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Carnage

Quick sketches drawn in CSP using the rough pencil.

I finished this head sketch on a bus ride to Dublin, ridiculously pleased with the lil Venom speech bubble.

I spent WAY too long on this before I realised it wasn’t working.

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Friday

Yep, it’s Friday alright, hope you all have a good weekend!

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Happy bday Ian

Quick sketch for Ian Mondrick’s birthday!

And some abandoned thumbnails for Tomb of the White Horse fan art.

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Into the Garvey-verse

Matt Garvey posted this yesterday:

Some fan art of Dave from Untitled Generic Space Comedy to celebrate Matt’s 20th comic launch.

Abandoned fan art sketches of the primary and tertiary characters from UGSC designed by John McFarlane.

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Creepy thing

Swamp Thing should be creepy, right?

Drawn using Frenden’s Hawley Inker Random in clip studio paint, I shaded the face roughly and then applied a motion blur before adding further texture in an overlay layer.

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Swamp Thing

Benjamin AE Filby gets some great sketch suggestions:

The brush Slick Sable by Frenden gave some great results noodling with those textures and organic forms.

I wanted to expand the head sketch to a full figure and started by roughing out the layout, then blocking in the basic shapes and shading. I went straight to work on the details of the foliage, copying and pasting as much as possible, creating random in-betweens to avoid repetition.

I didn’t really achieve what I wanted from the drawing, the figure is static and the anatomy is lost in the details of the fungus, branches and greenery.

I roughed out a second layout that feels right for the character and there’s also ample space to include the background of the swamp itself.

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Alien Day 2019

I initially abandoned this first set of rough sketches for alien day.

It was only when @omarcomics pointing out the leaping pose, I decided to enlarge the thumbnail and see if I could finish it in procreate.

I really liked the basic silhouette that I roughed out in the initial sketches and tried to retain the energy of the jump when drawing the pencil outlines.

I quickly spotted the blacks using a large round brush and then erased with a fine pencil to create the details around the mouth and neck.

A default spatter brush was used to soften the edges and add texture.

I experimented with a variety of backgrounds but settled on using a large distressed brush to add motion lines combined with a textured overlay layer.

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Cosmic Ghost Rider

Pretty awesome to get a signal boost like this from Donny Cates:

Really like the look of this character, retro spaceman with death metal energy, couldn’t help but picture these guys when I was drawing those shoulder pads.

Had a lot of fun with the texture details on the armour adding dents, slices and other battle damage.

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hey!

When I was putting this website together I wanted somewhere to post experiments, share abandoned sketchbook stuff and maybe talk some process.

I haven’t maintained a blog since the early 2000s… this should be fun!