Sunday, 17 May 2015

Friday, 20 March 2015

New (1980's) Illustrations

Some new illustrations. I'm currently working on quite a few new projects, hopefully some updates soon!
Soundwave and Ravage, based on the Generation 1 commemorative toys.

Jem! With Kimber, Shana and Aja.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Awwwwoooooooo!




I spent Sunday hanging out with wolves.


Wolf Connection  is an amazing place where rescued wolf dogs are cared for and rehabilitated. They also do wonderful outreach programs with young people, teaching them valuable skills and helping them connect with the pack.
Visiting Wolf Connection was an amazing experience.

Things I learned about wolves:
They were very happy splashing through water.

*Wolves aren't stinky. They don't smell like dogs, even after running through water. No dog breath either.

*Unlike dogs, ears back means submission, not aggression.

*They have different songs (howls), the alpha has some solo songs and sometimes she invites the  others to join in.


A quick sketch of Maya, the alpha of the pack.

*Alphas don't have to be jerks. Being the alpha doesn't mean she's necessarily the toughest or most aggressive. However, she has a notable quiet confidence which the rest of the pack respect. The mid-ranking pack members tend to be the ones testing their place.

*They have beautiful dense fur.



*It's illegal to own a wolf or wolf dog in California, many end up being euthanized by authorities.



Many of the dogs at wolf connection had been abused or neglected, but they have been given a new lease of life thanks to the efforts of the team. They rely on donations and sponsorship, so please check out their site: http://wolfconnection.org/ 


Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 - the year in review


A little look back at some of the things I did in 2014. All in all a pretty good year.

Comics and books


Panel from Scarlet Star 

Scarlet star, written by Sam Read, art by me, letters by Colin Bell. This project was a long time in production, but it finally emerged in 2014 in Comic Review magazine.

Panels from upcoming graphic novel 'Lord'

I completed a new graphic novel, Lord, which should be out in 2015. From initial script to finished painted art, it was a lot of work so it took up a considerable amount of my year.

Panels from 'Law of the Paw' graphic novel
The graphic novel 'Law of the Paw' was released digitally through Boathouse group. Written by Glen Doyle, art by me, lettering by Fonographiks. Although it was completed quite a while ago (when I still lived in England) it only saw release this year so I'm counting it as 2014 book.

Art from 'Laffnatter' children's book.

Also with writer Glen Doyle, I did a series of children's book. The first two 'Laffnatter' books are available from Boathouse group.
Art from 'Laffnatter' Children's book

I worked on quite a few collaborations this year which have been delayed or are waiting to be published. I've had great fun working with wonderful writers such as Greg Parker Needham and Erik J. Avalon and I'm very hopeful for future projects.
I'm currently working on a new graphic novel as well as a slew of scripts which I am pitching. I will be focusing a lot more on writing next year.


Exhibition and art


I'm so glad I found Creature Features in Burbank. As well as being a cornucopia of wonders, it also hosts great events. I was thrilled to be included in their annual Halloween exhibition.

I also went to a lot of inspiring exhibitions this year. Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra is one of my favourite galleries, they've had some excellent shows this year, and the fact that it's next to Grill Em All doesn't hurt either.

Raven on skull pillow 
This year I opened a Zazzle store, it currently just has some Christmas items but I will be adding skate decks in 2015.
I also added some new designs to my Society 6 store.
And I started a facebook page, still in it's infancy but I'll try and make more out of it in the new year.

Comic conventions

I went to a few conventions this year. I made it to SDCC for the first time. It's truly crazy. Now I know what to expect I can hopefully be a bit better prepared for next year.

Me with Laura and Mike Allred

Longbeach comic con was great! One of my favourite conventions ever. Why? Because a lot of my comic creator heroes were there and it was really quiet so I got to actually talk to them. Mike and Laura Allred (some of the nicest people you will ever meet!), Mike Mignola, James O'Barr, Dan Brereton. Too much talent for one room! As you can tell from my enthusiasm for that line up, the early 90's was when I seriously got in to comics. Although it was a busy convention, the main focus seemed to be cosplay, (and there were some impressive costumes there), and the talks / panels were spread out over other floors so the area around the comic tables was mostly quiet. Perfect if you're attending as a fan.

Monsters love conventions too.

I went to two Monsterpaloozas this year! Monsterpalooza is an amazing convention that happens in Burbank. If you like horror, sci-fi and special effects then this a dream come true. Industry greats and newcomers set up stalls with all manner of physical effect wonders, there's exhibitions, there's actors and actresses from classic and cult films, and there's all sorts of crazy things you can buy. It's a lot of fun.


