23 Dec 2007

Sorrel's Dad

This is an illustration of Sorrel's father for his Xmas present. It was drawn by Sorrel Sparks and painted by me. I would have preffered to have painted on top of the lines to make it more painterly (like the Ryan Reynolds study) but Sorrel felt that this would diminish her influence in the illo, so I painted purely under the lines (like our previous collaboration Georgia). I am quite pleased with the result, and think that between the two different inputs on the illo we have achieved quite a good likeness.

24 Nov 2007

Riding The Niner: A Repairman Jack Comic

This comic is based on one of the opening scenes from 'Hosts' written by F Paul Wilson. I chose to adapt this scene into a sequential illustration because I thought it has a very simple three part structure that would work well as a stand-alone story.

I thought that having an ancillary character narrate the action was interesting, becasue of the nature of Repairman Jack's character; he is always a part of the crowd. I hope that anyone unfamiliar with Repairman Jack would not even realise who the hero is until he strikes.

11 Nov 2007

Painting Skintones

This is a drawing of Ryan Reynolds, who has recently been announced as the actor who will play Repairman Jack in the upcoming movie. I am doing studies of Reynolds as character design for the short comic I am producing, based on one of the Repairman Jack novels.

Following on from the crit I received for Georiga, and after having read several online tutorials in how to paint skintones, I decided to take this study and make a painting of it. I began by painting in black and white to fix the tonal range. I then went over it again with colour.

I am not sure how well it turned out. It is a very different process than the simpler one I am used to , but I think that with practice and after doing more studies from life I should see some improvement soon.

7 Nov 2007


This is an illuatration of a character from Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box, and it was drawn by Sorrel Sparks as part of her current self initiated project. I was impressed by the clarity of the line work and the natural pose, so I decided to colour a version myself. Most notable in this illo from my point of view is her hair; whilst this was mainly painted with a mouse, the hair is the first time I have used a graphics tablet to achieve more painterly effect.

28 Oct 2007

ALTIOR calender submission

The legal training company Altior gave my university course's degree show fund a generous contribution in return for us doing some illustrations for their calender next year. My submission is based on the idea of Time Management, and my illustration is a parody of Lewis Hine's iconic image of masculinty Power House Mechanic working on a Steam Pump.

Star Wars sketch

Star Wars was on TV tonight, and I doodled this in a corner of my sketchbook. I was interested in the thick sleeves of Luke's tunic, and the way that the little flappy bit below his belt looked. I then did a super-quick colouring job on it, mainly interested in how different layer blending modes effected photographic textures. I think the most interesting aspect of this sketch that I'd like to explore in a later illustration is the idea of looking out from a dark are into a bright area, and the effect the contrast has on the drama in the image.

A selection of my life drawings from the last couple of weeks.

ECLECTIC - cllub night logo design

I was asked by a friend to try and come up with a logo for his upcoming 'eclectic' club night. The idea of the night is that he's going to be playing unusual covers of famous songs. Because of the idea of blending different musical styles together, I came up with the idea a cassette tape with a vinyl and a CD instead of spools.
I also drew the lettering, mixing different fonts to help reflect the blending idea again.

Rakosh Feeding

This is a illustration I did for the boarders at www.repairmanjack.com. One of Repairman Jack's main protagonists is this monster, known as a Rakosh. I had never seen an illustration of a Rakosh that I felt was accurate to their description in the books (neither on the book covers or anywhere else on the internet) so I spent a lot of time narrowing down the design before beginning my painting. It got a thorough thumbs up from all the people in the official forum, and I even had a nice approving message from F Paul Wilson him self, author of the Repairman Jack books and creator of the Rakoshi.

HERO - collaborative project with Sorrel Sparks

This is my finished image for the HERO/VILLAIN collaborative project between myself and Sorrel Sparks. The idea was that we'd each pencil one and then paint the other's pencils, so we'd each have had a hand in both aspects to the project. Pencils by Sorrel, painted by myself. Whenever Sorrel gets around to painting my pencils, I'll post the finished result here.

15 Jul 2007

Illustration Friday: DISCOVERY

Sorrel doesnt spot the critter in the cupboard, proving that some things in life are yet to be discovered. . .

Done in a day, a collaboration between my partner Sorrel Sparks and myself. I directed the camerawork, painted the little monster, animated him and I integrated the cartoon and film elements with After Effects. Sorrel did all the hand drawn typography, designed and animatede the monster and made all the tea ;)

12 Jul 2007


This is my first ever animated film, which I did for a project for Uni.

It was all hand-drawnbefore being scanned into the computer to be coloured with Photoshop, animated with After Effects, and then edited together with Premiere. The music was composed and performed by John David Smith.

10 Jul 2007

Illustration Friday: Geek

Playing on his computer all alone, sat inside during the daytime with the curtains closed and about to bite the head off a chicken . . . surely this has to be the ultimate geek?