Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cinnamon Donuts and a Ninja Turtle

Just another quicky...
Today I ate 3 cinammon donuts. I know they are not good for me, but they sure do taste good! I now have a donut for a belly. Nice.
Here is Leonardo all inked up and ready for colour.
Let me know if you want some Hi res action so the world can see what you can do with your colour skills!
I will colour him some day, but for now it's all Gemini, Gemini, Gemini for me!!

Little Juggy comes to life!!


Bit of a different sort of entry for today.

I sporatically receive very cool emails from people who have found an interesting use for my art. I'll try and feature these every now and then as they come in. They will range from clay models like the one you see here to tattoos, to just completely bizare stuff.

The artist responsible for creating this nice little model can be found here on Deviant art:

I believe he is taking commissions, so if you want to see your art in clay like this, get in touch with the dude.

In Gemini news, I have finished 1 page of inks so far...more is on the way. I'm really happy with how this first page has turned out, but you will all have to wait to see it. I may post it in the future. maybe.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Inking in progress...

Just a quick one today.

The inking is coming along. I'm enjoying myself so far. Here is a snippet. I'm sure I'm not spoiling anything by telling you that Dynamo 5 appears in issue 4 of Gemini, and it will be one hell of an appearance!

Aside from that, I have enabled anonymous comments as it was pointed out to me that only registered users were able to leave comments, so there ya go. It's open territory. Don't be shy now!


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Soccer Sunday

Sunday night is always soccer night for me. My team is called the Golden Monkeys. Tonight we lost our first game this season, but it was a good game. It's always good to be reminded that you are not as good as you think you are. I'm feeling a little sore, but no injuries this week! Time to get back into some inking before hitting the sack.

Today I scanned a little snippet form my sketchbook. Just some quick head sketches to get the stylistic juices flowing. I always enjoy drawing the good old classic SFII characters. Incase you didn't know these guys are called Zangy and Chunners. Yep. Thats their names.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Gemini 4 COVER pencils

Dear Mr. Blog,

It is just after 6pm and I am yet to begin these inks I have been talking about doing today. What is wrong with me?!

I can still get a page done, it's a good time to work in the evening. I was just commenting on the nice spring weather we are experiencing. Almost feels like Christmas eve.

Before I get into my inks though, I'm gonna have a crack at some pacman...Am I the same guy who just asked what was wrong with me before? hmm.

The art you see here today is my rough sketch and then slightly tighter pencils for the cover art which will appear on issue 4 of Gemini. Issue 4 is currecntly in production. Watch this space to see it come to life!


Raw and slightly tighter...

Hello blog!
Although it would seem that I have missed a day, I would argue that i have in fact not, since I havn't slept more than once since the last post...that makes this the next day in my eyes, and it may also look like I have made 2 posts in one day when I post something else tomorrow...
Don't mind me. I am enjoying an apple cider before I get to bed.
Today I finally got those afore-mentioned Gemini pencils nice n tight enough to ink. There is a cool Dynamo 5 splash in amongst this batch. I have decided to tackle this issue in blocks of 5 pages at a time. So I now have my first 5 pages all penciled up and I will be hitting the inks starting tomorrow. I'll probably put some inks up here as I go along. Anything can happen on the blog really, which is why it is so much fun!
Let me talk about todays art.... First up is a very raw bunch of sketches. I was having trouble drawing a particular character on this day, so I just drew her head and expressions many times, very freely, to get back into the character. Sometimes a piece of comic art board can be voodoo cursed in a particular area, and no matter what you do, it just never comes out right. The cure is to draw on a new piece of paper with no restrictions and then hit the cursed piece of paper with confidence!
The 2nd sketch I have shown here is a tightened up version of the Ninja Turtle sketch I posted yesterday. These pencils are now ready for me to ink, which I will be using as my warm-up for inking over the next week. We may just see a finished version of old mate Leonardo here, and you can watch it all happen right here on the 'secret stash'...
I am off to sleepy dreamland now! Goodnite!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tree Climber

Hello and good day to you all.

Yesterday was National BBQ day here in Australia. Apparently. So I had a BBQ with a nice group of friends. As if we need another excuse to drink beers and sit ouside in the sun!

Todays sketch is of another ninja turtle...I did a bunch of warm-up sketches, and felt like drawing turtles again. I might ink this one when I am ready to start inking Gemini. Just to break in the new pens, and limber up a little. Y'know? The sketch was very quick. No more than 15 minutes if even that.

The 2nd sketch you see here of a little man climbing a tree was something else I drew on the same page, and this morning I tried some painty paint experiments on it. Had fun with that, and learnt a thing or two for next time around.

