Saturday, October 6, 2012
I was tidying through the ever-increasing piles of doodled on paper, trying to put manners on the mess, when I came across this quick sketch. It's a teeny tiny drawing at the bottom of a page and it was eventually transmogrified into a noodle I did for ICN a while ago.
I really like this little sketch :)
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
I am coining a new descriptive term for a particular type of drawing or doodle that I do, doobie doobie doo... it's called a TechieNerdDoodle or TND for short. I've been mucking about with TNDs on a small scale but the breakthrough came with a noodle I did for ICN, which you can see here.
I had so much fun doing this noodle that I had to keep going once that one was finished.
This is a photo of a small section of the next TND.
It's strange, but when I need a break from drawing other projects A little fix of TND-ing does the trick...calm, meditative, getting zoned in on the Now and still drawing... TND FTW!!!
I'll post some pics of this as I go and when it's done... It's about A0, maybe a little smaller, so it'll be a wee while yet before this one's finished :)
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
This is American Independent Feature Film, mine and Gar Shanley's new little comic that we'll have at the Dublin Zine Festival this weekend. The comic is an adaptation of one of Gar's blog posts over on Fugger. It's a much more sketchy affair than what I usually do but I thought that suited the story.
Also, in an effort to push myself, I set out ten days to draw a twenty page comic. I managed to do that because of the sketchy style, hand lettering it in childlike writing; and making a rule to let each page stand as it is no matter how much I might want to tweak or change the drawings. It was an exercise in completing what I set out to make and not being too precious or obsessive about it all. It's a challenge to learn to get out of your own way and simply tell the story.
Monday, August 6, 2012
What: An annual event founded in 2011 to support and promote independent publishing, zines and artist books.
When: 11th & 12th of August, from 12pm -6pm.
Where: The Supafast Building, Great Strand Street, Dublin City Centre.
Why: To provide a platform for people to buy and sell independent publications and zines. To help zinesters to meet like minded people. To help the scene grow in Ireland. To inspire people to make and get involved.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
These are the inks for Hellboy as he appeared on ICN
and below that is a pencil drawing of one of the Lil' imps he's been called in to deal with.
The imps were a lot of fun to draw, like a bunch of bold three year olds all hopped up on sweets and fizzy drinks.... explains Hellboys expression :)
Monday, July 2, 2012
All the noodles I do for ICN are exclusive to ICN for a month from when they're posted.
I've now done several months worth and so I can randomly post some of the preliminary work for some of the older posts.
These are the inks for Iron Man has a Cold. The finished version is here :)
Monday, June 25, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
This week is Irish Comics Appreciation Week, a celebration to mark the first birthday if Irish Comic News.
Check out the site for all sorts of fun stuff.
Part of the aim of the week is to get the comics out there. To that end Hilary has posted downloadable pdf copies of Longstone Comics last two volumes on the longstone blog for you to download and read for FREE!!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
This is a page from a 2000AD script that I had pencilled a while ago.
Recently I've been experimenting with colouring directly onto the pencilled artwork, leaving out the inking step altogether. I like inked work but there's a very different feel to the finished piece.
So, I remembered this page and decided to use it for my ongoing colour experiments.
I'm liking this so far and having a lot of fun with it.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Some doodles from the 2d Festival this year.
I did remember my camera this year, but then forgot to actually use it. Nevermind, I managed to take these in the midst of the day long doodle-frenzy.
So here's Nightmare from Soul Calibur V and Deadpool.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
This is the pencil sketch I did for a drawing of Conan for the Noodlers section of Irish Comic News.
Always interesting to see how pencils are transmogrified into a finished pic, and not always successfully.
Need to get better at flowing through the whole process instead of it sometimes feeling like trying to walk through a waist deep lake of cold lumpy porridge.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
One of the events in this years Dublin City Soul Festival is an exhibition called Instrument Art. Everyone involved was given old, even broken instruments to go wild with and do their thing. I got to see some when I was dropping in my effort.....Mind-bogglingly amazing. Go check it out if you get the chance.
This is the guitar I got to paint, my 'Guitar Comic'. Really fun to do since I don't often get to play with paints and a brush these days.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
I had so much fun drawing the ships for the background of the Shakara pic that I went and did another page of spaceships. Then, just because I can, went and reversed the drawing and then threw in a nice sludgey warm grey. It might be just me, but I really like letting my eye wander over these, very restful.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
This weeks noodle on ICN is of Shakara, created by Robbie Morrison and Henry Flint.
First is the wonderfully grubby pencil drawing of Shakara. Then the background tech stuff that might be ships or a space station and finally the inked version of Shakara.
Then throw it all together in the ol' digital melting pot, simmer for a few hours and out comes the finished pic.
This noodle was a tremendous amount of fun to draw.
Damn, I wish the Shakara story arc wasn't done and dusted.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
This months theme on the Collective Thinking Blog is Zombies.
Here's the pencil drawing which was digitally transmogrified into black & white and then coloured with the ol' digital crayons.
So there's yer man, he's been battling through the hoardes for weeks, maybe months. What happens if that 'why bother, why not give up, it's all too much' thought happens at a ridiculously inopportune moment.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I've just recently joined the illustrious ranks of the Irish Comic Noodlers on Irish Comic News.
Our posts are initially exclusive to ICN, but I thought I'd show some preliminary steps to the Captain America post here.
In the interests of space-saving I mashed the messy, overworked pencils and the nice clean inks together.
Now that I look at it... it's a bit like some slightly deranged Cappy cosplayers are doing some wildly enthusiastic dance routine of some deep significance to them.
The finished pic makes much more sense :)
Thursday, March 1, 2012
This is Beatrice.... she's been rattling around in my head for a while.
There's a story here. I'll let her wander about a bit more and who knows, maybe she'll appear in the pages of a comic someday.
This is her first appearance in the world especially for Creator Owned Day which is today :)
Creator Owned Day is, I think, the brainchild of Stephen Downey
People can join in and tweet their stuff, check out his website for details.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
This is a panel from a story I've just finished, written by Gar Shanley. Gar had the notion to gather as many interested participants/willing fools to contribute to an anthology that he's putting together called Romantic Mayhem. The project is nearing fruition and I'm looking forward to getting my mitts on a copy.
Oh, and in case we all got giddy and decided that we'd do more themed anthologies, Gar figured we should have an imprint as it were, that we publish under. After many nutty emails the general consensus was to go with the name National Tragedy and below is the logo I designed.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
I was halfheartedly thinking of tidying all the files on the ol' hard drive.
Never happened because I found this drawing, done late last year, that I'd forgotten about. Thought it would be way more fun to colour it, and I was right. So here's the drawing and the coloured version.
Colouring is always more fun than filing :)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
This is my contribution to this months Collective Thinking Blog, the theme being any or all of the Seven Deadly Sins. I went with Envy after reading that in Dante's Purgatory, the punishment for the envious is to have their eyes sewn shut with wire because they have gained sinful pleasure from seeing others brought low.
Hmmmm, fun times :(