Thursday, 31 December 2009
Congratulations to Patrick Stewart who has been honoured with a Knighthood by the Queen ,i have been a fan of Sir Patrick since the 1980's he's a wonderful actor and i was thrilled last year when he said this about Macbeth the graphic novel from Classical Comics which i designed and drew.
"I'm fascinated by your approach to the play and its language. I find them gripping, dramatic and, although for me the original Shakespeare is always my reason for turning to these plays, I think that what you are doing in illuminating and making perhaps more lucid, especially for young people, is clever and meaningful."
- Patrick Stewart, Actor
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Sunday, 20 December 2009
I would like to wish everyone a very merry christmas and a very happy 2010!!
saw this image on the net fantastic painting and pose Haddon Sundblom was a amazing talent and i always enjoy looking at his paintings.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
I drew Frankie three times the first idea was to have him look like a demonic super powered elastic man coming out of a volcano the producers liked the idea then i was asked to draw him in a pose opening his shirt Superman style, i drew his pose twice as his original face looked too nice so i had to butch up his face and add a beard here's the art in progress from pencils to inks to colour
colouring by Nigel Dobbyn
ARTWORK COPYRIGHT BRITISH COMEDY AWARDS 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
MICHAEL MCINTYRE as a superhero he was drawn by another artist in the end,PETER KAY and SIMON COWELL,
HARRY HILL as a Magician, RUTH JONES as a warrior Zena type, DAWN FRENCH as a nurse,
ARTWORK COPYRIGHT BRITISH COMEDY AWARDS 2009
Saturday, 12 December 2009
The Jonathan Ross pictures where my samples to get a job illustrating portraits for the set design for the 20th British Comedy Awards 2009 for ITV1, i was asked by the Production Designer Simon Kimmel to draw Mr Ross looking like a superhero, the producers of the show liked my samples so i was given a contract to work on the show
in the end only 3 got completed and used for the final set design they where Alan Carr ,Sheila Reid and Frankie Boyle they where coloured by my good friend Nigel Dobbyn.
art copyright BRITISH COMEDY AWARDS 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
one of the books i have enjoyed a great deal this year has been Thor by J.M Straczynski, Olivier Coipel, Laura Martin fantastic stories with wonderful art full of grace and power and beauty.
i bought a poster by Olivier Coipel by Marvel it's printed on plastic and it's so huge i don't know where i'm going to put it ,but here's the image of it as you can see it has over tones of Lord of the Rings about it, personally i can't wait to see the Kenneth Branagh Marvel movie slated for 2011
ARTWORK COPYRIGHT MARVEL CHARACTERS INC
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Monday, 30 November 2009
I read over the weekend Darkness Calls Hellboy tpb published by Dark Horse a wonderful book with a great story by Mike Mignola (who also provided covers)great art work by Duncan Fegredo and Dave Stewart on colours this story had it all giants, dead armies, wood spirits, faeries, witches it really was a joy to read and everyone who worked on the book did a brilliant job
a gem of a book highly recommended
Friday, 27 November 2009
In the new Diamond Previews catalog for February issue 3 of Wasted the adult humour title features a cover by Simon Bisley the image is ''the Buddha'' of Tales of the Buddha rockin out ,i was thrilled when Alan Grant told me the Biz was drawing fat chops for the cover here it is
i love drawing that strip as it makes me laugh out loud every time i read the scripts Alan Grant is a genius writer i feel very blessed that i got to draw them.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Just finished a hush hush job which I'll be able to talk about next month, now back drawing layouts and approving pencils on Hamlet for Classical Comics .
glad to report seems the Classical line of books went down well at the NCTE in Philadelphia 3 day show.
by the way if anyone wants a commission drawn for a loved one for a Xmas prezzie you better get in touch with me soon so i can fit them in my schedule
the picture is one of the things I'm selling on my private art collection gallery on comicfanart.com it's a poster of Shinobi master ninja drawn i think 1993 using inks and markers and pencils I'll try and get a decent scan done of this
Sunday, 22 November 2009
This was drawn for a 2000A.D fan Karl Kennedy (who has every issue of the galaxies greatest magazine), Karl wanted to be drawn as a Judge next to Judge Dredd during the Apocalypse War ,this was a lot of fun to draw, in all it took me 2 days to complete a day for pencils and a day inking.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Just noticed this blog had hit over the 10 thousand hits mark, thanks to everyone who has spared the time to view my work and updates.
can't show anything new at the moment due to contracts and getting permission to show what I've been up to the last few months ,i should be ok to show a Dredd commission in a few days though.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Thursday, 12 November 2009
My brother kindly bought me this book today to cheer me up 600 pages of Dave Gibbons arty goodness and a great read from the mighty scribe Frank Miller.
i love Martha Washington it's going to be great to read her life story all over again in this fantastic very heavy hard back slip case edition ,a great production job by the Dark Horse publishing crew , if this book gets Hollywood twitchy to do a movie i hope they get Beyonce to do it , any way a top read and product worth buying to fill a very large Christmas stocking.
Found this in one of my old folio's a pitch i made to DC comics and 2000A.D way back in 1993 ,i didn't get the gig ,shame as i thought Alan Grant and John Wagner would have had fun writing this.
LOBO COPYRIGHT DC ENTERTAINMENT / JUDGE DREDD COPYRIGHT REBELLION A/S
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Had the pleasure to meet up with Rufus Dayglo in London on Friday after i had a business meeting there ,we went for a beer and a bite to eat and Rufus showed me some Tank Girl covers and Tankie comic madness, wonderful work full of humour action and detail i really enjoy looking at his work.
Rufus is a huge fan of Comic art just like me so it was great to catch up and chin wag about stuff.
TANK GIRL Skidmarks issue 1 is out this month from Titan drawn by Rufus it's brilliant Alan Martin writes a cracking fun romp and the book will give you a big fat grin.
go buy !!
Monday, 2 November 2009
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
here's a close up of Joe givin some sweet justice from a 2 part Judge Dredd story i'll finish thursday ,it's been alot of fun but alot of work ,i've had old school vibes drawing it ,so i hope the die hard Dredd fans like the work.
artwork copyright Rebellion A/S 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Mike Carey famed writer of comics ,novels and film writes
''I've loved the Classical Comics Shakespeare graphic novel adaptions that I've read - Macbeth, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet. I never would have guessed it, but in a way, comics - with their parallel verbal and visual narratives - are perfectly placed to realise the complexity and tonal diversity of a play. It's capturing the lightning in a different-shaped bottle. Amazing stuff!''
Sunday, 25 October 2009
When i was designing the Tempest visual look i wanted it to first look beautiful to the reader more detailed than Macbeth and also i had the brief that the costumes had to look 15th Century in look , so all this was a major factor why the book took me 57 weeks to draw i had to design the trees ,rocks, creatures, costumes, characters,draw ships, goddess's, monsters it was a lot of hard work but a lot of fun too.
this book looks amazing thanks to Nigel Dobbyn's use of colour and effects with the wonderful skies and light through the trees ,the dramatic lighting he does over my art really adds to the drama it was a real pleasure working with Nigel on Macbeth and the Tempest these pages show his colouring talents really well ,also Gary Erskine's fine crisp inking over my pencils really added to the book also.
i was very lucky to work with these great talents.
one thing i liked reading fairy tales as a young child was the artist's used to draw faces in rocks and in trees so I've done the same with the Tempest if you buy the book see how many faces you can see in the landscape, i also like the fact you can look at the book over and over again and still see new things in the backgrounds and details you didn't notice before.
ALL ARTWORK COPYRIGHT CLASSICAL COMICS LTD 2009