Trajectory

Way out in the universe, where black turns to blue, there is a giant orb. It has no substance. Only a perfectly uniform white outline indicates it’s presence.

From out of this crisp clean outline other equally crisp lines shoot out into the void.

Perfectly straight. Never wavering. Determined in their singular purpose.

Floyd awakes.

The shock of appearing in random places has long gone.

He is in a bed.

Next to him lie a couple. They appear to be in their final embrace. Both men. Both dead. Although it does not appear they have been dead long. Or have they? Nothing makes sense anymore.

What with it being the end of days.

How long will he be here before he reappears elsewhere?

Will this be the final time?

Why does he still exist?

Shouldn’t the bed be warmer?

Outside, he hears cats wailing. Hundreds of cats. Thousands maybe? Millions?

From out of the bedroom wall appear three crisp white lines.

They head directly for Floyd and his new companions.

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Fantasy? Aye lad.

Hey there! How are ya’?

I had to do some ‘fantasy’ stuff today. I don’t really do much of this nowadays. But I do love creating characters.

The reason I had to do this was that some of my recent character design work was under NDA / confidentially agreements, so I couldn’t use any for a contract I was pitching for. So I created three characters and did basic character design drawings for them.

Last night whilst playing Splatoon (with a drop of red vino) I came up with three names and rough scribbles on my mobile phone. Today I did the drawings above based on that.

Was great fun.

I have more colour on the finished pieces ( the General has a bold red uniform doncha’ know!) – but I love seeing the basic blue drawings together.

Life’s simple pleasures!

Until next time!

Take it easy.

Nulsh

Nulsh’s Lunchtime Theatre

I was messing about with layouts and stuff yesterday and did this cover for Nulsh’s Lunchtime Theatre.

Lunchtime Theatre was the title I used for my collected mini short comic strips back ‘in the day’. At that time (around 20 years ago) I had to commute between Glasgow and Edinburgh every day. Up at 5am Mon to Fri. Was pish!

On the commute, which was the train when I was flush, but mostly the 900 Citylink, I would rough up my story idea for that day.

I got in the habit of creating a 4 page strip each time. Which could be a complete strip or an epsiode for a longer strip.

The reason for 4 pages was that I could reproduce each one on a single sheet of A4 via photocopying. Folded to A5 there would be 4 pages.

The origanl drawings were done on 4 individual A4 sheets which I’d swipe from the photocopier. I would draw them on my lunchbreak. Hence ‘Lunchtime Theatre’.

I’d collect the 4 pagers with a card cover and sell them at zine fares and the like, My first collection was titled ‘Hens Teeth’, which I thought was clever until I realised loads of creators had used that before me.

Anyhoo. I am resurrecting Lunchtime Theatre with the strips I have been accumulating in recent years.

An online offering seems to be the way to go – but I do like seeing my stuff printed.

We shall see.

You’ll be the first to know amigo.

Take it easy.

Nulsh

Judge me not!

So I’ve been a bit lapse with the ol’ blog recently. And last week’s visits were the lowest I think I have ever had!

Y’all reap what y’all sew! Bad Nulsh! Bad!

In my defence, recently I have been investigating Patreon and other options for showing and selling artwork and strips. So I have purposely held back posting a few things here in case I piss on my own chips etc. Which is never good.

Above is an illustration for a story I am currently working on. This one was only actually to test how the colour might look online. Looks OK I suppose.

Keep in mind I am on Twitter and Instagram – using @nulsh on both. And I post a miniimum of twice a week.

Take it easy amigo!

Nulshy strips! (phwoooargh! etc.)

This last few weeks I have been drawing spontaneous wee strips on my tablet.

Quite enjoyable, but I am looking to try and channel this spontaneity into something more ‘focused’. Which kinda’ sounds like a contradiction now I say it out loud.

I enjoy digital drawing, but I am not always satisfied with the strips I have created this way. Would be good to get a happy medium between the convenience of drawing digitally and more structured strip work.

Above is a sample page from a strip I started when I found a cat wandering around the house. I’ll post the whole strip here – although this blog isn’t always best suited to posting strips over 4 pages or so.

I may be missing a trick but.

Gonna grab a beer and have a think!

Cheers amigo!

Big eyed beans from Venus in monochrome.

Recently added portfolio page.

Earlier today there was a freelance role I threw my hat in the ring for.

The role was looking specifically for examples of black and white drawings.

I realised I have become really colourful in recent years and hardly had any B+W samples in my portfolio. Yet I draw with black ink ever day.

Had to knock up a quick page (above).

I like how it looks. Nice n’ simple likes.

Some fantasy nonsense for ya!

BLAMMO!

A warm up doodle in Clip Studio Paint from this morning. Haven’t drawn this character for a long time.

When I was a lad I was heavily influenced by Richard Corben and Moebius – and pretty much all I wanted to do was draw intense adventure comics!

Sometimes wish I was still that lad. Great fun drawing this stuff.

Clip Studio Paint would have been a godsend back then, I think this whole drawing was done in 20 mins and I can chop and change colours and effects as much as I care to.

This particular character never had a name. He appeared along with his flying steed in the underground / stoner comic Northern Lightz. The Northern Lightz folks were a top bunch!

Happy days etc.