Sunday, 9 December 2018

Shh! I Can Hear Mice

WIP. Another background without figures added yet, this one illustrating castle counterminning to locate offensive tunneling. Original art (36 x 18cm 300gsm cartridge paper) was done with a variety of dip pens and indian ink and coloured with transparent watercolour which was scanned and the colour tweaked in Photoshop.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Backgrounds, No People Yet

A couple of backgrounds for the Pontefract Castle project I've been working on recently. Historical figures will be overlaid, cell animation style. Drawn A4 (ish) on 300gsm cartridge paper with a variety of dip pens and indian ink and coloured with transparent watercolour which was scanned and then the colours tweaked in Photoshop.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Reading Pictures: Seeing Stories Workshops

I've been asked to do a few workshops in November for Wakefield Libraries, celebrating words and pictures. Using Inktober this year I wanted to put what I know about drawing daily comics into practice. Where do ideas come from, keeping a sketch book and how do you shape them into regular pages.

Come along to Ossett Library 17th November and Wakefield Library 24th November and find out what I know.

Historical Comic Reprinted

The Battle of Wakefield 1460 I illustrated for Wakefield Museum a few years ago has been resized, re-lettered and reprinted and is available with the November 2018 issue No. 70 of All About History available online and where ever they still sell magazines (I found mine in my local Sainsbury's).

There's a little review over on Lew Stringers blog. Thank you Lew.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Emotional Siren Song

Inktober 2018 Day 30

The thing with doing these pages for Inktober is there are little edits I would make if I had the time. Today I would change the 'sniff' wording to a 'sob', it would get over the fact that a piece of music can bring me to my knees. Pages in my sketchbook are usually made around doing other things and probably catch the spontaneity of the scene more than being 'accurate'. 

Monday, 29 October 2018

Watching Small Hedge Hoggery

Inktober 2018 Day 29

Sunday, 28 October 2018

The Season For Vivid Red Ivy

Inktober 2018 Day 28

Saturday, 27 October 2018

The Forgetful Thing I Am

Inktober 2018 Day 27

So this Pressario C700 laptop is old. I bought it in 2009 for £400. 2GB of RAM, 1280 x 800 screen resolution 1.83GHz Processor, Windows Vista pre installed. PC World saw me coming. The battery now holds about 20 minutes of charge. Vista was always slow and after a few years the machine was soon unusable, unable to run a basic browser without hassle, I don't like throwing things away so it lived in the 'Council Dump Recycling Box' in my cellar for a few more years, waiting for its inevitable crunchy end at a recycling plant.

That is until last year when I managed to get Ubuntu 16.04LTS installed and working on it. It didn't solve everything but it did get the computer up and running enough when plugged in so that I could store and play music, stream Youtube videos and play DVD's without problems. The sort of stuff that's useful in the kitchen when I'm cooking, and I've been very happy doing that.

An update message told me Ubuntu 18.04LTS is now available and would I like to install it. I like to keep my systems up to date if I can so went ahead. Long story short, it slowed the machine right down to Vista levels of performance, the most irksome thing was the boot time went up to around five minutes. I'm not that much into computers, I know enough to be dangerous and the idea of trouble shooting the problem (which was probably processor related anyway) filled me with dread. OS rollback time.

Before I got into all this I had started running a bath upstairs thinking, it'll only take me a minute to get the downloads started, I could go back upstairs, do my thing and  come down ahead of the update game. As soon as I sat in front of the computer I forgot all about what was happening upstairs. The bath didn't over flow... much. I caught it in time, the jolt of remembering there's a bath running was refreshing to my heart.

Friday, 26 October 2018

The Simple Things in My World

Inktober 2018 Day 26

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Achievement Of The Happy Days

Inktober 2018 Day 25

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Windy West Yorkshire

Inktober 2018 Day 23

Another windy walk into work. I got grit in my eyeI drew this page really quickly trying to catch the wind and the colouring isn't that great but you get the general idea.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Feeding the Night

Inktober 2018 Day 22

Feed the cat, stoke the boiler. So easy to get it the wrong way round.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Night Terrors

Inktober 2018 Day 21

I redrew the last panel because the original was
deemed too scary by my internal editor.