Saturday, 30 October 2010

Sarcastic gamer UK podcast and beards.

For anybody who has never heard of them, you should head on over to, its a great gaming site with a series of podcasts and a great community.
This week Sarcastic Gamer launched a new podcast, SGUK.
I just listened to the first episode, and there having a competition involving beards and photos.
You win a medal of honour book and a poster signed by Chris Ryan.
I don't actually have Medal of Honour, I'm too poor to buy it after all those books i bought, but I wanted to draw beards on myself, so I'm entering anyway!

Monday, 25 October 2010

We3 by Grant Morris and Frank Quitely

We3 is a graphic novel that I stumbled upon whilst browsing Amazon.
I had never before heard of the book, but instantly found it intriguing.
The story is about three mechanically enhanced animals that are part of a government experiment to create the ultimate weapon.
The animals find a way to escape, and find themselves having to run, hide and fight to survive against the army pursuing them.

The animals, simply named 1 (dog), 2 (cat) and 3 (rabbit), are very strange and unique characters.
They are all pets that had been kidnapped from the near-bye city, and anybody who owns the pets of there own will recognise aspects of there personalities that really makes you feel for the characters.

The animals, who refer to themselves as "We3", have a limited ability to talk.
They almost have a language of there own, that can be tricky to understand at points, but truly adds to the unique brilliance of the characters.
This all adds to the great amount of sympathy and sorrow you feel for We3 throughout the book.

Just under 100 pages, We3 is fairly short read, but despite its size, it packs a real punch.
Not only is the book deeply emotional, it manages to fit in a very clear message for animal rights.
There are some moments in the book that can really make you think about what these animals are experiencing, and I can confidently say that out of all the comics I have read, this one has easily gained the strongest emotional response out of me.
The art, by Frank Quitely, is amazingly done.
Despite the characters being animals, as well as being encased in large suits of robotic armour, there expressions show extremely well.
There are certain pages in the book that are the equivalent of an all you can eat buffet for the eyes.
Everything from the page layout, to the amount of detail put into the drawings is far beyond what many comics achieve.
The use of layout is particularly impressive during the action sequences, where the charact
ers become almost animated in the way there movements are shown.
This can sometimes be a problem however, as some pages can be very difficult to follow if you do not take the time to carefully analyse everything that is happening within the panels.

I feel that many of the sequences in the comic could have had a much better impact if the book had been longer, and so more time could be taken to illustrate the events as they unfold.
There is one section towards the end of the book, which I can only best describe as a "boss" encounter without giving too much away, could have been much more dramatic were it given more pages.That isn't to say that the pages are lacking in any way, but it can be very easy to read parts without picking up on everything that happened in the panels.
We3 is an incredibly written, and illustrated book.
Beautiful, emotional, meaningful and epic are all words that anybody who has read this book will no doubt agree describe the contents.

Anybody who loves well written, unique, emotional stories with impressive art should buythis book.
But for those of you who may be more delicate hearted, this is not a particularly happy story.

Doodle of my cat Beefy as a We3 character.
We3 is written by Grant Morrison, with art by Frank Quitely, and is published by Titan Books.

New books and finished Project.

Hey there Mr Blog!
It was my birthday a few days ago, so I found myself with a pretty descent sum of money.
What did I decide to do with the money? (or at least, SOME of the money.)
Buy books!!
And because Amazon is lovely, they arrived in 2 days despite the predicted delivery date being the 27th.

I got myself 4 books:
The Book of Grickle
Jon Burgerman Pens are My Friends
Art and Design of GAMA-GO (Limited Edition)

I'm going to do a write up on each of the books as I read them, starting with We3, probably followed by Grickle.

In other news, first project for University is now finished!
Handed in last Thursday (21st)

The project was on colour.
We had to design a book sleeve and a 2 page illustration to go along with some text.
I chose to base my work on Monkey, an English translation of the 500 year old Chinese novel Journey to the West.
When I get my sketchbook back in a week or so I'll scan in the drawings I did for the project and explain a bit of what I was thinking.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Mr Abominable

Mr Abominable, originally uploaded by perpetual_mind.

Fun drawing I did of the Abominable Snow man, or Yetti.
I like to call him Mr Abominable.

For some reason Blogger isn't letting me upload the un-coloured version, so you'l have to go without!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

University and shooting myself over a gun.

Hey there Mr Blog!
Its been a while since my last post here, but I assure you I have VERY good reason.
You see, a few weeks ago I started University!!
I am now a student of Illustration, Graphic Design and Digital Media, and the first few weeks have been keeping me pretty darn busy!The weeks aren't getting any less busy now, but I really feel keeping this blog up to date will help me with my work in general.The course makes a huge deal out of writing down, drawing and generally keeping track of everything that goes through our minds, and I have a tendency to think best when I'm writing an article on something, thus, I feel my research will vastly improve if I make an article of it on this blog.
It also gives me a chance to talk about the ideas I'v had, keep track of all my work, and hopefully get some feedback from any people that take an interest.

I'l write up all about my projects, the things I learn, the artist's I discover and whatever else takes my fancy.

Now you know about all that, have a look at a drawing I did!

A few days ago I was doing a drawing of a soldier-guy, that you can see here on Flickr (p.s: I'm going to start using Flickr now too.), when I noticed that I REALLY cant draw guns.
I was still in a drawing mood when I was finished with the film, so I ended up doing a drawing to show my dislike of drawing guns.

I think its pretty clever if I do say so myself.

I was testing out a few new things with it too.

I used a m
ixture of my Pentel Brush Pen and my Rotring Art Pen for the outlines.
I really like the flexibility Using the pens in combination gives.
I also made use of my new pot of ink and paint brush, though for mothing more than filling in the large areas of black, but I've been making better use of it in a few more recent drawings, that I will probably be uploading in the near future.

After that It was the usual, colouring process for me.
Scan in, darken/solidify the outlines, clean it up a little and then colour in.
I decided to add a texture to my jacket too, just to make it stand out a bit more from the shirt.
I actually really like the way it looks having the single texture in the picture with everything else smooth colouring.
Overall, I'm pretty pleased with it.

That's all for now Mr Blog, got to get cracking with that University work.
Cthulhu Fhtagn!