Thursday, February 19, 2009

Superman quick sketch

Here is a quick sketch of Superman which was inked with felt tip markers, trying to stay Loose. I will have to work on being free with the inking. this one still feels a little stiff but was fun to do. All up it took about 40 minutes to pencil and Ink.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Blog header

I have been wanting to jazz up my blog header for a while now and came up with this new illustration. It has My family as well as me. I thought I spend so much time working on the computer that I should have them here as well.
There is my two sons. The oldest is a teenager, that explains the hair. The youngest is a budding cartoonist, that's why he has a pencil behind his ear.
Next my lovely, understanding wife who knows I spend too much time illustrating but doesn't say so.
Then my best little mate, Jessie the pooch and last but not least yours truly on the end.
It was a fun illustration to put together I hope it looks OK as it will be here for a while.

Monday, February 16, 2009


here is the wolverine sketch which became Mandarine the red haired mutant with a vitamin c healing factor. Quit laughing BUB!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wolverine quick sketch

After spending the afternoon just surfing around some artist blogs looking for some inspiration I landed on Scottie Young's blog. I just love what he is doing with the Wizard of Oz for Marvel. the pages look so fresh and full of life. His inking is so fluid and spontaneous it really is some of his best work.
In Scottie's January 14 blog he talks about the thumbnail, Pencilling, Inking process and how he keeps his pencils loose if he is the inker. It sounds so simple now.
I have always hated how my inks seem to look dead compared to my sketch book sketches.
I now know I have to loosen up and have fun with the inks.
So that's what I did.
I just did a fun sketch of Wolverine which took about 20 minutes. making sure I kept it loose and fluid and then I just inked it I didn't over think it too much, just dove in and started to draw with the markers and brush pen. and it was so much fun I can't describe how free it felt, stupid I know but I got real excited, maybe I should get out more.

But it felt new and fresh and most of all, fun. that's why we draw so much isn't it to have fun and enjoy ourselves as artist's.

anyway I have posted my initial sketch and the inks. It's not ground breaking stuff but it was fun and I hope a turning point for me. thanks to Scottie Young.

Friday, February 6, 2009

sketchbook scribbles

Here is a very quick sketch that I then quickly coloured in photoshop. this is just a fun idea as I love playing around with monsters and creepy fairy tale characters.