Tuesday, 28 February 2012

End Of February Miscellany

This week I have been joining various other Paragon contributors in getting possibly a little too excited about our recent Comic Heroes review. I must confess that each issue of Comic Heroes would cost me more than I earn in an hour, so I can't justify the expense, but that Nikolai Dante badge does almost swing it for me.

I'm particularly invested in this as they used a little of my art to help decorate the page. Mine is the stuff on the top right, the rest being the fine work of Dave Candlish, Steven Denton, and James Corcoran.

In other news, I believe I have completely neglected to mention that I've seen the fully lettered pages for Dr WTF?! and they are looking super sweet! In fact, have a preview, you know you want one:

"Enough wallowing in the past," I hear you cry. "What about the future?"

Well, this month I have been experimenting with tracing paper and found that I like it. A lot. The smooth texture, the fluid pen marks, the reusable pencils, all leads me to think I have a new favourite way of working. At least, until I find some other way I prefer over the next few weeks. I choose to see my flitting tastes as a positive aspect of my work!

Here is a picture of a boy riding a bike. Why have I drawn a boy riding a bike? It's all part of a comic I am currently putting the finishing touches onto, so there will be more news of that over the coming month. 

There will also be news of the other project I am working on. The great cyclic nature of blog posts leads me once more to Paragon's Rise of the Mekkosapiens, for which I am drawing yet more 'time-and-space-rupturing-super-violence'. Well, there will be robots and guns at any rate.

Bikes, robots, and guns. That's the shape of March to come. See you there!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Designing Characters

These pages show my development of characters for a 2000ad sample script that you can find here. Reading those earlier entries, you'll see I had this plan of drawing a comic a month for a year. Well, this comic marks the premature end of that plan, as I started getting given scripts that would actually be read by people, so I slowed down a bit to make sure people saw my work at its best. I've had strips on the go ever since, so I must be doing something right!

So, continuing this month's theme of "Any Random Stuff That Doesn't Fit Elsewhere," let's see what was going on in my head at the time!

The script was very much about the melodramatic, over the top baddie, who decked pretty much everything in skulls. I decided to carry this through into just about everything else in his Evil Fleet Of Death. His cyborg body hopefully looks like a skeleton made of power armour. His Chief Hench-Thing hopefully looks like a robot monkey skeleton. In fact, I think I might have been going for some sort of ancestral ape feel.

These skull-and-weapon-laden-possibly-robots-possibly-people-in-armour show more than a little Warhammer 40K influence. Not to worry though, for the whole script was something of a homage to various storytelling tropes. In fact, writing this post has allowed me to rediscover a few cameos on the first page in among the fleet of ships and the inter-galactic UN.

This one is a little embarrassing. The script asked for a diplomat and robot based on an art deco style. I got this far through the design work before I realised my brain had suffered a funny turn and interpreted the word 'Deco' as 'Nouveau'. Never mind, I'm sure we'll see these two find a home somewhere.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Free Archaeologist Art

A few years back I was approached by an archaeologist of my acquaintance who completely fits the "Ready To Fight Giant Ants At Any Moment" academic stereotype.

"I am organising a community archaeology project," said the Professor. "And I need my literature to be accessible to all humans. Would you be willing to draw me some child friendly pictures of archaeologists engaging in various fieldwork activities?"

Now, there was something about the way that the Professor said "all humans" that made me deeply suspect that he didn't count himself as human. I was so busy internally debating whether he was a disguised robot/lizard-person/super-evolved-floating-brain-from-the-future, that I said "yes" without first asking for any money.

Anyway, the project didn't get quite as much interest as he needed and the pictures languished unused; that is until I decided to put them here! Should any archaeologists pass by, happening to need some child friendly doodles, feel free to make use of my pictures. If it is possible to credit me, so much the better!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

So It's Time We Talked About February...

It always seemed to me that February must have stolen some prized possession from all the other months, such they they formed a lynch mob and cut off its hands in a horrible homage to a Medieval witch-trial. Even after February was bitten by that second cousin (three times removed) of a werewolf, causing one of its hands to grow back for a single day every four years, I can still feel only suspicion that February may return to its criminal ways, and cannot ever trust it to be a real month. 

As such, following January's wonderful Dr WTF?! theme, I found myself wondering if I could cluster all of this month's posts around a similar, singular idea, and decided that "Any Random Stuff That Doesn't Fit Elsewhere" was the best that February deserves.

Let us begin with this old doodle of the ABC Warriors. I found it while clearing out some crud to make room for the electrician to completely rewire our house. The chaos (Khaos?) this process caused cost me a few nights of comic work, so it is only fair I'm getting a blog post out of it.