Hello there! Just thought I'd put some of my recent colour here, in one neat, easy-wipe, handy-dandy place and... Uck, what an irritating shctick. Yeah, so... no one looks at blogs any more, do they? But still, this tends to be the address I send people to when I want to showcase my work, so I REALLY SHOULD UPDATE from time to time.
As threatened - here comes the art:
This is Abslom Daak. I've got a big colouring job coming up soon - finally finishing Time Share for Oni Press, if you can believe that. It's been years! Anyway, in order to get myself set for it I've been doing some colour warm-ups. This is a slightly older piece, but it looks pretty nifty in full colour.
This is the Question. I love drawing the Question. The vibe I was going for here was kind of a Graham Greene, American in Tangiers during WWII thing. He's roasting in that get-up, but he's damned if he's letting standards slip.
This is Clara de Noche, who I know next to nothing about but I think she's a character from Bernet's Torpedo? It's not a great likeness, so honestly it could be *anybody*, but I really like the colour job I did here.
And finally here's Abby and Swamp Thing. A bit of a love letter this, to Wrightson, to Moore, to Totleben, Veitch and Bisette and of course to big, ugly old Alec himself. If someone offered me a Swamp Thing job tomorrow, I'd take it like a shot.
OK, that's it. Thanks for stopping by. If you want to see more of my art, you can follow me on tumblr or on my Twitter feed, where I post quite a lot of art on the reg, as they say. And I'll be back here with more stuff... soon. Ish.
This is an unfinished, partly coloured, not quite there yet Sue Storm/Doctor Doom piece I did. Why do I keep calling her Sue Storm, instead of Sue Richards? She's been married or about 40 years, fer crying out loud. Sue Storm just sounds cooler, I guess.
This is her in her Future Foundation duds, which I really liked.
This is pretty much the penultimate design for the creature that attacks New York in CATALYST COMIX 1. The only note from Joe was to set the head lower into the body. I also ended up changing the head into some sort of pitted skull-thing, as though lots of different kinds of creature had all simultaneously materialised in the same place at the same time, killed each other, and the remaining creature had somehow retained enough primal sentience to go on a destructive kill-spree. I might be thinking too much about this. Anyway, a nice design.
My early designs for the Guru, the Baba Lama, Frank's spiritual advisor on his quest for relevance. This approach more or less made it to the final page, with a few tweaks. My thinking was to make him like a fighting guru, someone who could convincingly dole out existential advice, but also hold his own in a dojo. I wish I'd given him more doohickeys and paraphernalia now: cord bracelets, pendants and the like. Oh well,
LIVE AND LET DIE.
Did you enjoy Catalyst Comix? I know most of you didn't read it. It's cool. No really. Anyway, it was a pretty good book that I worked on and had a LOT of fun with. There's a collected edition of the series hitting - I believe! - in May, and it's going to be huge. As in, a really enormous object. Possibly too big for most post boxes, if I'm absolutely honest. Here's an Amazon link if you want to pre-order it, it's probably going to be the best book of year. I'm not kidding about that. LINK
And here's a little behind the scenes action FOR YOU! This is an early-ish Frank Wells sketch that I did:
And here's a design for the "Man From the Vortex". Actually, as per Mr Wells, this is a redesign. He had an awesome muscular Chris Warner design before, but we decided to go with something a bit more spectral and ethereal. A real boogeyman figure, something that would haunt Frank's dreams. I think this design was a little influenced by that Doom Patrol villain... I can't remember his name right now. The leader of the Brotherhood of Dada? Anyway, him. I always loved that his eyes didn't work in any meaningful sense, they weren't stuck to his face, they just kind of floated there. So I pinched that:
AND FINALLY: an early design for the Niburu character who destroys the world in issue one. Yes, it's that sort of comic. I did a LOT of different designs for this guy, and I might put them up on the blog at some point. The vague idea I had was something covered with foul black fur, like a spider or a bee. This thing would just be one of the main protuberances of the beast itself. BRRRR
There might be some more of this soon - please stay tuned!
