Tuesday, 28 October 2014

1, 2 Freddy's coming for you...


Here's a picture from Freddy's brand new kids counting book. Just kidding. Or am I? Actually, yes I am.

Once again this is something for the Oz comics weekly challenge. This week's topic is "Horror". 

Pretty broad topic, so I went with one of my teenage icons. I was pretty fixated on horror for a while there. I think friends and family had concerns whether I was...what's the word? Oh yeah,
 a murderer. Who'd a thunk I'd turn out to be an illustrator of cute fluffy creatures and such? Well not them that's for sure.

Just goes to show, you shouldn't judge a book by its moody, monosyllabic, teenage cover.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Insectosaurus


I've been enjoying doing some Dreamworks fan art this week. This one was a little too late to make the cut for the Weekly challenge, but I did it anyway.

Monsters vs Aliens isn't exactly my favourite movie, but I love this character design. Kawaiiju!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Scrampire


Halloween is just around the corner, hiding like a sneaky old ghost in a bin, ready to jump out and shout "Boo" or something equally spine chilling.

So to celebrate, and by celebrate I mean "cash in", I thought I'd share some spooky images of an ebook I did a couple of years ago with Julia Dweck. I haven't shared these images before so its like they're fresh out of the grave.




I also put together this horrifying trailer to promote the book. That's "horrifying" in a good way of course. The book is available for Kindle, but if you don't own a Kindle, Mr Apple has obliged with an App so you can pretend you have a Kindle. Genius!

You can buy the book at a ghastly low price here and if you feel like writing a nice review, that all helps with the Amazon rankings apparently.



Have a horrible halloween everyone 

WoooOOooOoooooooooOooooOoooOoo!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Peabody and Sherman


Another quickie character sketch for the Dreamworks theme week.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ready Set PO!


Here's my Dreamworks piece for the Oz comics weekly challenge. I tried to work fast with this one, focusing on lighting and energy and not getting too Fussy McFusspants about how clean it was.

Didn't have to think too long about which movie I chose either. I love Kung Fu Panda, especially that rich colour palette. Hmmmm

So anyway, sometimes I get asked about how I work on stuff. So I thought I'd share a few steps with this one. First up like most people in this game, I use a drawing program and a tablet. My personal choices are Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq. There are cheaper alternatives out there, so its not like this is essential. Basically any program that allows you to work in layers and draw with your hand is pretty much all you need.

So here's a few stages of how I build up the image layer by layer...
Rough sketch

Tighter line work and refining pose

Block in colour

Shadows and highlights

Extra line detail

BG colours and gradients

Additional lighting and textures

Looking back I may have slightly gone too far with the glows and whatnot on the final image. But I'll leave it the way it is.........for now :)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Cutie Alien

Naaaaw! What a cutie!

Just a little something for the Oz Comics weekly challenge. I really couldn't pass this one by.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Fatman


See what I did there? Fat rhymes with...Oh never mind.

Anyway I did this a few weeks back, but didn't share on here. Until now.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Train poses


So I've been trying to make my journeys into Melbourne a little more productive recently. To do this I've been plugging in my weeny Bamboo tablet into my laptop and attempting to do some sketches in Photoshop. 

Space is at a premium on a moving train. Probably the equivalent of an aeroplane toilet during turbulence (and fractionally nicer smelling).

Anyway its probably good practice drawing under these circumstances, it certainly makes you focus on all the important lines and the odd wobble doesn't harm the sketchy process too much. 


Again I've been experimenting with some cool brushes from Kyle T Webster. I've included this close up image so you can get a better view of the ink pen and wash brushes he's created. I like em. I like em a lot.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Free Hugs

I just brought a lovely set of Gouache Photoshop brushes from Kyle T Webster for a bargain $5! That's right $5!!

Anyway I was mucking around with them and came up with this little guy. I thought I was being terribly clever and witty by coming up with this, but a belated google image search, proved that many MANY other people had come up with it first. Sigh.......

Anyway I my head it was an original thought and that's all that matters. Right? RIGHT?!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Major Arnold Toht

Over on The Book of Face there's an interesting new challenge called "Villain of the Week". This week it's that naughty ole Nazi Major Arnold Tolt from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Here he is reading the instructions for some soothing skin lotion, after foolishly allowing the Ark of the Covenant to be opened and making his face go all runny. I imagine its still a little bit tender, so I hope he followed them correctly. Silly Billy!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Shark Weak

When I see a pun I grab it, like a shark grabs a delicious seal. Num num puuuuuuns!

Kawaiiju


Killing some time on the train journey home. I did this big lug on my iPad using Sketchbook Pro.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Star Wars Oz Comics Weekly Challenge

"You never forget your first time"

Just a quickie before bed for this weeks Oz Comics Challenge.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Posh Piggy

"You cultured swine"

Another random sketch. Also trying to streamline my process so I can power my way through a secret project. Shhhhhhhhhhhh!