Friday, 9 December 2011

Call off the search

I’m still alive! I’ve really let the blog slip in recent months because I’ve had lots of distractions – mainly putting on an exhibition at the London Design Festival and then coping with the aftermath (lots of press interest). Anyway – back onto cartoons.

I have two things to share with you for now. The first is a cartoon I did for my housemate’s birthday. She works in a gallery and has a client who she often refers to as “my American”. This conjures up certain images in my head (quite offensive images it turns out), which I’m told are totally inaccurate. This was my first attempt at using a new thinner nib and Aquarelle Arches paper, which is figgin’ expensive but great quality.

The second is my only contribution to TCS this term – the cover of the Christmas edition of The Bridge magazine. It didn’t turn out quite how I wanted as I made the mistake of doing a wash over paint that hadn’t dried properly, which caused some of the colours to bleed. Also, I don’t think the finished drawing looks particularly Christmassy. Perhaps I should have put in some snow?

Friday, 22 July 2011

Wedding Season

This is a series of cartoons I did for another friend at work to give to her brother for his wedding. It depicts the unusual story of how he proposed. Drawing mini caricatures of the whole family was hard enough, let alone doing it three times! I was glad the power cut meant I only had to draw little eyes in the forth panel.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Large Ego Collider

I worked on a couple of private commissions this week – trying to clear the backlog so I can work on a new (top secret) project. Well, I’ve told just about everybody I know what it is but I can’t publish anything on the web just yet. I’d be a crap spy.

Anyway, here we have a cartoon for a friend at work to give as a wedding gift. I was a bit more anally retentive than usual with my inking and colouring here. This was probably as a result of having seen some of Steve Bell's cartoons at a master class last week. My GOD those things pop out of the page at you – absolutely fantastic. There were a few of things that surprised me about his technique; firstly he works very small and also quite slowly (no wild strokes of the pen here), secondly he dumps loads of watercolour on the page and then uses blotting paper to take of the excess, and thirdly he does very few drawings before starting on the final piece. I got to show him some of my work but he didn’t say much about it – probably because I was nervously yapping away. Sorry, the cartoon:

I drew this cartoon for another friend at work to give to her father for his birthday. I’m afraid I can’t claim the credit for the Large Hadron Collider pun but the awful Higgs Boson pun is all my own work – well, can you do any better?