Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
To hopefully make the cartoons easier I've started to trace the characters in illustrator, so I can start to build a library of elements that I can just drag and drop to create fresh cartoons. It's going to take a long while but I guess it's important to do it bit by bit. This is as far as I have got with Fly so far.
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Right, finally got a finished piece done. I know, the humour's terrible, but it was about the process of completing a full work. I'm sure it will evolve and get better (hopefully) as time goes by.
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
The past couple of days/week or so I have been a little lax with my posts putting little or no effort into the work I produce. This has been as a result of my getting bored and frustrated with the work I have produced.
As a result I have decided to go right back to basics with what I churn out, trying to rediscover what I wanted to do as a kid, which was to draw comic books. However as I got older I realised I probably didn't have enough talent to do this and so looked to finding employment that was more likely to guarantee income, hence the job in graphic design. Since then I've been trying to 'discover' what area of art/illustration I was best at and most enjoyed, and yet at the same time not really given myself enough time to explore these areas fully enough.
So now I have decided that I am going to go back to that dream I had as a kid and actually try to produce some finished comics, starting with a few basic three to five panel strips then maybe a page and so on. I'm going to first work on ideas that I have had already and take them further (for instance the Stickers and Posters strip). Because of this all my daily posts will be cartoon-centric and some will be step by step stage reports on various projects. Admittedly it's a change of direction for the blog which I set up to allow me to explore various ways of working. However, I feel I've very much started to become a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none.
So there we have it, the blog posts will still be daily but now focused on me trying to develop my ability as a cartoonist. I hope those of you that actually read this won't be put off and will continue to lend support.
Thanks, take it easy
PS The guy in the image is meant to have his hand on his heart, see what I mean about lack of cartooning ability?
Monday, 15 February 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Had a busy weekend so haven't really able to get down to work, so here's a couple of images I did toying with basic shapes to create quite pleasing abstract images. I was working on some t-shirt ideas in this theme, because I like the simplicity and bright flat colours. Oh yeah, the black is what the colour of the tee would be, I think a shape in a square might ruin it a bit.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Just a quick sketch I did in the same vein as the Minotaur about a week back. Awhile ago I planned on doing a series of little illustrations transposing mythical creatures and monsters into modern day situations/environments.
This piece is meant to be a Hoxtonite style dandy vampire, I always saw them as a little fey, but charming. More will probably follow over coming days.
Monday, 8 February 2010
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Making good progress, more tonal work on the face, and started to correct glasses, also started to draw in some shading detail in similar style to earlier work I have posted.
You may also have worked out by now I'm only going to paint his face, the rest is going to be done in a mixture of styles which will be revealed as the rest if the painting is done.
Friday, 5 February 2010
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
I"m trying something a bit different over the next week. I shall be working on one piece -a painting- and uploading images of my progress each day. As the piece is A3 and I only have an A4 scanner you'll have to make do with dodgy phone camera photos.
And for day one, the basic colours blocked in, hoping to do one of these larger scale pieces a month.