Wednesday, 1 December 2010

ASHWARD -Thoughts on colouring.

Digital colouring is a strange world, a sinful playground where we decadently toy with colour and light, always able to correct our mistakes or change our minds with the flick of a button... it is both wonderful and abhorrent. So convenient and yet so fruststraiting. Digital colouring is clean and cool, bright and flawless perfect for our modern world, though it can in skilled hands be used to create dark and brooding imagery and seemingly artful vistas.
For me it will always lack that 'visceral' quality that can only be achived with the use of traditional media or atleast a healthy mix.

I will likely return to this project when time alows and give Illphy her propers with a brush and pen before she goes under the photoshop knife.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

ASHWARD - Progression

...ever the elusive beast in this project. The weight of the work yet to be done is heavy, my ambition in this project over shot actual abilite... a mistake I won't be making again anytime soon. With the shadow of a deadline looming it's full steam ahead, I'll finish this yet.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Search for the Sky

Search for the Sky was a childrens book project I attempted to complete for the McMillan prize. The project was finished but not to my satisfaction so I didn't submit it, currently it's in the pipeline to be reworked.
Children are hard to write for... much harder than adults.
So basically the story is about a little girl who lives in a world that has no sky (well it does but it's always coverd by clouds) this is quite a dark and foreboading world, not your usual childrens book. As you can guess by the title our young protagonist is searching for it, ofcourse having never seen it before she has no idea how to find it, or even what it looks like... cue adventure.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Illphy - ASHWARD

Illphy Darkmore, the unwilling center of the ASHWARD project had her genesis as a character almost 3 years ago and like alot of the characters I develop was created without a coherent story or world to inhabit. Orthough madness is a hard subject to pin down, especialy if your already maintaining several other worlds at the time. So Illphy has been festering in her cell for the last two years and it's only in the last couple of months that the door has been opened for this project. You wouldn't belive the smell.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Ah heh

You known.... more poeple would probably comment on these blogs if they didn't make it such a chore to do so off the bat.

Friday, 5 November 2010


Concept piece, the character drawing it's self is a few years old but it served it's purpose for this little frame test. The artwork for the comic, when complete, will incorporate real textures to help create the surreal world. Slightly ironic.

Saturday, 30 October 2010


I'm currenly working on a graphic short called Ashward (working title). The product at the moment is a severly cut down version of the orginal 'script' if you could call it that. In it's current form it merely gives a flavor of the concept. Here is a rough sample spread.

Grim Blog

This blog is now just about my personal work, Jacob will be making his own blog soon to which I will direct you.