Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Frank Frazetta

Little sketch I did late last night of the pioneering and highly influential artist Frank Frazetta - I love his work. Started off intending it to be a caricature but it kept straightening up and I thought 'why fight it?' I'll have to super-stretch his face another time.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Charles Bronson

Had some fun putting this painting of Chuck together. Learned some more lessons in how to render digital airbrush effects though I still feel a way off from experiencing a certain 'flow' that I've managed to execute more with other techniques. Onwards, ever onwards...

Bunch O' Beefies

A recent commission was undertaken for the creators of the Beefy's Foundation website, an online hub for Sir Ian Botham's charity endeavours. I was asked to supply a bunch of cartoon Beefies to place on the various pages, all dressed in various outfits according to his interests and charity events that he has been involved with. I thought I'd gather them altogether in one image here - but if you wish to see them in-situ then hit this link to visit the charity site. I wasn't being intentionally lazy by keeping all the heads the same - just felt it had more comic potential...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

José Manuel Barroso

The president of The European Commission looking as though he's lending a conspiratorial ear to someone just out of view.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Original Artwork For Sale

Just to let you know that original art is now for sale! If you've seen original artwork by me on the net somewhere then there's a good chance it can be exchanged for hard currency. At present I'm not considering art exchanges - but maybe in the future...
If you want to know a bit more then click on the tab at the top of this blog marked 'Original Art For Sale'.


Friday, 27 June 2014

Vincent Price


 Acrylic paint on  watercolour card - 41.5cm x 29.5cm

"...The midnight hour is close at hand", heh, heh! Been away from the paints too long so I've had good fun (for the most part) wacking down some real colours to try and capture the great face of Vincent Price - who's looking suitably horrified at the impudence of this caricature artist. The reference image was quite low-res - without any discernable fine details - and so forced me to keep the brush marks real loose.Close up, the result is pretty impressionistic but that's no bad thing.

Progress...



Above are some progress shots - 'pologies about the bad quality; they were lit only by one angel-poise lamp - but it gives an idea of how it built up. Some details changed, like the bow tie, but I kept pretty faithful to the original sketch with this one. And yes, his 'tache really was that wonky.



Above is the original sketch, done digitally with Sketchbook Pro.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Pelé - revisited

Created the main image of Pelé a while ago and uploaded with a different setting...which I never really liked, but couldn't come up with anything better at the time. Seeing as all eyes are on Brazil for the 2014 soccer world cup, I thought it would be a good time to revise it and reload it! I much prefer these colours.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Jackie Chan

Tools: Photoshop

I've have had this doodle knocking round the hard drive since digital-time began and have now finally admitted to myself that it wasn't going anywhere, despite liking the feel of it. Somehow couldn't find inspiration to develop a bigger peice for it to occupy. All the same, he looks happy enough.

John Waters

Sketchbook Pro
Mondo Trasho!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Stephen smacks it to ya one more time!


Do not give your work away for free, friends. Repeat: DO NOT GIVE YOUR WORK AWAY FOR FREE!

I would write my own post on this, but for now here's the great illustrator Stephen Silver giving you what you need to hear. He directs it towards art students - and that's understandable because they're often new to the commercial world - but we all need the reminder because we can all be tempted to let our standards slip. I know I previously linked another of Stephen's videos where he gives similar advice - but it bears repeating because so many of us are intent on learning the hard way. Heed that man!

(Just saying - slightly earthy language, if you're easily offended by such stuff.)

Gil Scott Heron

The revolution will not be caricatured...or perhaps more likely...my caricatures will not be televised...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Thanks, Reece!

I was very excited to get a tweet from one of my comedy heroes; Reece Shearsmith, in regard to a recent bit of fan art that I'd created of him. I hadn't tweeted it or sent it to him but he obviously got to see it somehow and very kindly took the time to tweet me the above message. Wotta gent! After I'd completed the original Reece sketch, I'd resolved to do a complete 'League' piece at some point, with all three (visible) members - but now I think I'll bring that project forward! I strongly recommend anybody (is there anybody?) who isn't familiar with his work to check out the genius comedy that is League of Gentlemen, Psychoville, and Inside No. 9 as well as his recent acting in The Widower. Special stuff.

CB W.I.P.

Bit of a late post. Must have a Death Wish...

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Stewart Lee


Have been really enjoying the third series of Stewart Lee's comedy vehicle, so it was good fun to morph what has been called by The Times "the face of the decade". Mr Lee doesn't tickle the funny bone, rather he gives it a rude kicking and then glowers at it. Tried my best to get the caricature as spot on as his observations. Looking forward to a fourth series...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A parade of percussionists...

Put this together last year as a gift/card for a good mate's 40th birthday, himself a gifted drummer living and working out of LA...a line-up of a few of his personal heroes.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Tony Benn

From a time when conviction politics and tobacco smoking were still legal...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Machete!

Some full colour Grindhouse madness with Danny Trejo as Machete. Lines in Sketchbook Pro, coloured in Photoshop.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Eric Cantona

King Eric! Apparently, doing little recently to shake off his bad-boy image...