Nov 26, 2010


I'm going to try another ImagineFX challenge. This time the challenge is to draw an underwater carnivorous plant that has glowing flowers to entice victims into its poisonous tendrils.

So here's my first Work in Progress, just a quick sketch to get the feel of it and the layouts.

I've started this challenge a bit late, but it looks to be a pretty straight forward piece, so a few hours here and there should see me through it quickly enough. I'm going to try and add some elements that are new to me, and maybe a few effects to try and stretch myself.
More WIP's to follow in the next few days.

Or sooner than that -

Sigh... I woke up this morning and didn't like what I'd done with the piece at all. So I've decided to go back and try it again, in a completely different direction that is pretty clearly formed in my mind. So here are the roughs for it-

It isn't too different from the original rough, but it has a few added elements to really push the illustration feel I want to project on it. I'm going to use very muted tones this time, and give it a bit of an Arthur Rackham feel to both the linework and colouring. Should be fun to do.

Further along now, inked the top section and added some colour in the style that the whole piece will more than likely be done in.

All the inks have been applied now-

Just need to add the colours, and this puppy is done!

And here it is-

The colouring took a little bit longer than I thought it would, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Nov 13, 2010

Monster Blood Tattoo

Wow, it's been a while, my apologies! I've been as busy as a very busy bumble-bee over the last few months, with barely a second to do any drawing of my own.
But I have been thinking a lot about drawing, and this here blog in particular. I've been reading a bit lately, some good books, some disappointing ones, but I had an idea that I think is pretty cool. What if I were to illustrate a scene or character from the books that I'm reading? Yep, that IS a cool idea!

So I'm re-reading one of my favourite books at the moment, the series is called 'Monster Blood Tattoo,' written by fellow Australian, D. M. Cornish. The first book in the series is called 'Foundling,' and it is just a beautiful book in soooo many ways.
Anywho, here is one of the critters from the book, who is only in it for a handful of pages, but he is visually interesting and wholly worthy of a rendition, I think. Here he is-

I'll be reading more of this series over the next couple of weeks (the third book just came out last month), and I'm sure to draw from the book for more illustrations along the way.

For those interested, D. M. Cornish's blog is linked to under the 'Sites I like' list to the right. Check it out, he has a really quirky approach to writing and illustration.