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.










Thursday, 21 January 2016



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.


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Pontefract Castle Banners

Ponty Castle Characters

Work very much in progress. A few of the characters from history for a set of banners for Pontefract Castle.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Charles Waterton Comic Flip Through



The Charles Waterton comic I contributed too is out and it looks, feels, smells like all kinds of comic greatness. At the moment it's only available from visiting Wakefield Museum and for a small contribution. Like most public institutions the Museum survives/thrives through public interaction. Go for the comic, stay for The Charles Waterton Exhibition and leave after great coffee and cake from the Create Cafe opposite.

The Museum is looking into distribution options, one might be a print on demand feature from the company that printed the original comic.

Friday, 6 November 2015

WIP: Curious Stories From Asia 5



Curious Encounters of the Human Kind: Southeast Asia

WIP. The fifth and final map in a series of black and white pen and ink maps featuring aspects of the Asian continent for the writer/adventurer/storyteller Paul Spencer Sochaczweski.

Find out more about Paul's work and the up and coming book these illustrations are destined for at www.sochaczewski.com

WIP: Curious Stories From Asia 4


Curious Encounters of the Human Kind: Borneo

WIP. The fourth in a series of black and white pen and ink maps featuring aspects of the Asian continent for the writer/adventurer/storyteller Paul Spencer Sochaczweski. More maps from different parts of the Asian continent to follow.

Find out more about Paul's work at www.sochaczewski.com