Sunday, 23 August 2009

Under Pressure

Went to the inaugural Dr. Sketchy event in Nottingham yesterday (with Mr. Anderson, Mr. CakeyPigDog and some of his very talented co-workers) and had a blast - even if i did almost blow a gasket trying to do some of the drawings within the 10 minute time limit.

So here's some of what was produced - again, 10 minutes isnt a lot of time, and on top of that was my general discomfort with non-digital media. (There's no undo!)

For the final drawing i decided to stop trying to draw "properly" and focus in on the moustachio’d countenance of the compere in the group shot.

All that and i won a chocolate bun too.

p.s. oh and here's some sketchbook studies from during the week. Frogs and a lonely simian - what more could you want?

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Where have you been Walt?

a couple of recent studies here.

The first is from a screen-grab from "Breaking Bad" - i tried to loosen up on the brushwork and go a little madder with the colour, i.e. worrying about relative colour and warmth/coolness rather than exactly reproducing whats "real". Which seems to have worked to some degree.

And here's an EXTREME CLOESUP of all that wholesome texturey goodness

the second is a from the fillum "The New World" - one of only 2 good films* made by Colin Farrell (and his eyebrows)

*The other was "In Bruges"

Sunday, 16 August 2009


I didnt get much time for any digital work this week, i've been brushing up on theory/tutorials and also trying to wean myself off a wacom and onto a more nutritious and crunchy diet of traditional media

So to start, here's some random doodles i didnt have time to take any further - even though there's a few i have definate plans for

Then today, using a cast generously on loan from the Cakeypigdog collection, i tried my hand at some more still plumb lines, i'm trying to just get comfortable with graphite before i worry about that sort of thing

Ah, isn't she lovely

And finally, i finally managed to break the psychological terror barrier that's gripped me every time i even think of using paints.
So even though this is just some hour and a bit of gouache tomfoolery, its a bit of a personal milestone, having not gone near anything paint like for nigh on 6 years...eventually acrylics are on the cards, and who knows, one day, the mother of all media..OIL PAINTS

Baby steps first though

Slán go fóill!

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

And still they come

I took some time out this weekend to do absolutely nothing* , so the only things i've got to show for myself are some pretty unfinished speedpaints (mostly done in 20-30 minutes)

#1 - Injured

#2 - A Bad Idea

And lastly and leastly

#3 - Femme Fatale

Nothing left. Thats it. Shoo.

*oh, there was the 5-6 hours spent fixing the 210 GIGABYTES Vista had swallowed up needlessly...That was fun (angry smiley face)

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Attention Deficit

got distracted tonight by a speedpaint topic that i decided to work up, so no more progress on the previous image

Still, i now have a dashing victorian gentleman demonologist (and scourge of dark forces) to show for it.

"Protection" (about 2 1/2 hours)

Still some more stuff to do to it, but this is good enough for now...he does need a name though, hmmm...

Monday, 3 August 2009

Decisions, Decisions

i've been trying to make sense of an idea for a picture - struggling a little with composition, i think it might be working, but i'm not 100% sure. I might leave it for a bit and see how it looks with fresh eyes...

so here's some work in progress - i'm not going to explain whats going on, as i'm not entirely sure myself.

Sunday, 2 August 2009


Some sketchbook doodles from yesterday, monsters and the like obviously

And then there was this lot - NO idea whats going on here

And then were were a couple of speedpaints this week

"Bad Hair Day"

And finally

"Time Traveller"

I've got some other ideas for more finished work, but finding the time is the trick...