Saturday, 18 June 2011

Heralding The Mekkosapiens

So, with the Glumpies in the bag, it's onto the next project.

Have I mentioned Paragon before? If not, consider this rectified!

Due to Matt McLaughlin's continued and appreciated support of my work, I'm going to be in the Autumn issue! I'm drawing episode three of Rise of the Mekkosapiens. You can get the first episode in Paragon issue 7, and the next episode is previewed here. The other stuff in the comic is really cool too, so why not just buy all the available issues? A while back I promised the editor I would do a full review of the whole run, so I must get round to doing that at some point.

In the meantime though, here is some sketch work I've been doing for my episode. It has been quite interesting working on a character that has already been drawn by two other artists. At first I was thinking I would have to rigidly adhere to the previous design, but then I held them up next to each other and realised that there has been a fair amount of variation already. This has led to lots of fun as I've been finding my own view of the character.

Have I mentioned he has elbows? Full, honest, proper elbows, and only two knees? This might not sound like a big deal, but I suspect I'll be explaining this in my next post...

Friday, 10 June 2011

A Full And Detailed Study Of The Glumpie And Its Natural Habitat

Chapter 1: The Humble Glumpie

Editor's Note: The following text is taken from the surviving fragments of a field-book found among the possessions of one Mae Shanks, an undergraduate Xeno-zoologist who attended the Neo-Mernanshire University of Unified Arts and Science. Sadly the absence of Mae's body and the general disarray of her camp-site suggested that she, like so many of her predecessors, fell victim to that inexplicable curse that has for so long benighted her family line. It should be noted that, as a student standing at the threshold of a whole new area of research, Mae was only just beginning to understand the full complexity of her subject. As such, future researchers should be wary of reading too much truth into her interpretations. Much work has been performed in the years following her death, and though many of her conclusions concerning the life cycle and habits of these creatures have been debunked, it is the hope of the publishers that this text remains of both historiographical and artistic value. For a more accurate study of Glumpies, please refer to Matthew McLaughlin's forthcoming Xtrominator Field Guide.

Day 1.

During one of my regular supervisor meetings with Professor McLaughlin, I was given the following field sketch that had been passed on to him by the illustrious Ryan S Thomason. 

Ryan S Thomason's Glumpie

 "This is a Glumpie," said the professor in his usual distracted way, seemingly engrossed in simultaneously writing the scripts for several educational pictorial pamphlets. "I need a field guide on these creatures and those that they live in. I've booked you a place on a research vessel leaving tomorrow, so you had better start packing your interstellar exploration equipment. Oh, and don't let it distract you from that dissertation about the robots."

And that, as they say, was that. As I write these words, planet fall has been achieved, and we have had distant sightings of the glumpies, or Mentulavermis Primigenius to use their official title, though I believe the higher echelons of academia are currently engaged in yet another nomenclature war which may change that. I hope that tomorrow I can get closer to the creatures and begin to begin recording them. 

Day 2.

I have identified two Glumpies that are to be my case studies. The larger one in this picture I have named Mr Greyback, after the colour of the ridge that runs from tooth to tail. Ms Brown is shown here in her expanded state, though Kimi, my guide on this world, says that I am foolish to assign genders to these creatures though she will not give reasons for her ire. 

I was originally going to call my two subjects Little and Large, as we found them relaxing in exactly the state I have here attempted to capture. However, as soon as they noticed our presence they began crawling towards us, and I realised the folly of this system. The glumpie is a very malleable beast, and can in fact twist into all manner or shapes as it moves.



 Day 5.

I have begun gaining the trust of my glumpie partners. They have been allowing me to get close enough to make more detailed sketches of their forms. Kimi claims I am the one being too trusting. She says I am getting too attached to them, underestimating their deadly nature. 


Day 17.

Kimi has begun drinking this strange black tar stuff from the outer rim, and shouts at me that it is I who have driven her to it. Tensions between the two of us are... developing, to say the least. However, the alcohol has loosened her tongue. She has begun describing some of the glumpies she has seen on her travels. The intra-species variation of these creatures is more amazing than I have already witnessed. Here I have drawn hypothetical illustrations of her accounts. Apparently there are two headed glumpies that allow for these gentle giants to move more easily through their tunnels. Others have been witnessed "eating their own heads then crapping themselves out in one swift movement," turning themselves inside out to form a spiky shell of their teeth!  

Day 22.

Kimi drank a full bottle tonight. She went on to describe what she has heard of the glumpie reproduction cycle. Words escape me, I have illustrated the process here. I feel she is trying to scare me into abandoning the project.



Day 23. 

Kimi has begrudgingly admitted to having never actually seen a "Glumpie Rut Pile". I'm sure it must be an stellar-myth, surely? When I questioned Kimi on the matter she simply shrugged, and told me not to call her Shirley. 

I have been getting close enough to the partners now to make detailed records of their faces. This has caused Kimi much consternation. She claims they have my scent, and refuses to continue sleeping at our camp. 

Editor's Note: This was the final entry into Mae's journal. We have collected here only some of the assorted pages detailing the Glumpie itself. In our next instalment, we shall go back over the pages that investigated the natural habitat of the Glumpie, the Flesh Planet itself. 

Monday, 6 June 2011

A Brief Catching Up.

The next few weeks should see some good stuff going up on this blog; but before we get too excited about Glumpies, Mekkos, and the encroaching Vanguard, lets see what's been going on over at the Weekly TAB!

It has been over a month since I pointed you towards this blog. The first image I've got is for the Dan Dare prompt that feels like it happened an age ago. My, doesn't time fly and all that Jazz. This is the Mekon, baring imposingly down on the viewer from atop his little hover disc thingy. That was the intention at least, but I have a feeling that he actually just seems to have an unfortunate piggy nose. Oh well.

I was on much more familiar ground with the next prompt, Doctor Who! I decided to go for that little remembered scene at the beginning of the Paul McGann movie where the Master gets put on trial and then exterminated by the Daleks. This makes sense when you read the comics that were given the task of hammering this plot into something usable. You see, it turns out that the Daleks wanted to smuggle a Half-Time-Lord-Half-Giant-Shape-Shifting-Slug-Monster into Gallifrey, and... oh, nobody cares do they?

Eventually the time had to come for me to pick the prompt for the week, and I chose Fighting on a bridge! As I had privately predicted, the Star Wars fans were right in there from the start, but they were quickly followed by some fine art that struck a chord with the Robert Howard fan in me. There was some Warhammer, some moon axes, some Spider-Man, some trolls, and even Daffy Duck. All good stuff, but don't just take my word for it, get over there and check it all out!

I did Deadlock fighting against the Sorcerer's Apprentice. I'd like to try colouring this at some point, we'll see if I get the time or not.

Last week saw the prompt Fairy-tales and Folklore. I drew a

The newest theme is Norts vs Southers. I feel Antarctica will need to be involved somehow.