Dec 26, 2011

Loviatar #6

Merry Christmas all, hoping it's full of joy and friendship.

Loviatar #6 is now available for purchase over at http://loviatarzine.blogspot.com/2011/12/no-6-january-2012.html. As you can see from the photo, I produced the cover artwork once again. Here it is in better detail.


I also provided a few interior illustrations too. Wanna see them?




So go purchase your copy today!

Nov 28, 2011

Loviatar #5

Loviatar #5 is available for purchase now, so I can show off some of the art I provided for it. As is becoming the norm, I produced the cover and two illustrations for the issue in question.
Here's the cover in its thinly framed form -

And here's the better interior illustration, of a creature called a Catoblepas -

I'll be cracking on with the artwork for the next issue in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, go order your copy of Loviatar #5 over here.

Oct 29, 2011

Heroes + Henchmen

Hello again!
As promised, I have one last item to show you all, this time with pictures to show. For a few weeks now, my buddy Gord and I have been providing comic character profile illustrations for the awesome website, Heroes + Henchmen. I do recommend popping over to see some very interesting takes on hereos and villains. Gord has produced the artwork for Tritops and Octopod so far, and I've drawn these two guys up to this point -

The site is set up for those folks who are perhaps wanting to create a portfolio to send to comic publishers with the aim of gaining employment. So any of the characters on this site can be used by anybody, as long as they give the site credit, don't profit from it and all changes they make to the characters therein are public domain.
This can be a hugely helpful site for artists in particular. If an artist were in the process of creating a portfolio, they will ordinarily need to produce a 5-page story, in pencils, inks, or whatever. But if they were going to use established comic characters from, say, Marvel Comics, the story they create would really only be good to send to the actual Marvel Comics company. If one were to send this story, featuring Spider-Man, Wolverine, or whoever, over to the folks at DC... well, it probably wouldn't do one any favours. So the artist would normally draw another 5-page story featuring DC characters to be sent to DC. But then there's Dark Horse Comics to do, and a whole swag of other companies to consider.
But what if there were a place that had a huge pile of characters to use, who weren't restricted to the usual copyright protection and who were, essentially, designed with the portfolio creator in mind?
Heroes + Henchmen is set up for just that! You can take any character you want, change them to what you want, write them however you want, draw them however you want, without fear of legal ramifications, providing you apply the rules that apply.
This could save the aspiring comic artists literally months of time, as they could just provide one 5-page story and send it off to any comic producing company they please. No need to cater every single submission's artwork to the specific publisher in mind.
Genius, I tell you, genius.
So go check it out gang, and look for more artwork by Gord and myself on the site, coming soon!

Oct 26, 2011

Fragments #2

The next thing I want to share with you all is the webcomic I'm currently drawing. Again, I'm not going to show it here, because I want you all to go over to the linked page and click the 'like' button there, or tweet it, or comment on it, or all three.
So here's the link - http://www.grayhavencomics.com/2011/10/24/fragments-chapter-2/
The comic is a heck-of-a-lot of work, but I'm enjoying it immensely and we really are only getting started on it. So go check it out!

Oct 24, 2011

Loviatar #4

Hey folks, I have a lot of new things for various projects to reveal to you all at the moment, but I'm going to spread them all out over this week. But the first thing I wanted to share with you is the work I did for Loviatar #4, which was just printed up last week and should be arriving in mailboxes across the world this week.
As with Loviatar #3, I produced the cover artwork and two interior illustrations for #4, so let's have a look at them shall we? Here's the cover first -

And the two interior illustrations follow-

For those of you interested in purchasing the fanzine, go over to http://loviatarzine.blogspot.com/ to check it out, you can even subscribe to it! Christian, the fellow behind the whole thing, is dedicated to providing a quality, reliable, interesting and exciting magazine, and any table top gamer would be mad not to get on this wagon.

Anywho, I'll have more to show in the coming days, so pop on by again, won't you?

Oct 18, 2011

Fragments

For those of you who haven't heard yet, I'm illustrating a webcomic that is written by Sydney writer, Timothy Nakayama, through Greyhaven Comics.
The deal with it is, we produce one standard comic page, fully coloured and lettered, for release on the site every Monday morning. There are about a dozen other webcomics starting this week too, and the run goes for 13 weeks. If we get more hits than most of the other webcomics on the site, not to mention tweets and Facebook likes, we get another 26 weeks on top of that.
So, normally I would just post the artwork here, but as we're sort of in a competition for traffic, I'm going to have to force you to go look at it over here - http://www.grayhavencomics.com/2011/10/17/fragments-chapter-1/.
As you can see, just above the Fragments logo I came up with, there are tweet and Facebook like buttons. Click on 'em! Do it for me... And if you're an extra nice person, a comment will help us heaps as well.
Timothy and I thank you from the bottom of our private parts.

Sep 30, 2011

Loviatar

Hey all, been a little while, but I've been working feverishly at the drawing board over the last couple of months. I've got a lot of things in the works at the moment, including a webcomic that should debut in a few weeks, and a comic I'm hoping to print up and distribute however I can in a few month's time. Also, I got in contact with a gentleman by the name of Christian Walker, who writes and produces a fantastic little fanzine geared toward table-top roleplaying games. He was looking for an artist to supply a cover image that linked to the internal content of the zine, and he was happy for me to give it a bash! So here's the cover for you all to see-

And here's the original art for it-

I also did a few interior illustrations for issue #3, and am currently working on the cover for the fourth issue.
If you would like to learn more about the fanzine, or maybe even purchase an issue or two (they'll no doubt worth a considerable fortune once I'm famous and/or dead), you can check it all out over here

Sep 2, 2011

Axehead

I've been doing a lot of sketching lately as part of myself and Gordon's new kick to improve our skillsets and keep the work ticking over. I have some grand designs for the future of my artwork and it will be a helathy balance of practice, learning and producing.

