Sunday, 28 March 2010


Image best viewed large (click him up)

Here's the first colour up of this weekends draw 'Cancer' - there's a story behind this one that I'll blog about another time. I'm not saying this is it finished, but for today it is (not sure if i'll age it etc of leave it flat). I set out to do a skate sticker style piece and think it's got that 80s vibe I was shooting for.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Cheeky Peek

Well It's been a busy couple of days but I want to check in and share a quick WIP pic. A few elements that I'm putting together for a piece - hoping that I'll have more to share soon.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Lord Ganesha

A while back I was asked if I could draw/make an image of Lord Ganesha for a family friend for her birthday. I cracked on with the doodle and inked the line work straight away, and there he sat in my pile of scribbles and the back of my mind.

Ops, her birthday sure came around fast (next Monday to be exact). Time to grab the scanner and fire up photoshop.

The above is the first colour treatment in photoshop - but after last weeks 'Super Punch' illustration I fancied adding some dirt to him.

She loves pink (hence the background colour). I am pretty pleased with how this has come out - but will be leaving this style alone for a while now to follow up some new ideas and executions I'm itching to get my teeth in to. I'll take a photo when I get the art-print framed up.

Cheers - hope you liked the WIP.

Tweaked again with a little more texture (after a prompt from Mr Uberkraaft)

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Blue Leads

I know that I said I would only post finished large pieces on this blog, but due to work and family life etc posts will be few and far between if I stick to that rule. Hope you don't mind I'm going to post a few samples sketches and also some reviews about new pens, pencils and pads etc.

The above scribble is in my large 'moleskine' type pad with my newly acquired blue pencil lead (off good old ebay). Thanks to Uberkraaft for pointing me in the direction of them.

Enjoyed drawing this one tonight as I didn't think about what I'd scribble, just plopped a few circles out and went from there. Anyway that's all for now, see you soon.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Super Punch Eight of Swords

Well here she is. Above is the start to all this madness (when I say start this is the final image produced). I was asked to doodle a card for the 3rd Birthday of Super Punch and picked the Eight of Swords out of the available ones. Straight after saying yes I knew I was in trouble. My normal approach to drawing is to draw a few circles and wing it from there, but with this I had a prescription to follow.

This was one of my first pencil scamps - OK, but I thought her head looked a little too much like a lightbuld.

Another stab at the line work and she was starting to take shape.

This is the final inked line work (drawn with a 0.3 tech pen) which I scanned this in ready to add some photoshop goodness.
Her she was after a few hours of messing around in Photoshop adding lots of layers and textures. I was pretty happy with the result, but must admit felt it fell short of what I really had set out to do.

In steps Mr Uberkraaft with a slap around the face to wake me up making me see sense and add another 2-3 hours of tweaking to produce the final image (see top).

What have I learnt from this project? Well never shy away from criticism and always be willing to put in the extra work (50+ layers, scanning in paper and paint textures, resizing the main figure, re-tinting etc). If you're going to do grungy do it dirty and mess around with everything not just the edges and the background.

What do you guys think? And thanks again Mr Kraaft - looking forward to the rest of the year.



For those who know me already from other blogs/flickr/twitter thanks for dropping in and for all the new people (I'm hoping there's at least one) a big warm welcome.

Why the blog? Well like my good friend Uberkraaft I've come to a bit of a crossroads in my scribble/doodle road. I love daily sketches but also yearn to create highly finished pieces. In the past I have found myself rushing to get work out, from now on I’m going to slow it down .

Hence the reason for this blog. I'm going to use this as a forum to exhibit my best work and also document the process behind each piece. Hopefully along the way you'll find something enjoyable to read and we can exchange ideas and tips

I’m going to continue with my daily doodles, I’ve still got 290+ skulls to draw this year but post them over on the flickr stream only.

I apologize in advance for my spelling and grammer – I’ll try my best but results may vary.

Thanks again and enjoy.
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