Now be gone, and return soon with hungry eyeballs!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gemini Snippet

Hello there Blog. My lovely blog. Sorry I missed you the last couple of days. Dam...already blown the post a day thing.

Well...I just havn't had the chance to get to a computer and write anything, but here I am now. Do you forgive me blog?

Today was a good day! Quite productive really. I penciled 2 pages of Gemini issue 4, and also brushed up the pencils of another page. I'll probably pencil 2 more tomorrow, and then hit some inks. So it's coming along. And since you probably don't care about words and would rather see some art, I have attached a little snippet of some of the pencils. I'm really enjoying drawing this book, and I think it is gonna show in the newer stuff.

That is it for now. Must go sleep!


Friday, September 5, 2008


Feeling a little bloated as I write this. Right after I took a lunch break from drawing, I decided to watch some random crap on you tube as I finihsed a 1 litre tup of Lemon Sorbet...So tasty. But I feel so full now. Makes me want to go lie down rather than keep drawing.

Today (besides being a pig) I have started to teach myself how to paint backgrounds. I'm doing a little side job which will require lots of painted backgrounds, and I want them to look kick ass, so I have to learn how to do this properly. Not easy after years of colouring inside the black lines. When I have something worth showing (which I am allowed to show) I'll post it all up here on the blog of love.

As for todays art...A while back I went and saw the Cirque de Soleil when it came to Canberra. The show was Varekai. I was floored! I have to say that this was the closest I felt to being a kid again while watching a live show. There was so much atmosphere. A good friend of mine met one of the trapeze girls, and now, over a year later they are still together, and he is travelling the world with the circus! Not bad eh?

My travelling buddy wanted to give something nice to his acrobatic lady, and asked if I would draw something....This was the result. I would love to find the time to colour it someday, and perhaps I will eventually, but for now I am showing the steps I took to get to the finished inked piece.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

I am talking to myself...

It just hit me. I'm talking to myself here like a crazy man.

Just about to go to work (my other job), but I wanted to make sure I keep the posting a day alive!

This is a pretty crappy sketch I did of Leonardo... I planned on colouring this at one point, but once I scanned it, I didn't like it. It feels forced to me, so I ditched it. Now it appears on the blog since I didnt have the time to scan anything new. I still don't like it. Must draw a good Leo.

And in case you hadn't seen it, I have posted my take on Michaelangelo... This one didn't turn out so bad.

I'd better tell someone about the blog soon or I will just keep on talking to myself.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Get well soon!

I love the fact that i can post anything I want here. More the art than my words really, cause I havn't ever really held back on what I have wanted to say in the past...

I have always felt very self-concious about what I post as far as art goes though, but I think this blogs purpose is for me to get past that, and post art freely. Dosn't have to be fact the more raw the better.

For example, this one here is a straight scan from my sketch book. I sometimes ink sketches in there to warm up before hitting the actual comic board. I have a lot of this kind of stuff lying around, and I guess over the coming weeks some of those will pop up here.

On a side note, my lovely girlfriend is suffering from some sort of cold at the moment, so I just want to say that I hope she gets better real soon!! I'm feeling a little tingle of a cold trying to take me over, but hopefully I can resist.

Finished pencils for page 1 of issue 4 of Gemini today also. I'll have to post some of those up as I get them done too.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Regular like Muesli

So, I got up to begin work today (drawing of course!) and I felt like posting on the blog...Then I realised 'hang on a sec! You've only just started this thig yesterday'...and then I thought to myself, 'well, why not!?'

So here I am. I wonder if I can post something new everyday? I think it's a good challenge. Surely I draw at least 1 new thing each day which I can show, right? I think it's a worthwhile experiment.

I have noticed that no one has discovered the secret stash as yet. I havn't told anyone about it either, but I'll put the word out there once there is a few good things worth checking out on here.

Todays art is from a series of Marvel Sketch cards I drew for upperdeck. I had a blast working on these. Really fun and relaxing mostly. All up I have drawn 30 cards for this set. I picked 4 of them sort of randomly as a little taste to wet some appetites. I'm proud to say that all of my cards were approved already. Don't know if that is really a big deal or not, but I guess it means there were no duds! You get brownie points for naming all the characters shown.

Hasta la proxima!


Monday, September 1, 2008

Welcome to the secret art stash!!

Testing 1, 2, 3.....

Hello there!

I finally decided to start up my own blog. Don't know why it has taken me so long, but I felt that now was a good time. I plan on using this space to post up more of my ideas, rough sketches, finished pieces, commissions and pretty much the overall ravings of a semi-crazy man. Chances are that entries will not always be art related. I'm experimenting here, so hopefully that will keep things fun. The plan is to post regularly though, so do visit often!

Here is a sketch to kick off the festivities. Some concept art for the character LYNX from my current comic book, GEMINI.