Monday, 16 December 2013

Great Green Shark

New Painting, available to buy at Society6:

Monday, 9 December 2013

Tshirts, Pillows and More!!!

Ever wish you could buy my artwork on a range of products? No? Are you sure?

I now have a store where you can buy my art as prints, tshirts, bags and pillows.

It's mostly sharks and octopuses at the moment, but I'll be adding more stuff in the coming months.


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Merry Dinomas.

 Nothing says 'Christmas' quite like dinosaurs on the moon. I've painted this festive scene so you can download it as a FREE Christmas card!

Visit my Deviant Art Page to download a high resolution version, fits on a 5 x 7 inch card (wrap around design) :

Merry Dinomas!!

Thursday, 26 September 2013


 The science comic strip I was working on was published this month in Asteroid Belter, a science comic for kids published as part of the British Science Festival.
As you can see I am super excited to read the finished comic (so excited that I didn't even tidy my desk before taking a photo!):

Newspaper format is so awesome!
The idea was to get scientists, artists and writers working together on a comic. I happened to have a friend, Catherine Tétard-Jones, whose area of research was a great starting point for a story, so we came up with a pitch. 
Once the pitch was accepted we started fleshing out the story. Below is a comparison of the project at each stage:

Evolution of our Aphids: From initial idea to finished comic.

Character designs

The story is about the life cycle of aphids, and is a quick introduction to some of their enemies and the problems they face. The original idea we had was more a lot more involved and a bit crazier (I think I may have referenced Adventure Time in the pitch, so you get an idea of where we were going), but we pared it down and simplified it to fit on one page. We had a lot of fun doing this and have decided it's something we'd like to explore more in the future. It essentially ended up as bullet points for a much larger story, so there's definitely more we could do with it.

The project as a whole was a great success, and I'm sure it's inspired the other contributors as much as it's inspired us. A big thank you to Lydia and all the other editors for working so hard to put this together, a mammoth task! Also, thank you to the wonderful Rachel Deering for doing such a great job on the lettering.

You can read the finished strip HERE 
and find out more about the project here:

**UPDATE! The full comic is now available to read online:

Friday, 30 August 2013

Galleries, dinners and ideas.

Last weekend Andy and I ventured out to Alhambra for the Gallery Nucleus preview of Scott C.'s new book. I'd been meaning to go to Gallery Nucleus for a while, they always have great stuff on, but it's a bit of a trek and I've only recently learned to drive so braving the journey to L.A. is still quite daunting.
I've been a fan of Scott's work for a long time and was lucky enough to meet him a few years ago when we both had stalls at SPX. We wanted to see his new work and also we'd heard there'd be dogs at the show so we decided it was finally time to visit Gallery Nucleus.
We got there early and went foraging, because terrifying road trips make you really hungry. Luckily we found Grill 'em all.

I'm watching what I eat at the moment so I just got a salad (which came with fried chicken, bacon, and the croutons were deep fried waffles) - super healthy. Andy got a burger which came with grilled cheese sandwiches instead of buns. Awesome. It reminded me of the burger van from Regular Show. Then Andy discovered the signed storyboard from that episode hanging up on the wall, so guess what? It IS the van from that episode!

The exhibition was excellent and we got to watch Scott drawing and talking about his work.

And we got to play with a lot of dogs (and almost adopted one). Scott's new book 'If Dogs Run Free' is based on a Bob Dylan song. I think it's intended for kids but really it's for anyone who likes cute/funny/amazing art and/or Bob Dylan songs. Gallery Nucleus have a limited amount of signed copies you can buy here (if they're still in stock)

Last night we decided to endure another trip to L.A., complete with rush hour traffic, to attend the Comics Industry meal, which is an informal networking type thing. I met lots of awesome, inspiring people, and not just from the world of comics but also from the animation, games and film industry.
Mairghread Wild Scott (IDW / We Comics) and Jason Enright (We comics / Darby Pop Publishing) were there and Jason gave a wonderful talk on social marketing and kickstarter for comics. He also did a very helpful Q and A session. I was sitting next to cartoonist Lonnie Millsap, who does funny one panel cartoons, check out his stuff here. I also chatted to artist / writer William O'Neil, creator of comics published by Image and IDW, check out his stuff here. It was nice to finally meet some comics people in the area, thanks to Emily McGuinness (Latchkey studios) for organizing it.

What else have I been up to? I've got some new paintings for sale at a local gallery.

 I've also been keeping myself busy with a new project. I had an idea in my head for a long time and finally decided it was worth putting down on paper. Character designs, 2 issues of scripting and a 20 issue overview went from pet project to all consuming project very quickly. That, my friends, is the danger of making comics.
It's a sci-fi thing and here are some of the rough character sketches so far :

Monday, 5 August 2013

New Comics Out Soon!

Newcastle Science Comic:

There's a wonderful anthology of work on it's way for British Science Festival in September. Artists, writers and scientists teamed up to create exciting new comics and puzzles for kids. I worked with scientist Catherine Tétard-Jones to create a comic strip about aphids - the tiny insects which are part of Catherine's area of study.

Find out more about the comic and check out the other amazing contributors here:

And follow the project on twitter:

Twitter: @NCLScienceComic

Dead Roots:

I provided the artwork for Sam Read's fresh take on zombies in the new Dead Roots anthology.
More info here:  and a Bleeding Cool review here:

Thursday, 18 July 2013

More mermaids

Check out my new work on my Deviant art page - where you can also buy this new mermaid painting as a print :

The original painting, along with some other new work, will soon be available to buy at Studio Gallery, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

New comic launches this weekend.

