Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Masters Degree

I've gone back to education yet again heh. I'm now on an MDes in Comics and Graphic Novels at Dundee Uni. The timing of it all worked out quite well with Dekko Comics finishing up in mid August. I'm looking forward to coming out of it next year with a strong portfolio of comic work.

Three weeks in and I'm enjoying it so far. There's a good bunch of people on the course and the research is mostly all reading comics and articles, and books about comics. What's not to like? *cough*essays*cough*

It's not all writing though, there's a creative element and the final dissertation is just a 22 page comic.

I've a new blog up for this semester for a 12 page comic project. It's a bit bare bones just now, but several drafts of the script is up if anyone fancies a read.

It's looking like I'll also be doing They Came From Planet Earth issue 2 as well starting in October.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Dekko Comics

I worked on Rossie Stone's project, Dekko comics, between April and August this year and it was great.  I was doing inking and colouring for these Beano and Dandy style comics that aim to teach the school curriculum in a different way for children with Dyslexia. 

Check out the site and facebook page for more info. It's a brilliant idea and deserves all your support!


I can't share any of the pages yet but here are some of the character sketches and initial attempts to get everything the way Rossie wanted.

Leading up to Dekko I was working on a Sci Fi comic,  "They Came From Planet Earth".  It's been released online from insane comics.

Here's some panels and promo images. Interior art by moi , cover art and promo Art by other artists. 

I loved working to this gray end result. I think it's ended up looking really good. If I never have to paint another forest though...

Wednesday, 2 March 2016


I've started doing some storyboard tutorials from storyboardart.org. So far it looks like an amazing resource. The video tuts I am doing have assignments at the end of them so I'll post up the assignments as I get through them. 

Here's the first part of assignment one from the Trainee Story Artist video series.

Draw ten compositions from your favourite film. I chose Yojimbo because I had the DVD handy and Akira Kurosawa is awesome.

It's been a while since I've watched a film with something like this in mind. When I am actively watching every scene and thinking about how and why everything is composed in the shot the way it is it's a different experience to just watching and enjoying the film. 

Sunday, 21 February 2016

December 2015 - February 2016

Here's some comics work I've done recently for a 2000AD submission. The script I worked from is called "Cycle of Violence". I'm not sure who it was written by but it can be found at the following link and is one of the sample scripts on the 2000AD website for art submissions.

I did the whole thing digitally in Manga Studio as usual. The script was really great to work from - everything in it had a reason for being there and I tried to get all that included in the artwork.

Here's how I planned out the pages with layouts and thinking about dialogue and caption placement (there was quite a lot or so it seemed!). I was trying to do more interesting things with the panels and layouts again. 

Some practice drawings of the man himself. I found those shoulder pads difficult get looking right and appealing and am still not happy with the results in the finished pages. Drawing symmetrical helmets is also a real pain in the neck! I tend to skew things a lot one way or another so being able to flip the image on a button press when working digitally is a blessing.

Here are the final inked pages I sent off. Overall I'm pleased with the results, I think what I've been doing recently is starting to get to a level I am consistently happy with (not to mean I am ever going to stop trying to improve though!). 

I'm still fairly new to inking and it shows but I am noticing improvements every page I do. Some of the panels on page 4, I am particularly pleased with. I think I tend to be a bit too precious with the lines though so with the stuff I am working on now I am focusing on being a bit looser with the inking and trying not to draw everything. Hopefully I can post some of that work up soon.

I discovered LinkedIn SlideShare for showing off storyboards is quite handy.

And links to a couple more:

Roy Art Test

Gumball Art Test

I've been swotting up on my film language, screenwriting and story boarding knowledge recently and will be doing some more storyboard work shortly.

I wanted to learn a bit more about rigging and do some more animation since those are areas of the pipeline I have the least experience with so I did some HumanIK rigging and skinning and animation:

And to follow that up I made this wee guy.  I wanted to get to grips with building custom skeletons etc... I'd not done anything like that for a few years.

Here's the rough character design and model sheet I made.

And here's the 3D model. I could've spent more time on the textures but I was eager to get to the rigging. I'll maybe go back and tighten everything up when I get the chance.

I made some Blendshapes for the face and eyes using sculpt layers in Mudbox. I decided to just use the whole model rather than chop his head off to a separate mesh since it was mainly done for learning.

I built the feet and legs of the rig but in the end I had to get it done quickly and got some help from all round good guy, Gary Spiers finishing building the rig. Hat's off to you G.

I literally could not stop chuckling at his face while I was modelling him. Especially once I'd sculpted the blendshapes.