Monday, 17 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

This has been a very busy and productive year for me - comics, magazine illustrations, a graphic novel, some exhibitions, and a couple of short comics that will be out next year. I'm still filming a documentary too.
And the New Year looks set to be even crazier, as I'll be emigrating to the sunny shores of California.

Thanks to everyone who's been supportive and of course, all my lovely clients who have been an absolute joy to work for. I've had the chance to collaborate with wonderful writers, letterers and editors this year. I've also had some nice feedback from readers and peers, which is always appreciated.

This is my last blog post for 2012, see you all in 2013!

Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year!



Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Thought Bubble this weekend...Wooooooooo!!!!

I'll be at Thought Bubble this weekend! If you see a muppet with a portfolio wandering about, it's probably me, so please say 'hi'!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Graphic Novel - done!!


Well, the graphic novel interior art is all done - 164 pages. It's off being lettered at the moment.
Meanwhile, I'm getting ready for Thought Bubble as well as working on some amazing projects with a whole bunch of new collaborators. Expect a flurry of O'Moore artwork in the near future.

In other news, I recently received a visa for the USA. I will be relocating to the sunny shores of California in the new year. I'm super excited, also very stressed, but mostly excited! More about that soon....

Saturday, 22 September 2012

New look Website

I've just given my website a makeover, and updated it with new artwork and info.

Check it out:

www.lomoore.com

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Starburst Magazine - now with added Leonie.

Issue 379 of Starburst is out now! Featuring a comic strip by me, P.M. Buchan and Mike Stock (as previously mentioned here). More info about the awesome stuff inside this issue over at P.M.Buchan's website.
Here's the Starburst website: http://www.starburstmagazine.com/

Monday, 9 July 2012

New comic strip - out soon!

Sleeping with the fishes - a new comic strip with art by me, story by P M Buchan and Lettering by Mike Stock.

I got to tackle P M Buchan's recurring characters Frank and Fat Jackie, it was a really fun comic to draw.

It's in the August issue of Starburst magazine, available in stores or for ipad.

As you can see from the preview art above, it's super exciting and stuff happens. Check it out!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Exhibition 14th July - 1st September 2012

I'll be exhibiting a 7ft x 2ft shark picture at the 'See the Sea' exhibition, Arts Centre Washington, 14th July - 1st September 2012.
The painting is of a porbeagle shark, a rare and beautiful inhabitant of North East waters.
I'm also selling the exhibition banner (7ft x 2ft) and the original painting (30 x 22 inch). If you're interested in either, please email me or leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Best painting...so far!



I gave the above painting recently to a young Thundercats fan,
and this is the lovely card she sent back to me:


Friday, 15 June 2012

JAWS!

JAWS is swimming back in to cinemas today! I'm so happy.
Of course, JAWS is only one side of the tale. For the real story check out my old JAWS comic:
http://www.angelfire.com/wizard/portfolios/jaws1.html


I'll be exhibiting a new shark painting next month, a life size porbeagle, here it is progress:


I've also been working really hard on a new graphic novel. Here's a panel from it:

Check out my twitter (@leonieomoore) for more 'work in progress' pictures.

You may have noticed that my main website has disappeared. This is due to ongoing issues with domain providers. Hopefully it will be resolved soon.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Free Sharks

I'm doing a give away on the Weekly Themed Art Blog.
Name the sharks, win the painting:

http://weeklythemedartblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/favourite-characters_111.html

Friday, 4 May 2012

80's update


Julia wanted pancakes for breakfast. Stupid servants!

I managed to get a bit further along with my 80's epic comic book (It has actually got a proper working title, but I feel like I'd be jinxing it if I started calling it by it's name when there's still so much to be done.)
I've also done a pin-up illo for an upcoming anthology and an illustration for a great short story (which should hopefully appear in a magazine sometime soon).


Julia, the central character.

This is Victor. Poor, poor Victor.

