Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas from the DAMbots

It's Christmas time so here is a picture showing how the DAMbots probably celebrate Christmas.

This is a double celebration as the DAMbots were conceived 2 years ago. And if you look here you can find the first ever image I publicly revealed of them, also a Christmassy picture. Looking back, I definitely think I've matured a lot with my art style as well as my vision for the microscropic robots.

Here's to another 2 years...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

IF - hatch

I just went for something quick and simple for this week's Illustration Friday. I hope you like it.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Illo Friday - Crunchy

Here are some crunchy leaves. I thought drawing leaves would be easy but I was completely wrong.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sneak peek # 2

Here's a sneak peek of a panel from the first colour issue of Deadly Alien Microbots, which will be posted onto the website early in the new year. It was hard to choose a panel to show without giving away much of the story.

Anyway, I hope you like as it took ages and ages to paint - well, the whole page anyway. I can tell that this idea I had of doing the comic in colour is going to end in tears...

So, is my radical departure from black and white a good thing? A bad thing? Meh??

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The colour of charity.

I've been toying with the idea of doing my, up till now completely black-and-white, comic in full colour. Here is a test I did for the cover of chapter 4. Yes, I can't believe that I've survived this long but chapter 3 is a third of the way through and number 4 is looming scarily closer. Anyway, regular readers will recognise some familiarity in the image but may also be miffed over why it looks so different to the DAMbots. You'll need to read the comic to find out...

In related news, I'm finally getting around to printing the comic. I've ordered my proof of Issue 1 of DAM, collecting chapter 1 and the Blood and Gorebot mini-episode in lovely hi-definition, and made the decision that I'll not make a single penny (or cent now that I'm in Canada) from the sales. Not only will it be at a super low price but I'll be donating all profits I make from it to a Leukemia charity, which hopefully should come to about 70c per copy. If this proves successful then I'll do the same for all future issues of DAM.

I'll let you folks now about it further down the line, but as always any feedback on the art or my unusual benevolence, or even just to say 'hi' is always welcome.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Forest Hunt

Hi there folks. As promised here's a picture I just painted. It's a bit experimental so please tell me your opinions...

Sometimes I feel like my art style is all over the place as each picture I draw is so different, but then I also feel like I'm coming towards finding a style that's 'my own'. And I definitely think this is more my thing than some of the others I've down.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Charles Goatley and his little mouse

It seems I have a visitor who comes into my room
And eats away at all the crumbs whenever there's a moon.
He tries to act all tough and strong and thinks he's quite the man,
But really he's a little mouse and I'll get him with my frying pan!!

Drawings and paintings will be coming real soon. In the meantime my webcomic is now on chapter 3!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Purple girl

Here's a test I'm doing for yet another of my crazy projects in between doing the Deadly Alien Microbots.

Friday, August 14, 2009

high climber

I thought that it's been a while since I've done any noir so here's a new one to whet the appetite. It's flawed but the overall look came out ok.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


I stumbled across a paint package called Alchemy that helps inspire the creativity of the mind by doing lots of randomness.

I came up with the demon's legs and head randomly, then added the door frame and tweaked the rest in a traditional paint program.

It took a while but definitely something I'll use in the future.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Illustration Friday - Modify

People are always modifying their environment, usually for the worse.

I was originally going to do something sci-fi but then thought to be a bit more topical, so here's my take on this week's Illustration Friday word - modify.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Pointless scenery

I wanted to have a go at doing a scenery and also try a different style of painting, so here's a sort of cubist splodgy type thing.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Illustration Friday - Idle

The lonely octopus idly floats in the ocean waiting for a meal to come within an inch of its tentacles. Just what do they do with themselves all day?

This was a bold exploration in colour shading for me, and a pretty successful one at that. I especially love how the water came out.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Is it black and white or is it colour? I don't know.
Something I like to do is draw random doodles over and over until an image forms in my head, then I just run with it. The basic shape of the doodle was just a scribble and I saw the thief behind the squiggles.
Not bad, I think. More like this perhaps?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Just playing around with some microscopic imagery. This time, some bacteria being attacked by menacing microbots.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Talisman part deux

Wow! A lot of love for my previous picture. I'm going to keep at this colour malarky then and see what comes.

