Thursday, June 28, 2007

Death Race 2000

The totally excellent Death Race 2000 was produced by Roger Corman and Paul Bartel directed it, a perfect meeting of exploitation and fun. Horrifyingly Paul Anderson maybe remaking it, so there's a good chance it'll suck.
Anyway, here's my stab at it with a pic of Frankenstein (played by David Carradine). I'm sorta chuffed with this, mainly cos of the background, which was a result of me not quite being sure how to do a half tone effect, in the end I got an effect I liked better. Going with the look of the bg I decided to go a little further and tried to mimic an off register effect on Frankenstein's leathers.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Doctor Who, again

Oh, I've got such a big smile after tonights episode. So digging John Simm, so many lovely little touches. Can't wait for next week!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Meanwhile, back at home

Rebecca had her last chemotherapy yesterday. Sadly it's not the end of the treatment as there's radiotherapy next. This is to minimise chances of the cancer coming back and to sort of 'mop up' what's left - which seems to be very little after the examination, pretty good as one of the masses was 8cm.
Radiotherapy won't be any where near as long as chemotherapy, but will still have some side effects, particularly in Rebecca's case. Finger's x-ed that she deals with this as well as she has with everything else. Not long now and it'll all be over...... *big sigh*

Monday, June 18, 2007

It's clobberin' time!

Here's another stab at working in colour. Still not that successful, but getting there I think. Blue Eyed Ben looks pretty close to how I saw him in my head, he suffers from a similar 'blandness' to my previous MM pic, but not so much (maybe 'cos he's such a cool looking guy).
The background was drawn seperately and scanned, then I spent a hell of a long time working on it before I realised it was rubbish, it really was far to bland, heavy use of perspective grids and trying to be painterly. So I took the basic elements and just drew 'em quickly and picking angles I thought were fun rather that right. I think I went a little too far with the the 'off' angles but it was an improvement. The colour choices aren't great but I'm happy with the technique. I've always liked big flat colours as well as grainy texture and I tried to combine what I liked about a few favourite illustrators work.
And that's it, hopefully getting better each time.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Oh Doctor

Woah, another fine fine DW! What a brilliant cliffhanger.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Marv... Miracleman

This went through sooo many different versions, and I'm still not happy with the end result - think I prefer the penciled version to the colour. I think this as good as it'll get, trouble is, it's boring! Reckon my love of the comic's made me a bit too reverential.
The whole religious tone of the pose seemed to be a given, as did trying to make MM look elegant and graceful, more ballet dancer than superhero. I'd thought about putting the sun or Earth in the background but went for flat colour and ripped off one of Barry Windsor-Smith's covers, hey, if it's good enough for BWS! There's been some amazing art associated with MM, Garry Leach, Alan Davis, John Totleben (my own favourite) and that's not including some great work on the original run.
Anyway, I tried to do this nearly 2 months ago and planned to write a little article to go with it. Now that the picture's done I'm not so sure the web needs another Marvelman article or what I'd add to it, so go here if you want to know more about the last word in superheroes.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Moffat does it again!

So the Doctor barely appears, so what, 'Blink' was one of the best DWs, this and last weeks two parter have fully restored my faith in the show..... until the next run of duff eps:)
In the corner 'Any Dream Will Do' is freaking me out by using the Star Wars music when Darth maul kicks jedi arse (until he, y'know, just lets the crap one kill him), think I'll turn it off.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Crazy world

I shamelessly steal this link, because frankly it blows my mind.

Character rough

This sad chap is from my story 'MY robot!'. The design might change, or it might not, but I fancied having at drawing something from scratch on the Mac to see if I could (I couldn't, I scanned in a rough sketch and worked over that, I'm sure I'll get the hang of it though)
'MY robot!' will be part of the next AccentUK anthology, in the meantime check out their latest anthology, 'Zombies', featuring the strip I drew for Jason Cobley, there's some great stuff in it.
I've also got a script to draw for the next issue of 'The Girly Comic' which is pretty cool.
In the meantime I've started scribbling ideas for a whole bunch of pictures of some of my favourite films (well, the sci-fi/horror ones anyway). I WILL BE PRODUCTIVE! GRRRR!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Doctor Who

Utterly utterly utterly brilliant tonight! Which is good as this 2 parter comes of the back of some pretty lame episodes.