Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I'm still tired out after the weekend at Hi-Ex up in Inverness and my plan of drawing something fresh on Monday disappeared into a thousand little jobs getting ready for a new mouth to feed in the Reid household. So I'm jumping back about a year to show you this Batman cover. Something very similar to this was created as a private commission about two years ago and I took the basis of that illustration and worked in the old style logos and icons from the series in the early 80s. I did plan to colour it but that'll have to wait for a another day.
For those who like to see a bit of process here are the pencils.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
It's called ( at the moment ) 'KNIVES OF GLORY' and it's an adventure comic about food.
I've recently started working on more character designs, in this case the female lead.
Her name is Lucie and she's French. We all wanted her to be one of those casually fabulous frenchwomen who seem to take no time over their appearance, but nevertheless looks utterly together and sophisticated. While I'm very aware that this is a little bit of a cliche....I don't care. Sometimes you just need to embrace that stuff.
Anyway, the first drawing was directly based on the photograph of a french model that the writer found.Now if this was a Nikolai Dante story then I'd be done right here. However I'm trying to go for a more loose and energetic style for this story and I need her to have a certain aloofness , at least at the start of the story. So here's version 2...Maybe a little too old and vampish loooking. Though I quite like the Jane Birkin-ish thing that's starting to creep in ( yes I know that Birkin is English )
Ok NOW we're cookin' ! I'm fairly happy with that, in terms of the characterisation and the line quality.
I might post some more of the prep work for this story as it moves forwards. Hopefully it will be quite different from anything else I've done.
Thanks for your attention.
Oh and why are you reading this and not being at HiEx in Inverness this weekend? Hmmm? That's where all the cool cats are...oh yea!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Loads to do and no time to do it. My home scanner seems to have packed it in and i'm going to be a headless chicken with no spare time tomorrow so a bit of a 'cheat' this week. This was something i cobbled together a little while ago - basically just a muck about with a few marvel movies that i could edit together from various online trailer clips - i Would have included more movies if i could have found more good quality trailers. Clips used are from Wolverine, X-Men 3, Hulk, Iron Man and FF 2.
Just checked the blogger version after upload - it fairly shrinks it and batters the quality - but hey ho - don't forget to turn up the volume.(better quality version over on my own site for those who can be bothered)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Another sketch from the Paris Manga event. Hawkgirl was a surprising favourite among the fans. I must have drawn about five or six of her. At least two versions were side on portraits but this proved to be the best angle.
Thanks to Cyrille for the scan.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Some simple character sketches done for an ongoing project I've been working on for almost a year. The final art itself is still under the usual non-disclosure-agreements, but here are some of the character sketches which didn't make it to the final set of cards. Some of them were discounted out of hand, others went into development and then morphed naturally away from initial ideas here. In all there were about 50/55 characters which I provided, so this is a very small sample of the sketch work that went into that mass of people.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Remember you can drop by Alex's own blog to get your weekly hit of Ronald goodness.
