Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A hideous wax baby face I made for one of my illustrations. The book describes an enormous wall monster morphing and stretching out of the plaster until it looks like plastic. I though wax was a nice transient material that resembled plastic but would behave in a way suitable for my needs. I have a couple of plaster casts of some freaky doll heads lying around so I made a quick shoddy mould with one. It didn't matter if the head was a bit wonky or lumpy. Monsters aren't perfect, it makes them boring otherwise.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Signal To Noise

One of the main things I have been looking at for inspiration/reference is the graphic novel "Signal To Noise" By Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. In particular I was interested in the pages that featured one single drawing that was then split up into panels to give the impression of progression, almost like a still version of a camera panning in a piece of film.

The wine bottle here, is the kind of thing I was focusing on. But the whole book is wonderful and endlessly inspiring

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


In less than a month I will be meeting this man <3

I will sit through a screening of his latest film and a presentation of his big slide show.

I just...I'm going to die of happiness. I will wither and die at his feet and it will be an embarrassing affair. But I will meet him. He will sign my copy of Oak Mot, and I will try to my best to look dignified and refined.

It's going to be so embarrassing u_u

Monday, 17 January 2011


I may as well just give up now, I'll never be this good. N E V E R

Thursday, 13 January 2011

I like how he's all like: "COME AT ME, BRO!"

looking at pictures of Bears as reference for Shardik, the enormous robotic bear creative by North Central Positronics. Obviously named after the bear from the book of the same title by Richard Adams.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Looking at crab claws for one of my final images.


Monday, 3 January 2011

Oh man, It's Charlie the ChooChoo!

Or Blaine the monorail. whatever.

Stephen King says he wants to do the voice of Blaine when a film of the wastelands finally gets made.

Really Stephen? Really?

Your voice is far too reedy.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The main function of the narrative illustrator is to represent, interpret, and heighten the meaning of a selected passage of text (in a complementary way) by means of pictures, with the aim of contributing to the reader's appreciation of the narrative. This usually involves consideration of the setting of place and time and the nature and action of the characters who take part in the story. Pictorial narratives may, of course, dispense with words. My talk today will mainly touch on various elements of narrative illustration and what we often have to consider when we are illustrating texts.

Ganked from http://www.fulltable.com/vts/n/ni/n.htm

Jus' doing a bit of reading.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Charlie The Choo Choo!

Although Blaine seems to be a sentient train, he is really much more, a "ghost in the machine", the artificial intelligence that resides in Lud's mammoth underground computer systems. Over time, as the world has moved on and the computer system slowly breaks down, Blaine becomes more and more deranged.
The crashed blue mono seen from the Send bridge is revealed to have been named Patricia, apparently possessed of a separate sub-personality within the Lud computer. The Patricia personality lapsed into a depression, and could not stop crying. Blaine "liberated" her by removing certain blocks in her programming, and once freed, she committed suicide, derailing herself in the river. It is a sign of Blaine's cruel personality that he finds this amusing.

Ripped shamelessly from Wikipedia.

"... and I will be a happy choo-choo train until the day I die."

the picture I want of Charlie The Choo Choo won't load....uuurgghghghg
 The most iconic Dark Tower image, Roland Deschain sitting on the beach of mid world, with the ever elusive tower in the distance.  Something interesting could be done with the depth of this picture... layering stuff would be neat.
Lovely lovely Dave Mckean

Darrel Anderson illustrations from the 6th book.  Really nice, fractured images.  The perspective on the tower is nice... needs moar 3D

This is so so horrible, this is my anti-inspiration.  Avoid doing stuff that looks this awful at all costs.  Ughghghghghghghghhhh...Sorry Ned Dameron I just.... why is Roland so golden and ... ripped?

He's an old mannn >:C

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson died yesterday.

Coil are dead.

