Puddleton’s historic, warm and cosy village, home to neighbours Jean and Albert and Jean’s grandaughter Alex, is about to come to end as the Lord Baron wins his court case to reclaim Puddleton and evict all its tenants. As Jean, Albert and Alex try to save the village from demolition, they uncover a new and sinister mystery.
Don’t miss Gran Theft Puddleton, available in Volume 26 of Aces Weekly January 2017. http://acesweekly.co.uk/
Whilst graphic designing and sign-making for Whole Foods Market, I am still working on my comics for Aces Weekly, visiting comic cons and sketching!
I stayed with a french family in France and took my sketchbook with me. Here are a few of the sketches from my book:
I also recently had a table at Macclesfield comic con where I promoted my comics in Aces Weekly. You can read my comics among many others from the greats at: http://acesweekly.co.uk/
Original artwork from Dreams of a Low Carbon Future is being exhibited at the Cartoon Museum, London and everyone who goes to see it gets a free copy! It is a lovely museum as I used to volunteer and take classes there a few years ago. Hope you find time before June to go.
Here are four illustrations for Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens that I have created recently for the upcoming Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In my research for this project, I wasn’t entirely bound to my drawing board. I went on excursions out into the world and drew old buildings and their wonky beams and windows. Oliver Twist was always a favourite of mine ever since childhood so now it is lovely to have found the time to illustrate some of its most exiting moments.
I have decided to revisit this image and draw it again to see how I have improved over the last 8 months since I originally drew it’s predecessor. Evidently I feel that my 8 months ago self was seriously lacking knowledge of the way the world looks. Here below is the original image, and above is the new and hopefully improved image. Onwards and upwards.
Continuing on with the pirate theme, I’m trying to perfect my use of rain, I looked at artists such as Will Eisner who depicts rain brilliantly in his comic book A Contract With God. I found this illustration challenging but what’s the point if there’s no challenge in it, am I right?
Here’s the next illustration in the story, following on from my last post. Originally drawn in brush and ink, the illustration was scanned in and coloured on Photoshop. As a choppy ocean can be quite a hard thing to draw, I took inspiration from other illustrator’s techniques. If ever in doubt about how to render something, I take a look through my graphic novels and picture books to understand how things are simplified whilst retaining their essence. I’m really hoping to get some children’s book illustrations from these example pieces I’m doing.
Today, I decided to make this illustration. It was originally done in black ink on paper, then it was scanned in and coloured on Photoshop. I have been inspired by the colour scheme used in the comic Blue by Pat Grant so I decided to give it a go. I felt that the brown and blue colour scheme suited the pirate theme. Do let me know what you think.