A while ago I did a piece for the IF topic of 'talisman'. Well, I wasn't that happy with it so I decided to have a second attempt, and this is the result - something that conveys much more of the concept of nature that I originally wanted. Overall, an improvement I think.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Illustration Friday - Worn

It's been a while since my last post as I've been busy exploring Montreal, which is very different from the desert this person is worn out from exploring.

Worn happens to be the word of the week for Illustration Friday.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ballistik blasts up your insides.

Greetings from Montreal! I've been here a couple of days and loving it already.

Anyway, here's another attempt at digitally painting in colour. This time featuring Ballistik from the DAMbots.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

No need for paper

As I'm leaving the country I'm not going to have access to a scanner for a while so I decided to do a quick test of ArtRage as an alternative for drawing my comic. This picture shows the results, drawn entirely on the laptop, and I think it does a pretty good job of it.

Long story short, no need for me to stop drawing my comic. Everyone rejoice!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

100 posts!

Wow... finally reached the 100 blog posts milestone.

To mark this ceremonious occasion, a parade (of ants) will march past my house. I've also drawn this little painting showing some biological warfare going on inside the body.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

electron microscopic DAMbots

I used the same background for virus and added some other bits here and there to see what it would look like. Not enough contrast to make it work, though.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Cracked again.

Here's the second cracked image.
Ok, actually this was going to be the one I submitted for Illustration Friday, but when I painted it I had the idea to do the planet image, which came out better.

I was more interested in exploring light and dark in this than the concept itself, though in the end I thought I'd crack up my initials as well just for fun!

Also, why is it that when I say I'm going to do loads of posts I vanish from the face of the Earth for a month, but when I say I'll not post much, as I did a week ago, I end up posting more in a week than ever before?

Illustration Friday - Cracked

Here's my 'official' illo for this week's Illustration Friday, the word of the week being cracked, my take being a cracked planet. And this also turns out to be one of my best colour pieces yet.

I've been using Art Rage, which came with my Wacom, and find the combination to be a breath of fresh air.

So why did I highlight 'official'? Well, I've done another 'cracked' picture which I'll also post today but not submit to their list, this one being the superior of the two...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Slightly more contagious

Following on from my previous attempt for Illustration Friday, here's a new experiment in drawing fake electron microscope images. The painting is of the T4 virus, which apparently feeds on ecoli bacteria, or something like that. I just love its other-worldly look, which shows that the microscopic world is far stranger than anything we would ever find in our own.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Grunt guy

I actually doodled this grunt on paper at work ages ago while I was installing something. I finally got around to drawing it semi-properly. I tried to aim for something that hides a lot of the detail in the shadow and looks a bit like a futuristic knight.

On another note, does anyone have any good tips on shading? I find either there is perfect smooth shading like a 3D image, but that seems too hard for me, then there are other techniques that just layer a couple of shades but then it ends up messy as in this picture. I don't know how to do either method 'properly' so any tips and help or pointers to some tutorials would be much appreciated.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Illustration Friday - Contagious

Sorry about the really really long delay between posts yet again. I do have a valid excuse this time, which is that I've been prepping for a move to a games company all the way over in Montreal! This does mean future posts might be a bit thin on the ground for a while but I'll do my best to keep going...

Anyhoo, here is my take on the latest Illustration Friday topic - Contagious. Fortunately this fits in well with the kind of thing I draw regularly for my webcomic. This time I decided to explore drawing in a new way, trying to emulate the style of electron microscopic imaging, which almost works. I'm a big fan of the technique as everything ends up looking like an alien planet.

So do you like this? If you do I might draw some more, but to do that let's set a target of, say, 10 or more comments this time - if I break the magic double figure comment threshold I'll draw another pic like this perhaps. Your call...

Friday, April 3, 2009

Illustration Friday - Talisman

A super quick digi painting done for this week's IF topic - Talisman. I really just wanted to see how fast I could paint something, but think it turned out ok in the end, even if it's not the most original of pictures.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Illustration Friday - Poise

I was desperately struggling to find something to draw for the latest IF topic, poise, when it all quite literally fell into place.

