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SAVANT:: True Facts – Larry Young’s articles about self publishing. I’m gonna have to sit down and read all of these documents.

I’m always amazed by people who can get things done. Y’know, guys (or gals) who can say, “I’ve gotta do this, this and this” and then, well, actually do this, this and this. It staggers me.

Lots of people ask me for lots of things. You get a rep for drawing, you don’t have to be good, just willing, and people always ask you to draw something for them, usually a characature of them or someone you both know. The trick I’ve picked up and highly recommened, if you’re like me and you can’t say no, is to say “sure, just get me some reference” or “okay, but remind me about it next week” then the ball is instantly in their court again. Over half of those people will forget they ever asked you, ‘cus, c’mon, the weren’t that bothered it was just a spare of the moment thought. they had (that was gonna cause you hours of misery while you racked your brain looking for inspiration).

Crap. I’m just feeling crap ‘cus my little brother (Luke, who’s 5) was over tonight and he seems to be turning into a real little belfast hardman and it’s breaking my heart to watch it happen.

True Facts

SAVANT:: True Facts – Larry Young’s articles about self publishing. I’m gonna have to sit down and read all of these documents.

I’m always amazed by people who can get things done. Y’know, guys (or gals) who can say, “I’ve gotta do this, this and this” and then, well, actually do this, this and this. It staggers me.

Lots of people ask me for lots of things. You get a rep for drawing, you don’t have to be good, just willing, and people always ask you to draw something for them, usually a characature of them or someone you both know. The trick I’ve picked up and highly recommened, if you’re like me and you can’t say no, is to say “sure, just get me some reference” or “okay, but remind me about it next week” then the ball is instantly in their court again. Over half of those people will forget they ever asked you, ‘cus, c’mon, the weren’t that bothered it was just a spare of the moment thought. they had (that was gonna cause you hours of misery while you racked your brain looking for inspiration).

Crap. I’m just feeling crap ‘cus my little brother (Luke, who’s 5) was over tonight and he seems to be turning into a real little belfast hardman and it’s breaking my heart to watch it happen.

Gorrilaz

The fantastic Jamie Hewlett designed video for the virtual band Gorillaz. Oh, I love my cable modem… Clint Eastwood

Add Comment 11:55 PM

I’m currently inking page #3 of my warhammer strip. Inking some background destruction and I’ve noticed a Mike Mignola influence sneaking in. Specifically the rendering of some shadowing hard pointed feathering. It’s not a concious thing, but you become aware of it once it’s done, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a thing. Similairly my Dredd strip had a couple of really, really heavily influenced John McCrea faces. Again, non-intentional. In fact what’s odd about those is that I’ve never consciously aped John’s style (where I might have done with Mignola … *cough*). But when I was younger and before John was a “name” I used to hang around with him and go drawing at his house and the influence has crept in subconsciously.

Add Comment 11:37 PM

Page #2 of my warhammer thing is fully inked, and off waiting the editors approval. I’ve pencilled pages 3 and 4 although there’s one last panel on page 4 that’s stopping me moving. There four panels in the same complex scene with lots of characters in it and it’s difficult to do it while still being interested in the scene.

Add Comment 4:10 PM

Yeah! Got it back to normal.

And to celebrate here’s a couple of old sketchs Hammerstien Full and Hammerstien Face. The full figure was done as a sample before Dreddcon:1 and the face was done after it, although I prefer the earlier drawing. It’s amazing the difference the type of paper your inking on can make to the quality of the brush line. All my comic art is now drawn on Bristol board, which is horrible stuff to pencil on (although I’m getting used to it) but is a real joy to ink on.

Add Comment 2:43 PM

I’ve added an email link if you want to contact me. Blogger’s been doing some odd things so I’ve lost my old layout. When it starts working fine again I’ll maybe get some artwork on this page.

From wayback…

g’ah! System crash I had a whole lot of really interesting and grammatically correct stuff typed up and then the computer crashed. So here’s the same information, poorly put together and with typos in it:

Go to digital webbing, it’s cool. You’ll find a bit on the front page linking to this press release from Komik Werks. I draw your attention to the hysterically funny line: “..we’re going international. One of the creators we’re launching with is from Belfast, Ireland…” hehehe.. Yup, that’s me and the comic is The Simply Incredible Hunk If they were in Belfast they wouldn’t get too far calling it part of Ireland 🙂

D’oh! Like an idiot I mispelled komikwerks’ name. Sorry about that! I’ve corrected it above.

