Showing posts from September, 2012

Drawing on the Corner of Denby Dale & Ings Road

This was a great day to be stood outside making notes and one of the first autumnal days this year. I locked my bicycle up at the supermarket and then walked a few metres across the car park in the direction of Denby Dale road. There is a fenced off culvert there in which you can see murky water which will end not far, flowing into the River Calder further up Ings road by The Hepworth. It's very quiet pedestrian wise, a few parked cars and a people walking into town, other than that there is no reason for people to hang around. There is lots of noise though, Traffic, tractors, trains, road works, lorries, usual town centre commotion.

Late Night Grrrr

Working late into the night the first two panels on the page went well. At 1am the third panel was nearly finished and I thought things were going good when I got an ink blob drop onto the page from my dip pen, that's it just below the word 'Snork'. I tried to redraw the panel a few times thinking I could 'patch' the panel  later but the results were not as good as the first attempt, I decided to go with it and wait for the ink to dry. Next morning I looked at the ink blob with fresh eyes and thought with a bit of white ink it could be incorporated into the phlegm coughing theme of the panel.

Thornes Lane Wharf or as I like to call it, 'Page Two'

I posted the line work for this early this morning and this is now the coloured in version. I mixed opaque white calligraphy ink into the watercolour to thicken it up a bit to get the kind of sky I wanted (moody) and just kept going pretending like I knew what I was doing. The only problem is it caused the paper to wrinkle on the right hand side. The above image is scanned (in two parts and joined together in Photoshop) pretty much as is without any tweaking. If you compare it to the next image after the jump, you can see how little I am messing with the original artwork.

This is the completed page so far. I say so far because I am not happy with the 'arfside' in panel three and might apply some cross hatching over the top to hide the typography a bit. At the time, I didn't want to be too specific in the image to the logo side of things. If I had any sense I would redraw it but I want to keep some of the 'happy mistakes' in this project and I need to move on to th…

Late Night, Work in Progress

Night photos of work in progress. I have been tweeting these as they are made late into the night but I think very few people are getting to see them. I find Twitter a consuming beast that if you are not there at the right moment something is announced, then it's gone. I am guilty of scrolling through the nights events to see what has happened in the last 40 minutes. Drawn 332 x 242mm direct with pen and ink using photo-reference, sketches and notes made on location.

Wakefield Diary Page in Progress

After a lot of procrastination and thinking about it I finally get out side to start a little project that has been in the ether (the ether being 'my brain') for the last six months. The original idea was to venture out into the wonderland that is Wakefield and produce brilliant looking sketches in situ, I tried that a few times and felt totally underwhelmed by my efforts. Physically making large scale drawings in an urban environment was not something I felt comfortable with and so I went back to working in my sketchbook.

The Cordwainer of Scarletwell Street (Episode 2)

Brief: The Cordwainer of Scarletwell Street (episode 2) in… The Stride of a Green Metal Man
A short story written by Justin Neal and illustrated by John Welding.

Ah, here we go then. There was no official brief but more of a conversation among friends that if it had to be written down would look or sound something like… ‘Produce three colour drawings, one of which is to be used as a poster image, to illustrate the text of the short story… and make it look AWESOME my good fellow!’

When I started doing these drawings for Episode 2 (Episode 1 can be seen here) I was in digital drawing and colouring mode, having last year invested in a copy of Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom Intuos 4 drawing tablet I thought it time they earned their way in my world. I was even writing and drawing notes digitally.

Justin's got a plan and a story arc and had a definitive idea of how the characters should look, so I spent some time exploring the characters especially that of the ‘Redman’ who Justin …