Friday, 21 April 2017

Latest Update #2

I've been resting on my laurels after the success of my last post on Reddit, as well as taking a much needed week on holiday, so I haven't posted here for a while. Bit of a shame as I'd started to post more consistently but I'm back now and gearing up for some more comicy creating goodness.

Since my last post...

  • Submissions: I've had a one-page script accepted for Futurequake Press and have also sent them a seven-page script, which will hopefully be good enough to make the grade (fingers crossed).
  • Art-wise, I'm about to tackle a follow up to Cunt Dracula as well as finish drawing a 2 page script, both of which I'll post here and on Reddit.
  • I've commissioned a fantastic artist to create a cover for Issue 1 of Kill Spree. The whole project has pretty much stalled so I thought the least I can do is finish the first issue in full so I've got something to show the grand-kids.
  • I'm also working on a new script which I'm considering entering in to the 2000AD Writers Competition at this year's Thought Bubble comic festival.
All of this is extremely time consuming but I'll endeavour to keep the posts flowing. I'm enjoying drawing at the moment but that really cuts in to writing time, causing the writing quality to suffer. Need to find a way to combine both to the best of my abilities.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The most evil of all vampires


My latest post on Reddit has had an awesome response and is currently top of Reddit's comics section. Only my fourth strip posted so I'm delighted to have smashed it with this one.


UPDATE: Well, it’s 24 hours since I posted this on Reddit and it looks like the strip has finally peaked at a staggering 14,300 Upvotes. It’s just starting to slip off the top spot on Reddit’s r/comics section which it had dominated all day long. The score is aggregated against down votes as well, so I know that there’s been plenty more ‘likes’ given to the strip as there will have been tons of people who Downvoted it as well. All hail the power of the C-bomb.


I may as well retire my pens and pencils as I seriously doubt I’ll ever create another strip that’ll receive such a positive response.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Love is Deaf

I tried out a different drawing style for this short strip. It's based on the standard stick-man style that it fairly prevalent in web comics. Again, the size of this is aimed at the Reddit crowd.


Friday, 24 March 2017

APOCALYPSE - The Board Game

This fun little creation appeared in the 2013 issue of Hallowscream, the tribute anthology dedicated to the fond memories of 80's horror comic Scream! I remember reading the comic as a small child and being blown away by the gruesome stories in its pages. Bringing it back to life, in the form of Hallowscream, with other mentally damaged Scream! fans was a pleasure to do and a fantastic experience that set me on the path of being a comic creator.

Scream! often featured additional silly pieces such as games or drawing competitions and APOCALYPSE - The Board Game is my attempt to recreate some of that joy.



Ably drawn my Mike Legan, with letters and colours by myself. I opted for a monochromatic colour scheme as it seemed easy at the time but the results are pretty good. (Click the image to see a bigger version.)

Thursday, 16 March 2017

London Rocks Sketches

Today I received an email that set my pulse racing and put a huge smile on my face. I currently have a story in production which is destined to appear in an upcoming issue of Futurequake. This juicy seven pager, titled London Rocks, is an absolute beauty of a sci-fi short (possibly best story I've written) and I was overjoyed when the guys at FQP assigned comic artist Rafael Romeo Magat to complete the art duties. As you can see from his Tumblr page he has some freakin' mad drawing skillz!

Rafael is currently cracking on with illustrating the script and his email included a collection of sketches which are shown below.





These early sketches are awesome. Raf, as any quality comic artist should, has added an extra layer of detail that can't really be written in to a script. This is one of the coolest things about collaborating with other creators. It's a team effort, the results of which are a coming together of creatives to produce a single piece of work. I can't wait to see the end results.  

