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.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Angry Ant Man

I was looking for images to put on a Tumblr site as a sort of archive for my illustrations I have done over the last 10 years when I came across this lurking in a folder. It pre-dates my Blogger site by a good few years and I don' think it's been seen by anyone. (I did print up a few copies for friends but who knows where they are now).
We still get ants in the kitchen since 2003. Some years they swarm some years they are shy.