Friday, October 28, 2005
There was a small, 2 day comic convention being held in the city while I was there. Lots of publishing houses & artists exhibiting their 'bandes dessinees' - the hard-back graphic novels that are prevalent in French comic book stores. One table was encouraging people to sit down & make drawings for the wall so I seized the opportunity to shamelssly promote my blog & the Eurovision Art Challenge!
The guest of honour was Italian comic maestro Sergio Toppi. His style is like a cross between Klimt, Robert McGinniss & Bill Siencewicz. I bought one of his books & stood in line for 2 hours to get a drawing in it from him. However, he drew so slowly that he only made about 8 drawings in that time & I had to give up before one of us died of old age! The images by him above are copyright Sergio Toppi & Mosquito Publishing.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Sunday, October 09, 2005
The TIMES newspaper is running an illustration competition to design a new cover & interior images for the next edition of Yann Martel's LIFE OF PI. Deadline is December & further details can be found here:
At last, I managed to find a copy of Frank Espinosa's ROCKETO at GOSH!Comics, London. I was pleasantly surprised that not only has Frank broken new ground with the stylish artwork in this book but he's even pushing the publication FORMAT! Check out the cool 'top' binding. This makes it the first LANDSCAPE comicbook I've ever seen.
Back home in North Wales recently I visited the Slate Mine Museum in Llanberis. The old workshops are full of wonderful contraptions & tools & heavy machinery. Didn't get a chance to draw much but took some shots for reference. The place is a mine(!) of detail & texture, useful for future layout jobs or design.
Friday, October 07, 2005
Everybody don't miss cartoonist Martin Rowson's documentary on Ronald Searle tomorrow at 9.40 pm on BBC4. Before that on the same channel is a film looking at Michelangelo's drawings & over on BBC 2 at 8.10 pm is Andrew Graham-Dixon's new series, The Secret of Drawing.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
These are stills from a 10 second short I made back in college. It was one of 10 commisioned by Channel 4 to promote their 4-Mations season. It was all done the old-fashioned way with cels & paint, scraped back to give it that scratchy look. 9 other students from art schools around the UK were commisioned too, each in a different medium & set to a piece of classical music. Mine was set to Mussorgsky's 'Gnomus'.