Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Pet Portraits - The Goblin King

Morning Everyone!

This commission request came from someone who I met at Bristol Comic Expo back at the beginning of the month. Paul and his girlfriend Hannah are ruled by the benevolent Goblin King; a long haired, two-tone eyed cat. Called Gobby for short!

Being a fan of Labyrinth I leapt at the opportunity to anthropomorphise David Bowie's character to the likeness of this gorgeous cat!

This commission is A3 in size and coloured using Copic Markers, the text also is hand drawn and rendered.

Pet portraits are a specialty of mine, be they traditional or caricatured like this one.
Check them all out by clicking here!

If you'd like to commission me to draw your pet, please get in touch:

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Frome Comic Con 2016

On Sunday 14th august the unassuming Somerset town of Frome became the welcoming host for comic and film fans, a huge variety of Cosplay, the TARDIS, Delorean, Diagon Alley, BB-8 and the BatPod amongst other things!

After receiving a warm invite from Frome's own comic creators and all round awesome couple, Lizzie and Conor Boyle of Disconnected Press, I found myself at a table in the Black Swan Arts with MULP: Sceptre of the Sun and a selection of other amazing comic creators; Vince Hunt from The Awesome Comics podcast and The Red Mask from Mars. JP Bove and Jess Bradley with works from TMNT, Transformers and the Phoenix comic and baby Jake! The gang from Big Punch Studios, it was lovely to meet you all! And Owen and Jazz from The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel!

Although this was my first time exhibiting at a convention solo, I found myself in the best company I could have ever asked for, thanks guys!!

Thank you also to everyone out enjoying the festivities who stopped by the Black Swan to chat!
It was awesome seeing so many young people and families out to experience something new and get involved with all that was going on.
The number of kids who stopped by the table to talk about how they love drawing and reading comics was fantastic! Athene and Pheonix, who I chatted with at length about My Little Pony and Attack on Titan! And the budding comic creator and moose enthusiast Xavi who likes to create stories with his moose characters. Not to mention Louis and his friend, a young writer and artist duo, who were out spending their birthday money on any and every comic in the hall!
It was a pleasure chatting with each and every one of you!

There was so much more going on outside of where I was in the Black Arts building though, I sent out my minions, Dan and Ian to explore the town. They came back with tales of a Superhero minifig scavenger hunt, a TARDIS up on Catherine Hill, the BatPod and Batman cosplay in the Archangel pub, Cheap Street dressed up like Diagon Alley, with House Sorting at the Leaky Cauldron and Wand Making all day. A Delorean and Back to the Future cosplay at The Cornerhouse, Pirates of the Caribbean at The Blue Boar, gaming and music at The Weatsheaves amongst movie memorabilia and traders at other venues! It was incredible to hear how the whole town got involved and embraced the multitude of things going on!

(Photos below by Dan and Ian)

Big big big thanks to Lizzie and Conor for inviting me and for doing such a great job in organising us all at the Black Swan. Here's hoping that Frome continues to host this awesome event next year!

Bristol Comic Expo 2016

Back in May 2014, MULP: Sceptre of the Sun launched at Bristol Comic Expo. Though the convention saw a bit of a hiatus last year, on Saturday 6th August 2016 I am delighted to say that my home convention and the first con I ever exhibited at, returned to it's full glory!

This time round I was accompanied by the wonderful Dani Abram!

Dani brought with her copies of Razarhawk #1 and #2 which follow the adventures of the kick ass Kitty Hawk and her team of simian scientists as they save the world.
And Worry Wart, the book collecting her renowned autobiographical webcomic about the struggle of dealing with anxiety.

I of course had MULP #1 and #2 with me, along with my portfolio containing the original illustrations for the covers and splash pages from the two issues.

 Dani and I had an amazing time chatting with everyone who stopped by our table; the super cute mini-Supergirl and her dad. David and his friends, who bought MULP #1 and then came back after lunch for #2! Mike, who told us all about his independent art school (the Riverbank Art Centre) in Kingswood. Darren, who was able to stall his young son long enough from dragging him towards the star wars stuff to buy him a copy of MULP, and then mention it in his review! (Read the review here!)
And all the animal lovers, per rat owners and appreciators of all things small and furry who stopped by to chat!

Thank you, every one of you, for coming and making the return of Bristol Expo a success!

Also I'd like to thank that Miss Abram for hopping on a train all the way to Bristol, on a rather last minute decision, ON HER BIRTHDAY to spend all day sat at a table with me! 
You, my dear, are a legend! Love ya loads!

Being Bristol based I really do hope that this year sees the beginning of a full return of Bristol Comic Expo as it used to be, and that MULP will be there next year for a whole weekend of awesomeness!