Tuesday 28 September 2010

15 artists in 15 minutes

This is a game, and the rules are to list fifteen Artists who've influenced you and will ALWAYS STICK WITH YOU. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes, don't take too long to think about it.
I got this from Cassia Thomas, and I thought I'd give it a go.
She's doing it on Facebook too, though, but seeing as I don't have a Facebook account, I thought I'd just do it on my blog instead.
So if you do it too, put a link to it in the comments below :)

But anyway, my fifteen, (with optional subject categories as well) are -
1 - Steve Ditko
2 - Bill Sienkiewicz
3 - Alan Davis
4 - Dudley D Watkins
5 - Jamie Hewlett
6 - Arthur Rackham
7 - Mervyn Peake
8 - E H Shepherd
9 - Edmund Dulac
10 - Edward Ardizzone
11 - Barbara Firth
12 - Ross Collins
13 - Oliver Jeffers
14 - Quentin Blake
15 - Chris Riddell
The picture is Oor Wullie by Dudley D Watkins, who did the Broons, and Lord Snooty as well.
My Grandma and Grandad used to have Oor Wullie and The Broons annuals from the Dudley D Watkins era, so he's probably the earliest influence on my list.

Friday 24 September 2010


I'm really used to drawing straight on my pc, with my tablet and pen, it's how I do most of my work nowadays.
So much so, that last night, when I was sketching in my pad, if I made a mistake I kept on wanting to press Ctrl Z instead of using my annoying smudgy rubber.
And my left hand actually kept twitching, it's such an automatic thing for me.
Maybe this is a sign I should invest in an iPad type thing for my sketching. Though from what I can make out, they aren't pressure sensitive yet, so you can't get variation of line, so I don't think it would do the job for me sketching-wise.
Maybe on the third or fourth generation I'll find they'll do the job.

Anyway, here is one of the sketches I did.
I've called it, "Supermarket", "Toyshop"

Wednesday 1 September 2010


Here's a princess, in a rather traditional fairy story style.
Maybe I could make her a bit more post modern, and do another picture of her with big Tank Girl boots, and have her riding a Harley Davidson (or Hog, as I believe they are referred to)