The comic has been my main focus though for the last few weeks.
But, for now, I must put it aside and concentrate on a new project. A huge project that I'm very excited about.
I've just been hired as an artist on a new graphic novel. It's going to be awesome!!! Great writer and a great letterer are also on board so it's going to be amazing (well, at least the story and the lettering will be amazing...)
I'll be super busy with it for the next few months, so things might be even quieter on here.

In other news, Comic Heroes Magazine gave my Monstrum Horrendum comics a lovely little review! Hurray!


Monday, 16 April 2012

Work in Progress : My 80's epic

Julia - the main character in my new comic
I've been working away on a new comic. I'm only about 20 pages into it so far but I'm due to start work on a graphic novel in a couple of weeks so the rest of it shall have to wait until after that. The story spans from the late 70s to the early 90s. I don't know if people will like it, but I'm enjoying drawing it so that's okay!

I'm going to try and get as much done over the next two weeks as I can, but I predict it will be a long time before this will be finished. I'll post updates as I go.

Here's some of the inked pages so far. The finished thing will be painted.






Thursday, 5 April 2012

Themed art stuff

Gonna have some new artwork from the comic I'm currently working on to show you soon, but in the meantime, I'm still contributing art to the Weekly Themed Art Blog. Here's all the stuff I've been doing for it:
Weekly Themed Stuff
And if you like the look of any of it, let me know! Most of my artwork is for sale and I take commissions.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Looking for something to read?

Here's a list of all my comics currently available to read (free!) online:

Monstrum Horrendum : Vol 2
Maritime adventure stories.

The fixer upper:

A short comic about a ghost.

Dear Diary:
A bit of an experiment by Steve Holder and me. It's a little comic we did for fun based on Kitty Pryde.

And here's all the shark stuff:


Jaws the Untold Story:
A three page Jaws comic.

Mega shark vs Giant Octopus: The best bits:
The film condensed down to a short comic - just the best bits.

The Shark Report:
A zine about shark movies. Reviews, paintings, ramblings. Also features the comic strip Jaws: The untold story.


If you hate free stuff and would rather buy some of my comics:

Some Forgotten Part:
A graphic novel

Spirit of Hope:
Charity anthology from the Comicbook Alliance

Tag Team:
An anthology of sorts. A collection of stories by lots of great writers, drawn by me.

ALSO!  'Gone' by Nigel Auchterlounie is now available to download. Originally published by There Goes Tokyo... in 2003, it's now been remastered (i.e. I cleaned up the scans and sorted out typos that slipped through the net first time round) and can be bought from Monkeybars. (You do need to be a member of Monkeybars to purchase it, but it's free to register. Slave Labor Graphics publish on there too, so it's worth signing up):

GONE

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Twitter

After ages of tweeting for other people, I've finally started to tweet for myself! Come join me for everyday art work, comics, sharks and other geekery: @leonieomoore

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

New comic


Did some pencilling this evening for a new comic I'm working on. I had the idea many, many years ago and for some reason decided now was the best time to do it. I thought that it'd be quite a short comic. Now that I've started it though the story is actually pretty long ...
It's mostly set in the 80's and drawing the appropriate fashion / decor / technology is a hoot.
It's quite different to the other stuff I've done and I can't decide whether or not it's going to turn out okay, so far it seems a bit crazy. If it starts to seem too crazy I might abandon it and work on something else.
I have a big project coming up in a couple of months so I need to get it finished by then, otherwise it'll just have to wait. Will post updates as I descend into madness go.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Luke's Lemons update

A while ago I mentioned about my little nephew and his charity 'Lukes Lemons' which aims to raise money for cancer research. Here's a little update on how he's doing and how his local community are really supporting his charity:



If the embedded player doesn't work, here's a link to the news site:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=8573041

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The genius of Jaws 3

My illustration of Jaws 3 / What I'd like to see next time I visit the local aquarium.

