Gran Theft Puddleton – Coming Soon to Aces Weekly

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/

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Macclesfield, France, London

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/

 

Last Thursday Final Installment – Begins 11th January

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Last Thursday is back for its second and final installment on January 11th. London has been deliberately flooded by the Last Thursdayists, but why? Who came up with Last Thursdayism? And why does their leader want our protagonist dead? Read this exciting comic and catch up on previous chapters at: http://www.acesweekly.co.uk/vol18-issue1

Its wonderful that Pipedream Comics included Aces Weekly in it’s top ten digital comics of 2015. The top ten are a talented collection of different comics, which is great to see. And thank you to Pipedream Comics for their kind comments about Last Thursday:

“This year’s stand out has been Last Thursday from Emma Chinnery, with it’s time shifting narrative and sublime black and white artwork on sepia paper that feels incredibly tactile in this digital world.” – Pipedream Comics

If you too enjoy reading all the amazing comics on Aces Weekly, then vote for us as your favorite on Pipedream Comic’s website:

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Oliver Twist Illustrations

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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.

Majesty Revisited

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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.

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A Stormy Sword Fight

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?

A Scene from Low Fat Butter

I’ve just completed this comic for the Cape/Observer/Comica Prize. The above panel was hand pencilled and inked using Black Magic Indian ink and a Windsor and Newton Series 7 size four brush. Then I scan it into Adobe Photoshop using my A3 scanner. I go onto the editing stage:

1) I adjusted the contrast so that the black and white are true

2) Then I created a new layer and set the layer to Multiply mode which allows the colour to go behind the black, for each colour in turn I created a new layer to allow for individual colour adjustments and rubbing out errors. The shadows are done on top of the block colours in Multiply mode.

3) For the colouring of the background pattern I went back to the background black and white layer and selected the black colour range. Then I created a new layer in Normal mode for the green colour. Using the brush tool I carefully coloured over the selected black area of the pattern. ctrlD for deselect to see what I’m doing and alt-ctrl-z to carry on colouring.

4) For the foreground pattern I used the same principle as the background but I had to add the solid green colour first in Multiply mode and move the Normal mode white layer to the top.

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