I love black ink I does!!!

Hello! Hope yer’ well.

This week I wanna talk about ink. I love ink. Pencils, paints, and all the other arty gubbins are great, but I’ve always loved watching black ink lines as I draw them. When you see the ink go from a wet liquid to becoming a face, a character, a whole image – it’s Nulshy heaven.

Most of my original drawings are black ink, sometimes over pencils, but mostly black ink on paper. I do digital drawing too, and that is enjoyable in it’s own way, but 9 times out of 10 I am most satisfied with the traditional drawing line work.

There is a point here, honest. Mostly when I colour my drawing book pages I put an ‘ink tint’ over my inks to make them less like the original black ink lines. Gives the image a certain ‘something’. But this week I did a very quick strip (sample panel above) and left the inks as they were and I was really pleased with the results.

Here are this week’s drawing book pages…

…as I was saying I’ve left these with the inks still black too and it works for me! I have versions with both options. Time is a bit tight today, but will look to do a comparison for next week.

Funny, I have been drawing a loooooong time and yet I still get kick out of the most fundamental wee things. Long may that continue.

A quick word on the three drawing book images above:

have to leave” was a dream that was swimming in my head, about living in a slum apartment and the hoards of creepy crawlies living behind every board and wall.

whispers‘ was purely an image I had in my head – jotted it down!

brand new pen‘ was a random drawing. But it was the first drawing with a new pen and the line was really spindly! Usually takes a few drawings before the pen line gets acceptable to me.

This week I also started drawing strips in a smaller page size (A4) with a view to publish a book in the size of novel or Japanese Manga. I was pleased with result, still got a bit to do on it, but it looks like a viable option for efficient comic strip production!

Here’s another panel from that strip!

Bye for now!


Read the whole strip on my Twitter or Instathingy

X marks the sporadic ink!


Hello to ya’! Hope all is well.

This week, like most weeks recently, I have been hard at it on the drawing board. Well it’s more of an old dining table my lovely partner has fashioned into a makeshift studio for me. Been a total blessing!

I luvs drawing I does!

But to business, this week’s trio of Nulsh ditties from the daily drawing book

Star of the Sea, although a spontaneous drawing, is based on a strip of the same name I recently put together and has a potential publisher. On occasion I do my random drawing with a character in mind (recently I draw Coffee Bun a lot!) – this is Estelle and her foster Dad. Both totally fleshed out prior to this sporadic drawing.

Bastard Birds is gonna make a very small group of people smile. Was a totally spontaneous drawing, but the bird made me add the text footer. It’s a phrase my missus shouts when the birds are noisy in the morning. Makes my kids (and me!) chuckle.

Faintest Ink again is mostly random – but the phrase “the faintest ink is better than the best memory” is a favourite of mine. It’s paraphrasing an old saying which basically means write it down so you don’t forget it! I have suffered that fate more times than I care to mention!

As well as drawing loads I have been making time to learn some new animation software. It is really enjoyable, but I am having to ration the time as animation is really time consuming. Been going well. Any worthwhile results will appear here!

To finish off here are a couple of character sketches I did during the week. I like the Skipper but he’ll need to be modified before I can run with him!

See you next week!


Mary Lou and the digital enhancements.

Well hello there cheeky chops! How are ya’?

Let’s get cracking. Image above is a panel from a strip I just posted on Instagram. Find me here. I have been messing about with spontaneous random strips. Finding my feet as regards publishing online. This effort was OK, but I am finding the smaller panels restrictive. I like loads of blank space to contrast with lines.

I have started another strip which I am about ten pages into and I am much happier with the panel sizes. Will look to post some of that next week (if I don’t start sticking it on Instathingy first).

Here’s yer’ random drawing book pages for the week…

…as usual these are random drawings drawn straight with pen and usually 100% spontaneous. The middle one “kool aid” sprung from a doodle I did on my mobile phone. The “Estelle” picture appears to be inspired by a strip I recently submitted to a publisher. Oddly it looks like the strip and the character is named Estelle, yet neither of the two people in the drawing are the real Estelle.

My usual practice with colouring these pages is that I stick to one colour only. On top of the colour layer I add a black layer and reduce the opacity of the layer to create a “shadow”. Using only one colour plus white (and the black) can force some really interesting colouring choices. I use Gimp to colour these pages. An excellent package in my humble opinion.

And below is a quick sketch I did to commemorate the wonderful Gary Lucas‘ birthday. This sketch was drawn and coloured using Clip Studio Paint which is a great drawing package. I still have reservations regarding digital drawing, but I really enjoy using this software. The sketch took maybe 20 minutes, and the additional painting and colouring options make this stuff really enjoyable.

See ya’ next week!


Put the boot in!!!

Well looky here!

Hope yer’ well.

To business! Above is a random drawing from a REAL sketchbook! By that I mean just random sketches, which I am starting to do again. Was actually trying out a new pen my son got me for my birthday. Really enjoying the difference from my usual pens.

Damn I love simple lines!

Here’s yer’ selection of drawing book pages…

…if yer’ a regular visitor you’ll be familiar with random drawing book malarkey. Looking at these now they are exactly that: random malarkey.

This week I was still drawing comics, but still don’t have the thumbs up to share any of that. Same goes for my character work which is under NDA.

What I can share is this drawing I did for my mates Hank29, for their new EP doncha know. Top geezers!

The Boot’s on the other foot

Until next week folks!


Between the devil and the deep blue Nulsh.

Cheer up dude!

Hey there folks!

Hope all is well.

Been another mad week. Been drawing so much! It’s gonna kill me if I lose all this drawing time. I am filling books full of random stuff, but also refining existing ideas in the process.

I have also started to compile all the rest of my outstanding strip cartoons and start getting them completed, with a view to self publish them or put them online. Possibly here.

Also, this week, I was working on character sketches for a sitcom – which I can’t publish currently. Really enjoyed doing those. They were a quick turn around, but it’s a good challenge to balance quality and speed.

And here’s the sample pages from the drawing book…

As ever these are random drawings – each one just being what my hand started drawing. I have noticed over the last few weeks a hell theme, flames and devils and the like.

Not entirely sure what that is telling me!

Heh heh! More to come!

Take it easy!


Weekly update: “There is only one way to save a dying star.”

Hey there!

How ya’ doin’?

Good I hope!

Above is a panel from a strip I randomly drew in a sketchbook and I am now compelled to carry the story on. I have had some really dodgy suggestions from my mates as to plot outlines but I fear those will put me in jail. So I will persevere on my own!

Below are the daily drawing book samples for this week. These are pretty much all random drawings. The jungle fever one was definitely a dream about a woman riding around on a huge lizard – which talked obviously!

Most of this week was spent on new comic strips which I am looking to start posting regularly – but I am still weighing the best platform. Thinking Instagram initially, but I will need to make a decision by next week.

Will post some of them here too.

That’s me for this week. Short and sweet!

Take care!



Bappy Hapday

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!


Weekly update: Hell’s Pizza! Every Tuesday!


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!





Weekly update: Aaaargh! The Jaggies!

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!


Weekly update: Ascend to the Eye of Truth™!!! Ascend! Ascend!

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.

coffee bun

Keep safe folks! Catch ya’ next week.