Sunday, December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Here's the Christmas card I did for my wife, now I share it with all you out there. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Me and my four year old daughter too our dog, Boo, for a walk recently, and my little girl told me a story about Scooterdog. It involved penguins and a knitted jumper.
I couldn't resist drawing Scooterdog, and it will soon be on my daughter's wall.
No idea if there'll be any more Scooterdog, but there will be some more collaborations with my daughter. Keep watching.

Sunday, November 07, 2010


There's a story to go with this picture, based on a childhood memory.
There's a few memories I've considered turning into comics. I don't think they'll be rewarding reads, it's really just for me.
This, never really happened, of course, but it does try and capture a feeling I had about skateboarding, even if the actually skateboarding didn't work out so well.
I'm happy with the colour version, but think the b&w one might be more successful, so I'm posted it too.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Slaine & Judge Dredd

Here's two quick sketches I did to get a feel for how I'd like to draw both characters.Dredd is fairly standard, but I've gone for the skinny menacing look rather than the steroid version that crept in during the late 80s. Not sure about the Eagle, here. My main problem is balancing simplifying parts and keeping the detail of others.Slaine is based on the look of his first year. Despite the skill of the people involved, I don't care for the more heavy metal Slaine.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Here's the complete 'Bits' featuring Hugo (tangentially) I love his sad sack gormlessnesss, but it's even better when he reverts to type.
If you like this, why not have a look at the book it appears in here

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Return of Hugo

Hugo the zombie, last seen in Zombie of the Great Unwashed, returns in 'Bits'. Sadly, he doesn't return on this page, and I can't really show the other pages because they're a bit spoiler-y, so you'll have to wait:) Or maybe you could just buy a copy of the comic it'll appear in when fine writer Jason Cobley puts it out.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Influence Map Meme

For the sake of honesty I've lied on my map. Brian Bolland and Curt Swan should feature as I spent a lot of time as a kid copying their work. I haven't cared for Bolland since I was about 13, but has his influence has been erased?
There should be a lot more artists, TV shows, films etc. I realised I was equally inspired by 'waves' of creators, so I picked one - Walt Holcombe is an example of this, I could've just as easily picked Goodbye Chunky Rice era Craig Thompson, James Kochalka or Tom Hart. I did the same with British artists, it was a toss up between Paul Neary and Steve Parkhouse. Including McMahon was a given, but that kept out Kevin O'Neill and Ian Gibson.
Herge or Uderzo could've easily gone on the list, but Chaland and Trondheim scratches similar itches for me.
Does Richard Sala look like DavidB? Sort of, maybe, but putting B in seemed superfluous with Sala.
Feels disingenuous to only have David Law on the list, why not Ken Reid, Leo Baxendale or many other great UK kid's comic artist? It's the energy of Law's work that made me pick him.
It's not exactly accurate to put Matisse, or Van Gogh, but Expressionism/Fauvism/Impressionism is something I find interesting and needed to represent some of that.
It was quite hard for me not putting Rumiko Takeashi on the list, and there's not a similar artist on the list, but I left her out as much of her appeal, for me, lies in her writing.
Not having the Los Bros Hernandez, Peter Bagge, Dan Clowes etc seems criminal, but I love their work as a reader, and greatly admire their incredible skill and talent, and that's not the same as being influenced. There's quite a few creators who fall into that category.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

New page

This is the 2nd page of pitch art for Daversham Rex, with Mr Rex actually appearing on it.
Anachronisms are appearing now, with outfits and vehicles from whatever time I like. This is intentional. Honest. As well as using vague likenesses for the cast I decided to pick whatever reference felt right, whether accurate or not. Hopefully it'll achieve an internal consistency.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Daversham Rex page 1

Here's page one of a pitch I'm working on with David Hailwood called Daversham Rex. It's a fairly 'raw' scan as I've not done much correcting - I'm leaving that for when all the pages are inked.
Like the stuff I've been doing recently it's brush work on watercolour paper, and I've been thinking of adding a light wash, not so much for tones, but to try and bring out the texture of the paper.
Don't know if it's easy to make out, but that's the Kraken from the original Clash of The Titans as a water fountain.

Monday, June 28, 2010


Seeing as Jason Cobley, my partner in crime, has given me the go ahead, here's the super secret project we've been working on. Tom is based on a character from folklore, and Jason's script pushed so many buttons for me I tried to raise my game with the artwork.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Eleventh Doctor

Ah, the pleasure of drawing for fun. Fast loose inking on watercolour paper is lots of fun, and it was nice to not worry if the end results worked. Fretting over artwork is what saps all the fun from drawing.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


Here's a non-spoiler panel from the pitch I've been working on with top fella Jason Cobley.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

why no pictures?

Sorry for the lack of art. I recently finished a book cover and am close to finishing a pitch with Jason Cobley, but nothing else worth posting. In all honesty I'm a bit burnt out on blogging.
It's my own fault, after getting a few things published I started to think all wrong about what I drew. I tried to force myself into doing things in a manner that just wasn't me. So I drew less and was unsatisfied with what I did.
Comics only pay great if you do a certain kind, and I'm not interested, or maybe even good enough for those. Truth is I have a limited amount of time (I work full time and my wife works full time. Days off work are most likely spent looking after my daughter, or it's a rare family day) any drawing I do should be self indulgent, not tampered with in the hope for a bit of cash. So, no more looking for a paying gig. If something comes up that I like, great. If not, I'll be pleasing myself.
I've no idea if this means less drawing as I focus on other things, or more as I rediscover what I like.
I came to this after feeling quite low, but once I decided to pull back from things I felt pretty good. That seems like a good sign.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Team Toxic redesigns

This is artwork from a year or so ago. These were asked for by Egmont after I did two strips for the Toxic Free Comic. Egmont were considering revamping the characters and asked anyone who'd shown interest if they'd like to have a go. So I did.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Good Dog, Bad Dog

Couldn't sleep so I decided to do some fan art for Dave Shelton's wonderful 'Good Dog, Bad Dog', collected from dear departed DFC, but resurrected in The DFC Library.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Dredd Head

This is probably way to rough to post as it's nothing more than a quick doodle, but what the hell, might as well shown some drawings. Despite it's dodginess, this Dredd pic makes me wonder if I should do a sample. My only contact with Tharg made me suspect that I'm not right for (his) 2000ad and probably never will be. But, I have that nagging feeling a lot of readers my age probably have of wanting to have had a proper go at being in 2000ad. I've never drawn the Dredd I see in my head, but this is getting closer.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Medium Flake

These were scripted by David Hailwood for an open sub thing Mad Magazine had a couple of years ago. It's early on in my days of photoshop, and I was shocked to see some weird laborious techniques. One page had to be relettered because of a mistake. David also sent them to Wasted, Alan Grant thought they were funny, but not 'adult' enough, he did say he liked the artwork though. Which is nice.

Friday, February 05, 2010

This was painful.
I roughed it out fairly quickly and blundered into the final pencils. Then realised I'd done a terrible job.
So I started again, got as far as colouring and as the page was nearly done when my laptop went dark. The battery doesn't work and I'd accidentally pulled the power supply out. In my haste to make up for lost time I hadn't saved any of the colour work. Deciding that the day was a dud I figured I should go to bed, emailed the other Huzzah guys.... then decided to block in some colour, and that blocking in led to finishing it up. Thankfully.