TAG TEAM DAY 3 will be released at MCM London this weekend ( 24 - 26th May) and includes some guest artwork by me! Check out the TAG website and please pick up a copy if you're in London this weekend. 
I'm excited about this book as it's not the sort of story I normally get to do and I had a lot of fun doing it. It's always nice to collaborate with other artists and work on new things.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

'Oh my Glob, you guys'

Check out my new art on my new Deviant art page:
More new stuff on it's way. Plus, since it's Deviant Art, I've also done some 'fan art' pictures.
Lumpy Space Princess 


Saturday, 11 May 2013

Harryhausen Monsters.

So, this weeks theme on 'the Weekly Themed Art blog' is Ray Harryhausen.
Harryhausen's work captured my imagination as a child and continues to fascinate me as an adult. His work went beyond special effects, managing to capture something magical and enchanting. I can't really come up with a fitting tribute, but I think it's safe to say that a lot of what I do as an artist is greatly inspired by his monsters and dynamation creations.

I thought I'd do a process post about this picture, so you can see how I typically work:

First come the pencils. I do these pretty rough. This is a mechanical pencil on layout paper. I wanted the characters to look like the models. I've seen some of these in person, at the London Film Museum, so I wanted to capture certain things I'd remembered about them. For example, pegasus is really furry when you see it up close.

I noticed after this that I could fit another monster in front of the octopus so I added Ymir  from 20 million miles to Earth.

Then I ink it. I magic tape some bristol board over the layout paper and use a brush and ink to clean up the finished picture.

I scan the inks in so I have a black outline copy, should I ever need it. Annoyingly, my scanner is A3 sized and the paper I currently use is American sized, so it doesn't fit properly. I have to cut it down.

I put some masking fluid on bits that I want to keep lighter or keep white. I don't always use masking fluid, just for certain pictures. Then I paint a light wash over the page. I usually do a warm colour wash, but for some reason I thought a cool wash would work better for this picture.

Then I paint in the background (which, apart from the rock that Gwangi stands on and the sea, is just colourful nonsense) and take off the masking fluid. I'm taking the masking fluid off early because I don't want bright white in this picture. I use watercolour paints,sometimes I use inks too, but not for this picture.

Some people like to start by blocking in shadows. Sometimes I do this, but I wanted nice bright colours and soft shadows so I painted each character up then added shadows in complimentary tones.

And it's finished. After I scan it in, I usually have to adjust things (like levels) in photoshop so it looks bright like the original painting.:

I think the best thing is that it looks like Bubo is photobombing the monsters. I only put him up front because he's little, but it turned out well :)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Deviant Art

I have joined DeviantArt!

I know, I'm a million years late to the party. I still haven't a clue what half of it means...but I have posted up some new art and should be putting up more over the next few weeks.

I finally have a scanner and a usable computer set-up (although not everything arrived in one piece from the UK). Unfortunately, some of my larger projects have been delayed so if you have any commissions / illustrations / comics you'd like me to work on, now is the best time to get in touch.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Getting the studio together

I've been testing out my new art materials!
I didn't take much stuff with me, just a few favourite paintbrushes, paints and pens. So I bought a bunch of stuff from Blick online to try out some different papers.
Layout paper seems to be much heavier weights here, so I'll need to sort out a better light box set-up. I got a great drawing board (I've never owned a drawing board before!) which has a glass top, but I'm struggling to get the angle lamp at the right angle to make it a decent light box. The Bristol Board I got takes much heavier watercolour abuse, which is great because I tend to go a bit crazy with washes. I finally got a series 7 brush for inking (I'm maybe the only comic artist on the planet who didn't have one of these) and I can see what all the fuss is about. So much easier to use! And I got proper cleaning fluid for it, because a lot of my other inking brushes tended to get clogged with Indian ink over time, and then it was like inking with a wonky stick.
I used the 'testing new products' excuse to rejoin the 'Weekly Themed Art Blog', which I've missed for quite a while. Above is my contribution for 'Female characters' (and also trying out my new brush and seeing how watercolour sits on the new board).
I don't have a scanner yet and my computer is somewhere on the Atlantic right now (the few things we shipped should have been here weeks ago, where's our stuff? Some stupid sea monster is probably trying on my clothes right now and reading my books...), so I've been relying on my phone to send images around.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Living in America I am now a permanent resident of the USA. Having moved from the snowy depths of North East England to the sunny shores of California has meant a bit of an adjustment, but (once I sort out all the self employment permits and other nonsense required here) it'll soon be business as usual. I'm almost ready to start work on some exciting new collaborative pieces, and some work I did last year is due to be published over the next few weeks. So hopefully I'll have some new artwork to share with you soon!

I've been super lucky to end up living on the beach, which is the perfect inspiration for my shark infested comics. I've seen a lot of pelicans and some seals, no sharks yet...but they're out there and I will find them!

At some point I'll write a long and boring blog post about the emigration process because there's not much information available and most of the forums and blogs are about Australia and Canada, and a lot of it is geared towards wealthy people or people who are getting a Visa provided by their employer. So I'll have to do something about emigrating to the USA on a budget, and all the expenses no one tells you about.

The biggest challenge for me so far has been trying to get around without a car. I've never needed to drive, everywhere I have lived has had excellent public transport and been pedestrian friendly so you could walk pretty much anywhere. It's impossible to get by without a car here, especially when you first arrive as you need to set up accounts etc. in person. Apart from that things have been great and the people here have been very welcoming.

It's been a big move, but well worth it!

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