Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another bit of project news...

I taught a workshop in comic book art last summer and the museum (
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology) and I are putting together an anthology of the work the kids did...

Here displayed is the introduction page I created in comic format...!

The publication will be available for free from the Petrie Museum and also (possibly/hopefully) in
GOSH! comics.


Monday, October 25, 2010


Hey folks.
February will bring the Dragon Festival in Norwich and I am involved teaching a comics workshop on the fantastic themes of mythical beasts, chivalrous knights and fair maidens! This may possibly be the image that runs in the programme and it's what I have been working on most of today!
A drawing of the main 'good guy' cast for the new comic I'm working on with Jose Cruz. The police officer is totally wrong! I drew it without looking at the original design...see below, which I prefer...but the girl/secretary is a lot more what I wanted to do...a girl-next-door, cute-but-a-little-ditsy kinda character, with an eye for our hunky main man Markham!

He's now writing a 6-8 page treatment to see how this story is going to work...if it does those pages will form the prologue flashback to the rest of the 22page(ish) issue#1!

Getting exciting now!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Here is the final painting for our campaign to make JON HAMM FOR SUPERMAN!!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Next part...making a painting to coincide with the #jonhammforsuperman campaign!

NEW LITTLE PROJECT! Doing a campaign with my good pal Anthony Melton on trying to get the movie studios to hire Jon Hamm for Superman.

We feel extremely strongly about this that an older, experienced Superman would make sense to cinema audiences...the character and the movies have been around for a far few years and pretty firmly cemented in our world culture...! We don't need another remake, we need clear, intelligent ideas about story and character and not just about making wonderful special effects for the sake of it! Jon Hamm has both sides of the Superman/Clark Kent character nailed by seeing his most recent performances on TV and in Film.

We are passionate about Jon Hamm for Superman...if you are too please show your support by tweeting #jonhammforsuperman on twitter (if you have one!!).

Sunday, October 03, 2010




Been a while. School started up again after the Summer break and it has been busy, busy, busy! I have had the chance to work on a few here is the rest of the main cast list character designs for the comic that I am working on!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

So school has just started again after the summer break! What a fine time to find one of the best collaborations ever!! I am going to find the time like crazy to work on this new project as it is a really exciting premise!

I'm working with Jose Cruz, based based in Florida, USA, on his idea of a P.P.I (paranormal, private investigator!). I really want to get moving on this as we are going to aim this at Image Comics but initially self-publish this book! So, for now I will be posting news in the way of visuals, character designs and a few panels but not whole thing as we are going to try and sell us and the ideas to a publishers!

Wish us luck! And keep posted!

Above is the design for the main villain if the story!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Okay, so here's the last page in my Egyptian themed comic! enjoy!!
Okay, so one more page to go and I've finished my 4-page Egyptian themed comic...using Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses as modern-day superheroes!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Next page in the Egyptian themed comic that I've been working on after the workshop I did in London.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A couple days ago I posted a photo of this image and now this is the scanned and coloured version complete with lettering too. I'm really getting into this new colour halftone effect on Photoshop - makes my pages look authentically retro comics style!
Lettering comes courtesy of Blambot fonts.

Doctor Who Comic

Part of the workshop I did for the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology was to have a spokesperson to talk about writing for comics.
That came in the form of Oli Smith, a writer of various Doctor Who spin off stories, namely an audio book (read by Matt Smith), a Doctor Who novel 'Nulcear Time' and a few comic scripts for Doctor Who Adventures magazine.

The comic above is my take on a script that Oli was commissioned to write to audition new artists for the re-vamp of Doctor Who Adventures when Matt Smith took over from David Tennant as the Doctor. This audition thing happened months ago so this is really just for fun!!


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Project news!!

I recently hosted a comic book workshop at University College Londonin the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeaology. It was a fantastic 6 days (two 3-day workshops with different age groups) and they really just got on with it...

...which allowed me the chance to prove myself as the teacher and do my own comic strip for the collection of everybody's work.

First page displayed here!

Cheers! More to come!!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Here are the first 6 pages of the Jeff Legend finale all lettered and stuff. Think it's come out well, and I was experimenting with Comic Life on the Mac. It's good but limited. I think I'm gonna stick to Illustrator to letter comics!!
Cheers, enjoy!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The latest 2 pages from the Jeff Legend EPIC 22-page finalé! Tagboy is the latest addition and, even though the speech bubble still have to be done, if you have been reading along you will see that this has been the introduction of Tagboy to the JL universe. He has special BEARD powers that give him strength and other stuff - kinda like Hurcules crossed with a fisherman!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Another image done for the comics workshop I'm running in August at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Well, page 3 of a 22 pager corker has been completed!!!! So many more left to do...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

This is my finished Illustration for Adam Moore's fictional cartoon band, The Greater Fiction. More on the production of that coming real soon!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

This is the painting so far of the virtual band I am creating for Adam Moore. The weird bit under the main guys guitar neck is the rest of the masking fluid, so if you check back to
this post you'll see the masking fluid surrounding the whole band. Masking fluid is such an awesome thing!! Check out Cheap Joe's technique on youtube! Whataguy!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

First bit of computer colouring I've done for a while...turned out quite good!
This is page 1 of the last part of my Jeff Legend saga. Flick back to Part1, Part2, Part3 and Part4 to catch up. Part1 and Part2 are on my old Myspace, please scroll down to get to them! All parts have been 4 pages so far but Part5 is 22 pages as it ends the story!


