Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Well.. the end of the year is almost upon us.. I finish work for the holidays today and our internet connection is playing up at home. As a result.. this might be my last post for a short time.. but worry not.. I'll be back!! I'm posting my entry for 'Triangle' now, and I'll add Dave's at a later date. When the word came up this week I instantly thought of 'Where the wild things are' for some reason.. so this is a little homage to the 'wild rumpus'.. can you spot the triangle?
If I don't make any more posts before Christmas and the New Year celebrations, have yourselves a most excellent time, and thanks for checking by my blog this year.. come again won't you!
Monday, 21 December 2009
I love the idea of 'remixing' work.. reinterpreting someone else's art.. I thought I'd have a go.. with my own work!!
Many moons ago I did an illustration of the Creature from the Black Lagoon. This piece turned out to be the catalyst in creating 'Horror Business'.. so where better place to start, than at the beginning. I must dig out the original drawings to post at some point, but for now, here is the 2009 remix. It's funny because I can remember doing the original and it taking me blinking hours for some reason.. this little fella took about 15 minutes. Now either I've gotten pretty lazy in my approach to art, or (and I like to think it's this) I've begun to refine my style to a point that I can work much more effectively in a shorter space of time...
but then I might just be talking out my ass!
Friday, 18 December 2009
Not a lot of time to think of many things this week... murderous in work at the moment!! Dave (quite rightly) plumped for a Psycho Bunny image to represent the word. I stuck to what I know and worked up 2 sketches that I'd done earlier in the week of The Punisher and Doctor Octopus, then put them together and added some inane drivel! Enjoy!
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Another tough one for this week! Although I have to admit, I really like my funky spaceman entry.. it's kinda cute!
Dave (having also struggled with the word) has put another great piece together. It's fun, funny and very well put together, I'm loving the relationship between the image and text.. well done old chum!
Friday, 4 December 2009
Loads of ideas for this week's word.. and no time to pursue any of them... bugger! So I stuck to what I know (yawn!) and popped out a Darth Vader pic... after all, you can't go wrong with the big D can you?
Dave's entry is a-fuckin-mazing! and nothing more need be said on the matter!
Friday, 27 November 2009
Here's my interpretation of Hellboy via Picasso.. If you really, really like this you can buy a nice big professional print of it over at http://www.society6.com/thisishorrorbiz along with another print... and lots more lovely art thingies from me to follow!
For me, this weeks word (which was 'Welcome') could only have been represented by 1 image... Guns & Feckin Roses!!.. Really digging my entry too (if I say so myself) .. it's tipping it's big top hat in the direction of the 'Naughty Naughty Pets' artwork, which suits me fine! Slash was done in about 4 minutes... which is wicked!
Dave is BACK!... and even he's happy with his splendid Arkham Asylum cast.. and so he should be.. it ROCKS!
Next week... MASTER.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Did a doodle at break.. really liked it too!.. So here it is. Ironically I was going to mark this up as Marvel Comics 'Black Widow'.. but I've just checked my buddy Dave's blog and he's gone and posted a Black Widow sketch (and very good it is too).. so now it looks like I'm copying... so here is a' Kick Ass King Fu Killa' instead!
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Golden wasn't too bad a word this week.. I was toying with producing a Sinbad/Golden Flees related image and then plumped for a crappy old Hammer film 'The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires'. I wanted to try my hand at a Mike Mignola inspired piece using lots of black and some muted colours.. it looks okay, except that in retrospect the pose (and hands) make him look more like a malformed Thunderbirds puppet... arse!
Dave's getting back up to speed with his artwork now and this collection of Characters from Lord of the Rings proves the point! Great Stuff!
Friday, 13 November 2009
Interesting word this week.. I was trying to run with an idea that involved Medusa.. but I thought that was a bit obvious.. nudie women and all that.. so I did a sketch of one of the 'Easter Island' heads.. and I really liked it!.. then I thought, what if the heads weren't 'just' heads.. but they had giant robot bodies too.. So that was my entry for Statue sorted!