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Dark Judge Babies

Quick bit of digital art for our viewing pleasure. Formerly a 2000AD Forum Art Competition entry Dark Judge Babies is my take on the infamous Dark Judges ( Judge Fire, Judge Death, Judge Fear and Judge Mortis) from seminal sci-fi comic Judge Dredd. This drawn on paper, inked in Adobe Illustrator and coloured in Photoshop.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

THE KILL YOUs & KILL MEs



After posting my previous story Peril in the Park on Reddit's r/comics I got a decent number of hits from visitors viewing that story. It was also a bit of a thrill as Reddit users can up/down vote your post, which works as a type of rating. The story only got an upvote of 4 (and you need to be in the high hundreds to make the top of the r/comics section on Reddit) so overall it was mostly a failure but I enjoyed the process and seeing my work go out to a larger audience.

THE KILL YOUs & KILL MEs is an attempt to garner more votes so I've drawn it in webcomic format to hopefully make it more digestible on mobiles. I'm fishing for votes. Here fishy fishy.

The art process was quicker than the last story, partly because this one is less detailed but also because I have learned a few tricks to speed myself up. Still takes ages but I'll try and maintain this production tempo.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Peril in the Park

At last! I've finally completed the story I've been promising to finish for several weeks. So, without further ado, I'm delighted to present to you...Peril in the Park.






Pretty pleased with the results although I'll probably still do some tweaking to make sure the colour balance is a bit better. I'm glad to finally get this monkey off my back as it's taken ages to complete the full process of art and writing. Usually I'm lucky enough to get a proper artist to draw my strips. Going solo was incredibly time consuming.

With this story done (which I'll be submitting to this year's Hallowscream) I can crack on with some other stories. I've learned loads doing this and I hope I can improve my comic creating speed.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror first appeared in the 2014 edition of Hallowscream and was one of the first ever comics to make use of the Electricomics generator. Drawn by Carol Kewley, this is an experimental story that uses an unusual layout to help tell its tale.

It's quite a subtle trick so look closely.


As per the title and theme of the story, the images within are a reverse reflection of each other. eg the first panel is the same layout as the last panel, the 2nd panel is a reflection of the 15th, 3rd is the  14th, and so on...

This is me being a smart arse. I thank you.


Current Project Progress Update:

I'm still working on several stories, which I promise I'll have ready to upload soon. Apologies for the delay but it really does take a ridiculously long time to draw things. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Doodlings

Late last year I attempted to partake in something called Inktober, a fun little project which involves creating one piece of inked artwork for each day of the month. Needless to say, I didn't complete the full month, only managing a meagre 4 days. No surprise there.

In order to keep the content flowing on this blog, I though I'd share a couple with you, while I'm creating some more serious comic strips, which I'll be posting very soon. Enjoy.






Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Fuzzy

I'd love to post more but as I'm now trying to draw some comic strips it turns out doing so is a reallllly lengthy process! It goes:

Write > Edit > Rewrite > Edit > Rewrite > Initial character sketches > Rough page layout > Full page layout > Pencil sketches > Refine pencil sketches > Scan > Ink (digital) > Flat colours > Full colour > Letter & Logo > Finish

At last! A solid excuse for why it's taking so long to get content up. :)

So, in the mean time, here's some filler in the form of Fuzzy.

Fuzzy is a comic character I created back when I was between 7-10 years old (that's a guess really as I've no idea but it sounds about right). I used to draw short stories about Fuzzy and his adventures. I suppose you could say this was my first comic strip.



This framed picture hangs on the wall, above the TV, in my Mum's house. Yep, she pretty much idolises anything I do and is a massive hoarder. (That's hoarDER! Don't go disrespecting my Mother, yo.) 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Monster Vision

It's Friday and I've only posted once so far this year, so, here's a little treat that first appeared in the 2015 edition of the horror anthology Hallowscream. This is a two page story titled Monster Vision and was drawn by the awesome Ryan Taylor. Happy Friday folks. (You can click on the pics below for a better view)



Still working on a couple more stories that I'm part way through drawing. That shit takes time so respect to all the artist out there keeping the indie comic scene alive.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Happy New Year

As the glistening fleshy petals of 2017 peel back to reveal a face-hugging new year of celebrity deaths, cold war sabre-rattling and rising fascism I thought I'd brush up on some drawing practice with this pencilled, then digitally inked and coloured, brain vomit.

Happy New Year everyone.