More pictures, you lovely, lovely people. The first is a piece of Mortal Engines fan art, depicting the slightly mad Hester Shaw descending on London and preparing to exact BLOODY VENGEANCE on the villain of the piece. It's a cracker of a novel by the way, clever and humane and thrillingly cinematic. Anyway - picture (click to enlarge):
And in a different vein, here's the very Thing:
Who's that old lady? That's my old lady:
And finally, Jack Ryder - The Creeper's alter ego. I was going to post my pic of the Creeper, but honestly he gives me (and my girlfriend) the fear. So I might save that for a Halloween special. Woooo...!
Fantastic colour and mood in the Hester Shaw pict. And talking about all things “fantastic”: Mr Ben Grim looks slghtly squashed.
But hey, I like your stuff, man. As for the old woman, you going through a dark phase in your life, Danny?
Squashed? Squashed!? Of all the infernal cheek...!
I guess he does look a little crammed in there. But that is kind of how he appears in the comic, so whaddayagonnado?
The old lady is me having a stab at the typical My Weekly fayre. You know, old woman, trapped in her flat, staring sadly at the world passing by... Hmmm, perhaps I am going through a bleak phase.
Anyway, thanks for the good feedback on the H. Shaw. She looks okay, doesn't she?
Well done, you beauty. Thanks for ditching the creeper. Still dreamy over Yoshimi...
Thanks Peach. I was so, so tempted to put him in on... but honestly, when I was fiddling with these images last night to make em the right size, that one of the Creeper just gave me the fear. It was late, owls were hooting in the nearby tenements... I got scared.
I might post him anyway, but REALLY REALLY small...
Or would that be worse?
On a totally unrelated note, I've noticed that there's a patch of my shirt which is getting really shiny from being rubbed against my work desk. That can't be right, can it? Bloody cheap shirts.
Sorry, drifted into tedious, self-indulgent mode there. As you were.
(really though, I can almost see my face in it)
I think I might steal the excellent Mortal Engines illustration, if you don't mind... The kids 'sort of' enjoyed the novel when we read it, but loads of them just couldn't picture the ideas. If the publisher has any sense they would commission a fully-illustrated version. The story is bursting with cool images which are crying out to be drawn.
Got any more up your sleeve...?
The other drawings are, you know, 'okay'. I kid!! They're fab as usual. Interesting style on the old woman.
Not yet Debs, but it's only a matter of time. I'd like to have a crack at drawing Valentine: I love heroes that turn out to be a bit shameful then redeem themselves in the end. He's a very, very interesting character. I'm also moved to draw a candid shot of Hester without the scarf - maybe from the scene where she and the boy meet the first time. You're right, an illustrated version would be great. Or even... a comic book?
You're stealing the image? Intriguing - what do you have planned for it?
Sell it on Ebay of course.
Okay, not really! Illustrations are just a great way to get the kids' imaginations fired up, especially with something as 'difficult' as Mortal Engines. It gives them a reference point from which they can start to imagine for themselves.
Excellent - so are you planning on putting it on your blog, printing it off or whatever? Very exciting!
Will print it out then put it with my unit of work for the novel in the school. Will use it to help the kids picture the character and the atmosphere etc.
We are developing a website for the English department so it will eventually end up there too.
Payment, you say? Er...will a few kind words suffice?
Wow, that's a really cool idea. And the only payment needed is the warm glow when I think of your happy charges as they view my work.
And a fiver. Fair's fair.
1) mortal engines rocks (just read the last one, kind of a dissapointment)
2) great drawing - i saw the one u did for miss mcc's book too, snazzy!
can we start that again actually? the class may hate it but i don't!
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