Monday, 15 September 2014

Planetary Dynamics

Digitally painted backgrounds for a 4-page strip about planetary physics (Tidal Locking in particular!)

Page 2 isn't ready yet (or, at least, I'm not happy with it!)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Myths of this World

I'm putting the finishing touches to my first published anthology of comic book work "Myths of this World", which will be available via Lulu in time for LICAF this year.

I'll post more info shortly. Here are a couple of variant cover designs, for the hardback and paperback editions. I'll also be making it available as an e-book, for readers dwelling in the 21st Century.

Thursday, 11 September 2014


I woke up one morning, a few month back, and thought "wouldn't it be a cool idea to take a camera up to the Lakes Comic Art Festival, video a few people in conversation, and use stills taken from the video to put together some comic strips, loosely based on the things that we'd talked about".

I'm sure you've all done the same - but foolishly, I forgot about the bit where I lie down until the urge goes away, and one theatre company, a photographer, and several wild-eyed conversations later, we're set to take the town by storm on Saturday 18th and go on to create a comic strip (or "graphic novel", if I'm feeling posh!) unlike anything you've seen before.

Unlike some hardy souls, I won't be creating the whole thing on the day, but I'll be blogging the process as I go along, right here, so sign up for email updates, or visit me on twitter if you want to watch it all happen.

Vive la (whatever the French is for doing something crazy and expansive that one ought to know better about!)

Monday, 8 September 2014

Dancers, Light

Freehand sketches from a youtube video, using a Pocket Brush.  Pleased with this lot, mostly.

Friday, 5 September 2014


It's time to lift the lid off something that I've been planning for some time...

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Twelve Easy Pieces

When I'm not doing comics, I'm often found doing code. Here's an experiment that combines the two. I've cut out 42 roughly equal-sized panels from drawings that I've done, and randomly recombined them on top of a six panel script. Look at how the words and pictures dance together, and modify each other's meanings!

The drawings are rather rough. The script is hardly epic (yet!). But I'm already quite excited by the possibilities of this. So excited, in fact, that I'm breaking the usual schedule to post this right now!!

The internal repetition on the first one was a lucky accident. Both silent panels (I think these are important in comics storytelling in general) came out the same. Or the weeping muscular figure in variant #5, reprised in the ending of variant #11.

Monday, 1 September 2014


Experiments at inking on top of printed photos, having figured out a workflow in Gimp for extracting only the inked line after I scan them back in. Looking for a balance between realism and minimalism (and not quite finding it yet, but after a lot of digital-only stuff, the exercise is good.)

The model is F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who's got a wonderfully expressive way about him.