29 April, 2010

Jane Doe in space

Another digital painting in PS CS3. You can see the initial sketch on the previous post. I keep forgetting to record the process, which is something I plan on rectifying asap. I love exploring and viewing processes in painting and illustration and I think it's always interesting to see how an image has unfolded.


Image for an IFX competition with the initial sketches too. I love the initial sketching process as it's so instinctive and instantaneous. The final rendered piece loses some of that energy and movement- it's very hard to retain that quality when you spend a prolonged amount of time on a piece. I think that it's a problem with painting too- the more time you invest in a piece, the more you have to lose and the less willing you are to take risks nearer the end. Tricky...
Done in Photoshop CS3 with my trusty, little Wacom.

Wolverine/ Batman

A couple of pencil drawings of Wolverine and Batman. Good and bad bits on both. I like the movement in the Wolverine piece and I'm happy the rendering on Batman. I do think he looks a bit bored though- like he's just pottering about across rooftops on a Sunday night because he doesn't have any mates to hang out with. Poor fella, he needs a new hobby.

The Judge

Aaah, that's better. So what have I learnt form producing sequential comic pages? It's easier to do one big good drawing than lots of little good drawings. Pretty profound stuff, I know.
This was produced in Photoshop CS3 with my trusty A5 Wacom tablet, for those who are interested.


Some Judge Dredd samples for 2000AD. Am I happy with them? Not entirely but it's been a steep learning curve and my next attempt at sequential pages will be stronger. It's good to see the mistakes(in any artwork) and make sure you learn from them. Take it on the chin and make sure you don't repeat them(a bit like life, really). 

Hulk by Matt Timson

So I showed my Hulk drawing to Matt Timson and he asked if he could have a copy to 'try something out' on it. A few hours later he emailed me this image, which is absolutely awesome! Matt is currently finishing up 'Impaler' for Top Cow Comics. I'm sure he has some more uber-beautiful artwork in the pipeline too... On top of being a great artist, he's a really top bloke and has taken the time to give me lots of useful feedback and advice on my artwork(eg. don't just eat the crayons, Seb- use them.). Cheers Matt. Anyway, that's enough praise and thanks from me. Go and check out his stuff here.


Here's a pencil drawing of the Incredible Hulk. He's a big fella. This is the first piece of penciled comic book art that I'm happy with. More to come...

Comic Book Art-45

Reposting this image, which is my page from the Graphic Novel '45' published by Com.x. If you haven't already bought a copy(and you should, it's written by the astonishing Andi Ewington and includes a host of great artists!) then go here and get one. Do it!