Jul 31, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #31!!!!

Day 31 - Draw anything you like...

I had joked with Donal Fallon that I might draw a tiny dot in the middle of a piece of paper and then sign it, just so that I could be done with this 31 Day Drawing Challenge. As tempting as that was, it's not my style to come this far and then take the easy way out on the final day.
Then I was thinking of book-ending the challenge by finishing with another self-portrait, revealing how ravaged I am from 31 days of drawing in a row. But, nah... that's not my style either.
So I went with a little sketch of a Gnome instead...

This challenge HAS been tiring at times, but as I suspected at the beginning of the month, it has been hugely rewarding, both in it being great practice, and getting me out my comfort zone and making me draw things I would never have done otherwise.

Now for some sleep...

Jul 30, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #30

Day 30 - Draw a Gangster, a Pirate, a Knight or a Samurai...


I chose a Knight. And not just any Knight. King Arthur's nephew, Sir Gaiwan! And for those of you who play Skyrim, you'll no doubt recognise the name 'Anduin.'

Jul 29, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #29

Day 29 - Draw a page of doodles...


I used to doodle a heck of a lot. To the point where I never seemed to get any proper pieces finished. But those days are long gone. Now, I rarely have time to just doodle on a page, as there's usually illustrations to be done or folio pieces to work on. I prefer it this way!
A mere 2 days to go now...

Jul 28, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #28

Day 28 - Draw 4 images of a character aging...


I am by no means a computer gamer. Quite far from it, actually. I can go months and months without turning on a console, no problem.
But saying that, there are three game franchises I love entirely to death. The Fable games by Lionhead Studios, The Elder Scrolls games by Bethesda Studios, and the old Playstation 1 games called MediEvil. I'm batty about those games, for varying reasons...
Fable: I just love the entire feel of those games, they have a whimsical quality that suits my own views of the fantasy genre. And they're British! Which, to my mind at least, is the true home and source of Fantasy. The soundtracks by Russell Shaw are gorgeous too.
The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Skyrim are the best examples of open world rpg's out there. The scope and detail of them allows one to spend literally 100's of hours just exploring. Believe me, I've done it, 100's of hours... Again, the soundtracks are fantastic, some of the very best atmospheric orchestral pieces to be found, all by Jeremy Soule.
MediEvil: A really quirky couple of games, these. Imagine if Tim Burton was a game designer instead of a writer/director. MediEvil is what you would get. Once more, the music is brilliantly conceived.

Back with some doodles tomorrow.

Jul 27, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #27

Day 27 - Create an Abstract piece...


Abstract art is not usually a field I have any interest in, in fact, I barely consider it art! Granted, I can see the merit in an abstract piece if it is done interestingly and shows skill, but I have no time for the majority of it, especially those sorts of ones that have a massive canvas painted entirely in one colour and then given some pretentious name. I hate pretentious art...
Anyway, back to what I like more tomorrow. See you then.

Jul 26, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #26

Day 26 - Draw your Favourite Animal...


I've long held the mighty, yet much maligned, Otter as my favourite animal. I grew enamored with them after reading Tarka the Otter, Ring of Bright Water and several other books concerning them.
I've even adopted a few of them over the years, through my favourite charity organisation, the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF). On top of all of that, the children's book I am slowly writing revolves around two creatures, one of them an Otter. No prize for guessing what the other creature is...
Anywho, back again tomorrow, not many days to go now!

Jul 25, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #25

Day 35 - Design a Business Card...


I really should get some of these printed up.
There are some fantasticly inventive cards from my fellow Galway Pub Scrawlers over here, go check them out!

Jul 24, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #24

Day 24 - Draw a Monster...


I like messing around with fantasy racial archetypes. I like to take a certain element, characteristic or motivation and just turn it on its head.
So this guy is not your typical Goblin. He's huge, heavy-set, powerful, and weilds two club-like forearms, giving rise to his name - Clobber Gobber.
See you tomorrow!

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #23

Day 23 - Draw a Tarot Card...


I was assigned the Chariot to draw, and decided to go with a more stylistic approach than normal. It was quick and easy to do, and quite fun as well. I'll have the next piece ready tonight!

Jul 22, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #22

Day 22 - Design a Treehouse...


I initially thought of doing a treehouse surrounded by a moat, with all kinds of other defensive fortifications. But then I thought, "what about a Treehouse that moves!?!?!" It was a small mental hop, skip and a jump to having my Treehouse in a massive Ent. Totally unrealistic proportions, I know, but a man can dream, can't he?

Jul 21, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #21

Day 21 - Create an Album Cover...


Powderfinger are my favourite band. They're from Brisbane, Australia. They split up a few years back, after recording 7 albums and a bunch of EP's and plenty of B-Sides.
This album, 'Dream Days at the Hotel Existence,' features my all-time favourite song - 'Ballad of a Dead Man.'

Before I forget again, you can see all of the Galway Pub Scrawl gang's entries into this 31 Day Drawing Challenge right HERE!

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #20

Day 20 - Draw a season.


