s a surprise).
Monday, 2 August 2010
Helen and I spent last week in and around Keswick in Cumbria. The weather wasn't that brilliant, with cloud hugging the mountain tops for most of the time we were there. Here are a few of the pages from my sketchbook. Soft, water soluble things to draw with are good for this type of environment.