Tricks of the trade




Martial arts

Artwork for Esfinges apparel - Esfinges is the first female international HEMA  (Historical European Martial Arts) network. 

I've tried to get back in to training, but it hasn't been easy. This year I started learning some Irish Stick Fighting, something I've wanted to do for a long time. I managed to do bits of Filipino Martial Arts here and there, but I'm really hoping to get back in to it properly next year. I was really getting in to European arts (especially Longsword) just before I left the UK so I'd like to get back to doing that too.

Celebrity

Living so close to L.A. it's not unusual to bump in to the odd celebrity now and again, but this year was especially celeb filled.

I went whale watching in January and LeVar Burton was on the same boat as us, filming for a Reading Rainbow app. We got to watch him filming (they were doing a thing about Moby Dick) and we had a good chat with him. He's super nice! I didn't mention how much I'd loved Star Trek, but he could probably tell. I'm sure his nerd senses were tingling as soon as he saw the 20 sided dice t-shirt I was wearing.

Geena Davis, October Crifasi and me.


The Geena Davis Institute is something I've been interested in for quite a while. This year I got the opportunity to attend their 'Reel v. Real' discussion (thanks to Christina Martin) and their annual fundraising event (thanks to October Crifasi). And I got to meet Geena herself! She is every bit as awesome as you'd expect.

I also got to visit E! a few times and watch the Soup being filmed (thanks to Cold Steel). Joel McHale is hilarious and so much fun to hang out with. I have a lot of respect for anyone who can make live television look so effortless.
Thanks again to October, I also got to see Craig Ferguson film his show at CBS. Great to catch it before he stepped down.

Then, thanks to Joel McHale, a visit to see the new season of Community being filmed. I'm a huge fan of the show! It was very surreal walking around the sets. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, it was amazing.
And if you're a fan of the show too, you'll know why being on a boat with LeVar Burton seemed even crazier. I am Troy.

Me and Andy hanging out with Dean Pelton and Jeff Winger. Go Human Beings!











So, this year has been filled with projects, some fun, some tough, most of which I can't share with you yet. A lot of random run ins with celebrities. Quite a bit of travel. But most of all it's been a ton of fun.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Greendale's the way it goes...


It's been a crazy week.

I attended the annual fundraiser for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (thanks October for making that happen!) and I got to meet Geena herself. She is an amazing person. The institute is doing much needed research in to gender representation and the effects of it, on and off screen. I also recently attended a panel discussion they hosted on diversity in television and it was hugely informative. You can find out more about the institute here: http://seejane.org/




Then I got to see The Soup being taped (which is always a blast) and Joel invited us to the Community set. 
Community is one of my all time favourite shows, so it was very surreal being on set and meeting everyone. The cast and crew were all so friendly and welcoming, it was amazing! I was geeking out the whole time, we saw some scenes being shot in the study room. THE STUDY ROOM! (If you're a fan of the show you'll get it). And I'm still geeking out that we got to meet pretty much everyone...Britta, Annie, Abed, Chang, The Dean, Leonard, Garrett and a new character (shhh!), and of course Winger, who invited us there. They were all so nice!
It happened to be an episode directed by Rob Schrab, who's also a comic creator and animator as well as a director. I've been in to his work for years (since I first saw a copy of Scud: the disposable assassin) so it was wonderful to meet him too and talk comics. 

Speaking of comics...


It's been a while since I mentioned comics, and it may seem like I haven't been doing much but it's actually because I've been doing a lot, working very hard on some new projects.  



'LORD'

Lord is my new graphic novel, it's currently being lettered (thanks to the wonderful Colin Bell!) and should be available next year. It's a horror /drama set in Ireland in the 1970's. 





I'm working on a new graphic novel, I'm just finishing off the initial pitch at the moment. It's another horror book but with a very different tone. Above are some of the character sketches. I'm going for a heavier inking style with a light wash over the top, it'll be quite different from my other work. 


I've also been working on a few other projects this year, collaborative pieces, which have yet to emerge. Hopefully they'll be out next year so I can talk about them. 

Meanwhile, here's some stuff you can buy...


I've added new art to my Society 6 store, which has promotions running all this week (check out my facebook page for promotional discount links) Also, I've got a new store over at Zazzle for greeting cards (I'll be adding other products in the new year, such as skate decks).

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