I couldn't resist the urge to Mucha-ify this piece with the fancy frame.
I love the work of Mucha, especially his later work. He had such a strong design sense, and his linework is some of the best to have ever existed, in my opinion.
Back again tomorrow.

Jul 20, 2012

Loviatar #12

And now for something completely different...Loviatar #12 is available for purchase today, so here's the artwork I created for it.
The cover -

A couple of interior illustrations -


This issue marks the 1st Anniversary of Loviatar, do yourself a favour, go buy your copy TODAY!

Jul 19, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #19

Day 19 - Draw the cover to your favourite book -


I initally wanted to have a go at a cover for Lloyd Alexander's 'Chronicles of Prydain,' as I adore those books, but then this image popped into my head for Patrick Rothfuss' unbelievably good book, 'The Name of the Wind.'
I didn't have nearly enough time to do it the justice I think it deserves and I planned for, but this challenge is all about getting the work done and moving on to the next.
So I'll be back tomorrow with yet another image.

Jul 18, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #18

Day 18 - Draw something orange...


Raynard, Mage Elite
To be fair, he's not quite your typical orange colour, but I went through a whole bunch of ideas before settling on a fox - Aquaman, an orange, an autumnal leaf, a squirrel...

Back with a hopefully cool piece tomorrow.

Jul 17, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #17

Day 17 - A Quick sketch...


I tend to draw a lot of things, perhaps too many things, from the side view. I'm conscious of this fact, and try not to do it, but there's something about the power of such a simple view that I love. It's not that I'm afraid of odd angles, or foreshortening, or anything like that, I think it's just a design aesthetic I prefer.
Anywho, back once more tomorrow.

Jul 16, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #16

Day 16 - Landscape/Scenery...


It was rather rainy today here, so my plan to go out and actually sit and paint a real landscape scene kinda got scuppered. So this one is just a quick fantasy setting. I'm not too happy with this one, to be honest. I still have a lot to learn with landscape painting, it seems...
Catcha on the moz.

Jul 15, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #15

Day 15 - A Faerie Tale.

I went looking through all of my various Faerie Tale books- Grimm, Anderson, Irish, English... And then decided to do a quick sketch of one of my own...


I follow the J. R. R. Tolkien definition of what a Faerie Tale is, which essentially means that if the story does not take place in Faerie, or contain denizens of Faerie, it ain't a Fairie Tale. So most of the popular 'Faerie Tales,' at least to Mr. Tolkien's and my mind, are not Faerie Tales at all, most of them are either Beast Fables or just simply 'tales.'

Anywho, 'The Elf with the Giant Nose' is a little moral story I came up with a while ago that will hopefully feature somewhere in the children's book I'm writing...

Jul 14, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #14

Day 14 - Outer Space.


For many years, Star Wars was the only space saga for me. Then Episodes 1 through 3 came out...
And then the JJ Abrams Star Trek movie came out. I had no interest in that universe up until that point, but that was a great movie.
But still, Empire and Return are better, in my view, so I just try and imagine that 1-3 never existed.
Back again tomorrow.

Jul 13, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #13

Day 13 - Favourite Mythical Creature.


I was initially going to go with an elf, but after further contemplation, I decided a Gnome is the winner.
My love of Gnomes began when I was probably 3 or 4, after I read Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet's seminal 'Gnomes' book. I can still vividly recall rushing out to the back garden and searching around the bases of all of the trees, looking for a little doorway to a Gnome dwelling. I guess that is where my interest in Faerie and the Fantastic began, all of those years ago...
I see Gnomes as essentially nature spirits, wardens of the woods, keepers of the forests. They work and live in the wild trees, protecting them, caring for them, tied to them.
I don't really agree with how they are often portrayed, be it in rpg's or on lawns. That's just not what a Gnome is to me...
Anywho, back again tomorrow for something about as far away as is possible from a deep, dark, Gnome-kept forest.

Jul 12, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #12

Day 12... draw a hobo.


Keeping with the Faerie theme I've been trying to uphold, this is a special kind of hobo. He's another Troll. This poor fellow has been cast out from the Realms of Faerie, banished to the human world as punishment for some crime he commited.
More Faerie goodness on the morrow.

Jul 11, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #11

Day 11 - Useless Superpower...


Monochrome Man. Can turn his body, and the clothing he wears, the colours of grey. He has no other powers. He's a crap superhero, obviously.

Back tomorrow.

Jul 10, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #10

Day 10 - What you wanted to be when you grew up.
As with most kids my age, I was crazy mad into the original Star Wars trilogy when I was a wee lad. I was a Han Solo kid, Luke Skywalker was a wimp who had to depend on magic to get things done, whereas Han was just as efficient with just his wits and a blaster. And he got the girl. And what a girl. Carrie Fisher, goodness me I loved her back then...

Anywho, I'm back on track again, so I'll see you tomorrow for a bit of a jokey piece.

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #9

A bit late with this one, Day 9... A Mode of Transportation.


Yep, that's a Troll guy soaring over the fields on a flying standing stone. And yes... he has a hairy knee, but he doesn't like it when people stare at it...
I'll be back momentarily with Day 10.

