Tuesday, 30 September 2008

dragon queen

just another sketch using wash and dry brush
to test my new scanner.
It seems to pick up a lot of the tone.
Enjoyed trying this out. I don't usually work in
wash, but I'm pleasantly surprised on how
it turned out.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

old miser

I thought I'd see how good my new scanner is, in picking up subtle dry brush and wash and I'm pleasantly surprised. here's the sketch to prove it. Almost a self portrait as my boys would say

Friday, 19 September 2008

bloody scanners.

So, I've got this deadline for the western book for AccentUk. All the pages, well the majority of pages are pencilled, and I scan them in. The first four pages scan in perfectly, no problem, hence page 1 all inked up, then disaster. There's a bloody great black line down the middle of the page. Can't seem to shift it, so there's no alternative but to buy a new one. I trawl around the net and decide I may as well get an A3 scanner. I had an all- in- one A4 size scanner/printer, I'd scan in the two halves of a page, then I'd stitch the artwork together in photoshop. Matt Brooker has an excellent tutorial on how to do this, I've been following his wonderful advice for years.
So I find one that I think will do, and one that I can afford, they don't come cheap these things. Order it and wait... a week later it arrives, so I can get on with the strip, but more disaster, it arrives broken. bugger. So I pack it all back up, send it back and wait for the replacement. Two days later it arrives and it's great. got all the pages scanned in and now I, working every hour I can to catch up.
So that's my scanner sorted, now I just hope I can get this strip finished in time.
And here are some sketches for this western strip of mine.
now back to the drawing board.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

some older stuff

A couple of older pages to show. I'm working towards Accentuk's deadline so nothing new to show yet. The hard country strip was co- written by a cracking mate of mine, Andrew Elliott, who used to dabble in the wacky world of comics, but gave it all up for a stable nine to five job. (Comics loss). I will hopefully finish it one day, I'm halfway through it, got about 35 pages done, but I keep getting side tracked. The Lure page was a short I did years ago. I even sold it, but the book it was going to appear in folded, ah well the joys and disappointments of the comic business.
Maybe one day I'll get all my short stories together and print them in a one off special.
Anyway I'm off to me drawing board to finish off me other western strip.
bye fer now

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

inked up and such

here's the fist page inked with added tone and a smattering of letters, but not the dialogue, 'cause that is fer the actual book