Sunday, 19 October 2014

London Sketchbook Scavenger Hunt #BigDraw

Last night I joined a group of people taking part in the London Sketchbook Scavenger Hunt, a Big Draw event organised by Jenny and June from the StoryHands Illustration collective.

The theme for this year's Big Draw is "It's Our World" and Jenny and June interpreted this theme as a call to notice and appreciate what we see around us in the city, and in particular the city of London. Once everyone had arrived and been issued with their unique hand-made and responsibly sourced sketchbook (made from donated materials at the Children's Scrap Project charity) we set off...



The walk took in various locations around the city, some of which were familiar and others that I hadn't been to before. At each location we were given a list of things to draw, both from observation and imagination and a set amount of time in which to draw as many of the items as we could (usually between 10–15 minutes).


Image courtesy of StoryHands Collective

Jenny and June were great hosts and provided a bit of background information about the area at each stop before assigning us our drawing challenges. In keeping with the unknown nature of the evening, I'm not going to specifically mention where we went, and have removed the names from my photos below...











The evening was a lot of fun, and I found it good to only have a limited time to draw at each location, as it made me more instinctive with my drawing, working quickly to capture the essence of what I was seeing. And that quick drawing was taken to the extreme at the end of the night, after everyone had added up their scores for the evening, there was a Draw Off where we had to draw as many identifiable London Landmarks as we could in 60 Seconds...



I even ended up with a prize at the end!



Jenny and June will be running the event again on the 1 November and there's a Facebook Event page here: http://www.facebook.com/events/1487342084846994/. I'd definitely recommend it!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hitachi Data Systems at VMworld

I was recently commissioned to produce 5 single panel comic illustrations for Hitachi Data Systems, as part of an online promotion for their participation in VMworld 2014 Europe, "the global conference for virtualization and cloud computing", which was being held in Barcelona. I was sent the script and scenarios for the five comics, which I was very pleased about, because my first thought when I heard they wanted some IT-based comics was "How many jokes can I get out of turning it off and on again"?!? After working up some draft sketches, the dialogue was tightened up and some of the ideas reworked slightly, before I went on to produce the finished images. I'm very pleased with the final result, and happily, so was the client!









Monday, 13 October 2014

COMICS!

Next month, I'm going to have a table at the Comica Comiket in London (1 November) and the Thought Bubbles Comic Art Festival in Leeds (15–16 November), selling my comics. I'll be blogging more about that nearer the time...

I'm currently busy putting together a new comic collecting various comic strips and one page comics that I've drawn in recent years, plus a couple of longer works. I've just finished an illustration for the cover, and really wanted to share it because I was so pleased with how it turned out (I'm allowed to blow my own trumpet every once in a while, right?)...



And for a quick bit of Process, here's the rough sketch I jotted down on my break at work on Friday evening, when I suddenly came up with the idea for the cover...

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Tempo Lush Tales

So one of the Secret Projects I've been working on recently has been a 12-page story for Tempo Lush Tales the new anthology comic created by Mr Tempo Lush himself, Richy K. Chandler. All the stories in the anthology have been written by Richy and illustrated by a cavalcade of artists including Matt Boyer, Francesca Cassavetti, Martin Eden, Tim Hassan, Steve Horry, Inko, Chie Kutsuwada, Mike Medaglia, Aaron Murphy, Van Nim, Karen Rubins, Keara Stewart and me! The book is being released next Friday and there will be an epic book launch for not only Tempo Lush Tales, but also three other books that Richy has been involved in creating: the second volume of Rosie and Jacinda, the third collection of Richy's webcomic Lucy the Octopus, AND a pre-school children’s comic/picture book Bang! Crash! Whizz!. Phew!

The launch will take place at Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, from 7-9pm on Friday 3 October, and there's a Facebook event set up here. Come along! It'll be fun!! And I might even scribble in your book!

Anyway, all of which is leading up to me sharing a sneak preview of the story I've been working on, called The President Of West Tibia...



What happens next? Well come to the launch, buy a copy of the book and find out! :)

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Happy Birthday Sarah!

It was my friend Sarah's birthday the other week and she had some drinks which I was a bit late too, so the bar had stopped serving by I arrived. Fortunately we went to another bar! Here's a card I made for her...

Happy Birthday Janice!

It was my friend Janice's birthday a few weeks ago (exactly one week before mine!). This year Janice started doing a pole dancing class and got very excited when she managed to hang upside down, which gave me the idea for this drawing...

Bon Voyage Jing...

I've been pretty busy with "Secret Things" lately (which I'll eventually be able to post online), but luckily I've still got a couple of things that I can share with you now, staring with a couple of cards that I've made and didn't get around to uploading!

My friend Jing left London recently to go back to Singapore, and here's a card I made for her before she left...