I was a bit late delivering this commission, so I decided to do a bit extra for the client. The brief asked for an A4 pic of Frankenstein (that *is* his name!) with maybe something a bit World War II-y thrown in. The only way I could make that work well is to come up with a mini-narrative, which meant going up a size as well (11x17).
And it looks pretty nice, I think. Hand-lettering FTW!
Below is a recent commisson piece, set in my home county of Cornwall (aah, I bet you all thought I was Scottish, didn't you?). The client wanted to see himself and his wife in a thrilling adventure with the Tenth Doctor the Daleks. So, like Jim'll Fix It, I fixed it for him to have just that!
I'm particularly chuffed with the Dalek in the bottom right there - he just came together really well.
The pencils! This was the piece which finally convinced me to go back to using a mechanical graphite pencil after a couple of years of using blue pencil. It was fun, blue pencil, but mechanical graphite pencil is just more... flexible.
I loved doing these - Daleks, South Crofty Tin Mine, girls in chains - it was like my teenage years all over again.
Fancy seeing yourself tangling with, I dunno, the Drahvins or somebody? Drop me a line!
I normally hate to, as it were, double dip on a pic I've done (and how dead is a phrase when even politicians have started to use it? That'll the be the first and last time I use that phrase, promise), but I was rifling through my sketches folder and came across the inks for my Hellboy/Ghost Rider mash-up thing. Looks better than I remember, so I decided to stick it up in here. That's okay, right?
Me, that's who. Not sure why I didn't make a bigger deal of this at the time - maybe because I was in deadline hell with the end of Jersey Gods, or maybe 'cos I didn't want to gazump the issue before it came out - but I contributed a page to Richard Starkings' utterly fantastic Elephantmen. And here it is!
...to final piece.
I have to admit, I kind of panicked when it came time to draw this, and I think it shows. Rich has been a hero of mine since I was a nipper, one of the hallowed bullpen at Marvel UK in the eighties, and therefore involved - in one capacity or another - with some of my favourite things. Doctor Who, Transformers, Thundercats... I was even pretty nuts about The Real Ghostbusters for a while. So when it came time to draw something for him, I probably froze up a bit (bear in mind, this issue also featured pages from other industry legends, not least Dave Gibbons, Steve Pugh, Gary Erskine, Dougie Braithwaite and Paul Grist... No pressure, then). And while I'm quite pleased with how this page came out, I really would like another go...
DOCTOR WHO FANS! You might be interested to know that Rob Davis has posted our DWM strip over on his blog. It's called The Deep Hereafter, and it takes the Doctor (and his then companion Majenta Pryce) into some distinctly Will Eisner/Spirit-ish territory.
I had a ball writing this one. I'd planned my tenure on the strip like a season of the show - start off with a speedy romp to introduce (or in this case reintroduce) the companion, then a couple of small adventures where we seed in some of the arc beats; a tentpole story with a returning baddy (a la The Sontaran Strategem, Daleks in Manhattan). Follow that with a couple of weirder, more experimental instalments, then back in time for tea and doomsday. The Deep Hereafter, as you can probably tell, was one of the weirder ones - a love letter to noir in general and The Spirit in particular. It's one of my favourites, not least because Rob Davis produced such stellar visuals. He grabbed the Eisner idea and ran with it as far as it would go.
The brief for this commission (c/o Neil Davidson - thanks Neil) was pretty straightforward - Sherlock Holmes meets the Tenth Doctor. I wanted to go a little further than that, and came up with a little snippet of an unseen Holmes adventure. Let's call it, I dunno, The Automatic Man.
I kind of love drawing Galactus - hope I've done the big fella justice.
This was a recent commission piece. Which reminds me - I am available for commissions! Let me know what you fancy either in the comments box below or at my email address to the right. My rates are here: CLICK
This is this week's Sandman TWART, without colours and before I fixed the values in photoshop.
I really enjoy drawing Spider-Man, but I *love* drawing Sandman. He's big and he's blunt and he looks like he's falling apart. And the stripes are a deceptively simple design element which help define his physique and make him pop. After years of being ambivalent about Steve Ditko, I'm coming round to the idea that he is probably a genius.
And this is the drawing I did to warm up for the Flint Marko piece. I botched the gun, unfortunately, but I enjoyed drawing this austere, 1930s version of Morpheus, a contrast to the be-robed, Robert Smith-esque version of the nineties.
I've been away from ComicTWART for a while but I couldn't resist coming back for this week's subject - FRANKENSTEIN. Or, more specifically, Frankenstein's Monster (although I've always maintained that, as he's effectively the son of Victor Frankenstein, he has as legitimate a right to the name as his creator. But I digress). This was a lot of fun - I liked sticking this shambling wreck of a man inside some fancy Georgian finery. Mr D'Arcy eat yer heart out.
This was a present for a friend of mine. He's a big fan of the 1970s comic Countdown, which featured the third Doctor in stunning, fully painted action in every issue. I haven't quite managed to replicate that look (or the quality of the art therein - it really was beautiful stuff), but I've had a decent stab at it. And I really enjoyed drawing Pertwee.
I realised the other day that I haven't drawn anything for my own amusement in a LONG time. So I did this:
That's Hellboy in a Wild West, Ghost Rider mash-up. As you might have guessed, I'm playing a lot of Red Dead Redemption at the moment. Pencils, inks, crayons, letters, colours by me. Here's a few close-ups:
You'll have seen this already, of course. But I'm really chuffed with it, so I wanted to showcase it again.
Wild West Ghost Rider. The best bit of the GR film was when Wild West Ghost Rider and Nic Cage Ghost Rider were racing to the conclusion while "Ghost Riders in the Sky" played. Obvious, yes, but it's the nearest the movie came to actually being stirring.