Monday, 25 April 2016

Thornes Park Aviary Sketching



Ventured out to Thornes Park Aviary this morning for a spot of drawing. It's still too wintry for me to draw outside properly so didn't hang around that long. Sleet, snow and hail. Finished off the gnarly old tree stump back at home using a photo for reference.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sketchbook Diary (Wheat Free)


Writing and doodling about everything and nothing in particular. The weather and life has been a bit chaotic in Wakefield this week. All at once, spring weather thunder and hail showers powerful enough to cause flooding in the house and cellar. Gutters backing up with ice, forcing water where water shouldn't be forced under the eaves. Combined with discovering last week that I am now wheat intolerant giving me migraines and stomach upsets for the past six weeks.

Watching Line of Duty


Sketching while watching Series 3 of Line of Duty. Drawn and coloured direct, character names researched afterwards.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016

Cold, Cold England


I did a couple of things while waiting for a client to proof some illustration work. Already well out of date and overshadowed considering recent political shenanigans.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

A Bike Ride Along Hell Lane



I cycled to Pontefract, the next big town approx eight and a half miles from where I am in Wakefield. The way back is mostly downhill and I ended up on Hell Lane a small road connecting the spaces between small ex mining villages. Sticky wintry branches either side of me and Emley Mast way off in the distance on a cold winters day, with blue sky and soft white clouds.
Even here in the middle of no where there is still THAT CAR with the passenger compelled to shout out of the window as they speed on by.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Hourly Comics Day 2016

February the 1st is Hourly Comics Day, when seemingly sensible people document their day by drawing comics. I managed 4 hours this year before giving in as the afternoon and evening was spent doing nothing of interest to anyone.


Layouts and inking using under drawing with a light pad.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Drawing Digitally



Digital doodles with Kyle Webster brushes for Photoshop. I went for the Megapack containing 150+ brushes including the (Quentin) Blake brush, the line work for this doodle was rendered with it. The brushes are great and give a wide range of natural feeling marks and strokes. 

Every now and then I give digital drawing a go and every time I go back to traditional pen and ink. When I was younger, drawing for long periods of time gave me knuckle ache in my drawing right hand, I put it down to trying to draw in a particular style and literally suffering for comic art. I learnt over time to relax and draw in a way that I enjoyed and I haven't had achy knuckles since. I hadn't thought about this until I realised that drawing The Revenant and this Freefaller doodle I had developed a nagging ache in my right shoulder. I'm holding my posture in a particular way when drawing with a tablet, pen and monitor to accommodate the various angles, angles that come naturally with pen and ink.