Wednesday, 26 November 2008

too tired to sketch

So...I walk through the front door after a gruelling shift at the "proper job" and the phone's ringing. It's me old mate Shane Oakley, all concerned and stressed. Concerned that we haven't had a chat for a while and stressed about this 16-page comic he's in the middle of. So we chat about this and that, mostly about comics and films (and speaking of films I thoroughly recommend Feast to everyone. It's a crackin old fashioned monster movie with laughs a plenty and loads of gore) and I listen on how his drawing is affecting his life, and I try to make some helpful and positive comments.
Shane does produce some of the most extraordinarily fine pages of comic art that you're ever likely to see, but he does suffer for his work. He's stressed when he's working and he's stressed when he's not.
Anyway, our talk gets around to this little blog and why there hasn't been an update for a while. So I tell him that after a full day at the proper job I'm too knackered to do any drawing. I sit in front of the TV and I'm nodding off. So he tells me of a neat little technique that he uses whilst watching the TV, and I'll be trying it out later, cheers mate.
But it got me thinking, when we'd said our goodbyes about doing a few new sketches.
So here we are, I got a bit carried away, it's amazing what you can do when you're in that zone.
Some I like, some not so much and others, I'm thinking where the hell did that come from.
I' don't have an idea what I'm gonna sketch at first, it starts with that first line and we could go anywhere, and even then it could change halfway through. but that is the beauty and joy of sketchin'.
So Mr Oakley, I hope this satisfies the art craving for a little while at least.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

sketces from down under

Although I didn't do much in the way of sketching and such while enjoying the delights of Oz, I wasn't completely lazy, I did do a couple, so I've put the better ones together fer you all to have a look at

Friday, 14 November 2008

more zombies

And here is the cover to the Mammoth book of Zombies. See you know you want a copy.

Can't keep agood zombie down

Woke up to a pleasant surprise this morning. A copy of The Mammoth book of Zombies landing with a mighty whump on me doorstep. Edited by a very nice and talented man David Kendall it reprints my 4-page Zombie strip I did for Accentuk. A cracking book it is too. with stories by Vincent Locke, Scott Hampton, Steve Niles and the legend that is Robert E Howard. I'm made up that I'm in a book with one of my favourite authors. If'n you love yer Zombie tales then i suggest you check it out because it is a corker

Thursday, 13 November 2008

business as usual

I'm back. refreshed and ready to do some more of this here bloggin'.
Unfortunately I didn't do the amount of sketchin' I hoped, 'cause I was too busy being a tourist and doing touristy things. but i expect you all be seeing some stuff of mine real soon.
Keep on a visitin'.