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October Update

Hey ho!

It’s Halloween season, so here’s a spooky update…

BOO! Just back from the Belfast Film and Comic Con, this is the second “comic con” style event in Belfast – you wait for one comic con for years and suddenly… Was great fun, subtly different flavour from the MCM show, but I got to hang out with such comic luminaries as Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley and David Lloyd (Will Simpson was also there… :P

EERIE! From the sounds of things, next year Belfast is looking at at least two and possibly four comic conventions, MCM will be back in April and the Film & Comic Con back in October. Very exciting to have these events in my calendar. Between these, similar events in Dublin and DICE (which is remains my favourite as it’s a pure comics expo)  I could even have a convention packed year next year without heading to the mainland! Was expecting Belfast to be a little tapped out after one Comic Con, but no, we appear to have an appetite to sustain more…

GHOSTS!!! I’ve failed in my inktober thing, pretty much inked something everyday, but it’s gotten way away from me but I want to finish the superhero alphabet, and I’m definitely going to put together a sketchbook for next year to bring with me to conventions (which may or may not feature lots of the inktober stuff).

AIIIII!!! China in about two weeks, very exciting. Shanghai here I come! (I’ll be there for one week!)

I’ve unlocked how to make these things break even for me: largely it’s down to making sure they’re local :)

Thanks to everyone that popped by and said hello and picked up a print, original art, or a copy of Dept of Monsterology – I hope you enjoy all of the pretty, pretty things!


Inktober Catchup

I know, I know. I’ve missed a few. Ah ha! Got ya!  I’ve been drawing but not scanning, so here’s a catchup –

(ok, there’s still a few missing, whatcha gonna do!)

If you like to buy any of these, hit me up in the comments (or the contact me page) £50 for any of them, £60 for killer croc (spot colour) and £60 for MODOK (spot colour – they both have a red ink spot colour, but I’ve rejigged the colours here for variety)

Droids 5


Droids is drawing to a close, sadly! the constant fear that I will incur the wrath of Tharg is keeping awake at night (well, that and the incredible gut pain I’ve been suffering from… possibly related…?)

One more for tomorrow, and that may be it!

Inktober 9: H is for Harley Quinn

Well, of course it is.

Real struggle with the face on this piece. Half assed attempt at a Bruce Timm face fell so short of the mark that it wasn’t even in the same neighbourhood as the mark. Drawing female faces (esp attractive female faces) has always been a struggle for me. At times like this I try and think of an artist who does it a lot better than me, and who’s art style has a certain compatibility with mine (albiet mine is usually a pale shadow of theirs) so I cracked open Darkness Calls by Duncan Fegrado, but just the magical act of opening the book helped, so in the end I didn’t even still anything. Weird.

Anyhue, brush and black ink.


Inktober 8 – G is for Groot

This is for my son, Thomas, who loved the movie and this moment in particular.

I tried to quickly ink this, using a pen (rotring ticky graphics .4) and a marker but it was horrible, looked flat and dead and scratchy and just all round amateurish. Picked up a brush and reinked it – superfast, not at all taking time to get it right but the speed inking with a brush beats the pants off speed inking with a marker.


Inktober Day 6: E is for EGO THE LIVING PLANET

“Well, that last inktober sketch was a little more than a sketch, really, I should totally try and simplify it this time…” oops.

Actually the water colour background here was a pretty simple addition (and was originally going to be black ink) but it looked so good and made the fairly simple inks really pop.

(as a side note: there’s a relativity paucity of superhero characters beginning with the letter E).