Monday, July 30, 2012

Shellac Print Gallery poster!

My friend Liz at the Shellac Print Gallery in Northcote just sent me this scan. I did this poster about a month ago in her store one evening while a couple of local bands played to a crowd of about 40-50.

It was the last day of the Northern Exposure art festival and one wall of the shop was dedicated to my stuff, and I got to set up in front of it.

I had a big easel borrowed from the church across the road and did this over about 2 hours, with brushes and ink. It was a lot of fun and was a really great atmosphere to work in. I enjoyed making a font on the spot as well. I didn't plan the drawing at all before I went into the store, I just did a rough thumbnail that looked alright then went for it.

The actual poster is about 60cm high. The beetle is supposed to be a Shellac beetle, with a few creative liberties taken.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hunter of Beasts!

So I'm trying my hand at black & white fantasy art again, the kind you see in RPG sourcebooks for D&D.

I've always loved that stuff, ever since I got a copy of that board game Hero Quest when I was a kid. I emailed a few RPG publishers about doing some work with them last week but I've realised my portfolio doesn't have any of that really specific stuff, so I've set myself the task of producing a few, and preparing a specific portfolio for this stuff.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Severian of the Order of Seekers for Truth and Penitence!

I'm excited to be getting more stuff happening on this blog! After some sage advice from this beastial yankee I have my drawing mojo back somewhat, so you expect some more pointless fanart like the above. 

Meet Severian, the protagonist of Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun. He is a twenty-something apprentice torturer, and something of a badass. Without going into too much detail and wearing all the letter off the keyboard, BotNS is my favourite book series ever, having knocked Dune off it's immense pedestal about two years ago. I've tried about a dozen times to draw Severian. This is the closest I've ever come to matching the mental image I have of him. This was really fun to draw - I almost gave up after the initial sketch, but after a dishwashing break, I came back and realised it was worth finishing. 

Monday, July 16, 2012


Wolverine! I did this for the Oz Comics Facebook group's weekly challenge. Done with fine liners and felt tip pens, same as Luke that I posted yesterday. I woke up at about 4am today for no reason and, having always vowed that if I were to begin suffering from insomnia, I would use the time well, I decided to do a bit more fan art. I've always meant to enter the Oz Comics weekly challenge as well, but the topic has never grabbed me. This one wasn't really an exception, but I thought I'd do my own absurd take on on a very serious character.


My take on Luke. Just for fun. Done with fine liners and felt tip pens. I really enjoyed doing something just for myself and not for a client or anything else. Plus I love Star Wars and haven't done any real fan art in ages!