Dave's struggling with 'Illustrator's block' again this week.. it must be the water round here! His Doctor Who sketches look brilliant though and I'm excited to see what he does with the final piece.... and I knew he'd go for the statues from 'Blink' for his entry!!
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
More TV doodling.. I watched Zack Snyder's remake of 'Dawn of the Dead' the other night (possibly for the first time all the way through) and really enjoyed it (apart from the bit with the dog in.. don't like animals in films in case something bad happens to them!) Anyhoo.. I did the zombie sketch on the left to represent the boyfriend from the beginning of the movie.
The goofy looking vampire was just me mucking about with shapes again..
Friday, 6 November 2009
YAY... A finished piece for War of Words!! Hurrah!
I seemed to manage my time much better this week and whilst watching a marathon session of 'Most Haunted' I doodled away in my sketchbook.. and my entry for EMPTY magically found it's way onto the page.. It's tenuous.. but I don't care.. I'm really liking the blue demon harpy girl I did.
Dave struggled with the design this week (not the concept).. head over to davehiggins.wordpress.com and see the frustration unfold. The result is worth it though.. another brilliant idea from Mister H.
Next week... STATUE.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Well.. seeing as I missed a trick when it came to the perfect Halloween gift.. how's about the perfect christmas gift? I have 2 very smart books available at blurb. Click on an icon to view a preview of each, and do your best ever friend a favour and buy them a copy... maybe.
Friday, 30 October 2009
Another crappy week at work has meant that I failed to get a fresh sketch finalised for the word, so I've submitted an older image I did a few months ago which (witch) fits the bill.. but it still feels like a gyp sorry!.. Mine's the nudie green girl on the bottom.
Dave's work in progress (at the top) is quite frankly AWESOME... and I really want to see the finished item, which (witch) when it's done, I'll post! New word (which/witch hopefully I'll be able to get a finished piece together for) is EMPTY.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Oh God... Sorry for the late posting.. It's been a total turd of a week! Neither Dave or myself got round to producing 'complete' work this week due to other work commitments. Mine is still at the sketch stage and is a character designed to symbolize several 'belief' systems.. see what I did there?
Dave's entry is altogether more clever.. and fun.. click on the close up and read on!
New word of the week... SPELL! in honor of Halloween!
Friday, 23 October 2009
... Only just though! Been super busy at work lately, so not had a lot of time to produce work.. done a few doodles (including the word of the week - which is still not finished!)
thought I'd post a couple of them to show ya'll that I'm not being lazy.
It's funny, because I've been getting really frustrated at this lack of creativity at the moment, but time is just sooooo tight right now!
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Here's a close up of a full sketch I did yesterday of the 'classic' looking Nosferatu. I wrestled with the idea of putting the smile on his chops for ages.. put it on, take it off, put it on, take it off... in the end I left it on.. It's probably better for it as it softens his character a little..
I like this image, the shapes are nice and simple, but still pretty strong!
Friday, 16 October 2009
Amazing.. we both went for monsters.. and we both went for cereal based characters. My entry this week is based on an American Cereal Brand called 'Chockula'.. the werewolf character is for the 'Fruit Brute' arm of the brand.. I kinda cheated this week as I produced this image for the monstercereal blog and felt it lent itself to the word of the week too.. you could look at this image as a political statement on the effects that sugars in cereals have on the youth of today... if you really wanted too!
Dave has produced another nice piece based on the Honey monster. I remember being a little scared of him on the adverts when I was a kid.. The costume was pretty primitive back then as I remember... Still, Dave's take on the yellow peril is no less frightening... and he got a girl in there too!
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Here's a mock poster I did at work for a ZONE ENTERPRISE WEEK at Glyndwyr University. It was a submission of ideas brief. I'm pretty pleased with it as it was done in a major rush. the idea being that each character represents a different activity going on throughout the week... Robot (Computing) Alan Sugar (Business) Pirate (erm.. sports).. it's for a 'Treasure Hunt' day.. and Pop Wannabe (Open Mic Talent Night).
Heard today that we didn't get the job.. Not that I'm bitter, but they probably went for something pretty lifeless.. Still.. I think there's some mileage in these characters and I liked the colours..
See.. I do real work too!