1. Retro Dwarf. Finished. (kind of)

    EDIT: I’ve updated this post four times since posting the original “finished” piece. That’s the advantage of actually working to a deadline - it kills the possibility of endless tweaking*. I’m a lot happier with what is CURRENTLY the most recent version, though, so take it in while it lasts!

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    Well, I’ll be back to the less inspiring professional work tomorrow which doesn’t stimulate my creativity by even the tiniest bit of a similar amount. But drawing the Red Dwarf posse has helped me through a particularly rough Bipolar episode this week. It’s been fun, guys - until the next time I want to test a new style on you… View progress pictures and more on the updated original blog. 

    * Lesson of the day: it’s impossible to reference “endless tweaking” on social media without a hundred fuckers joking that they thought you said endless twerking. Welcome to 2014, people, it’s all downhill from here.

     

  2. The living love The Evil Dead

    So, they just announced a TV project based on the Evil Dead movies. I’m a little apprehensive about the idea but, heck, I love every incarnation from the 80’s plasticine zombies to the (nearly) Ash-less remake, so I’m down.

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  3. UPDATED: More Retro/UPA Designs

    Continuing the experiments with the new style, I spent a few hours tonight working on these Rimmer character designs. Minimalism takes a lot longer than you might think! Click through for more character designs.

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  4. More Kid-friendly Styles

    This last week has been extremely slow, non-productive and frustrating. This has been mostly thanks to a spell of manic depression (I’m Bipolar, something which I’ll probably write about soon as the relationship between my condition and my output is very complicated) but, mercifully, it arrived during a quieter work period so my schedule hasn’t taken much of a hit, yet. In between many failed attempts, I did manage to do a little more work on finding some more cartoony styles to play with, which I reference in a previous post. More illustrations after the jump.

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  5. Flashback Friday~!

    In-keeping with the Batman theme, here’s another old ‘un of the caped crusader from 2012. I always thought a cropped version of this would make a cool phone case.

     

  6. The search for a Child-friendly style

    This week has been one of fevered experimentation, as I sought to find a new style that would be suitable for young adult fiction. It’s an area I’ve always wanted to get into but have always struggled to develop any kind of portfolio with, for whatever reason (probably because I’ve never been able to settle on any one style long enough). But below is the result of today’s scribblings, featuring my favourite go-to for any kind of experimental work: Red Dwarf characters. 

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  7. Flashback Friday~! Batman: You Are Under Close Surveillance

    This was the first entry of the last 100 Days of Art project (interview about which can be found here), if I’m not mistaken. Batman has always been a favourite visual subject of mine but I’d wanted to try something different. This is, obviously, inspired by the Arkham City video game. Progress pictures after the jump.

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  8. Flashback Fri—, er…. Saturday.

    I noticed recently that, due to what I can and can’t show you all right now in terms of projects, nearly all of my posted content so far has been black and white. So, to balance things out a bit, have a few colourful pieces from my portfolio to chew on!

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  9. A Little Taste of Dredd.

    As if my recent post detailing the process behind my contributions to Zarjaz #21 wasn’t spoiling you enough, Dave Evans (aka BOLT-01) has now kindly allowed me to show off some of the finished artwork here, which I offer with a brief commentary. I must give thanks to both writers for giving me such great scripts to work with. Hopefully this will encourage people to buy the issue, rather than put them off…

    JUDGE DREDD: TRUE BELIEVERS, written by LEE ROBSON. image

    This was a fun, if daunting, page to draw. I knew what the semi-painted style that I was going for looked like in my mind, but it took a little while to get it on the page convincingly. This was the first page I drew of the strip and, as such, some of the little signs of experimentation are still in there but I don’t mind. I particularly like the shot of Dredd, the aesthetics of which would influence how the rest of the strip turned out looking. 

    TALES OF MEGA-CITY ONE - SJS: FEAR & LOATHING, written by SANTIAGO MAYAUD imageComing off the back of TRUE BELIEVERS, I itched to take what I’d learnt (ie that it’s incredibly difficult to hide your environmental weaknesses within an almost photo-realistic approach) and wrap it all back up in a nice line-art style. I much prefer the character design in this strip - in which the facial features and proportions are more exaggerated - but I think there’s a consistency between the two in terms of layouts, use of heavy blacks etc.

    The last panel is a subtle homage to my favourite childhood cartoon - Ren & Stimpy - and the way that backgrounds would occasionally be replaced by blotchy ink stains during particularly traumatic moments. Nineties kid alert! 

     

  10. To Catch an Art Thief…

    As those of you who’ve been following me for a while will remember, way back in 2012 I slowly drove myself to madness ran an art marathon project called 100 Days of Art to raise funds for Arts Emergency. On Day 78, I published the illustration below of The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon, as shown by the included RT from the charity itself.

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    Fast forward to DeviantArt on 03 July 2014 and, alongside the usual requests to draw bizarre fetish scenarios for very little money, I receive a notice that some fella operating under the username JimsNerdNation has been taking credit for the work of many artists - myself included - and even selling for a profit. They included a link to a YouTube video that opens, I see, with a familiar yet different image.

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