Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Burt Gummer on Arrakis

I see there is a new Tremors movie out, set in the Arctic.

(Got me thinking about the inevitable destination for the franchise. Burt Gummer on Arrakis.)

Saturday, 21 April 2018


One of those hashtag things on twitter, name four films that have stuck with you for whatever reason over the years. In no particular order mine are...

There is a longer list of films I really like (Fight Club, Mad Max, Prometheus, Predator, Donnie Darko, The Fountain etc. and recently Split and Logan) but the ones that have had a lasting effect on me for whatever reason, they are the formative films of my youth. I don’t necessarily have to watch them again and if I did they might not live up to my nostalgic memory of them. Saying that it is easier to watch old films, last year I watched fairly good copies of The Medusa Touch and Captain Kronos on the internet and they have stood the test of time.

#FilmStuck4 #TheKeep #DocSavage #TheMedusaTouch #CaptainKronos

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Thoughts Behind Character Design

Easter Sunday was spent doing a bit of character concept design. I've got a script for a ten page comic strip by my friend Noel Hannan on my desk but before I set about doing layouts I want to get into the main character Chuffin' Billy (the author gives a little more over on Facebook).

There's a lot of well trodden paths I could go down with a steam driven war robot , a lot of them ending up at the door of 2000AD comic characters. Then there's Star Wars with their various robot like Stormtroopers and droid characters (K-2SO for example). A quick search for World War 1 armour brings up some wonderful and weird looking designs. In this age of CGI ultra realism I'm channelling DC Thompson characters Desperate Dan and Brassneck.

A selection of sketchbook doodles done while looking at the internet and thinking about where the character could go. I'm being vague about the nature of the comic strip in case I curse it before it's even started.

I used Photoshop to sketch out the basics. Its' a really good tool for scaling and moving components around when you're trying to work stuff out. When I was happy I printed off a copy to lightbox the drawings.

I drew the artwork in my big sketchbook using my 2.5 Parallel Pen and a watercolour wash. I've tried using my digital tools to create the artwork but always struggle with the sheer amount of choice. I think working with with limitations that come with pen and ink and watercolour force me to move on and I find the process a lot more enjoyable.

I scanned the drawings back into Photoshop and tweaked them a little to finish off. This process has got me all excited for doing the comic strip now I know how this part of the world looks and feels.