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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 strips – one of which may be getting published in an anthology – will post more deetz as I have them.