Saturday, 28 September 2013

Hot Dog

Finished a 'sketched' commission for another 2000ad forum member last week. Rob Ellis, who I did a coloured and more 'finished' piece of Tyranny Rex for a long time ago. I blogged the whole process during May 2011 for those who're interested.

This time I was just doing a sketch of Halo Jones, one of my favourite characters from the 2000ad archive.

This was the digital rough I produced. I knew I wanted to try the watercolour approach I used on the recent Dredd and Anderson piece, but I wanted to make sure I was getting the forms right first.

Here's the piece printed out in blue and then inked.

Here's the same stage with the blue removed. I scanned it in case I made a mistake on the watercolours. Nice to see what the clean lines looked like though!

Here's the final piece without any adjustments. I removed the blue from the piece in the first image above for a cleaner look, but Rob liked the blue on the final piece anyway.

I'm available for commissions similar to this for around £75 inc. P&P - please do contact me for a quote though as I charge a lot less for head shots, single characters and 'convention' style sketches.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Usual Suspects

Here's another commission for Ian Leonard.

Originally, it started out as a re-working of the classic 1983 Judge Dredd annual cover by Brian Bolland.

Some of the villains Ian and I wanted to include were a little less well-known and also we had Anderson in there too. So in the end, the piece has very little resemblance to the initial concept... I'm still pretty pleased with it though.

I think in part it's because I tried something a bit different for my blacks on this piece. I worked in watercolour, trying to add something to my inking process, to help me stay away from being too tight. I also think it makes the image a bit more visually interesting as watercolour is a little bit more unpredictable.

Friday, 13 September 2013

A Little Less Conversation

This will be a little like coming late to the party. However, it's something I've done and would like to help promote. However late I may be in doing so.

Earlier in the year my good pals at FutureQuake Press asked if I'd be willing to contribute a cover.

My answer was simple: Of course!

The story to feature on the cover involved Elvis impersonators...

There's a lot more to it than that, and it's not the only story in their magnificent publication either. £4.75 inc. P&P will buy you some of the most original in independently produced Sci-Fi comics your likely to find! Let's not forget the multiple Eagle Awards nominations either.

Enough of the hard sell for now though, here's how the final cover looks, and I'm proud to say I suggested the tag line and dialogue - and that they liked my suggestions enough to use them!

If you'd like to buy a copy, here's a handy link to their shop. There, hard sell over.

I've been lax with respect to posts this year, but there is some other stuff to show, so hopefully it won't be as many months before I update again!