I'm not that good an ice-skater, and when I had a go this week a slight tumble ended up with my arm in a sling and me drifting in and out of consciousness! Well, it was nothing serious and I'm almost back to normal already, but I thought I would show to the world how I have far from perfect poise when I skate, in a little picture that shows the moments just before the accident.

Also, this is a really awful self-portrait. Though, I might have drawn a little bit more hair than I have in real life!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Illustration Friday - Subtract

It's Illustration Friday again, and that means I've done a painting.

Here's one that is a slight play on words for this week's word- Subtract.

I originally wanted to have a robot in there because, well, robots are cool, but I went with something a bit more realistic in the end.

I wasn't sure if the image conveyed what it's intended, which is that somebody 'subtracted' (haha, I could make a living out of these jokes... ahem) the difference engine, so I added the Crime Scene banner and the police car in the background.

Ah well, it's kinda pretty looking for something I did anyway. But I think I'll steer clear of anymore programmer jokes from now on...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dust Roamer

Sometimes I have half an idea for an image and can't quite get it to gel. This picture is one of them. Bits I like, others - meh.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Woman's face

Just a random picture of a girl. Nothing special.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I've decided to start using Illustration Friday as a springboard for some creativity. I often work best when my mind is free to go to random places.

Anyway, the word of the week is Legendary, and the first things that came to mind were the ancient Greek myths. One story has always inspired me, ever since I was a little pup, and that was the story of Jason and the Argonauts, so it's fitting that this should be my first picture for IF.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Freaky swamp creature

You can tell it's late at night because I'm drawing weird stuff...

Anyway, My Wacom tablet arrived and this is my first creation - a strange fawn-like thing rising from the depths of a swamp. I'm sure it made sense to draw it at some point...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

New Website!!!

This last month I've been hard at work designing the website for my Deadly Alien Microbots comic and it's finally up and running. Woohoo! It's been a steep learning curve but I'm pretty pleased with the results, so make sure you check it out and tell all your friends about it :)

And here's a snapshot for those with clickaphobia, though you're missing out as I've put some cool things on it...
Ok, there's only one page up there at the moment. I'm going to put a page a day up over this week, most of which you saw posted on here before, and then I'll move to 2 comic pages a week, which I should be able to keep up with.

On another note, I've not had any time to do any drawing or blog posting, hence yet another month of silence. So, it's about time I got back up to speed and started the ball rolling again. See you soon...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An experiment


I managed to borrow a Wacom tablet to see whether it's worth getting one and here's the results after a couple of hours fiddling around with it. Bear in mind that I've never even drawn an ox before and had to figure out that pose from my imagination. So, long story short I think that it's well worth me buying one. If only because it'll mean I'll be able to post stuff here more frequently!

Anyway, I talked about drawing one in my last post and now I've drawn one, so that's another thing to tick off my list. It's not quite my style of drawing, though. I always find animals quite tricky to draw so end up trying to make them too realistic when I much prefer drawing things cartoony and simplistic. Well, plenty to work on till the next time.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Black, white and red all over.

So, it's a new year both in my calendar and in the Chinese one. Well, thanks for all the comments and sorry for the huuuuuge delay between posts but as you can see I've been a bit busy...

The pic on the left, which I managed to somehow pull together this evening, I'm going to use as a banner-type thing on my comic when I plaster the finished thing up on the interweb. So I can paint in colour after all!

As well as that I (think I) finished the cover, which is a lot simpler as I really want to go for a pulpy minimalist look for the issue one print. For those friends who helped me out in my previous post, thanks for all the comments and I did take them on board. You can see I took the second idea and jazzed it up slightly. I'd love to do something more colourful, like the banner, but I'm still not too confident with colours and I'd be a bit worried it'd betray the black and white of the comic book inside. This stays truer to the contents. Hope you agree! It probably still needs the odd tweak here and there, but I'd say it's 95% done now.

What say you all to these 2 pieces of graphic design?

I've also already started doing the pages for chapter 2!! My plan is to get a website set up and start posting chapter 1 asap. My other plan is to try and post some more non-comic stuff on here again as I'm sure you're all getting bored of this... I really should have drawn a timely picture of an ox now that I think about it.

Happy New Year(s) to everyone! I'm really excited about this one, even if it is the last full year I ever have in my twenties!