Jul 8, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #8

Had very little time today, so only got a chance to draw up a very quick rendition of a toy, today's challenge.


This is the dog, Louie's toy, his favourite in fact. It's called Mr Fishy-Fish. He's from Ikea. He smells of dog saliva. We bought multiples of him because Louie manages to rip each one apart after a little work. We're onto the last one though...
Back again tomoz!

Jul 7, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #7

Day 7 - Draw your favourite animated character...

As you can see, I couldn't settle on just the one. So, from top to bottom we have -

Grendel - This rendition is taken from an old VHS copy of an animated movie called Grendel, with the monster's voice brilliantly cast and executed by the great Peter Ustinov. This version of Beowulf and Grendel puts all other versions to shame, in my opinion, it has humour, style and the story is posed from the angle of Grendel. It has a haunting quality to it that lingers on.

He-Man - I grew up with He-Man. I was obsessed with He-Man. I still have a whole bunch of the original figures and still watch the cartoons every now and then. But He-Man isn't my favourite character from Masters of the Universe, that honour goes to Mer-Man, closely followed by Moss-Man and Stratos.

Jason - Taken from Science Ninja Team Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets/G-Force. In Australia, back in the late 70's and early 80's, this cartoon was called G-Force, and the coolest character was Jason, no points for guessing why I liked that character the most. I loved this show too when I was young.

Toad - One of my favourite books is 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame. I've watched pretty much all of the various cartoons and other adaptations over the years, but I prefer the Cosgrove Hall/Thames Television version, which was actually a claymation adaptation. They just got the feel and atmosphere of the book bang on, and David Jason voicing Toad of Toad Hall is one of the best characters of all time.

I could have put in a whole swag of other favourites too, including Voltron (the Lions one), a couple of Asian cartoons my brothers and I used to watch in Hong Kong, Akira, Count Duckula, Roger Rabbit, Captain Caveman, Mighty Mouse... ahhhh, the memories.

Back again tomorrow!

Jul 6, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #6

Day 6 - Draw yourself as the opposite gender... I've been dreading this one.
I've been wracking my brain over the last few days, trying to think of a cool and witty way to represent myself as a female, but nothing good enough rose to the surface. So I just went with a quick portrait instead...
Be very afraid...

As I was drawing it, I was thinking of what I would be like if I were a woman. I concluded that I would be a surly, abrupt, grumpy, slightly portly, lesbain.
Looking forward to tomorrow's challenge, and I have the day off, so it should be more than just a mere sketch this time... see you then!

Jul 5, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #5

Day 5... Master Copy. I was looking for a long time through a whole bunch of my books. Which master to choose from - Rien Poortvliet, Bart Sears, Arthur Rackham, Greg Staples, Kev Walker, Alan Lee, Brian Froud, Larry MacDougall, Jean Baptiste-Monge, John Bauer... Finally I settled on the great Jeffrey Catherine Jones to copy...


I fell in love with Jones' artwork a good 15 years ago. I think it began when I bought a booster box of one of his card sets on the cheap. Since then, I've tracked down some of his gorgeous book covers and have the Idyl and Sketchbook books, which I treasure. He/she was just so good with whatever he/she turned his/her hand to.

It was so sad the day Jones passed away. Such a troubled talent.

Jul 4, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #4

Today's challenge is to produce a Still Life piece...
This little fellow, standing all of 90mm in height, is one of a pair of wooden figures I picked up many, many years ago, at Camberwell Market, if my memory serves me correctly.
The pair stand on a shelf next to my side of the bed, amongst all sorts of other little treasures I have picked up over the years.
I love the simplicity of the design, the way the wood grain creates patterns on its surface.

Anyway, I'll be back tomorrow with more art to show.

Jul 3, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #3

Day 3's topic is 'Worst Nightmare.' This is what scares the bejeepers out of me...
In my nightmares, these creatures are always malevolent...
Sea Monsters, Leviathans, massive creatures from the depths of the oceans.
I've been petrified of them ever since seeing Moby Dick, Jaws, and in particular, an episode of 'Greatest American Hero' that features a sea monster, when I was quite young.
But at the same time, I am utterly fascinated by them, both mythical and historical. Go figure...
Catch you tomorrow!

Jul 2, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #2

Today's challenge is to draw your favourite movie...


I absolutely adore 'How to Train Your Dragon.' It is just a masterpiece of story, character design, animation, arc and setting.
I whipped this little pic up on Photoshop in about an hour.
See you again tomorrow for a scary piece!

Jul 1, 2012

31 Day Drawing Challenge - Day #1

It's the first day of July. And if, like me, you're a member of the Galway Pub Scrawl gang, that means that today is the first day of the 31 Day Drawing Challenge. "What's that?" I hear you ask... Well, quite simply, it's a challenge that we've pinched from somewhere on the internet, where participants have a pre-arranged drawing to complete each day. So I'll be posting up something here each day for the month of July. And to start the ball rolling, day #1's required drawing is a self portrait...

quite the brute...

Catch ya on the morrow...