Add Comment 8:52 PM

I’m sitting here working at the computer when I should be drawing, listening to radio 2 and wondering exactly when I crossed that age threshold where you stop listening to radio 1 to start listening to radio 2. And when I’ll slip further down that scale to radios 3, 4 and 5. It’s odd, cus radio 2 now have Steve Wright in the Afternoon which used to be on Radio 1, but I think he was shifted in about ’91/’92? sometime around then. I drifted into cool fm for a few years and only this past few weeks I’ve started on r2.

Why is this important? well… it isn’t really. Although I do nothing but listen to the radio when I’m drawing, so it’s important to me. Plus I’m obsessed with the notion of growing older – what I mean is I’d rather not get any older. ho hum.

Anyhues, some other pretty pictures:

A warhammer sample [248k], sent off, along with my 6 page dredd script (no doubt I’ll bang on and on about that until everyone is sick of hearing about it and it’ll be my moment of glory). The sample and dredd prompted them to commision me to do a four pager, which is what I should be doing now. Here and here are some character designs.

Add Comment 7:56 PM

Well… here I go again. This is, what, my third or fourth attempt at creating and maintaining a blog. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to get round to updating this one.

Okauy, what can you expect to find here? I dunno really. Generally I might just write about whatever I fancy, sometimes I’ll post some artwork up and link if from here along with a description of what it is. I’m fairly sloppy when it comes to spelling and grammer, so you’ll have to forgive me there.

To start her off, here’s a sketch of an animated Johnny Woo. Johnny Woo was a character from my first published 2000ad work, in Prog 1233. It was drawn in a fairly realistic “2000AD” style (or as close as I could get), which isn’t my natural choice. I tend to draw cartoony by nature, and in the following prog there was a very cartoony strip so I figured I’d revisit Johnny Woo and chunkify him up (y’know, make him “animated”).

I used to think tooth (2000ad’s nickname in the newsgroup) was very anti cartoony but if it ain’t and if I get some more work from them, you can expect to see something closer to the animated style.

From wayback…

I’m sitting here working at the computer when I should be drawing, listening to radio 2 and wondering exactly when I crossed that age threshold where you stop listening to radio 1 to start listening to radio 2. And when I’ll slip further down that scale to radios 3, 4 and 5. It’s odd, cus radio 2 now have Steve Wright in the Afternoon which used to be on Radio 1, but I think he was shifted in about ’91/’92? sometime around then. I drifted into cool fm for a few years and only this past few weeks I’ve started on r2.

Why is this important? well… it isn’t really. Although I do nothing but listen to the radio when I’m drawing, so it’s important to me. Plus I’m obsessed with the notion of growing older – what I mean is I’d rather not get any older. ho hum.

Anyhues, some other pretty pictures:

A warhammer sample [248k], sent off, along with my 6 page dredd script (no doubt I’ll bang on and on about that until everyone is sick of hearing about it and it’ll be my moment of glory). The sample and dredd prompted them to commision me to do a four pager, which is what I should be doing now. Here and here are some character designs.

Tallyman

Hello, welcome to this quick preview of The Tallyman – a 3 page comic strip for Violent! the Action comic homage (Action, for anyone who doesn’t know was THE most violent kids comics of the 70’s published in Britain.)

This is the first page of the strip “The Tallyman” written by 2000AD scribe, Gordon Rennie.Violent! is the work of editor Mike Sivier.

This is the first version of page one of the Tallyman, things to note: I decided on a very broken style for the panels (no panel is a normal rectangular shape). The setting from the script was none specific year wise so I decided to draw the main character (a Glasgow Gangster) in a Adidas top (mostly cuz that’s the way gangsters dress here). When I draw a strip like this I can sometimes get a slight niggling feeling in the back of my head which eats away at me unless I listen to it. In the case of this page two things struck me, one (and I know Gordon isn’t going to believe this) I would have loved to set it in the 70’s and secondly (and here’s one Mike wont believe) I’m never happy about broken shaped panel borders. I’m rarely happy unless my panel borders are rectangular. Course, after emailing Mike and Gordon, Gordon emailed back ASKING for it to be set in the 70’s. I plowed on.

Annoyingly I’ve lost my original thumbnail layout for this page, but let me say this, it was almost identical. Except for being very very tiny.

To set the thing in the 70’s was easy enough, I simply had to redraw everyones clothes (and haircuts) Everyone ended up with sideburns as well. If you look at panel one you’ll see it’s very poorly detailed, the main reason for this is because the drawing in panel 1 was a “place marker” because I wanted to get proper reference for a London East-End Pub before drawing it.

After redrawing in the 70’s Mike Emailed me and decided that the layout I was using was too jarring (which I totally agreed with) so it was back to the drawing board for this NEW version.

And here it is fully inked. Panel 1 was radically changed (the English East-End Pub is in fact a Pub in the centre of Belfast – but I think I got away with it!) If you want to see a bigger version of this page then click it.