Although the posts have been thin on the ground these last few months, I have been keeping up with the sketchbook. I've been trying to nail down some character concepts for a comic strip featuring my all-time favourite girl group, The Shangri La's. Progress has been slow as I usually can only find time to draw on my daily commute and the results have been variable. Presented below are some of the more successful sketches that show the look I'm trying to capture for the strip.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Here's what I've been up to in the sketchbook for the last couple of weeks. These are character designs for a 30-something couple by the name of George and Glynn (terrible pun I know, but it seems to have stuck). Glynn pretty much came fully formed on the page but Georgina's design involved quite a bit of working out. I wasn't happy with the early ‘cute sketches’ as I really wanted to imbue her with a personality. So she eventually became a bit of an ugly duckling. Not sure what I'll be doing with these two yet, maybe some one or three panel gags but they will be popping up here from time to time.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
I got to see James Gunn's Super a few days ago which I enjoyed immensely. It has a similar premise as Kick-Ass - What would really happen if a normal person began dressing up as a superhero and fighting crime? - but whereas Kick-Ass quickly succumb to the fetishism of the genre, Super is grounded in the utter desperation of Rainn Wilson's character Frank AKA The Crimson Bolt.
Frank's misguided conscience and brutal methodology certainly asks more of it's audience than Kick-Ass' never-ending weaponry catalogue. It's a great little film and very funny with it. There are fabulous performances from Wilson and Juno's Ellen Page as the comic shop assistant cum sidekick, Boltie. If you are more Fantagraphics than you are Marvel you may well like it too.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Commute sketchbook challenge - Draw a comic cover from memory. I was quite pleased with the results but to my bemusement when I tried to track down the original there was none. It seems my addled memory had combined two different sources, Gil Kane's splash page from Amazing Spider-Man #101 and John Romita's cover to issue#87.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
A couple of things of mine that have recently turned up on other blogs.
First up is my rendition of a Jack Kirby panel for Anthony Vukojevich's Repaneled blog. The original (below - just in case there's any confusion) is from an old Thor story in Journey into Mystery #93.
Next up is have a straight copy of Scott Pilgrim vol.4 drawn with a Sharpie in 4.38 mins for Tim (& Grace) Miner's 5 Minute Marvels blog. The blog encourages parents and siblings to take five minutes out of the day and sit and draw together.
Here's my Daughter Eden’s version, she took a little longer than 5 minutes because she wanted to add Ramona’s roller boots (ever the fashionista). What I love about Edie's version is by swapping the characters we now focus on Ramona’s exasperation, which is the same look Edie gives me when I'm being a silly Daddy.
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Monday, 5 September 2011
Friday, 2 September 2011
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Many thanks to everyone who sent their best wishes regarding the blog's new direction. Your support is very heartening and I'm pleased that the Finally strip was well received. Surprised also to find that the strip had been reblogged over at SPX. As it's the first strip I've done and released to the outside world I thought it might be interesting to follow up with a few extras.
I completed the strip in just one day. I already had the thumbnails worked out but the drawing, inking, re-writing and lettering were all done in about 12 hours last Saturday. The next morning I looked at the strip again and decided to replace two of the panels with photographs. It seemed like a cop-out to do this but the panels where now succinct with the text. So, here are the original illustrations for panels 4 & 5.
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Regular visitors to blog will have noticed the erratic schedule of posts lately. It has become increasingly difficult to find the time to keep up with my RSS feeds and do the research that comes with regular posting. I have therefore decided to put BC&H on hold for the next few weeks as I re-think the future of the blog. There's every possibility this blog will morph into something completely different and I hope to be making an announcement very soon. In the meantime please take a look at my other corners of the blogosphere:
Hosted by The Jack Kirby Museum, Kirby- Vision is a tribute art blog dedicated to the work and concepts of “The King of Comics”, Jack Kirby.
My Tumblr site dedicated to the ever expanding world Doctor Who artwork - Ancient and Forever
and finally my Tumblr scrapbook, where I indulge myself with a collection of comic art, 60's iconography and the odd music track - Nineteen Sixty-Nine, Baby