Doctor Thirteen & Sketchcards

Well… this is not really the place for a debate on the issue, but frankly I’m not at all happy with or impressed by the current incarnation of Ye Doctor in Doctor Who series 11. I feel Jodie Whittaker is hopelessly miscast** and the series has been all-round terrible (with the bizarre exception of Bradley Walsh, I’m shocked to hear myself saying)—and I’m not particularly inclined to watch more of them. According to the current hipster strawman arguments, that makes me some kind of Alt Right Nazi with internalised misogyny. I assume most sane people realise the issue is slightly more nuanced…

Nonetheless, I did have a go at drawing Jodie as Dockeroo and the result is kinda visually interesting. Or so I think, anyhow. BTW, this artwork is for sale, so feel free to make offers! 🙂

Below Jodie, a couple of small sketchcards of monster characters I like whose names begin with H. Open to offers on those too!!

Doctor Thirteen

Sketchcards Hellboy Hulk

**Obviously, the brilliant Joanna Lumley would’ve been a far superior choice, per her non-canonic, jokey 1999 turn as Da Doc in The Curse of the Fatal Death. But I guess she’s a little too old now? Well, y’know, in shitty ageist terms, anyhow……

Monsters Trailer!

As promised, the trailer for Monsters! And please note, you can view it as a direct link RIGHT HERE, which gives our videos more hits—and PLEASE subscribe to our channel and share the links! THANKS!

Stay tuned for info on future screenings, etc!

Cyberleader & New Gods

Just a couple of new drawings finished recently. First up is a portrait of David Banks and his alter ago, whom he portrayed in the classic run of Doctor Who during the 1980s, namely, the Cyberleader (of the Cybermen). Secondly, a pinup of Orion and (as a large floating head!) Darkseid, from Jack Kirby’s New Gods.

David Banks Cyberleader

New Gods

Monsters Colour Grading Tests

So… I’ve been playing with the footage for Monsters, and I’ve done some tests on the colour grading. The raw footage has a very flat colour profile, which allows filmmakers to push the images to suit the mood or preference more comfortably. Below are two graded frame grabs and finally a look at the raw (unmatted) footage for comparison.

(A trailer for the film is coming very soon!!)

Monsters Test 1

Monsters Test 2

Monsters Test Raw

Monsters Shoot

Principal photograph for Monsters was completed last night (Sunday)! In a very cold warehouse in deepest Coventry, the six-hour shoot went really well… a couple of annoying technical problems were surmounted without any great drama. (Okay, maybe some drama!!)

Huge thanks to Liam Woon for his brilliant performance and going above & beyond to help us ensure it all worked out! More soon!! But in the meanwhile, as ever, here are some photos for you to peruse…

Monsters Shoot 1

Monsters Shoot 2

Monsters Teaser

Now available for viewing: my edit of an extract from the Monsters rehearsal film, featuring Liam Woon as “The Man”. The proper shoot will be in Coventry on October 21st!

Monsters Rehearsal

Yesterday, we had our rehearsal for the aforementioned Monsters short, with Liam Woon playing the role of “The Man”. The final run-through was filmed and I played around with the image & sound a little bit—a YouTube link to that will follow. The shooting proper will take place later this month. Meanwhile, here’s a couple of pics, plus a shot of Liam with Steve…

Monsters Rehearsal 1

Monsters Rehearsal

Monsters Rehearsal 2

Steve Ditko, RIP

As it’s been a while since the news broke, I thought it was about time to mention Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man (and lots of others), who died late in June, aged 90.

He was always one of my major art influences. He had a unique eye and a memorably distinctive style that persisted to the very end. I was one of the ‘faithful’, I guess; those who followed Steve’s work throughout. It was always worth looking at, even if he favoured a very stripped-down approach later in life.

90 is a good run, and he lived it on his own terms. I did not agree with some of his views—I’m not big on Ayn Rand’s philosophy, for instance—but I respected him thoroughly, and was largely in sympathy with his thoughts on intellectual property and etc. He was a man who would put principle firmly ahead of a fast buck—rather like Alan Moore, but rather unlike most people. I was lucky enough to correspond with him for a while, some years ago… I always intended to write to him again and catch up, but I never got around to it… that’s life, isn’t it.

Steve Ditko on Wikipedia.

Steve Ditko - 1927-2018