Wednesday, 30 December 2015

A Few More Characters



A few more characters for the Pontefract Castle Banners.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Pontefract Castle Banners

Ponty Castle Characters

Work very much in progress. A few of the characters from history for a set of banners for Pontefract Castle.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Charles Waterton Comic Flip Through



The Charles Waterton comic I contributed too is out and it looks, feels, smells like all kinds of comic greatness. At the moment it's only available from visiting Wakefield Museum and for a small contribution. Like most public institutions the Museum survives/thrives through public interaction. Go for the comic, stay for The Charles Waterton Exhibition and leave after great coffee and cake from the Create Cafe opposite.

The Museum is looking into distribution options, one might be a print on demand feature from the company that printed the original comic.

Friday, 6 November 2015

WIP: Curious Stories From Asia 5



Curious Encounters of the Human Kind: Southeast Asia

WIP. The fifth and final map in a series of black and white pen and ink maps featuring aspects of the Asian continent for the writer/adventurer/storyteller Paul Spencer Sochaczweski.

Find out more about Paul's work and the up and coming book these illustrations are destined for at www.sochaczewski.com

WIP: Curious Stories From Asia 4


Curious Encounters of the Human Kind: Borneo

WIP. The fourth in a series of black and white pen and ink maps featuring aspects of the Asian continent for the writer/adventurer/storyteller Paul Spencer Sochaczweski. More maps from different parts of the Asian continent to follow.

Find out more about Paul's work at www.sochaczewski.com


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

WIP: Curious Stories From Asia 3



Curious Encounters of the Human Kind: The Himalayas

WIP. The third in a series of black and white pen and ink maps featuring aspects of the Asian continent for the writer/adventurer/storyteller Paul Spencer Sochaczweski. More maps from different parts of the Asian continent to follow.

Find out more about Paul's work at www.sochaczewski.com


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Inktober 2015




It's another of those month's doing random sketches a day and adding the hashtag #inktober. You can see what I've been up to so far over on my Instagram page.

Above is my take on the lovely Laureline (and the Grumpy Transmuter from Bluxte!) from Valerian and Laureline: Ambassador of the Shadows.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

WIP: Curious Stories From Asia 2


Curious Encounters of the Human Kind: Indonesia

WIP. The second in a series of black and white pen and ink maps featuring aspects of the Asian continent for the writer/adventurer Paul Spencer Sochaczweski. More maps from different parts of the Asian continent to follow.

Find out more about Paul's work at www.sochaczewski.com


Close ups of the characters involved in the Curious Indonesian Stories (The nutmeg fruit didn't get used for lack of space). Moses, Sea Turtle, Komodo Dragon, Giant mosquito killing little old lady, Homo Floresiensis (Hobbits), Mermaid Queen and Nutmeg Fruit.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Waterton Comic Exhibition


The next Artwalk on Wednesday, 30th September 2015 Wakefield Museum is opening a small exhibition of working sketches and selected pages Staz JohnsonRichard Bell and myself, the artists from the up and coming Charles Waterton Comic. John Whitaker the mysterious fourth member of the Waterton Comic team will also be there. Mysterious in that it was all his idea and he did most of the writing and artist wrangling for it.

Exhibition runs until 7th November 2015.



Last minute sketch before the exhibition begins.

Illustrations for David Chappell's
book 'The Great Marquess'

Chantry Chapel

Mary Bolles Water Tower
Old Hall, Heath
Sandal Castle

Illustrations for  David Chappell's forth coming ebook 'The Great Marquess'. David lived in the area of Wakefield where I now live and contacted me asking if I would be interested  in illustrating his book. I said yes because after spending so long working inside on the Young Waterton comic strip the thought of getting some fresh air and a bit of door step exploring appealed to me a lot.

David wanted specific scenes for his fantasy novel so it took a bit of research for Old Hall, Heath was demolished (and later) rebuilt and Sandal Castle is all but a ruin now. Chantry Chapel and Mary Bolles Water Tower are still standing so they were fairly easy to photograph for reference.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

WIP: Heath Old Hall



Line work for an illustration for David Chappell's forth coming book 'The Great Marquess'. The drawing is based on Old Hall, Heath near Wakefield.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

WIP Chantry Chapel

Line work for David Chappell's forth coming book 'The Great Marquess'. The drawing is based on Chantry Chapel located near Wakefield Town Centre, which David knew from his youth.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

WIP Mary Bolles Water Tower


Line work for a book illo for David Chappell's 'The Great Marquess' forth coming book. The drawing is based on Mary Bolles Water Tower located near Heath Common, Wakefield which David knew from his youth.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Pen Love: The Rolinx Mapping Pen

I like using dip pen and ink. Over the years I have tried various nibs, holders and ink hoping for the right combination. They will work for awhile but then something happens in the execution of a drawing which means I suddenly fall out of love with my chosen one. I'm fickle like that.

