Thursday, 30 December 2010

Paragon


I have no idea what I was doing with the framing of this drawing. At the time I thought it looked cool... Something about a fractured future in relation to the games' story maybe?
Anyway, it's just a little drawing of my Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect series. Mass Effect 2 was easily the best game of the year for me. (I really enjoyed Minecraft as well, so that was up there.)

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

It was always more likely to be a porcupine...



Aint no party like a diabetes party!

This is one of the final spreads for the Diabetes booklet I'm working on.
I think some of the colours may be off but as it's the prototype book I'm drawing for, I'm not being as strung up on it as I would be.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Updates and stuff...





I keep forgetting to post on this blog because I've only been posting things I've been doing over at the Bridge blog! Stupid.

Anyway, here's the first three pages of the booklet about diabetes that I'm working on with Steve and Dan. They're only prototype pages, but I'd say they're pretty much final other than some colour changes. I enjoy them.

I've written some more insightful things over at the Bridge' blog, so you can read that over there if you want.

Monday, 1 November 2010

What I've been doing lately...

Linky link

Here's a little link that'll take you to the Bridge's website, where I've just posted my third amended version of the Diabetes Booklet I've been working on for the NHS.

I had a meeting on wednesday with Jo Davies, Steven Bond, Dan Jones and Clare Griffith (who works for the NHS) and we talked through all of the work that Jo, Wendy and myself have been doing. Clare mentioned that she would be able to show the other consultants on the project the rough booklets at a meeting she was having on tuesday.

However, there were some big amendments that needed to be made to avoide confusion, as we had discussed what the changes would be and were clear on it, but anyone who wasn't there would be left in the dark. It was decided that I should try and make some of these changes and send them to Clare before tuesday, which, if I'm honest was a lot to do. (almost half of the booklet needed re-drawing!)
Somehow I managed it and I'm very happy with the booklet so far and I'm itching to get started on the artwork!

That's my rant over. Click the link.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Stage 1... FIGHT!


I had a lot of fun drawing this image. It's inspired partly by Lord of the rings and partly by the Dungeons and Dragons arcade game; Shadows over Mystara, which is one of my favourite side scrolling beat em' ups. Totally worth playing.
In the game you'll enter levels to screaming villagers and rampaging Orcs! I guess it isn't uncommon to see that in a lot of games though, I'm sure it happens in the Golden Axe's.

Also, the first stages of the NHS project should be wrapping up soon! Which is exciting as I'll get to do some actual full colour work. Yes!

P.S - Here's a Scottish fold cat playing my future video game of this picture.


Thursday, 7 October 2010

Beyond the wall of sleep...


Double post! This post is basically the same as the last one, except it's about H.P Lovecraft.

I recently bought "The Necronomicon," which is a compendium of almost all of Lovecraft's published work and it's amazing. Yeah, some of the stories can be quite hard to read because of the language used and a lot of the stories read basically like diary entries but they are so good! I just love how bleak and hopeless his stories are. Not many of his characters live to be in another story. The dream-like world he writes about are terrifying, simply because they're described so well! But then again, I can see why no-one can make a great film adaptation of his stories (except the re-animator), because they're just so bat-shit!

So yeah, I drew this up a lot quicker than the Serling one, I don't think it's as good but I thought I'd post it anyway!

BYE!


You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind...


I love The Twlight Zone! Rod Serling was the man and the stories on the series were so innovative, simple and original. When I was younger they used to scare me to death! I think the first Zone episode I ever saw was "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" with William Shatner. It was so subtle and horrifying, so much more thoughtful than the gore-fests we get today. (Not that I don't like today's horror films!)

Anyway, I was watching some episodes from series one and I felt like paying tribute to Rod and his amazing series.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Kitty Cat...


No shading on this one.
Photoshop crashed out before I saved the psd! There's a valuable lesson there and it is save continually.

Lets crawl...


