Thursday, 30 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
I got a letter last week telling me that this is the piece that got into Spectrum. Looks like my drawings are getting more popular then my paintings.
Monday, 27 April 2009
Here's another character for a Harry And Silvio story called a Cloud Alien. I'm feeling pretty bogged down right now. My mom's sick and in hospital and will probably be there at least a month. this is a chronic thing but I don't think you can get used to it. I get stressed and really tired when stuff like this happens and I'm really struggling with work. Right now I'm mostly scanning and doing computer stuff so I don't have time to draw which is depressing but just something I need to get through. Something that brightens my days (ironically) are the 1950's horror comic books. Loving those books right now.
Friday, 24 April 2009
Please forgive this flawed drawing. I'm reading John The Balladeer right now, a book by Manly Wade Wellman about his hero Silver John and I really didn't like how he looked on the cover so I was sketching him in my sketchbook closer to how I saw him.According to Wellman he's supposed to look like a young Johnny Cash. the Silver John stories are supernatural horror fantasy stories that take place in the Apalachians of North Carolina. This North Carolina is populated with all sorts of starnge creatures and witches. I highly recommend tracking these books down, your best bet is a used book store.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Life's gotten in the way and I haven't been posting as often as I like. First I got sick then my mom got sick. On top of that illustartion, teaching and parenting have kept me on the run. Or in the case of being sick, in the bed. However, there's always time for good music and books.
I've listening to Elizabeth Cotten a lot. Run out and buy this album, it's magic.
And I'm discovering Manly Wade Wellman for the first time and he is incredible. His John The Balladeer book is easily becoming one of my favorite books. It's a series of fantasy stories set in the woods and wilds of North Carolina.
Monday, 20 April 2009
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
I won the Mayor's Award for Excellence in Illustration tonight! I didn't expect to win this at all and was totally shocked when my name was announced and very, very happy. Thanks to everyone for their well wishes, awards make me terribly anxious and I was extremely grateful for the support on Facebook and Twitter.Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Here's the pencils for a book cover I'm doing for publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press. there's a lot of amazing talent published by these guys and I'm honoured to be doing this cover. this project has one of my favorite writers attached to it: Jeff VanderMeer.
Monday, 13 April 2009
Sunday, 12 April 2009
This started life as an ink drawing based on one of Daniel J Miller's amazing photographs of Tibetan nomads. Yesterday I saw an artists process online(I can't remeber who the artist was`Have since remembered! It's Nic Klein).He would do a black and white painting and then add colour in Photoshop, which is what I tried here.This is an incredibly fast way to work and dos retain the mark of a human hand which I really like.
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Friday, 10 April 2009
My "cover" of the classic Mike Mignola cover to the 1985 comic book Rocket Raccoon was accepted to Robert Goodin's amazing blog Covered. The top is the finished ink, gouache and photoshop piece and the bottom is just my inks.This comic had a huge impact on me as a kid. After years of reading what I would later learn were just Jack Kirby knock offs when I read this I thought"this is how they should make comics!"
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Monday, 6 April 2009
A little sketchbook sketch from one of my favorite fairytales Allerleirauh. It's about a girl who is about to be pressed into marraige with her father so she runs away and disguises herself in a mantle of furs. From there it becomes a Cinderella type story. She hides in a castle where everyone thinks she's a furry monster who cooks soup really well.
These amazing , expressive illustrations are by Fritz Eichenberg, a German-American illustrator. My father in law found two of the books he illustrated at garage sales: Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. Eichenberg's family was persecuted by the Nazi's(they were Jewish)and they fled to New York City, where Eichenberg spent most of his life. I'm totally enthralled by these amazing images and I'm surprised he's not very well known, every piece is amazing.
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Here's an ink drawing I did my second to last year of university for my final project in that class. I did about 50 drawings from Scandanavian folklore. The Draugr is like a mindless zombie brought to life by witches.
Friday, 3 April 2009
Thursday, 2 April 2009
This is a panel for a supernatural comic book story I did in high School. It's also one of my first attempts at drawing with a brush. I finished high school in 1994, before web sites were so ubiquitous. Looking at this drawing made me wonder how my life would have been different if I had had a web site and blog all the way back then.
Labels: brush and ink