During that fall out period there is always one dip pen that I return to for reassurance and this is it. A Rolinx Mapping Pen I first found them in a stationers shop in my home town of Bletchley about 33 years ago. I was doing comics for fanzines and the small press at the time and knew that artists used a dip pen of some kind. Being in a small Buckinghamshire town the Mapping Pen was all that was available to me, a mapping pen and a bottle of the cheapest black Parker ink.

At that time I hated using the dip pen because it did what I love it for now. It made a mess, curves were not smooth, paper fibre clogged the extra fine tip and the ink dripped. My hand would cramp and the middle knuckle would ache from gripping the cheap plastic body too tightly. I was trying hard to draw in someone else's style and not comfortable with my own. The Catch 22 situation, I didn't have confidence back then, I over compensated and did not relax until decades later.

The tip is very sharp and capable of very fine lines where the tines are flexible enough to give good line variation with pressure. And they are cap-able. The amount of times I have pricked myself on a nib reaching for something in the dark means caping a dip pen is a very good idea.

After using fibre tip and brush pens for the Young Waterton strip these three  months past it's time to get back with the Rolinx again. They are not cheap and have a short life span in which you throw the whole thing away so environmentally maybe not the wisest choice. When they work, for drawing and sketching they are magnificent.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

WIP: Curious Stories From Asia




Curious Encounters of the Human Kind: Burmar

WIP. A series of black and white pen and ink maps featuring aspects of the Asian continent for the writer/adventurer Paul Spencer Sochaczweski. Map Number 1 Myanmar (Burmar). More maps from different parts of the Asian continent to follow.

Find out more about Paul's work at www.sochaczewski.com

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Jumping Cats of Inle Lake, Myanmar



Warm up drawing for a map project I'm illustrating at the moment. The art work  for the map will be in black and white and hand drawn with dip pen & ink, with the various elements (of which there are many) scaled and positioned in Photoshop, I've not been able to draw with my Wacom pen of late so was surprised that I liked this cat jumping through a hoop representing Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma) that appeared when warming up.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Bad Weather in the Supermarket


Trapped at the self service checkout of the local big supermarket as a young boy put on a loud show berating his mother. As I stood there fumbling for loyalty card and reusable carrier bag the story unfolded, his older brother was allowed to eat crisps in his bedroom and he was not, had initiated a display of over acting worthy of a vaudeville villain.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Page 11 Inked Panel Details


Young Waterton is stricken with fever and hallucinations.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Inking Details Page 10




Young Waterton is growing up fast and finding his way in the world, he starts his adventuring in Malaga, Spain where he witnesses a migration of Barbary Apes over the Rock of Gibraltar.


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Colour Details Pages 7, 8 and 9

Close up colour details of the pages I was working on today.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Colouring Waterton Comic Pages 7, 8 and 9


Relocated to the kitchen table for a bit of room while I colour three Young Waterton pages.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Inking Page 9

WIP. The boy has grown up by the end of page 9. The final deadline for Young Waterton is in one week. Another three pages to go yet. Squeak! 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Light Box Lettering



Using a light pad to draw lettering SFX for the Charles Waterton comic strip. I am using the under drawing as a guide and a layout only, details comes later.

Drawing Non-Straight Lines



Here's a short video of how I draw my 'straight lines'. Drawing lines with a ruler can make a line too accurate. My freehand lines, even with an under drawing can go a bit askew sometimes.  To keep the line alive I use the edge of a sheet of paper as a guide, it gives my line enough life to live but not the freedom to ruin a page.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Father Clifford Design Doodles


Character doodles for the role of Father Clifford, one of Charles Waterton's early mentors at Stonyhurst College 1796 (ish). The drawing on the left seems a bit rakish so I'm going with the one on the right, he's a bit more fatherly and willing to help the distracted young Waterton find his true calling.


As I was penciling Father Clifford's first appearance, he was coming across as young and swarthy. The trendy new teacher in the school staff room and looking like a villain which is the opposite of what his character in Waterton's story is meant to be.


I played around, the only direction I had was '...a bit Derek Jacobi looking'. The blackness of the pencil and brush marks in his vigorously coiffed hair make him look younger where what he needs is a bit more shorter grey/white to signify his age a bit more. Which is why Top Right works for me.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Colouring Waterton Comic Pages



Colour details from pages 4, 5 and 6 of ‪the Charles Waterton Comic‬: The Early Years

Shot with a vague camera so as not to give the complete story away.


I'm working in three page sections at the moment, that is pencilling three pages, then inking, then colouring. I did the first three pages a page at a time but the down time in between each page was slowing me down. The three page section has sped me up a lot.