Monday, 21 January 2013


I was recently asked to produce a thank you present for a comic fan which consisted of a picture of the Hulk surrounded by a load of wrecked scaffolding. The person to receive the piece owns and runs a scaffold company and is really in to the hulk. 

At first I was a bit hesitant as I don’t really like drawing big muscle bound hero types because I’m not that good at it, too much anatomy for my liking. Anyway, I said yes and went about sketching some composition thumbnails.

Here’s the composition I settled with:

I scanned this in to photoshop and enlarged to A4, it was originally about 4cm high. This was then converted to blue line and printed out. Using this as a guide I sketched out some rough pencils and began to get the image together. I spent quite a bit of time getting the ‘Hulk’ look and used various references for the muscle anatomy. I think you can tell it’s the Hulk and not just some stupid muscle dude.

Here’s the original pencils:

This was then scanned in to photoshop again where I played about with it to get the best out of the image. I defined his eyes a bit better, increased his roaring open mouth and moved his left arm to a more dynamic position which seemed to work a little better. I also added the logo of the company which the recipient of the piece owns.

From here I needed to scale up to A3. To do this I removed my monitor from its stand and laid it flat on the desk, essentially acting a light box. I enlarge the image on screen to fit the A3 paper and begin re-drawing the picture. It can be a bit cumbersome but it’s a technique I’ve developed out of necessity. I just hope it’s not doing any lasting damage to the monitor.

Here’s me with my ‘light box’ and the result of the tracing.

After this I filled in any missing details and essentially ended up with the same image in pencils at A3. When doing sequential I usually use blue lead but it doesn’t rub out half as easily as good old graphite. I usually use copier paper for sequential too as it’s cheap but I found using a thicker type of paper let me take advantage of inking techniques I don’t often use.

Here is the final inked piece for the Hulk fan:

So it’s scanned in and off to the new owner now but I was feeling pretty pleased with myself I thought I’d give it a go with some colour in Photoshop.


Saturday, 12 January 2013

Loads of stuff!

It’s been ages sine m last post as I’ve been really busy with trying to finish up a load of different things in time for conventions and print deadlines.

I’ll be exhibiting at Bristol Comic Expo in May and will be launching issue 2 of Psircus currently being drawn by newcomer Anna Redman and Katja Lindbloom is returning to the book. I’ll also be contributing a short for issue, stay tuned for updates at our new Facebook page.

The other comic i'm getting ready for Bristol is The Goose. Written by Amsel Von Spreckleson, it’s kind of hard to describe, a ‘kitchen sink’ superhero drama is as close as we can get. I’ve been colouring this too which is why it’s taking so long. Here are some samples from the comic:

In other news I have a story due to appear in the British Showcase Comic illustrated by Alex Thompson whose work has also appeared in Bayou Arcana. I’m looking forward to seeing she comes up with. I can’t commit to drawing anything for the BSC as I have a massive project starting soon which will probably take up most of 2013. It’ll be a year of Vikings!