Sunday, 21 January 2018

The Line It Is Drawn: Week 374

This week's The Line It Is Drawn theme was a fun one: mash-up superhero comic book characters with famous comic strips!

I chose BigMike20X6's suggestion for a Flash of Two Worlds cover homage starring Dennis the Menace (both the UK and US versions).

Here's my piece for The Line...

And here's the original cover from Flash #123...

Also Brian_Cronin suggested Spider-Man/Garfield, and I already had a strip that I drew a few years ago now which was pretty much that:

If you enjoyed these, definitely go and check out the other contributions to this week's Line over at It's one of my favourite ones in a while!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Graphic Shakespeare Competition 2018

A couple of years ago, I entered the inaugural Graphic Shakespeare Competition. While I didn't win, it was a lot of fun to take part in and so I really wanted to enter again this year. The initial deadline of 31 December 2017 came and went, and I hadn't managed to get anything done, but fortunately the deadline was extended to the 15 January 2018, and after the excesses of Christmas and New Years, I sat down to put something together.

Being slighty tight on time, I decided to adapt an earlier Shakespeare-themed comic that I'd put together a few years ago featuring a penguin making a series of unexpected cameos in Shakespeare's Hamlet. I expanded on my initial strips to make a slightly longer work for the competition.

(Click to enlarge)

I'm happy with the end result and have a bunch of other penguin-related Shakespeare strips jotted down in my sketchbook now, which I'd like to do something with someday...

Happy Birthday Tadhg!

My friend Tadhg turned 30 today. Here's a card I made for him!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

The Line It Is Drawn: Week 373

This week's The Line It Is Drawn theme was to draw a comic book character as a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

I must admit that I'm not really familiar with the Legion of Super-Heroes, but fortunately BigMike20X6 suggested Yakko, Wakko and Dot from Animaniacs (which was a cartoon, but also had a comic book series) who I'm more familiar with!

I thought I would mirror my own ignorance regarding The Legion of Super-Heroes, by having Yakko get mixed-up with Legion, the son of Charles Xavier from the X-men comics.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Blog-Me-Do Part 8: Odds and Ends

I'm coming to the end of my 2017 catch-up blogs and this last one is a bunch of random drawings I drew last year that didn't really fit in with any of my previous posts.

News hit late last year that Jodie Whittaker was going to play the first female Doctor Who, which caused a lot of debate (to put it nicely) online. It also gave me the idea for this drawing, based on the famous Rosie the Riveter poster from the 1940s:

The new Thor movie, Thor Ragnarok, hit cinemas towards the end of 2017. If you'd asked me about this film at the start of the year, it wasn't even on my radar, but fast-forward to after the first trailer showed up online and this film jumped straight to the top of my must-see list! The trailer had all the energy, action and humour that were missing from the previous Thor films, and they dynamic between Thor and The Hulk looked like being a real highlight. In particular, one line, Thor's line "He's a friend from work" about The Hulk, led to me scribbling down this little cartoon:

Aside from a PS1 when I was a teenager, my videogames taste has always been almost exclusively Nintendo-orientated from the NES to the SNES and N64, right up to the Wii, the slight hiccup that was the Wii U, and now the amazing Nintendo Switch, which I love. Anyway, during the summer, me and my brother swapped consoles so he could play Breath Of The Wild and I could play The Last Guardian on his PS4. I really loved it and drew this picture of Trico:

Here's a robot I drew in 2017:

Apropos of nothing, here's a picture of The Simpsons:

Finally, towards the end of 2017, I took part in The House of Illustrations' Illustrators' Christmas Fair in Kings Cross and designed this flyer to promote the event:

And that brings me to the end of my 2017 catch-up blogs. I've now managed to post all of the drawings I hadn't already posted from last year. I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep more on top of posting images as I produce them in 2018, but let's see...

Blog-Me-Do Part 7: Portrait Commission

My friends Anna and Paul got married last year and commissioned me to draw a picture of them and their parents at the wedding, which they could have framed and give to them as presents. They sent me a reference photo from the wedding. This was a fun job. I've drawn both Paul and Anna before for cards I've given them, but it was a challenge to draw a good likeness of their parents. I'm very pleased with the final image and happily so were their parents.

Blog-Me-Do Part 6: Revenge of The Herd

Sometimes working as a Freelance Illustrator you can end up with some quite surprising jobs. This one rates pretty high in the "Wait! You want me to draw what?" categories.

In June last year I received an email from a woman in the US with a commission request. They wanted me to draw a cartoon for their kids' pediatrician in the style of The Far Side one panel comics. They were quite clear in what they wanted me to draw: the pediatrician walking down a dark alley, and a bunch of kids waiting to jab her with needles containing vaccines. The reason behind it was that her pediatrician had said that she experiences feelings of guilt when she is injecting vaccines and making children cry and jokingly commented that one day her kids may come back for revenge. The caption at the bottom of the picture: "Revenge of the Herd."

Initially, it seemed a bit of an odd request. Something about drawing a bunch of kids waiting to stick needles into someone walking down an alleyway seemed a little bit ...odd. But after reading my client's email explaining the story, it made more sense, and also it was an interesting challenge to draw without it coming off as too creepy. I think I succeeded...