Monday, 30 May 2011

Fantasy cover: Continuing to experiment!

I'm experimenting with simple background hues to make it less glaringly white.



Also, we're going to be moving house this week (yay!), so the blog might be a bit quiet while things go crazy over here.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Fantasy cover, inklines:

Fantasy cover progress:

I like the eyes better in the rougher sketch, so I might change them back to that before I paint.

I'm very briefly featured in the BICS 2010 highlights:

It's 2:25 minutes in just as my painting's been chosen by one of the burlesque performers :)

Let's start the process train!

I've decided to attempt fantasy book-covers.
So over the next few days (when I'm not busy prepping to move house), I'll be posting progress pictures of that.

Here's the first rough sketch of a concept:

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Skal remake: Page 1 progress.

Here's page one of the prologue:



Still may need some touchups and of course the lettering.
I put two pages into one.

Here's what it looked like before:



Monday, 16 May 2011

Bristol Expo 2011! A weekend of awesome!

((I'm writing this whilst brain-dead, so it will most likely be edited in the near future. I'll shout if that happens!))

I was at the Bristol Expo this year where I had my first ever table (shared with the lovely Corey Brotherson) on the Saturday. (Special thanks to Simon Gurr for allowing me to hop on board the Exhibitor-train at the last minute)
What an experience!
Here are some writings, photos and doodles to try to convey the awesomeness of it all:

Saturday

Me and El (who was staying over at mine for the duration of the convention) got up early, packed and caught a train to Bristol. We had to be there earlier than the punters to allow me to set the table up. I think I packed a bit too much as usual.


We met up with Corey Brotherson (who was hobbling around on a crutch) and Simon Gurr, sorted out the exhibitors passes, prepped the table and then it was GAME ON!





With both me and Corey being table-virgins we really didn't know what to expect. I had been a bit worried that it would be kind of formal and serious but in the end it was without doubt my favourite convention experience! I don't think I've ever done so much talking, shouting and laughing over a weekend as I did during this con! And with Corey being so stupidly photogenic and handing out sweets, there was never a dull moment by our table :D

I met tons of people! Some with similar interests, some who taught me new things and some who were a bit cheeky.




So what were the downsides to all this awesomeness I hear you ask? Well! Because of the sheer number of people passing through the small-press side of the convention, there weren't really moments where I could leave our table. So I was in effect chained to the thing for the entire Saturday.



And trust me, if you've been sitting by a table, babbling continously for hours and hours on end, your stomach starts to show some attitude.





By the end of the day, me and El had headed out to get something to eat (a falafel from Bristol's FalafelKing) in an attempt to appease the growling tummy, but having survived on sugar for most of the day, it finally caught up with me in the evening and I got ill :(

So for future reference: FOR THE LOVE OF COMICS, EAT.


Sunday

The Sunday was meant to be my day of walking around, exploring and scouting for comics. Since we only had the table on the Saturday, I was finally 'free' to toddle around with my portfolio and (in theory) also eat properly.
Sunday was time for serious talk with Corey about our Graphic Novel called Butterflies and Moths. So we took some time to sit in a separate room and discuss how to make it work.

When we finalize more stuff I'll post it on the blog! But for now, here's a little glimpse of the first chapter in the hands of its creators!


The rest of the day was spent catching up with friends, meeting new friends, shopping for comics with the money I had earned the day before and...

.. Kinda forgetting to eat again.

Progress from Sunday morning to Sunday afternoon/early evening:


I never bloody learn!

(...To be continued/edited :D I need to pop off to collapse for a mo!)

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Reason for silence: Bristol Expo 2011!

I'm about to head off to day TWO of Bristol Expo. Hence my silence this past week and this weekend. But will show some photos and other bits when the convention is all done!

Yesterday was BRILLIANT.
Err, must not start babbling as I need to get ready to leave for the trainstation!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Burlesque colour splash.

Here's the experimentation piece pretty much done. It's four separate scans that I've tried to piece together, but I can see some errors. :(

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Tribal pipe!

Oh I don't know. I saw a photo and I had to copy the pose.

Steampunk tea: Sketch.

Badly scanned and a big dodge in places, but I tried!

Experimentation is good for the soul.

In the middle of experimenting with some colour.
It's not tight. It's not finished. It's not perfectly formed.
But its fun :D







Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Tattoo design: Yin Yang Koi.

Bayou Arcana: Page 3, first safety scan.

Painting is unedited and not yet cropped.

(I've digitally added a white frame in the middle panel, so that's why it's not visible in the video-painting. ... Because I forgot to prep it before starting the painting in the first place :P FAIL)

Bayou Arcana: Video progress, more edited test!

This was wayyyy more work than I bargained for. I did not expect all the converting and importing and transferring and progress-barring and editing... But here's my progress on the painting so far:

It's around 12 minutes long! Gaaah! (and it's not done yet...)



If you're wondering why the clips sometimes go more yellow, it's because I'm painting during the evening/night-time and I haven't got a proper daylight bulb yet, so my regular lamp gives off a yellow light. :( Le suck!