Feels like it’s been a while since I last posted! Sorry about that… I’ve got lots of work on at the moment, which might take me a couple of weeks to clear, but it’s a good problem to have. Most of these pieces of work are private commissions, but a couple are editorial illustrations for publications, so hopefully this is the start of something good (fingers crossed).
I’m not sure where the inspiration image above came from, but I went for a run earlier so maybe that did it. The landscape is meant to reflect Chino Hills in California at dusk.
A man goes to a pub for a drink and spies on the counter a glass jar filled with $50 notes. “Bartender, what’s this then”, the man asks pointing to the jar. “Oh, that’s for the local dare we got set up, put in $50, you do three tasks and you get the whole jar. First you have to knock out the bouncer at the Pink Panther club down the road, big mean Maori bloke. Next we got this wild dingo out back, angry bugger, got to pull out one of its teeth bare handed. Finally up stairs me Nan needs a good seeing to, she’s 98 but she’s up for it!”, the bartender replies.
The man downs his pint, puts the money in the jar, nods his head, and leaves.
20 minutes later the bartender gets a call from his mate at the Pink Panther club saying some crazy bastard knocked out his bouncer with an uppercut. The door then slams open and the man walks in with a triumphant grin. “Alright, where’s this dingo?!” “The dogs out back tied up. Careful though it’s pretty dangerous” says the bartender while opening the back door and showing him the way. When the bartender returns the pub is quiet and every patron is listening for the chaos that’s about ensue.
Outside they hear squeals, screams, and the sounds of tearing clothes and flesh. A little while passes and it goes quite, until the back door slams open and there stands the man, panting and tired with bite marks and blood all over him. “Jesus Christ mate”, gasps the worried bartender, “no one’s ever gone this far before”. The man stares the bartender down. “I don’t want to talk about it, just show me where your bloody grandma is so I can pull out her damned tooth”.
Another one of these. This one took a bit longer than the previous one because I got caught up adding more detail. I’m not entirely sure I like the two closest characters, I feel like they could have… well, more character. I like the rest of it though. I may move on to some places outside of Yorkshire for the next one or perhaps attempt a snow scene given that the C-word is around the corner…
I’ve been meaning to do an ode to Yorkshire for a while now, and since I’ve been getting in contact with some local businesses in lieu of collaboration, I figured this was the perfect time to show off. This is a view of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales, check out this link for more details on the place https://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/places/swaledale/.
I approached this piece as though it was a brief set by a group like Lonely Planet or a British Airways in-flight magazine for tourists visiting the UK. The idea was to make it as vibrant as possible while showing off what is quintessentially the Yorkshire Dales, that being; rolling hills, farms divided by drystone walls, picturesque villages, and long, rambling walks. Of course I intentionally avoided all the rain, wind, fog, and stepping in cow and sheep shit. Honestly though, it really is a wonderful place any time of the year.
This took about a day (8 hours-ish) to complete and is one of the largest and most time consuming illustrations I’ve done in a while. I’m thinking of doing a few like this to show off more of the north of England, so stay tuned.
Very quick piece this one because I’ve been non-stop today – felt like it was needed though as I’ve not posted for a couple days. I tried not to dwell too long on this one, not because I’m lazy (though of course I am) but because I wanted to keep things rough and loose… I am sure there’s an innuendo in there somewhere, but you can unpack it yourself. Still feels a little amateurish – not so much from the execution and speed, but more stylistically – I feel like I could’ve pushed and stretched and… well, just done more. It doesn’t seem enough somehow to slightly exaggerate and simplify things. Need to keep pushing and testing things. Enough for tonight. Enjoy!
This one took about three hours. It’s not super complex and it’s actually more of a study than a conceptual piece, but just doing a study of photo reference felt a little boring, so I added the painter/decorator to make it a little more interesting. When drawing from reference I often forget that i’m allowed to use artistic licence and make things my own, which is the case with the mountains. I originally just copied the reference, but the realistic jagged shapes didn’t sit right, hence the change to smooth curves which fit more with the foreground shapes. I particularly like the rocks in the foreground – no, not in a weird rock-fetish kind of way, you pervert! Can’t a guy just have a healthy appreciation for some rocks?! Jesus… anyway, enjoy!
Three hour digital sketch that I’m going to tidy up and colour for the portfolio. The idea was taken from a fantasy book I’m reading at the moment by Miles Cameron (if you’ve not read his work, I highly recommend him). I’m excited about this one!