Saturday, 8 December 2012

Comic venture

 
 
The Appalling adventures of Aruthur Doomcoft and Lydia Dreddberry coming soon!
 'Appalling Adventures' is the tale of two inept armature detectives/mystery solvers blundering through a gloomy monotone world trying to keep a roof over their heads and booze in the pantry/Lydia's stomach.
 
Here's a little sample of what is to come.
 

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Blaggard!

 
A little random comic, I'm hoping to produce more of these inbetween projects.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Red Solace

 
Well well I have been busy, nothing I can share at the moment sadly, till I find out if or when it will be published.


But I do have a few older updates I have neglected.

Lets start with the work I’ve been doing for my little Sci-fi comic.

Red Solace

The adventures of the insidious Doctor Ana Criid and the ruthless privateer/arms dealer/mercenary Ri’el AKA the ‘Red Bitch!’.

Really starting to work out the character dynamic here.

 


Monday, 15 October 2012

Blargghhhh drawings

 
 
A new folio splash, a heinous cacophony of illustration to show off the variables of my work style.
‘Style’ was a dirty word in my university, it was an easy buzz word for ‘way of working’…
 You can guess though why most artists prefer to use the word style, less of a mouthful and much less pretentious.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Just a flesh wound

 
 
Ri’el is a tough nut, she’ll keep fighting even as poor Ana Criid trys to patch her up.

Ana is supposed to be a waif but I didn’t realise how ridiculously small I’d drawn Ri’els waist till I’d finished >__>

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Don't mess with Trolls...

 
 
 

Even if you’re an elf… it is not the best choice you could make, lucky for little Eswin here Trolls like Borgoth are deeply suspicious of anything fey… some even believe that killing elves and fairies can bring bad luck.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

The Colourful Queen





I do so love the autumn palette, the richness of it is so much fun to play with.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Morinth the Aurie queen


It’s getting autumnal and when it gets autumnal I think fairies!

Aurie are a kind of diminutive elf creature in world of Polaryia, the most venerable of them still have vestigial wings, throw backs to their fairy ancestors.

Few Aurie are as venerable as Morinth, she emancipated her people from the Elvin empire and stuck out on her own building a shining silver city for her kin to dwell in.

Monday, 24 September 2012

There were bears in the ground

  I myself have never been mauled by a bear, but I imagine I would also need stiff drink afterwards.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Scary Fairy

 
Well here's how it was meant to end up, the background should have been hand painted, but we had a falling out so we're going to leave it like this for now.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Getting rough







I work almost exclusively with classical media, this is a very time consuming process with huge margins for error and disaster.

I’m seeing if I can lessen my troubles with some rough colour planning on Photoshop before I ink and colour the work by hand.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Magic!

 
Magic magic magic...


Maaaaaaaagic magic magick! Maaaaaaaagggggiiiiickkkkk.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Jack Night


Jack Night, the mysterious and murderous being that haunts our ill fortuned protagonist’s.
Although the project is still in early development I hope to have the first book complete by the end of this year.




“Do you know Arthur, I am utterly overcome with the curios sensation that we are being watched…”

Thursday, 9 August 2012

10 Years of Jargon

 
Set in a ‘contemporary’ Britain, Jargon is a satire on modern life and the various eccentricities of the British character. The plot revolves primarily around two unlikely couples living in a crumbling old Victorian apartment building owned by a malicious and goblin-like landlord.
Though Ed, Kate, Reg and Mary are the protagonists, there are many story arch’s told from the perspectives of the supporting characters who are parodies of different aspects of life in this sometimes green and pleasant land.

Most of the comic is illustrated by my brother
Jacob who is a freelance animator and cartoonist.
We generally collaborate on all the writing though.

 Wow... It's been 10 years since my brother and I started development on the 'Jargon' project. It’s one of many little worlds that I’ve been working on with him over the last 15 years. We’ve yet to truly launch it because we’ve been constantly developing and updating it.

 But now I think after ten years we’re confident enough with not only our drawing ability but also our writing that we’re going to be launching it in the coming years.

