Monday, 24 September 2012

Cut Capers: The Pinstripe EP - Finished Commish!

You may remember that I was working on an EP cover Illustration for the Hip-hop/Ska band; Cut Capers? 
With the Illustration done all the remained was to add the title text. Today the final finishing touches have been added and the EP cover is complete!!

Here it is in all it's glory!

This cover will be splashing itself wherever Cut Capers' is featured! 
You can check out their music and other info online via these links:

Saturday, 22 September 2012

"Well, shall we?" - Impossible Crossing Sneak Peek!

Hey there Whovians!

This week saw Page 20 drawn and inked, which means that there are only 2 more pages to go!!

This'll be the longest comic I've done to date, and I'm probably as excited as you lot to see it all finally put together! And this is only issue one!!
Alex Beedie (the writer) and I are still in discussion as to wether to get a black and white version out to you early, or to wait for the whole issue to be coloured... 

I for one know I'm impatient for our story to be read! However a full colour first issue could be ready for the Doctor Who Christmas Special! 
How d'you all feel about that? :)

To help you decide here's a sneaky peek of Page 15, Panel 2!

I've also ventured out into the realm of Tumblr!!

If you're also on Tumblr, and would like to keep track of my work and other bits and pieces, then please give my Tumblog a look, like and follow:

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Doctor Who: The Impossible Crossing - Sneak Peek

Morning all!

To update you all on the progress of the first full issue of Doctor Who: The Impossible Crossing, today I'll be working on the pencils and inks for page 19! 
Which'll leave only 3 pages (and the cover) left to draw before lettering!!

Alex Beedie (the writer) and I are in discussion as to wether we should push the release forward, but in doing so majority of the issue will be in black and white. As it stands at the moment only the 1st 5 pages we released in April as the Prologue are in colour, however the option is always there to go back and colour the rest of the issue at a later date. 

We're just very eager to tell our story! And I hope from these sneak peeks you're all as eager to read it!

Here's another snippet to look at from page 13, panel 3.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Cut Capers Commission - Finished Illustration

The other week I finished the final stage for the CD cover I'd been commissioned to illustrate for Cut Capers!

I've have previously been posting up progress from each stage of the illustration, from the initial developed rough concepts, to the final pencil outline and pencil rendering.
To finalise the illustration I've enhanced the pencil rendering slightly using photoshop, adding sharp highlights and defined shadows. I also added a misty morning halo around the lamp post and of course the rain.

All that remains now is to add the title of the EP and the name of the band; Pinstripe Tux by Cut Capers!

Remember if you'd like to check out the track that this illustration is for, plus a few more original songs by Cut Capers check out the links below!


Sunday, 2 September 2012

Dark Harvest : Resistance PUBLISHED!!

Something very special arrived in the post Friday morning. Apologies for not being able to show you all until now, but here it is!!!
Dark Harvest: the Legacy of Frankenstein - Resistance, all printed, published and pretty! :D

Right at the beginning of this book the Resistance comic I illustrated kicks off an introduction into the themes and tone of Dark Harvest, to refresh those returning to the RPG after the 1st book, and enlighten any newcomers.
Following the comic you'll encounter various single illustrations, four of which are mine, nestled amongst the text. Thats something I really like about this book, the page layouts are very well thought through and each page treats the eye with something. Be it an old paper scroll inset, annotations to the illustrations, or the subheadings in a different font to break up the text.

Then towards the end of the book the winning characters of the Create a Character competition are presented alongside the pencil illustrations I provided.

To be able to finally hold so many months worth of hard work and anticipation in my hands is astounding! I am so overwhelmed by how well the whole book has come together, it's such a joy to be able to flick through and not only encounter my own work, but that of others also, and see how each complements the subject and aesthetic of each page!
I'm so chuffed, not only am I now a thrice published illustrator, with this wonderful book to add to my portfolio, but I've also learnt many valuable skills and made firm friends on the way. 
Iain, I'm very much looking forward to the next time we work together! :D

To top off this post I've another glowing review to share with you!

Shores of Night - Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein and the Resistance

This double review of the Dark Harvest core book and Resistance, the shiny beauty you see piccies of above, is by Steve Cotterill.

Here is what he had to say specifically about the comic:

"Turning to the Resistance, which starts with a lovely comic strip, so much kudos to Iain's team for getting that in place, we find a much deeper insight into those who defy the new order"