Happy Birthday to my niece Astrid as she turned two today!
Work continues on the Just1Page picture. If you haven't guess by this sketch what I'm drawing then you can check out the Just1Page Blog site that will tell you all the latest news about the project and of course what I'm drawing.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Happy Birthday to my niece Astrid as she turned two today!
Sunday, January 23, 2005
This May at the Comics Expo in Bristol (http://www.comicexpo.net/), the third 'Just 1 Page' charity comic magazine will be launched. Many different comic professionals and amateurs will be contributing a page of work which will then be auctioned off to help Childline (http://www.childline.org.uk).
So above you will see the start of my contribution towards the magazine. The theme of the magazine this year is 'Best Battles and Greatest Team Ups' which should bring a wide range of different work. So this is my very initial sketch, anybody guess what its all about?
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
We went off to the hospital this morning and listened to our kids heartbeat. Jeez, fast little thing it is! Everything is cool and we wait patiently for another three weeks for the next scan.
Colour version of the Porta picture is done and it has also found a home and a use for itself. I sent a JPG of it off to Dan Smith who runs a Sven Hassel website called "Porta's Kitchen" and he was happy to use the illustration in a little masthead I made up for him. So you can see that at http://www.svenhassel.info
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Lets see now, I haven’t really done that much work because I’ve been watching a lot of movies. Wednesday I went to see ‘Alexander’ which was better than I expected although they did cut out huge chunks of important stuff. It is over three hours long though so be warned if you go to see it. Thursday I sat and watched ‘Logans Run’, and enjoyed the mad robot ‘Box’ scene even more than normal. Mad robots that laugh about what they do, brilliant, we should program all robots and computers to laugh! Friday passed with no films watched. Saturday I watched ‘The Two Towers’ again, having watched ‘Fellowship’ the week before, all so I can get to watch ‘Return of the King’ DVD probably next week! And today I watched a film called ‘Willard’, some crazy loner with rats for friends.
Pencil stage of the ‘Porta’ illustration is finished though, so you can have a look at that. The next stage normally would be to ink this, but as its not really for anything and because I want to I’m going to skip that and go straight to colouring it up. So that should be next...
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Monday, January 10, 2005
I love Apple Mac and my new G5 is just the best, but I do hate the way OSX has been pushed onto other manufacturers who haven't had the time to sort out updaters and drivers for their software and hardware. It both sucks and blows! Okay, OSX has been out for ages and sure its up to these other companies to catch up but it doesn't stop them from releasing quirky, crashy, update pieces of rubbish. Boo! So, as you might guess my HP Scanner wouldn't work for oh, at least an hour and a half today, and I had to download 140Mb of software from HP to make it work. 140Mb!!! That's like when Apple say they have an update for OSX and ends up being 80Mb, that's not an update, that's a whole system!
Anyway, I have done something for once. You should see above the initial sketch done for a character study of Obergefreiter Joseph Porta from the Sven Hassel range of books. I'm having a little trouble getting back into the swing of things so I thought I would do a little illustration of Porta just for fun, and to get my drawing brain back into the right frame of mind. I'm quite happy with the layout of the sketch so the next stage is the pencil work...
Thursday, January 06, 2005
The picture above is based on the Jon Pertwee adventure 'Inferno', where the Doctor is transported to an alternative Earth and meets slightly different friends and colleagues. The 'Two Brigs' where played by the same actor but the characters never actually met.
Monday, January 03, 2005
Is setting up a Blog site really a good idea? What do I need it for? Why would anyone read it? Will I really keep posting to it?
The first reason for this site is quite simple, I have a large amount of e-mails I should have written to a large amount of people. So to save time I thought I would write one message and then everyone can see it.
The second reason is that I like reading other people's Blog sites and thought it might be fun to do my own.
The third reason is that I'm going to post sketches and work in progress (as well as the finished articles) to try and make me work harder. "How's that work then?" Well, if I post work on this site it may make me step up production (**not a binding contract**). Lets see now, if I know someone is looking on my Blog site to see if I have actually done something yet, then it might give me a kick up the arse towards getting on with it (**not a binding contract**). Either that or anyone coming back to the site may find out just how lazy I really am.
So the message.
I hope everybody had a great Christmas and New Year! You will of course be in a continuing shocked state of mind about the Tsunami Earthquake disaster and if you get the chance head off to http://www.dec.org.uk/ and send off a donation. I had a great holiday and managed to become more lethargic with each passing day. Santa was good to me and brought me a nice new Apple G5 just before Christmas. And then the day after he brought a copy of Call of Duty in the post, so that was me all set! New Year was good with some friends around for Hogmanay and then first footing my Brother in the early morning (just as he headed for bed, his month old son keeping him from normal shut eye). Good football as well during the holiday, took a trip out to Stark's Park to see the woeful Raith Rovers get humped 1-4 to Ross County. And on New Years Day we jumped up and down excitedly to the 3-1 win for the Pars over Dundee!
The big news for the New Year is that I'm going to be a Dad. Catriona is three months pregnant and our kid will be due on the 2nd of July. Once I realized that the World Cup is next year (2006) I was quite calm about the due date. I am fairly used to the idea of being a Father now, and being the fairly practical people that we are we are starting to get ready in lots of different ways for the life changing event. Pretty good chance the illustration work flow will diminish even further by the second half of the year! Just as long as the day job keeps going well then I guess I can have no complaints!
Well I'll maybe post more thoughts and news later, still getting used to the whole Blog thing, its harder than it looks you know...