Friday, 23 December 2011

Merrier Christmas!

Thought I could do a bit better in terms of festive posts than yesterday's rather sombre one, so here's an old old sketch of old saint Nick from the archives.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Ave Maria

The most festive looking recent piece of work I could find (well it's got stars and a bit of snow on it) was this pretty grim cover for Graham Thomas' Western psycho-drama Maria & The Devil. Checkout the book's microsite for more details (and some really nice interior illustrations by the author).

Below: My original digital paintings for the front and rear of the book.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Bear Who Loved Me

Another one from Misery Bear's Guide to Love & Heartbreak, published by Hodder & Stoughton.

This one's my love letter to the poster art of Frank McCarthy, Robert McGinnis, and Dan Goozee (along with anyone else I might have ripped-off along the way).

Art direction by Misery Bear (with some help from Chris Hayward and Nat Saunders).

Thanks to Misery Bear for putting my drawings in his book, and I hope he remembers me when he's a Hollywood superstar.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Bear with the Wind (after Terpning and Jung)

One of Misery Bear's Hollywood fantasies from his new book Misery Bear's Guide to Love & Heartbreak. On sale now!
Illustration by me, Art Direction by Misery Bear (as interpreted by Chris Hayward).

Friday, 14 October 2011

Misery Bear Unleashed

Yesterday saw the launch of Misery Bear's first book - Misery Bear's Guide to Love & Heartbreak. Having illustrated a couple of MB's escapist fantasies for the publication, I got to hang out at the launch party last night. Everyone was very friendly and seemed to be having a lot of fun... except the bear of course who spent the evening slouched in a corner, staring mournfully into plate of sausage rolls. What a loser!

I'll be posting some of my contributions for the book shortly, but if you can't wait for that (and who in their right mind could?) get down to your local bookshop and buy it yourself or at least have a quick flick through before returning home and ordering it from amazon.

Find out more about the bear here stalk him here, say things to him here.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Beat Boards - The Big Climactic Showdown!

The Second half of the beat boards for the sample cartoon episode I worked on. Here its Monsters versus Mad Scientist and Android Kids!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Beat Boards

Some more concept art for the Cartoon series being developed by Studio Cheese. This time some beat boards for a sample episode. Actually just half the episode here - thought I'd leave it on a cliffhanger.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Cartoon concept art

Here's some concept art I did for a fantastic Cartoon series in development at Studio Cheese. This was used in a brochure/presentation pack to help sell the idea. Monsters, Aliens, Evil geniuses... how difficult can it be to sell that?

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Hot Pot Royale

A recent storyboarding exercise, trying to get a cross-cutting gag down in under 15 panels.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Back to Brandenburg

Here's another illustration for Graham Thomas' Hats of to Brandenburg. This one's for the back of the novel. The parchment is blank to accommodate the book's blurb, not because I couldn't be bothered to finish it.
HOTB publisher TheNeverPress now have a facebook page too.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Misery Bear: My part in his exploitation

Miserablist internet sensation, Misery Bear, got in touch earlier this year asking me to help him 'colour in some drawings' for his new book - Misery Bear's Guide to Love & Heartbreak. After laughing in his despondent face for several minutes I finally took pity on him, and agreed to help, after all who knows what mess he would have made with a pen... the guy has no hands. So I churned out some second rate scribbles in a couple of minutes, just to keep him happy... well as happy as he's ever likely to get.

You can see the depressing results of this collaboration when the tome is published by Hodder & Stoughton on October 13th, 2011. If you've got nothing better to do with your time or money you could pre-order your copy at amazon or waterstones. Go on... do your bit to keep the bear in booze.

You can find more info and enjoy some teddy related schadenfreude here
Join everyone in filling the drunk bum with false hope on facebook
Or you can follow the fluffy loser on twitter.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Chuck Randomness

Here's a colour warm up sketch I did of Charlton Heston as Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar in the 1961 epic El Cid.
What I was actually working on at the time had nothing to do with El Cid, but there you go...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hats off to Brandenburg - A guided tour of the cover.

A closer look at the characters and events featured on the cover to Graham Thomas' Hats off to Brandenburg. Kicking off above with the main man (men?) Benjamin Ananas/Count Abraham von Brandenburg. The would be saviour of the Roxy Playhouse, he must delve deep into his tragic past to create a character who can restore the fortunes of the ailing theatre.

Archie Enfield - Benjamin's closest friend and the Roxy's resident lothario.

Desiree - The beautiful Perugian ballerina who discovers another talent in the field of swordplay, all in the service of the Roxy.

Gertie - The one time urchin, now ever ready with his butterfly net should wire walker Anya take a fall from the rafters.

Kemble - Disease ridden maniac, and recurring villain of the piece. This is what happens when bad actors turn really bad.

The Coach Duel - One of the novel's set piece action scenes, breathtaking feats of daring do on the cobbled streets of ye olde London town.

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