Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Welcome to Rickety

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I've been working on some longer form comic ideas - this one's about a weird town, where strange things happen - Twin Peaks/Eerie, Indiana-style stuff - this was the "pilot" introduction. 

I'm loving working in panels SO MUCH but it is hard!! And very different to working in pages for children's book illustration. 

I've been reading Scott McCloud's books (think I've come rather late to them, and they are very helplful!) and thinking about different compositions etc... anyway, I'm going to keep on going, though I think this idea for a serial still needs a lot of thinking and work.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

3 star theory...

This is pretty much me in front of most film posters these days. Ben calls this my 3-star theory, as in that's how good he thinks it is. But he's wrong - and he made me watch Source Code, which was a right waste of my time, so this is also a loooong callback to that. xxxx!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Birthday girl!

It's my lovely goddaughter Bea's birthday today - she made a Kermit gif a while ago when we spent an afternoon together, and here he is again to say happy birthday!

Happy birthday Bea! Hope you have a great day. xxx

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Filter fun!

I'm working on a new idea, and wanted to do an atmospheric picture to see
if I could get the look I'd like. I had fun doing this kind of filter with Showtime! 
when Billie is having stage fright...

And oh look, here's quite a similar composition really ahem!! 
This is Mr Magnifico doing his butterfly trick, with someone sinister watching 
on from the audience... the audience have the Hue/Saturation filter over them, set on 
Multiply, so they're a bit darker and less saturated.
And here's with a different setting, further desaturated, which I think I like... 
I foresee endless fiddling ahead! 
Photoshop RULES - ain't that the truth??

Sometimes I worry that I'm too dependant on my computer for colouring, and if the day comes that all computers go busto I'll be in trouble... then I remember that if the day dawns when all computers are indeed bust, we'll be facing bigger problems than whether I can desaturate a hat-wearing rabbit to the right degree...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Magicians' duel

What's at the top of that rope???

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Too hot too hot!!

Reposting this as it feels right for today - it's SO HOT IN LONDON!!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

October picture

Katie at Storytellers, Incasked me if I'd like to contribute to their 2016 calendar - and I was lucky enough to snap up October! 

I've enjoyed working on it, although I went through a few iterations before settling... 

First I was thinking something Toucans-based:

It was good to remember how much I love drawing these two - it was like looking at the faces of old friends again - but this didn't feel like it was working. I think it's partly the difference between the function of an illustration as part of a narrative verses one you might potentially be looking at every day for a month...

So then I did some Halloween costumes:

I love using the black background against the bright colours, but nothing much was going on here.

Then I thought about making a small narrative, and drawing characters at a size I feel comfortable with, so I combined the two above ideas and got the one below.
 I'm happy with this one - it gets across the atmosphere I was hoping for, and has a tiny narrative and a bit more to look at.

I'm looking forward to seeing the other months!

"Lumos!" - or, as Emma suggested on Instagram: "Lumouse!"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Unseasonal drawing

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Careful what you wish for

Plumbers' horror film

It's underneath you!!!

What about the poor guinea pig carpenters in the next screen who went to watch Saw?!?? Ho ho!

I'm drawing the toucans for the Storyseekers Inc calendar this year, I managed to bagsie October which made me think of this "joke"! Toucans and pumpkins ahoy!