Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sketchcrawl SF 2

I kinda missed out on the last sketchcrawl back in October due to the APE convention but last weekend I was fully committed to the Japantown crawl. I hooked up with Jamie and Julia before winding down over coffee with Enrico and Ronnie.  We spent a pleasurable hour after the event looking through all the other crawlers' sketchbooks.  Great turn out this time - around 60 people I'm told.

I literally warmed up in the glorious winter sunshine with a sketch of the pagoda.  The subject seemed suited to a vertical format and more 'Eastern' style of drawing. . . I was drawing into the sun which threw everything into stark silhouette.

I was fascinated by the people and signs of Japantown.

Jamie and I discovered this building with a curious mix of Eastern and Western architectural details.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Dr Sketchy's 2

This week we had the first Dr Sketchy's session of the year with model Quicksilvababe in costume as comicbook heroines BlackCat and Zatanna Zatara! Many SF artist geeks' dreams were fulfilled that night . . .

I went along with pin-up girl specialist Josh Cooley-he busted out perfectly formed comicbook babes that put my efforts to shame.  Here's one I stole from him while he was at the bar.
See the rest of Josh's drawings on his blog here

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Here it is! The first Aardman anthology comic-book.  Featuring artwork by Aardman artists past & present 'Tales of The Spiffing' is available for pre-order at the project blog

The book has a British theme - my contribution is based on a real-life incident that occurred over the summer in North Wales. 81 year old Bert Forking rowed out into high seas to retrieve his neighbour's wheelie bin.  Picked up by life-boat rescue the story made the national press.

First pass thumbnails

Second pass layout thumbnails

Character development roughs