For a while now I've been playing a variety of "Dungeon Crawlers," or rogue-like games during my free time. Most recently I've been on a terrible journey to obtain the "Orb of Zot" from the lowest regions of the earth, frequently failing and dying horrible deaths at the hands/claws/teeth etc of the dungeons many inhabitants.
Usually when you play a game like "Dungeon Crawl," "Nethack" or even "Doom-rl" the graphics are in ASCII, but the one I'm currently playing, "Linley's Dungeon Crawl" features tileset graphics, which makes it a lot easier to decipher enemies and items.

As I've been playing this game a lot, it has naturally inspired me to draw something. So I made a picture of my current "Hero," Errol, Human rogue. He's not dead yet, but probably will be soon...

Back to the deep!
Bye

Edit: Poor old Errol... Splashed to death by an acid.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Steps






















Here's a colour draft for my "Eight steps to achieving diabetes control! Some of the colours need re-working; The grass is a little bit too sickly yellow at the moment, and I want to show a more healthy atmosphere, rather than an ill one. It's for a diabetes booklet after all!
But other than that, I think it's pretty good anyhow, even though I didn't put shadows under any of the characters. I left them out because they seemed to overcrowd the picture, but maybe they do need to go in to add some grounding? mmm...

Currentl
y listening to: Superchunk - Majesty Shredding (2010)

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Fuzzy eyes...





























































Here are some new Illustrations that are going to be used (or so they tell me!) on the University of Plymouth website, in a guide for prospective students about how to approach the interview process.

There's six Illustrations in all, but the captions for these ones are...
"Ask your tutor for their opinion on your portfolio."
"Avoid stress."
"Take photographs of large work."

I haven't coloured anything for ages since finishing Uni, but I think I'm starting to win the battle against colour! I'm really happy with these. However since I've had a bit of a break from colouring, staring at a computer screen all days has given me a major headache! I need to build up my tolerance again.

(Also, I swear saving as JPEG makes these look worse.)

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

It's been quiet around here...

Because I've been working on a project for the NHS and I've been posting images on another blog! That's why!

So far the project is going really well. I'm getting to have loads of fun drawing children's activities and games, whilst laying down some cold, hard facts.
Being my first real illustration job, the finance side is turning out to be a nightmare and getting paid is a taxing process.

Still, I'm really grateful to have been given this opportunity.

So check it out!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Fiction






















Here's a pretty final, but still rough image that I'm entering into the Plymouth Press' annual Short Fiction book. Pretty dirty stuff, but I'm happy with how it looks so far.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Websites

So third year is over.
It's a shame really, I've had some great times, but I'm looking foward to getting actual clients and all the money. ( I hope!)

Anyway, you should check out my Website, here.

I'm basically using it as a front page for my Cargo account until I can actually design the site myself.

Still, it's pretty snazzy.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Chasing Birds






















A real quick drawing here...
I used to love chasing pigeons and birds in the street when I was little.
This kid does too!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Redux















Now with added bite size information.
I'm not sure if I should add colour to the descriptive panels. It might take too much attention from the comic panels.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Polyptych Comic






















Here's the first colour draft of my Polyptych Native American comic.
It's supposed to chronicle the boys journey into adulthood. I think it works okay, but I'm unsure about the colours at the moment. Mainly the grass.

I plan to make an piece that accompanies this one with Illustrated descriptions that details what is happening in each panel.

That should make things clearer!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Sunday, 14 February 2010

We've never met...






















I could and probably will be too late for this, but this is my image for the person I haven't met.
God knows what the conversation one will be... Or would be... Whatever.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Shirts!?

































































Just an idea here, but we'll see how it goes.
I'd like to think people would be interested.

Something different...






















Mock editorial piece for a ScienceNow article entitled, The best way to change a species? Start eating it.

The basis of the editorial is that cod are evolving into a smaller species in order to evade fishing nets.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Oddball...






















An experimental thing based on Rob Hodgson.
It's loads of pencil layers on top of each other. So basically I block in loads of shapes then change the colours. Something like that.
I like it.

Rockin' Bones!






















This is for an up and coming zine me and some of my friends are doing.

It's going to be issue based and hopefully we'll bash an issue out every couple of weeks or so.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Sunday, 3 January 2010