Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Die at Midnight: The Hunt

It forms the first part in a dream trilogy and Die at Midnight was never meant to take this long.  It became a project that was done in the background to other projects. A way of practicing my art, trying out different software and hardware techniques, that a paying client isn’t necessarily prepared to finance. It has taken nearly 20 months to finish the first 14 pages which is something of a record for me. The well worn theme of transformation is in the art style, from pencil to ink to brush to digital ink, it's all about change.

Does it make sense? Well, it’s based on a dream that I had, like most dreams it is ultra-real until you tell someone about how fantastic that dream is, then it loses compression, deflates and dies… horribly. So I have taken license to make it, hopefully, more enjoyable to read.

I made the layouts above not long after the dream and they have been invaluable in keeping me on track.
I am glad that I can put that sketchbook away and start on the next bit.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Autobiographical Shropshire 2005

More found artwork from old CD Backups, this time from the year 2005. Helen and I spent a week in a cottage in Church Stretton, Shropshire. We took our bikes on the train from Wakefield, I remember most the stunningingly steep Shropshire hills and the changeable wet warm weather.

I kept a note book of the trip, which over the week degenerated into embarrassing stick figure drawings as I became more and more native, adopting a lifestyle of eating, drinking, exploring, cycling, sleeping. I am not sure where the title came from, I've a feeling it was from my universal creativity theory and drawing style at the time of using thin lines with thick brush strokes to achieve what I thought was balance in an image.

Like a lot of my comic work, the plan was to do something a lot longer. I managed three of the pages below then had to take on illustration work which paid me some of that icky money stuff to keep up the pretence of a normal life. I have added in the alarm clock at the beginning and the notebook page at the end to round things off a bit.

Diary Pages June 2006

Although these officially went under the 'A Life of Magic' heading they were also an excuse to record everyday life. The life of a Freelancer can just evaporate, without any human contact to measure daily time by. No regular journey to work, no communal lunch breaks. This was my way of recording my life as it went about it's merry way.

Gone is the friendly open line of the years earlier months artwork and I went back to using a fine liner pen and brushpen in a heavier more direct style.

I don't think these pages ever saw print, they might have had a brief airing on my website for awhile, which was never a very good place to show multiple pages of artwork on. The amount of thumbnails and design headaches it incurred never really worked. Which is why I am using Blogger and their wonderful LightBox View to show these comic page images.

Day by Day Diary Pages August 2007

And in August 2007 it all came to a grinding halt. The cartoony and colourful drawing of the past few months ended in good old black and white. It wasn't a time thing , I think I still had the time to make the pages it was just that old chestnut... motivation. If I had to draw ‘me’ doing something mundane one more time I would scream.