Friday, 26 October 2012

Dancers #2

This is one of many sketches from a series of quick-fire drawings that I did of two dancers.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Glofone Characters

For the past few months I've been working a new project, developing some cartoon characters for a new children's product. It's early days yet so it's probably best not to give away too many details but for a little more info and to see how some of my designs have been colourised and digitised you can check out Go With The Glo on Twitter – although, being a Twitter page, it also full of some rather randomness so you will have to sift through to find the relevant images.

The initial brief for the project called for the development of a few characters that were loosely based upon insects but they soon evolved into something a little more chimeric. The first character to break from the insect formula was a green chappy called Fugley. Here's a small model that I made of him.

And this picy shows him just before he got his green make-over; in a shade of ghastly green that some may recall from my And When I'm a Man sculpture. See – it all ties in (and who said my work was too diverse).

And here are the original working drawings from most recent and going down to the very early, more insect-like incarnations.

This grasshopper (or grasshiphopper) character went through quite a few changes before this, her final incarnation.

The brief called for the characters to live in a light house so this is what I came up with.

Here is a bee-like creature that owes more than a passing resemblance to Fugley and a mid-development grasshopper - still bearing a harp.

Now we're down to some of the early characters (after a bit of development) and the first appearnce of Fugley.

This is the earliest version of the grasshopper character.

And these are the two early versions of the glow worm.

Not a lot of difference between the two.

And these two drawings were supposed to be based upon a firefly - sort of!

Monday, 9 July 2012

The City (working drawings)

Here are a few of my working drawings, rough sketches and the sculpture (The City) that they eventually led to.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Long-faced Alien

Another Wonky Batman

Here's another one of the quick drawings that I made whilst looking away from the page. There's something about the freedom of line the process gives that I wish I could consciously achieve whilst drawing normaly. Oh well!

Monday, 18 June 2012

New Scribblings

I realise that it has been a while since I last posted anything on this blog but I've finally managed, at long last, to get my scanner and my new laptop to talk to each other. So here's a few scribbles to make up for the long absence.
Most of these quick-fire drawings were made whilst looking away from the page as part of an exercise in loosening up the creative flow. And I must admit that I'm rather pleased with the results. The lines are much freer and more expressive than I would have consciously made – it almost feels like cheating.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Fun with a Photocopier

Yes, yes... I know that technically these aren't drawings (although in Fine Art terms - who's to say these days) but I was going through an old folder of bits and pieces from my student days and came across these prime examples of me having fun, messing about with the college photocopier.

And who says that you shouldn't stare at bright lights?

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Pebble Inspired Drawing

Here's a small drawing I made a few years ago, along with a few scribbled instructions to myself for a possible future sculptural piece - one of many pieces that fell by the wayside.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Light Bulb Tower

A quick drawing illustrating an idea that I had for a tower sculpture containing a selection of light bulbs (of mixed sizes and shapes).

Sunday, 18 March 2012

The Dragon from 'The Battle'

This is the first of three illustrations that I am doing for 'The Battle' - a short story by a young lad called Ewan.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Lounging Alien

A quick scribble drawing of an alien watching TV at home after a hard day at the office.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012


This is a very old drawing that was the inspration for one of my earliest ever collograph prints - the only known surviving copy now owned by my sister, Tara.