Okay, maybe not the 'genius' of Jaws 3, more like the 'potential' of Jaws 3.  It's had a bad time of it, and seeing some Jaws 3 hating on Twitter (I guess it was on tv ) got me thinking about why I rate this film higher than the other Jaws sequels.
First of all, the original trailer is great, one of my favourite ever trailers:
'The third dimension is terror!'

The basic premise of the film is brilliant. A giant shark causing trouble in an aquarium. It pretty much writes itself. I don't know why this hasn't happened in more films / books / comics. The closest thing is probably Deep Blue Sea, but (unless you work in an undersea lab) it misses that all important element of familiarity.

Anyone who has visited an aquarium has probably thought at one point 'That glass could just crack...', (especially if you've seen the footage of the aquarium leak at the mall in Dubai.) Having gone diving with sharks in an aquarium and looking out from the sharky side at the people in the tube, I found it quite surreal that two such completely different worlds can be seperated by so little.

The Meg books got some mileage out of having a Megalodon in an aquarium. They made good use of scale and also there was a great sense of vulnerability for the divers who had to do maintenance. The game Jaws Unleashed (Xbox)had a fun water park section, allowing you to chomp your way through a variety of aquatic mammals, but they could've done more with it.

Really my point is that there's a lot that can be done with the story. Jaws 3 maybe isn't the greatest movie but I find it enjoyable, based mainly on how good it could be.

Reading through production interviews it sounds as though Jaws 3 started out as a pretty good film.
Initially there were no Brody family members in the story, it was a completely new film with no ties to the original other than a giant shark. There's a lot of classic monster movie references, most notably the similarity to Revenge of the Creature (1955) DVD, but apparently that was unintentional. Bizarrely, at the same time John Landis had pitched a Creature from the black lagoon 3-D remake but the studio decided to go with Jaws instead.

When it was originally released it was in 3-D, but it came out after a bunch of cheap schlocky 3-D releases so audiences were a bit sick of the gimmick by then and the backlash against 3-D has haunted it ever since. It still managed to be commercially successful, but the only reason that it seems to have been pushed it off it's recurring spot on 'worst movie' lists is because Jaws: The revenge was far worse. 

There are some lovely shots which are let down a bit by dated effects and the poor quality of the non -3D video version. It was directed by Joe Alves, who was the production designer on Jaws, so it was a very visually driven film. Jaws 3 boasts the largest of the Jaws sharks at about 30 - 35 feet. It also has the addition of a baby shark, and it's quite sad when it dies. Maybe not the most original of plot twists (and maybe a bit too similar to Orca the Killer Whale *) but at least it gives momma shark an actual motive, unlike Jaws 2 and Jaws: The Revenge where we're expected to believe that some unkillable shark keeps regenerating to exact its revenge on one particular family. 
 At the time Jaws 3 was made it was believed that great white sharks couldn't be kept in captivity, Monterey Bay Aquarium has since managed to keep a few young great whites happy and healthy for limited periods in their facilities before releasing them back in to the wild.

 Although Jaws 3 set up the premise and had a lot of the elements in place for a great shark story / classic monster movie, it just didn't quite come together.

During the course of writing I think this blog post has become less about liking Jaws 3 and more about convincing myself to make a shark story set in an aquarium...



* A little side note about Orca - that's another one of those movies that people always dismiss thanks to 'worst movie' lists and the odd notion that it's a Jaws rip - off. I often find people who complain about it haven't ever actually watched it. Again, it's by no means a cinematic triumph, but it is a really crazy film that's worth a watch. And the bit with the baby whale is unexpectedly horrible.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Digital comics panel

I was part of the Digital Comics Panel at the wonderful Canny Comic Con back in December, along with Gordon Robertson, Daniel Clifford, Terry Wiley and our excellent host Stacey Whittle. It's now online for you to hear:

http://geeksyndicate.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/small-press-big-mouth-episode-35-5-digital-distribution-for-self-published-comics/

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Here's a bunch of X-Men.

