Pen Drawings – 1

Last post of the year I think, so I thought I’d post up something new and a bit different.
Recently I bought some Fine Liner pens. I’ve done sketches using thicker ‘ProMarker’ pens, but I wanted more detail. The sketches are a continuation of my life drawing and concentrating on portraits and faces. They are colour studies and merely experiments. Some of the sketches work better than others, but I wanted to move away from Pastels and I would like to do more traditional illustration in the future. These pens should give me a bit more freedom in this.

Current Projects – Part 3

Project 3– Webcomic – Poetry Comics

To take a break from the Art I am looking to start another webcomic. After having a couple of guest strips on the Somnambulations site (and hopefully a few others up next year) I’ve decided to start my own webcomic.
This comic will combine poetry and comics and not have an overriding narrative. Each comic will be standalone and be fairly experimental. I am currently looking for artists to collaborate with and a posted a few help wanted adds on some forums. No luck so far, but I do plan to illustrate a few comics myself to get started.
I plan to write about 12 comics and post them up 2 a week for 6 weeks. So far I’ve written 10 and planned out the other 2. The comics are between 1 and 5 pages long.
This project stemmed from the fact that I had a strip accepted for the Murky Depths sci-fi anthology, which unfortunately got canceled. This strip was a poem comics and I’ve decided to carry on the idea as a webcomic.
So far the only set back is finding an artist but a bit more perseverance and more hounding of forums might help in this.

Life drawing and anatomy sketches 10

I’ve been doing a life drawing class recently at the Duncan of Jordanson Art College. Here are some of the sketches – they may appear a bit ‘off’ as they are not scans, but images taken with my camera.
Most of the sketches are in charcoal and some are in pastel and oil Pastel. Still got loads more to post up so they’ll come as soon as I get round to photographing them.

Polaroid Picture Illustration – 7

I am postingabout one a month now which is what I intended. Actually I created this one back in August but was far too busy to post it.
This one is pretty cool keeping a sketchy feel as opposed to an illustration. Never the less I think it works. 7 of these Polaroid’s have been created now plus 2 images created for the Live Project. 9 in total.
The idea was to do one a month and I think I am on schedule.

Walking and Running – After Effects Test

As mentioned earlier I was due to have an animation screened at the Neon Digital Arts Festival in Dundee back in November. This screening did not happen, but I’ve uploaded the video here for people to view it. It is not a great piece of work and was just to test as I’ve been learning to use After Effects as an animation tool. This is a precursor to a longer (and hopefully better) animation I plan to start early 2012.


Unfortunately I’ve had a few disappointments over the past few weeks.
One major disappointment was that the animation that was due to be screened at the Neon Digital Arts Festival was cut from the programme at the last minute. I got an email the day before the screening to say that there was not enough time to screen it.
I was disappointed but can understand why they would want to screen an experimental piece. I personally think this animation would work better in a gallery rather than the big screen. Never the less it was still annoying considering they accepted the animation on the first hand.

The second disappointment was the fact that the Comic Book anthology Murky Depths has stopped publishing their anthology. I had a script accepted to this publication and it was waiting for an artist to complete it before publication. Murky Depths is a well respected anthology and having m work published in there would have been a major coup. I also enjoy reading it. So another missed opportunity, considering Wasted Magazine went into liquidation earlier this year and they were due to publish another 2 of my comics.

At the moment I have a script waiting for an artist at another publisher. They have had the script for about a year, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
These set backs happen and I’m getting use to it now. The work that was due to be printed in Wasted Magazine, has found its way as a webcomic at Somnambulations. I also plan to release my Murky Depths comics as webcomic, but more on this later – this is one of my new projects that I will blog about later.