Not sure if I posted this before - I don’t think I did? Anyway, this was my portion of the graphic novel NELSON, which came out a couple of years ago (and is still available here). I wrote and drew this over the course of a week I think, and it’s one of the things I’m most proud of in my career. My chosen year was 1997, hence all the chat about the Spice Girls, the oblique reference to Princess Diana and the generally febrile, hangover-y feeling everything has. Britpop was on its arse, the horrible next century was hoving into view. Travis and the Stereophonics were beginning to trouble the charts. Chris Moyles rising. Click to read these - they're worth a closer look. Dan
Mind the Gap issue 14 alt cover. I went with something a bit more stark and design-y in the end, but I still really like this one. It’s a bit different from my usual stuff. It also nicely reflects how I feel when I'm sat at the drawing board.
Doctor Doom warm-up sketch. I don't know if this helped me do a better page or whatever, but it WAS fun - and it came out nice! I like how Doom carries a gun when he really, REALLY doesn't need it. He fires power bolts from his hands, is a top-level mystic and has an army of obedient robots at his disposal. But still... got to have the pistol.
Last Saturday at the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts centre) Dan was a guest at an event which was part of the Dundee Comics weekend, organised by Dr Chris Murray and Phil Vaughn (of Dundee University and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art respectively).
It was BRILLIANT fun. Loads of kids turned up to have a go at drawing monsters and inventing their own Doctor Who villains.
Outside the activity room was a little display of some of Dan's Doctor's Who work - for Panini and IDW.
After a few nervous moments, wondering if anyone would turn up, the room started to fill with kids eager to get drawing.
The little girl in this picture drew an amazing bright red Dalek, while the little boy drew several Doctor Who scenarios, including a TARDIS surrounded by dinosaurs AND an erupting volcano! He also invented a terrifying bad guy KILLATRON!This was a blue insect-like monster with a killer stinger! Other fab designs of the day included a Gangster Carrot, Telesaurus... Yes, these are just what you're thinking: an actual carrot dressed as a gangster and a TV complete with arms, legs and killer instincts. I didn't get any pictures of these :( You'll just have to take my word that they were awesome.
Dan drew a few Daleks and Cybermen during the day to give away to the kids. And there was an impromptu signing of Doctor Who graphic novels.
The place started to get really busy, with lots of kids and their parents chatting about Doctor Who and drawing Doctor Who. The place was Doctor Who crazy. Later, a few other Doctor Who creators dropped by, such as Simon Fraser and Steve Parkhouse!
A jolly, creative afternoon was had by all - especially Dan, who can be seen here being interviewed by a camera crew.
Many thanks to Dr Chris and Phil for the invite. We had such a blast and are looking forward to taking part in similar events in the future.
This was a recent commission piece. I never really thought about these characters before, I liked when they turned up in Batman or Batman Inc but found their own book a wee bit jolly hockey sticks for my taste. In't Britain marvellous? No, it's bloody horrible here, we're going nowhere, the weather's terrible, and the Royal Family has us by the balls for at least another hundred years. We're a nation of perverts and malcontents, and I would very much like to see a comic book that represents that. Stick your London buses up your arse.
What I was talking about?
Oh yes, Knight and Squire. Doing a sort of blood-soaked, black-as-night, Batman meets the Wicker Man type book really appeals to me. Remember how steeped in paganism and magic Alan Moore's Captain Britain was? That's kind of what Knight and Squire says to me. Crows, and palace guards and evil Royals and... that's a licence to print money as far as I'm concerned.
*activates wish machine* DC, please bring this book back and let me write and draw it.
A recent commission piece. The guy wanted McGann, Smith and Baker T in a tangle with the Conscience of Marinus from "I've never seen this" story The Keys of Marinus. I was happy to oblige, and threw in a tetchy K-9 and a bunch of Voord for good measure. It came out quite well, though I'd like to see the Voord a little more clearly and I think it's a bit busy for something with only a few elements. Nice inks though.