Sunday, 23 July 2017

Nostalgia Sunday

Certain images from the comic 2000AD have the ability to transport me back to being a kid, not any old image mind you. It has to be from the seventies (...perhaps the eighties) and drawn by a handful of artists that went by names like Mike (Weston), Eric (Bradbury), Mick (McMahon)... Carlos. I ended up looking at Ezquerra's art of The Mighty Tharg. I never thought about the likeness the galaxy's greatest editor has with the Mekon. Both green skinned aliens in eyeliner set on world domination.

In his own way, Tharg is winning.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Zatoichi Sketch Quick

Excuse the upside down video. It was in the way so I moved the tripod  I was using, thinking I could rotate the clips in Windows Media Maker. Turns out I had uninstalled Windows Media Maker at the last big Windows 10 update and it's now not available to download any more. So I've been downloading and quick learning Lightworks, which is okay but different enough to Windows Media Maker to make me SCREAM with frustration!

Anyway, here's a quick draw video of me inking and colouring a quiet composition from the excellent Zatoichi's Sword Cane 1967.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Some pens are better than others

I'm probably going against the grain with popular artistic drawing practice but I definitely draw better with some pens than I do others. And after 35 years of drawing as an amateur, enthusiast and professional I can’t answer why. Here's a gun slinging mouse drawn with a variety of pens...

It used to be Dip Pens that I used with confidence. Over the past year life and work have changed direction and slowly the confident use of the dip pen has dissolved. The Pilot Parallel Pen has stepped up to replace the dip pens. Why does this matter, surely an artist can use anything to create. They can, although it’s the tool that enables me to express my ideas the simplest. The only thing I struggle with is the continuous refilling of the pen with Carbon Pen ink.

This may all change when I wake up tomorrow.