Friday, 7 April 2017

Worst Sketchbook Ever



A quick flip through of a recent doodle book I've struggled with. The paper, although indicated as for use with ink is super absorbent and smells of wet cardboard. Certain pens worked better than others, Unipin fine liners and Pental Brush Pens for instance but the abrasive tooth of the paper soon wore away the pen tip fibres. Pilot Parallel Pens also worked okay but again, the paper literally sucked the ink out of the pen making this an expensive exercise in pen refilling. Dip pens were okay with acrylic drawing inks, anything else just bled in to the paper fibres. Because I draw so much I persevered with the sketchbook but really am looking forward to getting back to something (Seawhite) I can rely on and like using.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Film Night

Unrelated to my dancing witches, I watched the 2013 horror comedy Witching and Bitching (Las Brujas De Zugarramurdi) the other night and really, really liked it. It starts out as a 'wacky crime' caper but at the arrival of a village (Zugarramurdi) and the introduction of some great characters (among them Javier Botet, Terele P├ívez  and Carolina Bang) the movie turns up the horror/comedy. The entertaining weirdness culminates in a great 'Wicker Man' type parade, featuring 'Krampus' Devil Parade characters that are you know, popular on the Continent.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Wakefield Witches


I adapted that wakefield tree drawing I did the other day for a friends birthday card.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Trees at Thornes Park

I do the Thornes Park trim trail three times a week and this is a view from the parallel bars, looking West over to Gillsike House.

Wakefield Trees 3 WIP



Another tree quick draw work in progress. Thornes Park again looking towards Gillsike House. The trees are at their barest and will look different in a weeks time as spring rises. The maroon getting in the way is me, blowing small puddles of ink into sticks and tree branch shapes.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Wakefield Tree 2



Another tall thin drawing of a Wakefield tree. This time at Heath Common.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Great Marquess Characters



Some character designs for David Chappell’s ‘The Great Marquess’ novels.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Wakefield Tree


A long thin drawing of a tree where I go running in Wakefield (Thornes Park). Drawn on A2 heavyweight cartridge paper with a variety of brushes, pens and inks.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Thornes Tree WIP



Another quick draw. One of the trees where I go running on the trim trail at Thornes Park. Drawing bigger than usual on heavyweight A2 cartridge paper with a variety of pens, brushes and ink.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Ash in Ivy



Caught my cat Ash, climbing in the ivy. It's that time of year.




Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The WolverKong


Logan for me was a much better film experience than Kong: Skull Island. Both have difficult scripts, both for very different reasons but  Logan has a secret weapon which is the three main actors, who give an extraordinary performance through out. I saw Kong a week after seeing Logan, I'm still thinking and recommending people see Logan, where as Kong is another tired blockbuster which has been seen a thousand times before. Which is okay, I went in knowing that I was going to see a movie about a giant ape, I'm just not thinking about it. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Character Design

Did this to try out Instagram's new 'swipe left' feature.
It's from something I'm working on at the moment.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

More Coal Yard Sketching

Went out to tend the boiler in the dying light of the day. Thought it would be a good idea to continue the drawing outside thing I started yesterday. Chose to do a quick drawing of the JCB the Coalman uses to move coal around the yard.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Drawing in the Coal Yard

Did some drawing outside in the yard today, it was cold but worth it.