Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Been a while since I posted any sketchbook stuff, so here are some dwarves (dwarfs?). Particularly like the energy of some of the fight scenes and the Siberian-looking dwarfs (dwarves?) at the bottom of the second image.

Would like to develop a story about dwarves (ok now I have stared at that word too long and they both look wrong), their pragmatism and industry is to be admired, and the idea of underground cities stirs something deep in the subconscious.

Note: I have not seen either of the Hobbit films yet, am more inspired by this guy's mad project.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Last year I worked on a teen fiction book for Oxford University Press, which has now been published. Which means I get to post images from it here! The book is called The Ugh Factor and it's about emo teenagers struggling against the soulless and creatively dead pop music industry, something I feel we can all relate to.

I'm especially pleased with how the cover illustration turned out, considering I had no idea what I was doing when I began them. Inky brush textures save the day once again...

It also has a dog in.

And here are some of the interior illustrations!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Some character development for an ongoing project. Emo teenagers! Disgruntled mutts!

One of the dudes also has the best character description ever: 'an unpleasant Graham Norton'.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

A homage to my local comics retailer, Megacity Comics!

It was fun playing with a more conventional, mainstream layout, while retaining the kinds of elements I like most in comics. Couple of rough design choices due to the speed at which it was produced, but there are also lots of experimental bits which I really like.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Was busy at the start of the year working on illustrating a couple of books for teenagers, based on Shakespeare stories. Just got a couple of advance copies of Romeo and Juliet in Las Vegas and Macbeth and the Creature from Hell in the mail - to celebrate, here are a few of the interior illustrations from the two books! It shouldn't tax your knowledge of the classics too hard to work out which characters are which. Trying to present such well known characters in a fresh and interesting way was actually a lot of fun. 70s flavour research also led me to such incredible finds as plaidstallions.com!

For more snippets you can check out Arena's blog post about them, or hunt down a copy once they are out!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Recently I worked on an 8-page story for the excellent comic publication ink+PAPER and last month it was published! You can find a sneak peek on the i+P site, and it's on sale in comic shops across the whole wide London (also probably comic fairs elsewhere, editor David O'Connell gets around). You can even find it in Foyles! Anyway, it's full of great stuff.

Below are a couple of bits from my strip The Fisher Girl and the Crab, including a panel I call 'man walking like a crab in a forest'.

Update: My story in i+P picked out by Paul Gravett in his best comics of 2012 article! Madness.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloweeney update!

These are the first two pages of an appropriately spooky short story I started for the Observer Graphic Short Story Prize.

The style is sort of an extension of what I was previously working on for ink+PAPER, and some of the results on the second page look rather nice. Another result of working fast and loose on these pages are a couple of horrible mistakes - spot them if you can! Also keep your eyes peeled for issue#3 of i+P, in which I have a story. It will probably warrant another blog post when it gets launched but, just in case, you have been warned.