I have a few things coming up, one of which is out this week, the 2000AD Bumper Christmas Special.
Contained within it’s christmassy miracles, is the 10 page Sin/Dex strip “Generican Dream” written, as ever, by Dan Abnett. I’ve never drawn them before, so it was a fun gig. Coloured, beautifully, by Dylan Teague.
Here’s the first page, just to show you how gorgeous those colours are…
Ok, all I’m doing is throwing some colour on already existing sketches. You got me.
Here’s the punisher.
I’m still not feeling very Christmassy, but I put that down to old age. My kids are bouncing the walls.
If you follow me on twitter or on instagram, you’re likely to have seen this inked. So here it is in colour.
I’ve always loved Dr Who. Back in 2009, in a fit of panic about leaving my day job and deciding to be a full time artist – I hit the acrylic paints and painted up some stuff (I’ve blogged this before! sorry – nothing new here!)
Here’s those paintings again. I’d like to fire up the paints again, but I’ve moved over to water colours, and, to be honest, they’re a LOT faster…
I did a blog post a day through december last year, an advent calendar of sketches and wotnots. I think I’ll do the same this year, but since, this month (like Christmas) has snuck up on me, my opening salvo is to point you to some of the previous Christmas treats on the website.
You can see last years selection of Advent Blog Posts Right here.
You can read Rob Williams and my “A Christmas Story” part 1 and part 2.
And here’s a collection of digital christmas sketches from 2011.
Tomorrow, I promise something new.
I’m back to traditional art.
I’ve even stopped printing blue lines and gone directly from pencils to inks (well, not entirely, I still blueline print the borders of the page so I don’t cock up the page size)
Combination of totally arbitrary decision and I get a much greater sense of accomplishment out of traditional art. I’m also reasonably fast at pen/brush and ink (and pencilling and inking on the same page means I don’t need to pencil an entire page before I start inking).
My feelings about digital have always been very mixed, but I happiest when using analogue (some day I’d even like to do a strip hand lettered-though, oddly, I may have been one of the first people using computers to letter back in about 1994-I printed lettering out and stuck it to the page).
In other, unrelated news, I haven’t quite managed a sketch a day for this month, as was my plan. But I’ll keep trying. I want to build enough stuff to do a decent sketchbook – though I’m always wary of sketchbooks being a bit dull since all the art merges into one piece of samey illustration eventually (which is no reflection on the artist, I think it’s very easy for anyone to get fatiqued looking at a lot of art, regardless of who the artist is).
I’ve been writing a series of articles for ImagineFx on the subject of Manga Studio Core Skills, they’re pretty short and specific features on one or other thing which I think would be a useful skill to know. I did one on lettering and gave the editor some boxout text, but since the boxout was more about inspiration than it was about using manga studio, he asked for a new one. Which I did. So here’s the original…
If you’re looking for inspiration, some of the best sound effects can actually be found in older comics – ironically, before the advent of digital lettering, when sound effects where more often hand drawn than digitally delineated.
Todd Klien’s lettering blog is endlessly inspiring and a great source of examples of hand lettered sound effect. kleinletters.com
If you can find the early 90s version of the Dark Horse editions of Apple Seed, the hand lettered sound effects by Tom Orzechowski are just amazing. His website is serifsup.com
And for integration of sound effects and art together, you should really look at the work of Howard Chaykin on American Flagg – where sound effects are on top, behind and integrated with the art as lettered by Ken Bruzenak.
Sound effects are really their own tiny drawing on the page, and, as such can be enormous fun to do – whether you make noises while you do them or not. (I don’t. Uhm…)
My wife’s department at the bank is being closed, and she’s being offered redundancy.
She has two options:
1) Take the redundancy (not a trivial amount) and look for a new job.
2) Refuse the redundancy, and stay with the bank.
Both are straightforward options, but neither are that simple – looking for a new job will probably mean going for something full time (BUT! Also going for something that pays better). On the one hand, that could mean we’ll be in a better position in a couple of years (and, who knows – maybe end up being able to buy a house ! A HOUSE! – we’ve been in a flat for 18 years) on the other – it may mean my drawing time is much more limited, and I’ll become, in essence, a house husband. The kids are older now though, so they’ll be at school for chunks of the day – and need less one on one supervision in the evening. Annette is not dead keen on the big change likely to happen from going full time.
Staying where we are, staying with the bank, means turning down the redundancy (I’ll be honest; that’s a more than a years salary tax free – so it’s not small beer) and the qualifications she’s worked hard for, required for her job up until now, will become useless in whatever role the bank find for her (assuming they find something for her). It may also involve either going full time OR job sharing, which means working even less time, and losing a bit of money.
I’ve told Annette, whatever she wants to do is fine by me. But it’s still a hard decision to make. We need to have a definite plan in place for the new year.
Being grown up is fun.