Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Dr WTF!?

Teaser for the upcoming Dr WTF!? 2012 featuring a four pager written by Paul Clark and illustrated by myself.

WTF indeed!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Superior Kapow! World Record Charity Special

Onsale Today in all good comic shops.

Here's the cover...

Here's my panel... (by the time I got there all the good action scenes were taken)

Here's my credit!

Technically, this means I've been published by Marvel! Sweet!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Pea Patch Podlings: 2000AD Submission Competition Entry

Here are my pages for the upcoming 2000AD submission competition.I managed to get the whole thing done in three weeks (only found out about it three weeks ago) and I'm pretty pleased with it. I would have liked to had spent a bit longer on the inks but a deadline is a deadline. Drawing all those dolls was a real pain too, too so much longer than I had anticipated.

I'll let you know how it goes...

Friday, 28 October 2011

Step by Step

It all started with this pencil sketch inspired by a visit to a Nuclear Bunker in Prague and dressing up in military costumes and gas masks. I'd been wanting to practice different techniques with colouring so I sketched in a background and laid out the image as a page. 

This is about finished as far as pencils go for me. I never put in too much detail at the pencil stage and I should really be using this as a basis for a final pencil image but I'm lazy, most people would light box this and produced tighter pencils. Another reason is I can never replicate the energy of the pencils in the final image so I find that inking over a sketch can sometimes retain the looseness of the original pencils. 

I inked with a Pentel brush pen and a fine liner for some of the smaller detail, such as on the gas mask. This is by far the messiest inking I've ever done but I wanted to keep it messy and so inked it quite quickly. I think I'm always too precious at this stage. I put in most of the background detail at this stage too.

I scanned at 600dpi as a bitmap and then convert to CYMK. A friend told me to do this as you don't have to worry about adjusting levels like you would if it scanned in grey scale or colour. I would normally drop fill the various parts of the image, the coat, the mask, the wall and then go in after and add textures on separate layers. With this image I followed a friends advice and set my brush tool to 25% opacity and worked at creating textures straight away. I selected the areas by blocking them out before hand.

I used a normal soft edge brush and a 'spray can' style to achieve the textures on most of the surfaces and materials. This didn't take as much time as I thought and allows you to be a bit messier, loosening up is something I've been trying to work on.

After I had most of the colour down I added shadows. I used a series of dark blues and purples on a separate layer set to 'multiply'. Picking out where there should be shadows takes me a while and this stage that required a lot of time. I think I got it right...

After the shadows I tried adding some reflected highlights. Not sure how well this works...

Anyway, I'll work on it more and then put up the final image when it's done.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Cover for 'Faster Than Light' from Orang Utan Comics

So 'The Man in Room Four' is all set to feature in the upcoming issue of Faster Than Light from Orang Utan Comics. I was approached and asked to contribute a cover. I tried to get back in to the tone of 'Room Four' (mostly by listening to Sympathy for the Devil on loop) and of course Finn makes it a million times better with his colouring work.

Keep checking out http://www.orangutancomics.co.uk/index.html to buy. It's literally off to print now but will be ready to buy a MCM London towards the end of October.

Friday, 26 August 2011

A Girl in Every Port, now in colour!

Spent pretty much most of last week colouring this strip, I'm quite happy with the results but may still play around with some bits.

Several of the panels are meant to be flash backs so I might try some effect to suggest this, maybe fade the colours a bit. I thought about sepia tones but although it's a flashback it's still set in the future, sepia doesn't make sense in that case...

Sunday, 14 August 2011

The Man in Room Four

You lucky things! I give you 'The Man in Room Four' written and Illustrated by myself and coloured by the fantastic Finn Cramb. I can't express how much Finn's colouring has impressed me. There is a post below with a panel from this story I tried to colour myself and as I said there, Finn's colours totally outclass everything I did on the story.

If you like what you see you can contact Finn at inkinmyfingernails@hotmail.com

This was the first time I'd ever used a brush pen and I've not looked back since then. I found that by simply using a different pen, there was a whole new expression to the line. I just wish I'd listened to everyone earlier when they said I should be using brush pens!

Anyway, here you go.

Friday, 12 August 2011

A Girl in Every Port

I've been a bit quiet of late as I've spent the last two weeks working on this story. I came across the script written by Emmet Fagan on the Millarworld forums and was blown away by how clever and funny it was. Anyway, here's the B&W pages. I'm going to attempt colouring this one myself amd will post the results...

And a little something else. Here's the poster that goes in the gap on the last panel of page 2.

Monday, 25 July 2011

2000AD Sample Script Submission: Sorrowhill

Here are my attempts at one of the sample scripts. A terror Tale by Al Ewing (I think) which has taken me quite a while to actually finish inking.


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Freeze Frame

Another blast from the past...

I keep meaning to post something new but I've been hacking at a 2000AD submission strip for ages now and not really made progress with it. When it's done I'll post but in the meantime here's a strip I did from the re-launched Rapid Fire. Written by Oli Bailey.

This actually followed the Black Jet strip below. As you can see I started to actually use a lot more textures in the grey-scaling. There are some panels I'm not too proud of but i think some really nail it.

A week or so after finishing this strip I saw the awesome film 'Moon' and it's AI, Gerty...

Monday, 20 June 2011

Black Jet: Operation Rainbow Bridge

A blast from the past! Back in the early days of Underfire Comics there was a series called 'Operation; Black Jet' by Cosmo White. It was a WWII adventure story involving an alien craft and test pilot flung in to the future...

Cosmo decided to collect the series in a bound format and wanted back up stories to fill out the book. I adapted a story I had kicking around but didn't know what to do with. So here you go, completed back in 2006-7...

This was the first time I really tried to work textures and tones in to the art and you can see how I got more comfortable with it as I went along. Compare page 1 to page 8 and you can see the difference a bit of shadowing can make.

Hopefully the collected edition will see print one day. Get on it Cosmo!