Friday, 28 March 2014

Sketchbook Catch Up

It seems unfair that followers on my social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) get to see blurry photos of work in progress (and lots of pics of my cat Ash) and those that follow my blog get to see mainly finished work. I am remedying that by collecting the snaps from the past week here for you, for better or for worse...

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Windswept Tree

I was searching for some old artwork for something which might happen soon when I came across these original pages of The Windswept Tree. It was a small 22 Page, A5 self published comic I did for the 1998 Luxembourg Comics Festival (Festival International de la BD de CONTERN) a very long time ago now. There were about 50 printed copies and they had a car spray painted silvery effect on the card cover, achieved with the aid of a template cut from a sheet of acetate. I had just finished doing The Goathland Diary comic and this was a technique I had employed for that, for the second print run at least.

The artwork pages to The Windswept Tree are yellowing and smell a bit mildewy so I thought it best to scan them for the sake of posterity. The strip is pretty much wordless because I thought that would span the language barrier, my only claim to comic hobnobbing is I sold one to Charlie Adlard and maybe one to Arthur Ranson on the tables next to me, and that was about it really sales wise. "It's all cartoon motorbike rats and policemen with big noses over here" I was told by someone perusing my wares.

The story of The Windswept Tree is semi autobiographical in that people that I knew at the time in the village appeared as 'actors' in the strip, a wind blown journey through the village of Goathland in North Yorkshire, with me speculating in my own naive way, about what might be going on there. The structure at the end of the strip where the little cat ends up, for those of you who have not ventured over that way, is RAF Fylingdales which exists and looks pretty much as I've drawn it. Reality is stranger than fiction sometimes.

Hey, you're still here. I liked the strip, it was done over two weeks and drawn with indian ink and a small rigger brush. With hindsight the last page doesn't really make sense and I probably should have ended it on page 21 instead, although at the time it felt like the logical image to finish with.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Wakefield Rooftops

A sketch of Wakefield rooftops and Town Hall Clock Tower as seen from Westgate Studios (the old Prudential Building). I took a photo from the studio B6 I was renting in 2007, with a small digital camera and remember thinking at the time the photo would come in useful one day. Seven years ago and a lot of development has happened in the city but Wakefield still has its gritty qualities above the skyline.