The Cush

Although this dates from last December, I had been meaning to post it. It’s a portrait of Peter Cushing as he appears in one the later Hammer Frankenstein movies. (I’m not even sure which one, offhand—anyone?)

EDIT: It’s from Dracula AD 1972. Thanks, Henry. Why didn’t I know that? I used a photo ref without looking up the source is why!!

Anyhow—was really difficult to get a nice looking scan as I don’t think the piece is entirely successful… the mixing of media—black ink, gray markers, pencil—is a bit awkward, plus some of the black areas were done with a cheap marker and aren’t at all solid (thank you, Gil Kane!). I also tried something a little more abstract in the shadowing and rendering. I think it’s an interesting experiment but doesn’t quite hit the mark.

That said, some people disagree with me and think it works quite well! Oh, it’s FOR SALE, too! Open to offers. It’s on a sheet of A3 card.

The Cush

Lord Cthulhu!

Well, seeing as how a rather diminutive version of the Great One has appeared in some of my art (such as the previous post!)—I thought I ought to try and do a pic of Cthulhu where he looks a bit more awesome… a bit more like he might just be standing 200 feet high!

So, I’m posting the finished drawing followed by the original sketch… because while the finished piece may be a little more polished, somehow the sketch has more energy, so they’re both kinda interesting, no?

Mixed feelings aside, that is—one person, seeing a preview of this a while ago, said that the big guy was reminding him somewhat of John Pienaar! THANK YOU! I can’t see anything else now. What the hey.

Cthulhu

Cthulhu Sketch

Marie Portrait 2019

I’m calling it 2019 because I wanted to revisit a piece I did back in February 2011. I just liked the concept, but the execution was really quite poor—at the time a few people were positive about it, but one person was quite critical… and basically they were right, whatever their motives. It was very amateurish indeed.

Well… see for yourself here. And compare and contrast with the new version…

Did I get better? Just a little bit? I think everyone is entitled to improve, yes?

Marie Portrait 2019

Two Big Monsters Having A Fight

Some of you out there will have seen W.I.P. pencils and distorted photos of this (amongst others)—but here, for better or worse, is the finished article. It’s a tribute to (or satire of; you decide) big monsters and toxic masculinity… and Richard Corben, of course. Now, me, I’m not one for “violence” per se, but in this case, as The Stath might say: “OI! Come and ‘ave some, you FAKKER!!”

(The lettering is all done by hand in this instance. Oh well.)

(Hobbs & Shaw looks like fun.)

Two Big Monsters pg1

Two Big Monsters pg2

(Bonus Extra: the original—even more rudimentary—thumbnails for this strip can be viewed here and here.)

My Font

As much as my artwork is always an area I feel I need to improve, one thing I do that is much, much worse is my lettering. I’m not the world’s worst letterer… but close. My biggest issue is one of consistency—it’s okay to render characters with a bit of a wonk to them, but a good letterer will produce roughly the same wonk consistently. Me, I go through the whole dictionary of wonking, and it ain’t pretty.

I’ve long thought making a font of my own scribble would solve this problem. So I finally got round to doing it! Actual lettered pages will follow in due course…

CH Font

I’m Back (Again)

It’s true… I struggle to update this blog regularly and I have for the last decade, really. (I have a large archive of “legacy blog” postings, not currently online, which was a mixture of personal and work—going back to the year 2000!) Partly it’s because social media put a real dent in blogs—regrettably, for me, as I have always disliked so-called social media… and only real popular blogs have weathered the storm somewhat unscathed. So it’s a major disincentive to bother with a blog when you know no one bothers looking at it unless you personally prod them into doing so!

And life itself—the complications, the distractions, the tragedies, the endless quest for income and stability… it’s heavy. Who needs to blog about that or prioritise blogging to a silent or non-existent audience instead of focusing on important stuff?!

Well, who knows. I’d like to keep the blog alive regardless, although I also realise that when I emphasise work over personal, as I have done the last few years (hence keeping the archive of more personal or trivial stuff offline lately), that can be even less interesting! To some folks, anyway. We’ve all become our own personal reality TV show channels, sadly. I don’t regard this as progress, to be honest. Just because it’s a new development socially or culturally doesn’t automatically mean it’s an improvement.

Anyhow…

Speaking of the above-mentioned life complications and tragedies, one of them came in early May. I took a week’s holiday in Wales with my colleague, friend and landlord, Mr Steve Green—my first visit to Wales, where I spent most of my childhood Summers, in more than 30 years, astonishingly. And it was mostly a great time, even if my revisit of the campsite/town where I spent so much time as a little kiddie was cut a little short. (I need to go again sometime! I didn’t explore it as I really wanted to.) But on the very last day, five minutes before we were due to head back for home… Steve’s little dog, Oscar, bolted through the front door and squeezed through the front gates of the cottage.

Which led directly to the main road where frequent cars are apt to speed by with little regard for road safety.

One such car hit Oscar and didn’t trouble itself to stop (as required by the law)—and the local vet could do nothing to help him as he’d sustained huge brain damage.

Five minutes before we were heading back for home. Really.

You couldn’t make it up. Sickening. A nice holiday basically ruined.

RIP, Oscar. Only three and a half years old.

Oscar, RIP

Tikki the Westie is fine, anyhow. She has missed Oscar a fair bit, but dogs are a lot less emo than humans overall.

All that being said, I’ve been working on a bunch of things recently and I’ll be posting some of that in the coming days. Not all of it—not sure what I’m doing with it all right now. But expect some new artwork.

And so, stay tuned, if you’re out there! Anyone? Hello? HELLO?!

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 strawman arguments, that makes me some kind of -IST. 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! 🙂

NOTE: THIS ARTWORK IS NOW SOLD. If you’re interested in a similar piece, drop me a line!!

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……

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