Retrospective time!


The oldest surviving drawing I could find dates back to 2003

From 2002 to 2005 during the turbulence and tedium of secondary school we developed the initial cast of characters for the Jargon web-comic, for location’s we sourced from our local area and for character inspiration we used people we knew as well as ret-conning older characters from our childhood comics.

Here’s an example of the appallingly amateur stuff we where churning out from 05 right up to 07 in between our college work. 



 I’m happy to say it's come a long way from its pencil-crayon-colored-Biro-drawing's-on-bits-of-a4-printing-paper origins.

We’ve been developing the world, the characters, our art work and the writing since we wrapped up the old comic in 07.

By 2009 the cast of characters was enormous.



While the central character’s haven’t changed much some of the supporting characters have had more drastic makeovers.


You can chart the development of the characters and the art style over the last several years, I think we’ve really come a long way.





To get back into the web comic swing of things we've started doing short little comics called 'Jargon Bites' to get the ball rolling before we start the longer more story driven arch’s.


 In the near future we hope to have a dedicated website for the comic.

When they start being uploaded we hope you laugh as much reading them as we did writing them.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

New Project

Introducing...
The Appalling adventures of
Arthur Doomcroft & Lydia Dreddberry 


Murder mystery horror farce.

A grim picture book following the disgusting adventures of two armature investigators in pseudo 19th century London.
Recovering Gin sot Lyida Dreddberry and social recluse Arthur Doomcroft attempt to taken on the cities dark underbelly in a world without professional polices service.


Work in progress.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Keeping busy


With Jakes return to the homestead things are starting to move again, most of our time is spent working on his current short film, but here's a little 2 hour challenge I wipped up last month.
We are now setting things in motion.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Look whos back.




Well now, it's been a long while since my last update, I've been very busy dealing with rings and things, metaphorical rings that is. Anyway, here's a little taste of some of the things I've been working on this month.







Friday, 16 March 2012

XERA



Character sketches from the great fantasy project that jake and I have been working on for many years... still not ready, as is the case with so many of our projects.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

ALBINORIA

It is coming!
Born in the hell fire of the early 2000's, it had a couple of false starts but now it is finally making its way to an internet near you.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Scans


Visted jake last week and got some stuff scanned. So two that I posted before and one new Grimhole piece.

The frame test.


The finding of Byors Myher.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Sketchy

Found a scan of a sketch book page from my 'kids book' project, the design being based on Astrid from Grimhole, I think it's still a cute pose, I might work up a finished version for my folio. 

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Dark Elves

Nothing says classic fantasy quite like a darkelf in a purple tunic, this little character is part of our fantasy satire, Jake tends to lead the artwork on that project but I thought I'd have a bash.



Saturday, 28 January 2012

Grimhole Comic

The eventual goal of the Grimhole project is to create an original graphic novel/comic book, one that is richly detailed and coloured.
This is just a little a test piece, at the moment the final formant will be in a landscape not as you see here.
 Jacob is still animating his film so the image quality is...well there isn't any.

Friday, 13 January 2012

A couple of things...

Some terrible photos of what I'm working on at the moment.





Wednesday, 4 January 2012

An awful start....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16391857





An awful start to the year... the great cartoonist and illustartor Ronald Searle has fled this mortal coil.




Perhaps most famous for his work on St Trinians he grew to despise his creation which accounted only for a very small part of his body of work yet it followed him everywhere.


He was an extraordinary artist and a great satirist.
Captured during the second world war he made records of his grim imprisonment even though he would be punished or even killed should the drawings be found by his captors.

This is a sad day for the world of illustration.
His wit and draughtsmanship will be missed.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New year

So it's a new year, and Jake has run farway north with our scanner to make his film, leaving me in a bind, not that I will have much time to work this year, it's all about saving money to fund our projects now... oh and you know, food.


So instead of any tit bits of work or sketches heres a lovely postcard of what my home village used to look like way back when... isn't it lovely... it's not lovely anymore >:[