Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Max with Brush

As I mentioned before I'm keen to let go of my Wacom and get some more stuff done on paper. Well here's another attempt at brush inking, using a Faber-Castell brush pen, with emphasis on different line widths.

Once I get some more practice I might feel like spending the money on some nice bristol or something, which should, maybe, possibly, in a fair world, improve the quality a little. Although I still need to learn to get faster, smoother strokes, or find some way of keeping my hand/arm extra steady.

Hatching, there's another thing I need to look into. I've done it very sketchy here, not sure if I like it. This is all the Beano's fault! I saw some original artwork up close recently and was just blown away by the quality of it. As a kid I never really appreciated what went into these drawings. Although I'm sure a lot of it gets lost when it's shrunk way down and printed cheaply.

I don't have any pictures to show some of the excellent line work on the characters but this is a nice example of the kind of quality these kids' comics have/had (I haven't seen a recent one in a decade).

Oh, and while writing this I realised Max has the Batman logo on his tag...

More to follow!


Monday, 22 September 2008


A quick visual knock up for a course project. I'm borrowing this character from another project of mine, but she may change a bit during the production.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Dundee Law

I found an old sketch I wanted to upload it, but it was pretty smudged and dirty. So I decided to ink it, which lead to colouring and well, here's the result. This parodic character gets his name from this so there's a bit of a pun in there too.

3D Photos

A selection of 3D images I've created; some new, some old. You'll need 3D glasses for these to work of course... or perhaps some coloured celophane (left eye red, right eye cyan).

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

I Like My Slicker

Sketching ideas for the comic and decided to ink this sketch. With actual ink. I'm getting too used to using my Wacom tablet, I rarely do anything on paper beyond pencils. There's a certain charm that comes from real ink... the texture on the paper, the pen/brush tip imperfections... the pen control... I don't know what it is, but I like it. I just wish Wacoms didn't make things so damned quick, easy and beautiful!