Operation Robot Storm out and almost in colour

June 8, 2010 by  
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Yesterday was the official publication day of Operation Robot Storm, and to celebrate, I spent most of it colouring in some of the comic sections. I rarely colour in work, as most of it is line drawing, so it was excellent fun. It also reminded me of just how many other questions are raised when working with colour, and how much more tricky it is.


Here’s one of the smaller panels, both in black and white, and colour. I’ve tried to keep the atmosphere all the same, retaining muted colours to describe the cold, glacial effect of Balaclava’s Elemental. It’s interesting to see them both together, and it’s making want to colour the whole thing. Maybe when I learn how to access a parallel universe, I can get another me to sit and do it.

The Rainbow Orchid launch

August 4, 2009 by  
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Last night was the launch of Garen Ewing’s wonderful Rainbow Orchid at Foyles bookshop. I have an awful lot of time for Garen and his work. After all, he did the brilliant dinosaur image for the Crystal Palace festival I organised, so I’ll always be indebted to him.

But for anyone not knowing his work, if you can get to the Charing Cross Foyles store, there’s a marvellous exhibition of his work in the Gallery. You’ll be completely blown away by seeing his pictures at huge size.

So if you’re a fan of Tintin-style comics and like a cracking adventure, what are you waiting for?

(Oh, and he said he might come and do something at next year’s Crystal Palace festival too, so hooray for that.)

Yeti comic practice

April 3, 2009 by  
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I’ve been working of late on comic sections for my Yeti books. I’ve only ever dabbled in comics, but now I’m totally in the world of panel-by-panel story making. I just need to decide whether to colour them in or just use my pencil.

So this is a practice go. It was in colour, but clever me, colouring away late last night saved it as black and white without realising. Idiot!

A touch of Manga Shakespeare

March 31, 2009 by  
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I’ve been looking through the terrific Manga Shakespeare books – we’ve got Othello and Julius Caesar at home – and I’m so impressed. The Caesar, illustrated by Mustashrik is particularly cool.

Of the many other titles available, the other that really stands out is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Illustrated by the hugely talented Kate Brown, who some of you might also know from the sadly now defunct DFC. (Check out her comic online here!)

I do owe the DFC a full post, as so much good has come out of it. But many of the brilliant writers and illustrators are heading to Crystal Palace for our book festival, so I’ll do a proper round-up then.

And as a side note, anyone searching for The Mousehunter will likely have seen that my site got hacked recently. Some very dodgy/nasty stuff was added to the code, and because of it the Google search displays BAD words. I apologise. Should be back to normal soon, I hope.

Doing some comic research

February 5, 2009 by  
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I feel like I’m back at art school all of a sudden. But although I have picture books coming out of my ears, none of them concern landscape painting or Caspar David Friedrich.

It’s all about comics, you see. I’m trying to soak up as much comic brilliance as I can at the moment, as I’m about to create some of my own for the Yetis. It’s all sort of taking shape at the moment, but here is some of the work I picked up on Tuesday.

I’m well known for my love of Hayao Miyazaki, and although he’s more revered for his films, this Nausicca manga is absolutely phenomenal. The movement of the flying machines, the characters, the action scenes – it’s all beautiful, and hand drawn, and as good as any artwork I’ve ever seen in a comic.

Then there’s Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy. He’s king of the fast-paced action scene and the huge wide-angle landscape shot to create setting. Astro Boy is quite unique, and for a lot younger audience than his other work that I’ve read, but it’s still captivating and full of heart.

As you can probably see, there’s a big Japanese theme here. It’s not intentional, as such, but it’s more a case of me catching up. The League of Extraordinary Gentleman would have been here had I not read it a short while ago.

Next up is Tintin. I’d not read any of these before – I preferred the adventures of Asterix, Obelix and, of course, Dogmatix when I was younger. (It was a sort of Beatles versus the Rolling Stones case, I think.) Tintin didn’t grab me at all, but now I’m loving them. I love the involved stories, the beautifully clean drawings and machines, and I love Captain Haddock and Snowy.

And then there’s Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo. Speaks for itself, really, but to see the bike scene drawn on paper is a wonder to behold. Here’s the animated version – I can remember getting so excited seeing this as a young teenager. It’s the blurry trail of lights off the back of the bikes that are so awesome.