Anywho, I sketched this fella the other day, he's sort of like a remotely controlled Frankenstein's monster. His limbs are a mismatch of parts and mechanisms. Kinda dopey stuff really... enjoy!

Aug 19, 2011

Captain Britain, guvs!

Yesterday, my buddy Gord and I set ourselves a little challenge to draw a pin-up of a superhero of our own choice. The important rule for the challenge was that we had a mere 2 hours to complete the pin-up. So this is what I came up with...
Captain Britain
I chose to depict Captain Britain in one of his old costume incarnations, I'm not too keen on any of the newer ones, much preferring the Alan Davis 80's version.

Now, to be fair and honest, it took me a pinch over 2 hours to complete this image, the figure itself took 2 hours from start to finish, but the Union Jack background took some extra time to do, you'd be amazed how finicky that flag is to draw.

Anywho, this was a spectacularly fun challenge to do, and Gord and I have agreed to attempt it again in the near future. So look for more hero pin-ups on this blog soon.

Also, this is probably as good a time as any to mention that I do accept commission work. So if you have a comic hero, either existing or one of your own, or any other character, comics or no, for that matter, that you would like me to draw, just let me know and we can work out a deal. A basic commission from me would only set you back a measly US$50!

Jul 17, 2011

5-Page Comic story

Yes, it has been a long time since I've posted any new artwork on this blog, but I've been busy with a few projects away from the drawing board. But I have recently produced five pages of comic artwork that I can now show here.
The story for this comic was written by my good friend, Gordon Mackay, who some of you may recall is a longtime art challenge companion of mine. We like to set each other little challenges to help develop our portfolios and further our artistic skills. This comic story certainly did develop my skills, further than I thought it would.
You see, though I have been reading comics since I was very young, and have drawn many comic heroes along the way, I have never produced a completely pencilled and inked comic page in the past, let alone 5! So this was something of a first for me - the art of graphic storytelling.

Here are the pages...




Not too bad for a first crack at the old comics drawing thing.

And I'm pretty much straight onto the next challenge, which will have more updates here as I go along. It's a challenge I've very much been looking forward to, because it is 4 glorious weeks of TOLKIEN. So look out for some hobbits, elves, goblins and who knows what else I'll get around to drawing!

May 27, 2011

Mugsy 1995-2011

I shall never stroll along those lake-side walks
without a thought, nor a tear, for you.

Apr 16, 2011

Alan Lee - Oh, how I love thee...

I've been a fan of Alan Lee since my artistically formative teenage years. I was first introduced to his work in the book 'Faeries', which he co-wrote and illustrated with another favourite artist of mine, Brian Froud.
Since then, I have accumulated a sizable collection of his books, from all of the Tolkien books he has illustrated, to a bunch of covers and other works. I particularly enjoy his work in 'Castles', 'The Moon's Revenge' and this book that I just got my hands on yesterday -


Alan Lee has illustrated a few books which would be considered children's picture books, namely 'The Moon's Revenge' and 'The Mirrorstone', and I had anticipated this one to be of the same ilk (which is by no means a bad thing!). But I was blissfully surprised to see, as the gentleman at one of my favourite bookshops, Charlie Byrne's in Galway, handed me the book (I'd had it on hold), that it is considerably larger than your average picture book. In fact, it is 167 pages long and has over 70 individual illustrations by Mr. Lee, varying from small pencilled pieces all the way up to near-full page watercolours of immense skill and beauty. Here's a sampling of them -


I wish I could use watercolours even half as well as Alan can, and his mastery of lighting is a wonder to behold. But what I like most about Alan Lee's art is his depiction of nature, and in particular, trees. Nobody I have seen can come close to the way he draws trees, full of magic and detail, and, perhaps most of all, atmosphere. He also draws really amazing castles and rock formations.

I still have a few key Alan Lee books to pick up, including 'The Golden Book of the Mysterious' and 'The Mabinogion', which are a little harder to come by these days. At least at an affordable price, that is.
But I'm very happy to finally have 'Merlin Dreams' on my bookshelf, and I can't recommend it enough to other folks looking for more of his work. So, here's the necessary details if you are looking to find it:-

Title: Merlin Dreams
Authors: Peter Dickinson & Alan Lee
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Hardcover
ISBN/EAN: 9780575039629
Year: 1988

You can see more images from the book over here if you you're interested.

In other news, I'm still drawing away too, with lots of Faerie Spreads for you to see. I will also be attempting some more polished work soon, so keep an eye out for what I come up with!

Jan 13, 2011

Welcome 2011!

Howdy all, hope you had a great holiday period and are getting stuck into 2011 already!
My intentions for 2011 are both vast and elaborate, but suffice it to say, 2011 is the year that I really want to make a go of the old art stuff. So I've set myself a few resolutionary targets for the year to come, one of them being that I must create and draw more of my own faeries. I initially wanted to create and draw a faerie a day, but I think that would be well beyond me. But instead, I have a lovely little A5 sized Daler-Rowney sketchbook that I received from my sister-in-law, Sandra, of which it is my intention to fill every page of by the end of the year, with faeries of my own creation. There are about 120-odd pages in the sketchbook, so I definitely feel that it is within my grasp.

So anyway, here's the first two-page spread...

And of course, it goes without saying, the characters and their likenesses are copyright to me, etc, etc..