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/

 

Harry Potter Illustrations

ice-cream-at-the-zoomrs-figg's-cats-final-artgorilla-in-zoo-final-artvernon-and-petunia's-reaction-final-art

Today I created these four illustrations for the second chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I enjoyed drawing the humorous and larger than life characters featured in the story. The artwork was drawn with brush and Indian ink.

Oliver Twist Illustrations

mr-bumble

nancy-and-fagin-steal-oliver

oliver-baby-with-mum

oliver-chased

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.

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?

The Escape from the Blackhole Ship

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.

Pirate Illustration

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.

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.

If you’d like to read the whole comic please click this link