I'm devastated.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


Focussing on 2 books from The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King for my Narrative unit.  They're two books that hold a lot of interest for me [they're my favourite of the series]  

the books I'm looking at are:  "The Drawing Of The Three"  and "The Wasteland"  they are consecutive in the series, following on from "The gunslinger"

Points of particular interest in the books are as follows:

- Roland being attacked by the Lobstrosities on the beach
- Roland encountering three doors on his journey:
1. Eddie Dean's door, a heroin addict smuggling drugs on an aeroplane.
2. The Door to Odetta/Detta/Susannah Holmes [The Lady Of The Shadows]  a Wheelchair bound black civil rights activist with a split personality disorder.
3. Instead of revealing a new companion, the third door (labeled "The Pusher") instead reveals a new adversary for Roland: Jack Mort, a sociopath who takessadistic pleasure in injuring and killing random strangers — and the man responsible for the head trauma that created Odetta Walker's alternate personality, the loss of Odetta/Detta's legs, and the death of Jake Chambers. Mort's murder of Jake led to Jake's appearance in The Gunslinger.  

I have decided to leave out the first book, and in turn, Jakes initial introduction to the story, to emphasize the schizming of reality that Roland experiences after Jake is once again killed and returned back to his initial level of reality/the tower
These scenes are all from "The Drawing Of The Three."

 - Roland, Susannah and Eddie encounter Shardik, the giant thousand year old mechanical bear guardian of the beam.

- The schisming of the memory of Jake chambers, who died and also did not die because of Roland's actions, both the boy and roland experience this.

- Roland burns the man in black's jawbone

- Jake, in a schizophrenic panic, runs away from school, buys a book called "Charlie the ChooChoo" [a reference of what is to come later in the book] and discovers a way back to Roland's world through an old abandoned house - They are finally reunited.

-  The group befriend a creature called a Billy Bumbler, the creature is particularly fond of Jake, the creature joins the group [he is called Oy]

-  The group come to river crossing, a town full of only old people.  The last generation of a dying town.  Roland receives a silver cross

-  The Ka-tet arrive at Lud a ravaged city.  they are attacked by one of the last inhabitants of the city, Gasher.  He kidnaps Jake.  Every day at a certain time the drum beat to Velcro Fly by ZZ Top plays over the city's speaker system,  one of the remaining inhabitants of the town is crucified on a lamp post at that time.

- After rescuing Jake, the Ka-tet board a still functioning train equipped with an onboard AI personality.  after years in isolation, Blaine has gone mad.

- the ka tet arrive at another ruined town, referencing The Stand.

Key themes/imagery in the books include:  Roses, The tower, guns, intertextual references to popular culture and other books, alternate realities, parallel dimensions, DOORS  

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

I found my graphics tablet pen!

Fuck yeahhhhhhhhh

I love you, Mijumaru.

Thursday, 18 November 2010


I start every morning with the extended instrumentals from Pee Wee's big adventure.



Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Saturday, 13 November 2010

fffffinished and handed in my final images, hooray.  I ended up doing them all in just pencil, because I panicked and I pussied out of doing colour >:C  So much wasted time with the watercolours, urrgghghghghghghghhh


Thursday, 11 November 2010

I just spent far too much money on a vintage Faith No More poster of this picture.  No shame, no shame whatsoever.

 It's all about Billy Gould's repulsive gut.


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Sunday, 7 November 2010


SO DELICIOUS, OH MY GODDDDD!  I wish I could paint as wonderfully as this, it hurts me so much.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Christ I am truly truly terrible at updating this thing. My work for interpretation of text is going ... ish. Did lots of research and re-read Dorian Gray [Albeit speedreading, but whatever] After my last post I've been mainly compiling relevant research/images for my illustrations. Of which I have thus far completed only one. here's the sketch as I've not edited the coloured version yet:

Sybil Vane, after her suicide. I read that there are a lot of parallels between Sybil and Ophelia from Hamlet. I took advantage of this and looked at a lot of paintings of Ophelia, particularly "Ophelia" by John Everett Millais. I noticed the flowers strewn in the water about Ophelia and thought to incorporate them into Sybil's dressing room. Yellow roses are mentioned at the beginning of the book so I thought it best to add them in too. There's a lot of negative space in the sketch that I'll fill with relevant quotations from the book. wheeeee!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851-1852)

So Sybil Vayne is often paralleled with Ophelia from Hamlet.  This is super useful to know when it comes to my illustration of Sybil after her suicide.