Favoured Media

Another Drift Record Shop window I drew on in Totnes High Street down here in Devon. I think this one’s the best so far:

There’s some more lovely photos in a smooth-as slideshow here, on the Drift Record Shop Blog.

And then I went and did some live drawing in the background of The Drift Record Shop Radio Hour on SoundArt Radio, broadcasting on FM and world-wide on the interwebs. In terms of audio I’m mostly the guy sniggering off-mic, making it all sound like student radio, but I did manage to shoe-horn in a bit Art History (well, sort-of) among some other nonsense…

The sketches (and there’s quite a few of them) were all put up live as I drew them via Tumblr, and now the show itself is also up on the online archive, so you can view and listen all at once. The hour of drawing absolutely flew by. I got to hear some great records, and I’ve got to say that the Drift radio venture is fast becoming my go-to place for good new music over mainstream radio or online snark-blogs. I love radio, I love good music, and I love drawing. Yew do da math(s).

That’s one of my sketchbooks that are with me at all times when I’m out and about, in a messenger bag at my side, in that photo. They’re full of observational drawings like these. I’ve been meaning to put up scans of them, and I will at some point in the future.

There’s also a page of pencils from the Evil Star Graphic Novel hiding in that photo up there…

Elsewhere on SoundArt and podcasts, my Call of Cthulhu RPG ‘Keeper’, Bill Eaton presents ‘SoundArt Stories’, a great programme on short fiction, with great stories to listen to and bits of writing shop-talk. The show has its own blog and online show archive, so have a listen.

Gangsters and Songbirds

Quick scan I took of a birthday card for the lovely Dom Reardon, before I ran out the door to go to the pub with him and hand over his present of some quality meat products. Dom’s currently drawing the second series of the ‘Ichabod Azrael’ strip for 2000AD, set by writer Rob Williams in 1920’s Gangster-ridden Chicago. Hence Pin-Stripiness!

Panel Borders

And once again, while I’m on, I’m on another Panel Borders podcast, recorded at the Bristol Comic Expo, talking about the Sioux Warrior musical comic. You can Listen to that here.

Visual and Audio Sketches

Just got back from the Bristol Comic Expo 2011. Much fun was had in a smart, social atmosphere. It’s just as well I remembered to 1) take my camera, 2) actually take pictures of sketches…

Juno
Slightly cheating, here’s one I was commissioned to do in advance of Ellen Page as Juno for Alison Sampson, who’s building a series.

Migo / Fungi From Yuggoth from The Whisperer in Darkness
A Migo / Fungi from Yuggoth from the H.P. Lovecraft story The Whisperer in Darkness.

The Shadow
The Shadow. Good to draw some pulp material.

George Takei as Mr Sulu from off of that Star Trek
Suggestive, shirtless George Takei as Mr Sulu, as seen in lady-bait classic Star Trek intros.

Sauron
Avert your eyes, Tolkien fans, this guy’s called Sauron and is apparently an X-Men baddy. He has a lovely pair of trousers.

Mike Dowling's Edible Hat
Scribble for the ridiculously talented Mike Dowling, who wanted a drawing of either something edible, or a hat.

Matt and Pedro from Evil Star
Matt and Pedro from Evil Star.

Space Girl for Dylan Teague
Sketch of a Space Girl in return for a print from the lovely Dylan Teague, whose love of space, girls and space girls is legendary.

Dr. Strange
Dr. Strange, both a proper doctor and a Master of the Mystic Arts. I think.

Cthulhu
My Lovecraft nerdery had become apparent to some by this stage, so I was asked to draw more Mythos beasties. Here’s Cthulhu.

City of Abacus
Some characters from The City of Abacus.

Becky Burdock from Paul Grist's jack Staff
Becky Burdock, Girl Reporter from Paul Grist‘s ‘Jack Staff‘.

Batman two up
Batman comic zoom
Me mucking about and generally besmirching other artists on the communal sketch page the con provided. Sorry, Lee Bradley. I think that’s what your signature says… (It should be noted here that the brilliant sound effect ‘ZWAZ!’ is the actual sound of time travel, and is unashamedly stolen from Cat Sullivan‘s Droid Life strip.)

Archeopterix
The animal/human angle was rearing up a bit at this point. Here’s a bird-man. Eating a cereal bar. Because it has seeds in and you need opposable thumbs to open the wrapper.

Belgian Beer!
Best of all, I was given some lovely Belgian beer by a lovely Belgian fellow called Ivo in return for sketches! This is living!

And while I’m on…

Panel Borders

You can listen to a Panel Borders episode with VV Brown, David Allain, John Spelling and I talking to Alex Fitch about the City of Abacus comic at Sci-Fi London right here.