It’s only my bloomin’ birthday!
I luvs boithdays I does!
To commemorate the day (apart from the obvious national holiday) above is a wee animated GIF of our old friend Coffee Bun in full party mode.
And I meant to post this next picture a few weeks back. It’s a picture I did for an exhibition I was in at the People’s Palace in Glasgow many years ago. This picture was bought by/for the splendid James Stewart for his 30th birthday. And hangs on his studio wall. The picture (triptych) is based on the song Burning Big Louis Tonight as performed by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. I got such a buzz out of the fact James treasures my drawing. Cheers James!
And breaking tradition (coz it’s my birthday, did I mention that already?) here are the usual weekly samples from the drawing book…
…as ever these are daily random drawings.
First (“boss“) was pure spontaneous drawing, no real clue where it was going as pen hit paper!
Second (“under cover“) was a mental dream with this crazy lady riding about on an elephant hidden under a white sheet – and she got mad when anyone enquired as to why she was hiding an elephant, screaming that it wasn’t an elephant and to mind your own bloody business!
Last is Jack! Whose surname I forgot, but I better find it quick as he is due to make an appearance in a strip I am working on!
Right, I am off to play Splatoon – pretty sure Nintendo organised the first Splatfest in months to coincide with my birthday! Wee diamonds so they are!
Catch you next week!
Hope yer’ well!
Straight to descriptions on the these sample drawing book pages!
The ‘hell’s belle’ was a completely random drawing – I kinda’ saw it in my head as I started putting pen to paper. I would normally just go with my usual one colour and a shadow, but this was screaming out for the burning effects, like those old mondo images! I reckon she looks just swell!
The ‘pizza’ was random, but a betting man would guess I’d had pizza the night before!
‘every tuesday’ is the ‘Maddy’ from my The Devil at Pasta & Dry Goods story. I had been messing with his look for ages, but when it was time to commit him to paper I had to go with something! He actually turned out much more memorable than what I started out with. From memory I think I had doodled the basic look on my phone before drawing him in my book.
Below are sample panels from a new story I started work on last week, can’t really post too much on this at this point!
See you next week!
Hey there amigos!
How goes it? Good I hope.
I am later than normal this Saturday – but rest assured I have been a busy boy.
Been working flat out to meet a couple of deadlines. Been really enjoying all this drawing!!!
Unfortunately I can’t post any of that stuff just yet.
Above are the usual drawing book pages – I was having a chuckle when I was scanning Jaggies and memories flooded back of the hangover I had when I was drawing it. Hence the “jaggies”!
And “some assistanc” was me running out of space with the lettering stencils! Fud!
Below is a picture of my current workspace. Using a spare room in the house (lucky to have one currently) as due to the lockdown I can’t make use of my studio in Glasgow city centre. Can’t wait to get back!
I have my trusty clipboard for drawing on – I got it all the way from Japan. It is brilliant! Can’t believe something so simple can make such a difference!
Take it easy folks!
Hey there amigo! Still survivin’? I hope so.
So as I was doing my usual Saturday morning scanning of my drawing book pages, and getting ready for this update, it dawned on me that the Saturday update was due to the fact it was the only time of the week I had a chance to catch up on creative work.
These last few weeks I could’ve been doing updates on any given day.
But I kinda’ like the ‘routine’ of the Saturday mornin’. And I am gonna stick to it fer’ now.
Usual pages above – there seems to be a fantasy theme on the first two. Not really intentional! Not something I do much to be honest, but I have always had a hankerin’ to do a proper Fantasy story – in an attempt to recreate the sense of wonder I used to get out of reading such works in libraries as a boy.
Also wanted to post an old image this week – but just realised I don’t have permission right now, hopefully next week.
In the meantime here’s yer’ old pal Coffee Bun! This was a design for a takeaway coffee cup.
Keep safe folks! Catch ya’ next week.
How goes it?
The strange days keep coming! Hang in there folks!
Here’s yer’ usual drawing book pages – I am actually still posting drawings from March I think, I am really filling this current book. Each and every day I sit and do a spontaneous drawing.
Two of these are exactly that, but looking at the ‘dream or reality‘ one I knew that came from a weird disturbed sleep I had the other week – kept hearing a helicopter or a buzzing in my room. When I got up to check I could see anything.
In the morning we discovered a huge bee. Which is safe to assume was the culprit. But I couldn’t distinguish between my dream or what the ‘real’ noise was.
The bee was OK, but sluggish, as it was cold. We gave her some sugar water in the morning and she was up and away in no time after that.
Other activities this week were:
- More storyboards.
- More strips – one of which may be getting published in an anthology – will post more deetz as I have them.
- More animated gifs! Like this fella…
Keep safe mi amigos!
See y’all next week!
Hello again amigos!
How was your week? Strange days yes? Just hope you and yours are doing OK.
I had another week in lockdown – but still getting creative work done. Which I thought would be easier than non-lockdown, but I was wrong dammit!
Recent drawing book pages above – and I hope you appreciate all the thought that went into me using the same two colours on these. Surely my design award is in the post!
So these maybe subconscious or coincidence but themes are:
- Fear of no beer
- Getting annoyed at those in close proximity
- Eating (or being eaten!)
Totes think I am onto something there.
There were more storyboards this week too, and I am now moving back on to those stories I mentioned before. Hopefully have some of that to show you next week.
As ever, keep safe!
Bye fer’ now.
And as a bonus here’s a wee animated GIF as I needed the practice in GIMP. Bongo Kong smokin’ a tab!
Hope yer’ well. Tough times huh!
Being stuck in the house isn’t a huge issue for me as I have worked from home for many years – and also drawing is pretty much shut in a room doodlin’. I am conscious I sometimes get too carried away and ignore my family – so make a point of wandering around the troops to ensure I ain’t pissin’ anybody off!
Yer’ usual drawing book examples from this week are above. The squid ones was a punchline to a joke I heard when I was a kid! The others are yer’ usual Nulshy nonsense!
This week I have been also concentrating on some music projects and some storyboards.
Examples of storyboards below. These are for an animated series I am looking to pitch – starting out with a short trailer to illustrate how the series might look. I’ll post more from other projects in the coming weeks.