Thursday, 31 January 2013

Home Brew

The next dream comic strip is entitled Home Brew and involves fathers and magical squid secretions. Go figure the psychology on that one. I am thinking about it though and it would be nice to use a brush pen to make this one with, it suits the subject matter. I am in the midst of book design for a client and will be until mid-March so this is definitely a side project at the moment.

Coincidentally, the dream is over thirteen years old, I remember it well as I wrote it up as a short story not long after in my terrible storytelling way, that and the auspicious night I had the dream on. A dream from the eve of Halloween in the year 2000.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The Duel Colouring Process

That's me, I am the one with the sword stuck in me guts.

I am busy doing a bit of book design for a client at the moment, which will take time and require a different brain to my usual drawing one. I am also hobbling a bit with a twisted left knee from cycling too hard at the gym and it's snowing freezing outside... perfect conditions to continue with my dream comic.

In the original dream I die but I am changing that for the sake of a laugh in the strip. These strips are planned in that I use the ones that are the most lucid and memorable for material. The irony being the more strips I do the less vivid dreams I am having, almost like therapy exorcising the brain of reasons to hate me. I do miss them though, I have said before it's like renting a movie - only for free without the trudge back to the shop the next day.

This dream is probably 14 years old, it has recurred a few times throughout the years. Strangely enough I do have a weak left shoulder (where originally in the dream I am stabbed) is it a past life experience, the body remembering for the soul or is it just plain old middle age arthritis?

I started this strip last year and then got distracted with paid work, so with the New Year decided to get it finished in one state or another, hence the pencil and computer style seen here compared to the pen and ink seen here. Lettering as I write this and it may need a bit of colour tweaking to keep the continuity of the pages that precede it, also note the tiny colour palette for the strip on the right hand side of the page.

Monday, 14 January 2013


A vampire at sunrise

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Brush Pen Doodles from last night... 

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Abandoned Diary Page

Abandoned layout for a diary page.