Alex used to be a regular on Judge Dredd in the 90's but just now he's painting magazine covers and promotional art for Ruffian games in Dundee as well as concept art for indy film studios Black Camel pictures and Mothcatcher films.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Ok - free plug for a mate first. Check out Rik Hoskin's first published Superman strip in Superman 80-page Giant #1 ON SALE NOW. Go tell DC how much you love his stuff and help Rik get a regular gig. Bought this yesterday to check out Rik's strip and thought i would do a Superman sketch so that i could plug it for him. Inspired by Gary's recent quick 'sketches' i thought i'd give myself a speed test and aimed for a ten minute sketch on the train in to work this morning. In order to try this i pretty much ignored the pencil stage and just doodled a stick man and quickly blocked in my 'cylinder' shapes - eek, almost 5 minutes gone already. 15 minutes later i had an inked version - so almost 20 minutes in total. Can't say i was overly happy with it (scary not doing the pencil stage)but ok for a wee test. Gave it a quick colouring job in the office - that took about 25 minutes - so just short of 50 minutes all in.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
That Andy posted late again. SHHHHH!!!!!!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Anyway, this one page strip was for Accent UK's 'Western' graphic novel which I'm sure is still very much available and highly recommended, and not just because I'm in it :)
Monday, March 15, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
In the mean time if you can imagine some soothing French music and look at these drawings while the wheels behind the scenes turn.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Some more digital colouring technique experiments this week, but decided to colour up a story page rather than just a single character or image this time. This is a page from a short Agents of Psyence story written by Rik Hoskin (you can currently find Rik's comic work all over the newsstands in Panini and Titan books etc - check out his newest gig on the Star Wars: Clone Wars magazine strip). Originally the idea was for it to be printed in Simon Bowland's Nucomix anthology (pick up a selection of titles in a comic shop these days and chances are Simon's done the lettering on at least half of them). Simon went full time as a letterer and Nucomix unfortunately came to an end, the next likely home was within the Bulletproof anthology where i did a Slumbertown strip with Rik - but it too seems to have come to an end.
As such, i'll maybe post the rest of the strip here at some point (possibly colouring the rest of it up too) as it's looking a bit homeless at the minute.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I've been posting a lot of sketches over on my own blog and this week I've been drawing the Doctors from the new series of Doctor Who, so as a companion (do you see what I did?) to those sketches I've rustled up Rose Tyler. In a few weeks time it'll be all about the new companion Amy Pond as the latest series hits our TV screens but for now the companion that has meant the most to the Doctor over the last five years is Rose played by Billie Piper.
At the moment three (myself, Gary and Simon) out of the six members of Scotch Corner will be in attendance at the Inverness comic convention Hi-Ex! on the last weekend of March, if you can make it along please drop by and say hello!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Ok so I've been working on a poster for AppleCloud films, a fancy new film company working out of Edinburgh.
Here's the original version I did to get the ball rolling, with little more than the script, and an idea of what the film would look like from the producer. NB: The text at this stage was just placeholder. Handwritten fonts. Hmmmmm. Still it had a feel I liked.
And here's where we're at a few weeks later. We're headed in a much grittier direction. Work continues!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
We've had some great contributions to the Guest Post recently and we continue this week with a legend in the comics industry, Mike Collins!
Mike has a comics CV that is as impressive as it is long, from Judge Dredd, Superman, Star Trek, Doctor Who and... well it's a long list. But like all artists Mike is known to work outside of the comic field and his contribution this Sunday although keeping a strong comic connection is something a bit different.
About eight years ago, I was approached by London Records to produce covers for an album and two singles for ShyFX and T-Power. The brief was to make them into super heroes (the name certainly lent them a superhero-y feel). The guys are DJs and the singers for each track also get a superhero persona on the album cover, which folded out on the CD to make the alley scene.
I remember walking into HMV when the first single came out and being bowled over to see my art on the 12" Vinyl version and suddenly remembering that one of the items on my wishlist as a kid was to do an album cover and see it in a record store. A massive kick! Liked the music though not quite Smashing Pumpkins or Tom Waits which are more my style. It had, as Hugh Dennis used to say, 'a good beat'.
Going back through my files I've found my sketches for the album and second single cover... here ya go... peek behind the creative curtain.
Many thanks to Mike for sharing his work with us, keep up to date with Mike and his work at his website.
The Guest Post on Sunday is open to all who wish to take part, so click here and join in!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
At the same time I was clearing out a huge stack of copy paper from my workspace, mostly life drawings that I've done and not gotten around to chucking in the bin yet. I'm not sentimental about my stuff you see, I do it for the experience of doing it and the artifact left over at the end is just more stuff to clog up my life with. I have derived some sadistic pleasure in the past from tearing up my finished artwork in front of my studio mate Dean Haspiel, who has a somewhat different feeling about finished artwork. I'm a bad person, I know.
Anyway, here's some drawings of a naked lady. Thanks for having me and ENJOY!