I like to see how artists work. I like to see the process behind an image. And I especially like it when artists blog about it. So I thought I'd make more of an effort to do that on my own blog.

This week is X-Men week over at The Weekly Themed Art Blog. I decided to do three images, mainly because once I start drawing comic characters I find it hard to stop.
So, here's how I went about it.

Wolverine.
Wolverine is one of my favourite comic characters ever. He's super awesome. He gets to have mutant healing powers and an adamantium skeleton and claws. But, he's a character I don't really try to draw very often. It's tough when you really like a character, especially one that's been handled so well by many incredible artists (Darwyn Cooke's version of Logan is probably my favourite, Bill Sienkiewicz
did an amazing Wolverine too), whenever I draw him he never quite looks right to me, I think that tends to happen with iconic characters. So I started off with a really loose sketch, focusing more on the feel of the piece rather than the detail:

Then I refined the pencils a bit more, mostly to work on the face and also sort out that hovering left arm.

Then I inked it on to some A3 Bristol board:

I added more detail during the inking stage too. I didn't want to add in a full background or leave it white, so I painted in a strip behind him using watercolour and indian ink:

After I'd painted the background, I painted the figure. I built up the colour with watercolour washes, which I think worked pretty good for his shirt. Here's the final version that's over on the Weekly Themed Art Blog:



Mystique:
I've always liked the character design for Mystique and I thought the blue skin / red hair combo would be fun to paint. I went for a full body pose because I like her outfit and wanted to draw the whole thing (especially the skull belt!)
First a sketch:
I went straight in with the inks, deciding to add the rest of the detail as I went:


Then some watercolours and indian ink behind her for a background:
Then I built up washes of watercolour:

Psylocke:
Psylocke is a crazy character, it seemed like every time I picked up an X-men comic she was someone else or had different powers...I had no clue what was going on with that character.
This picture pretty much drew itself. I didn't think about the pose or anything, I just put pencil to paper and before I'd even decided who I was drawing, this had happened:
So I just went with it. Here are the inks:


Then the background, watercolour and indian ink again:


I thought her hair would be fun to paint, I'd use washes of magenta and purples. I'd had magenta and purple hair during my teenage years, oh how it takes me back.


You can check out my Weekly Themed Art Blog versions here.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Even more mermaids!

Don't you hate it when you're out having a wander and your enemy sneeks up behind you on some sort of shark monster? But, don't you just love when you're taking your shark monster for a swim and you spot your enemy?
That's the basic idea behind this first picture:
I guess after drawing mermaids for my latest comic I thought I might as well just carry on with it. Here's the stages the picture went through:

Pencil sketch

Inks

This painting shows what happens when you forget to feed your pet octopus:


I did the initial sketches for this using a Wacom Inkling:

But then, I found a neat thing that the Inkling does....it can play back your drawing line by line so you can watch it being drawn:



And here's what the image looked like once it had been inked:


Both paintings are available to buy. They are A3, watercolour and ink on Bristol Board, 50 GBP each including postage and packaging. They come rolled in a sturdy postal tube. Paypal accepted.
Email me at LeonieomooreATgmailDOTcom if you'd like to buy either (or both...)

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Monstrum Horrendum : Mermaid Mayhem





This is just a short adventure, set before the current story arc. It works as a stand alone story. It's only a 16 page book, Monstrum issues usually run at 52, although issue 3 looks set to be even longer.
The story is based on Issue 2 Vol 1 of Monstrum, which I think was released in 2004. It only had a tiny print run, so I thought it was worth reviving the storyline and updating the artwork and giving it a bigger release.
Click here for more Monstrum Horrendum adventures.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

This Weekend.




images from the new issue of Monstrum Horendum
I'll be posting up the new Monstrum Horrendum comic this weekend. It's only a short thing, but you read it all here (or on my site) for free!

Also, my art sale will be ending soon (31st Jan.) so please check it out and grab yourself a bargain.
Includes this stuff:
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