Thursday, November 14, 2013

Grindhouse cover design.

For my final Scotch Corner post for Blogger [before our move to the new Tumblr account] I thought another process post was welcome. The Grindhouse series written by Alex De Campi for Dark Horse Comics is a homage to the pulp 70-80s movies of the VHS era. Flesh Feast of the Devil Doll is a two part story featuring a group of teenagers trying to survive the night against zombified truckers and the Devil Doll and very much in the John Carpenter vein. Here's how I approached the NYCC promotional cover for Alex.

Colour work by the talented Yel Zamor.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Paper Dragon

Oh, it is a paper tiger that the phrase is supposed to be about.  Never mind.  Bit of a tricky one this, a pen and ink animated dragon stalking the streets of night-time Victorian London.  © Cubicle 7

Monday, November 11, 2013

Jonday - so long and thanks for all the tablet!

It's my last day on Scotch Corner today.  Regular readers of this column will have noticed I sometimes miss my posting day, and that's getting more and more frequent.  With that in mind it's time to resign myself to the fact I'm just too darned busy to maintain a presence on a daily artblog, even if I only have to post once a week.

Thanks so much to Graeme for all his hard work in maintaining this community, and his commitment to keeping it going and keeping everyone posting.  The huge consolation in switching over to being a reader rather than a poster is the amount of cool stuff posted here that I can enjoy as a civilian.

I'll leave you with this image I made last year for Imagine FX magazine, which I recently heard had been printed in a collected work on how to do art and stuff.  I liked this one for it's simplicity.  It doesn't really need any words to accompany it.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Jimi Hendrix

Loved Jimi Hendrix's music since I was a teenager and first heard 'Are You Experienced'. I've known a basic history of the man but never looked into who he was in any great way. The BBC series Imagine showed the docu-film 'Hear My Train A Comin' the other week and it was pleasing to see that the man came across as a genuinely nice guy. I liked his attitude to life and one piece of footage showed him being interviewed on TV for the Dick Cavett Show, he was asked about fame and what kind of compliments he liked to hear about himself, his response sums him up:

I don't really live on compliments. As a matter of fact, they have a way of distracting me. I know a whole lot of musicians, artists out there who hears the compliments and thinks "wow, I must have been really great" and so they get fat and satisfied and they get lost and forget about their actual talent and start living in another world.

This was painted on watercolour paper in black wash and then I added colour in Photoshop, felt good to do a little tribute to a great person.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A bunch of dirty truckers.

Some character designs for secondary background figures. Mostly an assortment of checked shirts, denim, beards, hats and leathers. What's not to like?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cthulhu London

This is an image for the impending Kickstarter from Cubicle 7, for the Cthulhu Britannica boxed set.  Flappers spill from a late night jazz club.  Pencil and digital.  (Here's a link to the product vid!)

Friday, October 25, 2013


Illustration to accompany an article on a Diabetes test card.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

To old London Town!

One from Cubicle 7 from a while back.  Artrage.  ©CUbicle 7 2012

Monday, October 21, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What the bejeezus...

Sometimes a job comes along which defies description...  © Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Leo Baxendale

Over on the Forbidden Planet Blog they celebrated 60 working years of artist Leo Baxendale who has brought us many a memorable British comic character including the likes of Minnie the Minx and Grimly Feendish. They asked some folks to help mark this anniversary by drawing their favourite creation of Leo's and you can see the results here:
Above you can see a section of my tribute just before a certain Minx does something a bit naughty.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Big Smile

Drawn while sitting at the 2000AD table at NY Comic Con yesterday.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

More marine

Yet another marker and brush pen evening scribble, another of Games Workshop's Astartes, this time a Dark Angel.  Does this count as fan art?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Jonday - Radagast

Another piece from Heart of the Wild, which is out in print just now.

©2013 Sophisticated Games/Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd
 The One Ring, Middle-earth, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises and are used under license by Sophisticated Games Ltd and their respective licensees.

Sunday, October 6, 2013



From 'Prison Ship Antares' part of the Grindhouse Anthology by Alex DeCampi. Working hard on this right now before I come over the the UK.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Most weekends are spent sketching or plotting: trying out ideas, concepts and designs. Here's some rough ideas from last weekend's session. Future themed work is always fun and this character's development is already showing promise.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Marker Marine

I had time to do a litte bit of doodling in my sketchbook over the weekend and dug out my markers.  Liberating to free yourself from pencils and erasers!  (Adeptus Astartes is a trademark of Games Workshop ltd)

Monday, September 30, 2013

JonDay - Rocket Age

A sneak peek at something from a forthcoming Rocket Age adventure from Cubicle 7 - the French controlled Martian city of Kolpith:

©2013 Cubicle 7 Entertainment Ltd


Saturday, September 28, 2013


Stop the sickness that plagues our society! Stop the violence! Stop the sexy sexy

Cough...... you were.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Convention banners!

Convention banners are getting more popular these days at events. The bold 2 metre monolithic displays help to identify each artist and allow for a more visible presence of the talent and artwork. They also provide a helpful marker for when you get lost at the larger events ['you're next to Ben Templesmith's red T banner'] I have a small collection now ranging from project to project. Jack Cross, Dan Dare and Kinghts of Pendragon ALL worked well for me at previous shows but have been retired mostly [except for nostalgic MARVEL UK specific events or personal appearances]

The current banners are near always Roller Grrrls now as I am very proud of this creator-owned project [written with Anna Malady] and they work well at events. With Leeds Thought Bubble fast approaching I realised that I needed to push my other personal projects Incendiary.US, Zachariah Gunn:Dakota, Daenna and Island Life. I sketch out the ideas quickly as shown below. This year I am experimenting with a horizontal table skirt. The dimensions of a normal banner work very well and provide a lip to attach to the table top too.

So... after working out the best designs and deciding which images work best for a landscape and/or portrait orientation I then play with some already drawn artwork. The four panel skirt seemed to be the right choice for my own work as I could promote more projects and display in a conventional portrait form. Here's the Gary Erskine table skirt.

[From the left] Leto, The Irons:Hybrids for Madefire/ City of Silence/Boba Fett/Transformers. Very proud of ALL these images. Colours 1, 2 & 3 by Yel Zamor. Transformers colour by Chris Sotomayor

Here's the Roller Grrrls table skirt. Colour by Yel Zamor!

The single landscape banner/table skirt works very well too and packs a visual punch but it only serves the one project. Even though I like the designs they would probably be better served for a specific launch or promotion instead. Here are the Incendiary.US and Zachariah Gunn:DAkota designs.

The final banner design is for City of Silence [creator-owned with Warren Ellis] This was a three issue series from 93 [originally for MARVEL EPIC] that was eventually published seven years later by Image. A wonderfully eccentric story pre-dating Transmetropolitan and a personal favourite. The lineart is new and colours by Yel Zamor over the original D'Israeli/ Laura De Puy version. Who knows what will happen with this project in the future?