Thursday, 30 April 2009

Illustration Friday: Theater

I couldn't really think of any ideas for this week's Illustration Friday topic - at least none that inspired me to pick up a pencil. So, this week I've polished an old turd (so's to speak) and used one of my older stock images involving a movie theater. It's from the epic Biggins versus Burrow 13 comic. I'll be back on the illustration scene properly next week and will present something more deserving of feedback.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Illustration Friday: I'm Possibility

This is my late entry for Illustration Friday this week. The word was "Impossibility".
I decided to cheat and added an apostrophy and a space to the word to make it "I'm Possiblity". The picture I've drawn is an optimistic image - a young boy (Georgie) looking into space and musing upon the notion of what he's possible of. When I was younger I used to do this all the time... sitting on the swing in my garden looking up and thinking about what lay ahead, and later, what lay out there. Although some things are impossible in the real world, as a child the word 'impossibilty' itself seems impossible to me.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Attack From Above 2009

This is my most complex image of the year so far! It's called 'Attack from Above' and this is the fifth time I've drawn it. I first drew the image back in 1998, which at the time was the first full colour page I'd ever produced. I've since re-drawn the image in 2000, 2001 and 2004.
The scene takes place in New York and despite the 9/11 attacks, I have kept the Twin Towers in the background as a sort of dedication.
Even though the image has been drawn on A4 paper, the attention to detail and line quality means that it looks good even when zoomed right in (as these close-ups will testify);

Charlie Pickles.

Manikin Man

It's taken me better part of a week to get this image finished. The final Photoshop image contains 30 layers and I had to create the spaceships in a 3D program. All in all, I think I've raised my personal benchmark and it'll be at least another 5 years before I attempt this again.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Illustration Friday: Fleeting

I haven't had much time to illustrate this week, so for this week's Illustration Friday I had to come up with something quick and easy. The above image is the result of that hurried effort. I just sat down at my drawing desk about 20 minutes ago, came up with the idea and drew it straight out. The idea behind it being that I am presently aware that this year is zooming by at an amazing rate. 2009 is fleeting!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Book Sale

Here is an image called Book Sale. I've drawn this for my department at work who are having a book sale this week to raise money for the Marie Curie charity. What was meant to be a simple project turned out to be rather...complicated! Drawing the main image took very little time, but when I came to colour it, the detail of the books gave me an overwhelming sense of having shot myself in the foot. It's not one of my greatest images, but it was quite fun to produce, and hopefully it will be put to good use later this week.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Illustration Friday: Talisman

For this week's Illustration Friday theme (talisman) I decided to do something really simple.
Instead of drawing good luck charms, religious icons, etc, I realised that the simplest form of talisman that we can all do (except for some unlucky war veterans) is the elegant crossed fingers. How simple is that??

Georgie and the Trampoline

Ladies and gentlemen I give you Georgie and the Trampoline. This is an idea I've had for a childrens book, and I've drawn this image to see how it might look. I've tried to make the drawing a little bit more stylised than my usual output and although I've by no means achieved a perfect end product, I reckon I'm moving in the right direction.
You will notice that I've now given Georgie a canine sidekick. I'm afraid I don't have a name for him just yet. Maybe Geoff? The Adventures of Georgie & Geoff? No... no... I will have to keep thinking...