Phew! You guys, drawing comics takes a WHILE... I thought I would be able to bash this out in a week or two once I really sat down and focussed, but guess what? It's a lot of work! My brother Keith wrote the script for it and we both worked together on tightening up the dialogue. I absolutely loved drawing it though, probably more than any other project I've worked on... I know it has a few problems here and there, but overall I'm really proud of it as a first attempt and I'm definitely going to be doing more comics projects. For the time being, probably only short form things of around 7 pages like this, since they take long enough, but who knows? Once I get more confident and ambitious, maybe start upping the page count and see where we go. So yeah, I've been struggling with a way to upload these and not have them all compressed to hell, since that's what blogspot seems to like, so there's thumbnails here, but I'd much rather you looked at it on these links:
So here's a poster mock-up of the Jonah Hex movie I would have rather seen instead of that Josh Brolin effort from a while back... It's kind of based on the old style of painted movie posters, which are pretty awesome. Also, I know there's no way this movie would have been made in the 70s with this kind of cast... That's the power of imagination! Also included some high-res details of the various portraits if you're sufficiently curious about them.
OK! So! It's been a while... I have still been arting, but I have NOT
been updating... For a year. About time to remedy that and get back
into the habit, I think. Here's a selection of things I've been working
on since being away, which include: some studies, a boxing painting, some fake Criterion covers, some life drawing and a digital piece! In the near future you're gonna be seeing some comics work and some posters for films that should have been! A whole cavalcade of fun and excitement! Dare you stay tuned?! Dare you not?!
A quick sketch of Peter Falk, just to say cheerio to him.
I don't remember the first time I saw an episode of Columbo, but I remember that even from a young age, any time I saw it was on TV, I'd make sure to watch it if at all possible. Over the years I became a pretty big fan and even now it's one of those shows I can put on at almost any time and enjoy it. I loved catching one with a guest murderer I recognised, like Patrick McGoohan, Johnny Cash or William Shatner; but really the main reason to watch it was Peter Falk. He was such a charismatic screen presence and any time I saw him in anything, Columbo or otherwise, it was always a treat. I can't put my finger on why exactly, but I love watching his performances. I remember when I heard that he was suffering from Alzheimer's, which seemed to happen so suddenly, and being so sad that we wouldn't be seeing him act in anything new ever again.
In a way it's unfortunate that most people only know him as Columbo, but he leaves behind a wealth of performances that speak for themselves, not to mention his drawings and paintings. An incredibly talented, very funny and charismatic guy. He'll be missed.
So here we are, the first blog post of 2011. The last couple of months have been pretty hectic, between moving flat, Christmas and New Year holidays and trying to sort out internet connection and whatnot; but hopefully I'll be able to update a little more consistently.
The resolutions for this year are many and varied, but the main one that I really want to stick to is to become a lot more organised when it comes to how I spend my time outside of work, specifically on the personal projects I want to get off the ground this year... Should be interesting to say the least. Watch this space!
So yeah, with that in mind, here's some of the random sketches I've been doing lately. Some of these I'm hoping to take to a slightly more finished stage...