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An update on the cartoon band illustration for Adam Moore. The keyboard player has been replaced with a male character so he is illustrated at the top and the final composition is underneath, a shot of all 4 in the group. The beige stuff surrounding the illustration is a rubber-based masking fluid as this is ready for painting (perhaps a technique blog coming up!)...although I am yet to get approval of this image...let that be a lesson to you kids of illustration; always get approval before you go ahead with any major work on an illustration!!

I think that's also a record for the amount of times the word 'illustration' has been mentioned in a blog.



Listening to:
Alexisonfire - Young Cardinals
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

So here is the latest on the cartoon band concept for
Adam Moore and The Greater Fiction. Adam runs Evesound Music where lots of fantastic noises are made on his Myspace page, but also check out his Youtube Channel to watch his style - amazing stuff!


Listening to: Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier - SModcast 103: Amazing Grace
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Intended to do more than this, but it just kinda stopped at what you see here - I did this having been inspired by the new song by the Deftones as well as the events in their new video for the same song;
Listening to: Deftones - Rocket Skates
via FoxyTunes

Sunday, March 07, 2010

This is probably my favourite drawing from yesterdays outing! I am playing around with word and image using stamps in my work and also drawing on unusual papers. I am doing the GCSE exam alongside my year 11 students which is fun and proving to be very valuable to them as well.

I like what has happened in this drawing as you can see Norwich Castle in the background being covered by the boards of a building site. The crane also looks ironically ominous in the composition, floating above the Castle. It makes me think that it's going to lift the traditional Castle out of an environment to make way for something possibly more modern looking in the way 'regeneration' tends to go!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

So I have been out for a wander around town and did a bit of drawing and research for a commission.

I have been hired by an old high school chum to create a fictional cartoon band for his new music project (like the Gorillaz, only my style - love Jamie Hewitt though!). Check out his tunes at Evesound Myspace. On display above is about half an hour of watching the world go by and spotting various looks, fashions and faces that seemed to fit to the music as it played in my ear via my ipod! Next will be the job of refining the looks of some of these to make a band.

Also while I was walking through town, there was an accident (I don't know what actually happened) and couldn't resist drawing an ambulance that was at the side of the street for a fair amount of time...I hope everybody involved is okay!! I have scanned this and added some colour. I have drawn more today but will reserve that for another post!


Listening to: Passion Pit - Let Your Love Grow Tall
via FoxyTunes

Here's a pic I created for some peeps at school for their friend's birthday.

It was fun to work on considering that the photo they gave me was the back of the girls head!!
Anyway, I did what I did from that and thinking that I actually knew the girl too! It turns out that I didn't. So what is actually here is a birthday card cartoon for a girl who isn't actually the girl in the picture!! Ahhh confusing and ridiculous, but the guys who had me do this said it looked like her so it's all good and she loved it so there...! enjoy!

Listening to:
Our Lady Peace - Sell My Soul
via FoxyTunes
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, February 25, 2010

So...worked on a colour version already and I'm a bit torn really. I love the original black and white version, and when I coloured this (with a slight blue tint for the moon light) I wasn't so keen on it until I saw it with speech bubbles and the whole thing sort of feels right...?? What do you think people out in internetland?

Listening to: City And Colour - In The Water I Am Beautiful
via FoxyTunes

Well there you go folks, the finished product!! All 6 pages of the comic I've been working on with a student from school are finished and lettered and I rather like the end result. Hope others do to, please leave comments if you are stopping by to look, thanks! Next up, colour this space...


Listening to: Our Lady Peace - Somewhere Out There
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WOW! 2 posts in one week!
Here we have the next two pages of the comic I'm working on with a student from school. Nearly there now and will most likely post the remaining three pages tomorrow!


Listening to: Mr Hudson - There Will Be Tears
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Boy it has been a while!!

The comic I've been working on with a student at school is very near completion. Although I really like the blue shades in my previous entry, I've decided for the print version to stick to plain black and white and no shades at all. This will make it a lot clearer when sized down. I will produce full colour versions for the blog though as well as put the b&w one up as soon as it's done...lots of work there so will have to press on!


Listening to: Deftones - Hole in the Earth (album version)
via FoxyTunes