Thursday, 28 April 2011

And I'm Back...

I disappeared a week ago to go camping. While I've been back since Tuesday, it's been that sort of "back" that is mostly taken up with unpacking, catching up with laundry, trimming the hedge that grows stupidly fast during hot weather, and other such minor obstacles to returning to the drawing board. I even managed to miss the TAB prompt last week, that's how distracted I have been!

So now I'm getting back on track, I have remedied this situation the only way I know how; by cheating! Mangling this week's theme together with the last has produced this:

Those who I am currently doing work for, fear not! normal service will now be resumed. In the meantime, have a doodle I have done recently. The cross between a maggot and a foreskin is the important one, I have no idea what the bottom ones are meant to be.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011


Xtrominators is the name of that top-secret-doom-project I'm constantly alluding to. You may notice that opening sentence has lifted the long benighting shroud of secrecy. This is all down to writer Matt McLaughlin having posted this picture on facebook, revealing the two main characters wonderfully rendered by Tony Rothwell.

Hopefully you can see those pictures. I'm not sure if you need to have a facebook account yourself or not. If you can see them, check out these pages too. I hadn't seen them before, and it was cool to see people say nice things about my art!

Whether you can see those pages or not, take a peek at some of these sketches I drew over Christmas. Matt claims that a few of us working on the project ended up drawing Jezzail in the same way. This leads me to think that I was not the only one who read the character description and thought "Wow, this character has two pairs of testicles for a head!"

Keep an eye out for more news on this project in the future!

In other happenings, I noticed yesterday that it has been just over a year since I started using this blog. It has been quite a year, and the future looks to be even more exciting. Thanks to all who have offered kind words and encouragement, or even simply tuned in to read what I'm up to!

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Busy Times!

Life is a little hectic right now. This is mostly due to the fact that I'm going camping in a few days and have ridiculous things to prepare. How ridiculous, I hear you ask? Well, this totem pole was last year's effort:

This year I'm making stuff that is a little easier to transport, but not that much easier! I've also been doing a few more pages of comic, so keep an eye out for the next issue of Temple APA for more news on that front. Then there's that super secret project I keep mentioning, news of which is now seeping into the public domain! But that deserves a post of it's own, so I'll say no more of that for now.

On top of that I've been managing to keep up to date with the Weekly TAB. I can't offer enough recommendations for you to check that place out. We've recently been witness to dinosaur statues, Zoids, thuggish kids that look strangely familiar, and all sorts of other goodness. Here are my last few pieces, now I'm off to draw something for the new prompt: SHAKARA!!!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

And Lo, We Behold The Creatures Awoken By Our Meddling In The Lost Vault Of Kor-Avul-Thaa

I've spent a fair amount of today working on that comic I keep mentioning. The page in question is shaping up to be my favourite out of all the comic pages I have ever drawn. I guess an artist's most recent page should always be their best, but there is something about this one which I personally feel goes beyond my usual scale of "another page, another minuscule improvement."

This positive attitude has allowed me to make one last trip into that oft mentioned portable hard drive of lost wonders. I was going to post these a while back, but baulked at associating my name with such crude spectres of a life long lost. Another day, another frame of mind, and now the beasts lumber forth from their shattered prison.

Several years ago, those delightfully crazy people at the HPLHS (check out their breakfast cereal) thought it would be a good idea to create their own copy of the dreaded Necronomicon. They created the Necronomicontest, which invited people to enter submissions for this tome in the hope of winning a nicely bound copy for themselves.

Sadly, to the best of my knowledge, the text was never completed, probably due  to the level of authenticity the society always attempts to achieve. One of Lovecraft's letters suggests that the book has over 984 unnumbered pages. This would be a tall task for any editor, let alone one that is not getting paid.

I drew a few pictures for the contest. I posted the Shoggoth over Christmas, and there are one or two smaller pictures hidden away in some sketchbook somewhere, which I will dig out for a future post. Until then, enjoy this selection of memories from more carefree days.

Deep One
Yog Sothoth

On the surface of Yuggoth
with inhuman screams,
a Byakhee and Shoggoth
fought in my dreams.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Plenty Of Progress On Projects Of Portent

News has been spreading of the Doom-Prophesying Project with which I am involved. Yet as this project spreads death through its mere uttering, I cannot speak freely of that right now.

Let us instead talk of Van Dom's increasingly less secret project, work of which is continuing with one hand even as I type this with the other. I am bound by oath not to reveal any completed art work, through fear of drawing down the eyes of inauspicious fates. However, sketches seem not to have done us too much ill so far, so maybe I am safe posting these rough scribblings. Van Dom may think otherwise, so quick, take a look, before he unleashes one of his dreaded Dom-bots to snuff out my sorry existence.

Even closer to full fruition comes Dr WTF?! . Like many contributors to this fine project, I have a completed computerised copy of this on my laptop, and have been dipping into the brilliant stories with the result of much amusement. Owen plans to make this comic come to life by actually putting paper into your very hands. Yes, that hand that is currently resting on you mouse, and that other one that is doing... something else, I don't know.

Are you not convinced you want an anthology dedicated to a series of unconnected, anti-canon Doctor Who stories? Well then, short of having science declare you officially-not-human, all I can do is regurgitate the collective promotional picture that has been doing the rounds:

Yeah, you like that, don't you.