So I take one of me usual hiatuses, and what happens? The world goes to hell! Oh well. Hence the question—back to what? Not smoking ruins. Not just yet, anyway.
Oh, I didn’t even post the third & fourth episodes of Birmingham Now, did I? Okay…
Episode three (February) can be view here, and episode four (March) can be viewed here. Needless to say, while we all struggle against the scourge of the Black Death, the show is on indefinite hiatus. We did shoot most of an April episode but it became largely redundant, and if/when it returns… it’s very likely we’ll take a different approach. Steve and I have talked about this a bit. But no point thinking about it for now.
I have been doing a few things, though, including a bit of portrait art. Which I need to get scanned. I’ll be back when I do.
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.
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?
As a follow-up to this post—it took a good few months to get around to inking the thing, but I finally did!
Now the year is very much underway, hopefully I’ll be posting more often again! Please give me some feedback if you can!!
This is a Work-In-Progress portrait of the great Shemp Howard, the original third stooge. I’ll be inking it soon. Shemp doesn’t get enough attention or kudos, IMO!
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!!
**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……
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.
Just messing around with the old Lovecraftian creature traits in mixed media.
Time for Chris’s turn as the Monster. No doubt the finishes will follow at some point!
More on portrait commissions here.
Probably to be inked, but thought I’d post the pencils stage.
A4 portrait, ink & graphite. I shall be offering this for sale on eBay soon, unless anyone makes an offer in the meantime. I’m available for similar commissions, incidentally. E-mail me if you have any questions or requests. More soon!
A birthday present sketch for Steve on date inscribed. In the style (roughly) of Chris Achilleos.
Legendary director of Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, etc…
Colour version of the piece I posted previously.