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.

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…

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.

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.

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.)

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.

Animated Exeter Comic Expo 2011 Sketches

Some convention sketches from the recent Animated Exeter Comic Expo

Spirit Green Lantern
The Spirit being a Green Lantern.

Matt and Pedro from Evil Star Graphic Novel
Matt and new characters Pedro and Sebastian from the Evil Star Graphic Novel.

Dead Zombie
A Zombie! In fact, it’s a Zombie from the old Horror Western comic I did called ‘Dead’!

The Crack Fox from the Mighty Boosh
The Crack Fox from the Mighty Boosh, from memory. Just because the convention had, somewhat disturbingly, just been flooded with furries.

Frog Knight by Laurie Shaky Kane
And last, but by no means least, I sometimes ask people to draw sketches for me in return, this was from Shaky Kane‘s son Laurie, who I asked to draw me a knightly frog holding a sword and shield. I think it’s the best drawing I’ve seen in ages…

Exeter Comic Expo Sketches

Just got back from the Exeter Comic Expo, a now twice-yearly offshoot from the Animated Exeteranimation festival we be ‘avin down here in Devonshire, and I remembered to take my camera to snap pictures of convention sketches this time!

The Spectre. Sort of. Strictly speaking this one’s cheating because it’s from the very end of the Bristol Convention, but it was in the sketchbook in front of me just waiting to be snapped. It’s my blog and I’ll do what the hell I want.

There’ll be another blog post sometime soon with this fellow in it…

The perennial Blueberry and pals. Had to step up the sketching game on this one because it was in a well-travelled book of sketches from all over the world.

The Joker.

Matt from Raven’s Gate complete with dangly magical necklace and barely-pencilled other elements.

Ones I forgot to take a picture of: A suggestive cowboy and Supergirl chasing a Hobgoblin. Not the Marvel character, but just a Hobgoblin. I love convention sketching.

Gurren Lagann

Sketchbook page doodled after watching the animé series Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann from the Gainax studio, the same spirited bunch who gave you your Evangelion – and one of my favourite pieces of film ever – Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise. Simon the Driller, Yoko and Kamina here look a bit lumpy, but they didn’t half appear on the paper fast. I like it when that happens.

I really should put more sketchbook pages up on here. If what I do is draw things, then they represent the source of that much more faithfully than finished artwork does…