Monday, November 06, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
I'm a really big fan of both the (original) film and the soundtrack of the Wicker Man, so it was really great when Plan B magazine asked me to do an illustration for them on this subject. The sound track is one of the reasons why I'm so much into old english folk music at the moment.. beautiful, ancient, scary. It was good to draw all the people as well, looking forward to seeing it in print.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
The weather has been unbearabley hot, we are on the top floor in an attic flat and the heat just rises. It has been quiet on the work front, and I needed to do something to fight the heat induced apathy that was threatening to set in. I decided to take an illustration I did last week for a postcard mail out into 3ds max. I haven't used the program since I quit the games industry a year and a half ago, I also haven't done a lot of rendering in it (games stuff is all real time) but I think I managed to get the wonky out of focus effect that I was after.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
I do have some more of this but I'm not quite sure how I want to present it, I'm thinking of giving it its own web page and updating it fortnightly. I'm not working on it chronologically so I'd need to get the beginning done first if I'm going to do this.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
I've had a rest from the illustration and spent last week in Derbyshire doing family history research. In the local records office I found a will from my earlist known ancestor John Sherwin who died in 1777. Unfortunately his date of birth is not on the parish records so it seems unlikely that I will get much further back than this. I need now to go back and modify much of the comic book I have been working on.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
My work is now up on my agents Arena's website here.
Monday, April 10, 2006
More personal work for the comic about the search for my family tree. This is my grandfathers aunt, Caroline Sherwin. On the first of January 1928, (in Eastbourne) she wrote down a brief family history -it took up one sheet of paper- and I used it as my starting point. According to Caroline the silver cup on the table was given in exchange for a horse and wagon to my 6th great grand father by The Young Pretenders army (Bonnie Prince Charlie) when they reached
All this is written down in quite a lot of detail, and I wonder how she knew it all, for instance the cart he brought back from
Not everything she wrote down was correct; she has a couple of fathers and sons mixed up, and a wedding date that is definitely not right.
Caroline Sherwin died way before I was born and there are no photos of her either, so this picture is completely imagined. Caroline and her two sisters never married, and according to my mother lived in
Thursday, April 06, 2006
This is where Prince Benji lives, a sort of castle-style suburban house over looking the city. You might recognize the hill from the animation on my website. I didn't quite get the city how I wanted it. I was trying to get a sort of water colour shimmer to it. I've been looking at a lot of Peter Firmin's work.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
We have a very spoilt Persian cat who has never been outside, so the drawing was based a little on her (although the cat in the story is male). The idea is that "Prince Benji" falls off a balcony and then has lots of adventures in the big wide world until he is eventually found by his (little girl) owner. What kind of adventures he has, and how it all fits together, has proved to be quite hard and something I'm still working on.
Monday, March 20, 2006
A month or so ago I was contacted by a London film company who are try to get funding for a film they are making. The film is about two boys growing up in the 1980's, who become obsessed with making thier own movies. For a small fee they have asked a selection of illustrators to illustrate along the themes of the film; the 1980s, Rambo, childhood, video games, etc . These illustrations will go up on thier website and help them promote the film.
Things started out on the wrong foot for me as their next email ended up in my spam directory on the BT sever and never got to my inbox. ( I have now switched spam gaurd off) By the time I found it there was one day left until the deadline, and I decided to quickly modify an older illustration to fit the 80s theme.
The film is all about an 80s childhood, but in truth I didn't have an 80s childhood but an 80s adolesence. In my rush I presumed that it was a relatively open brief. So drew the guy above. Anyone who was a teenager around 1985 will remember Casuals; wedge haircuts, Fila tracksuits, Kickers, and jumbo Lois cords. A relatively forgotten British youth cult.
A couple of days later I got an email back from the film guys saying that my illustration didn't fit the brief, and asking me if I'd like to redo it. I'm really hoping that I can find time this week, I've been busy with editorial jobs.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
The images above are the start of a personal project. A comic book about the search for my family history. The row of shops in the first picture are the actual row where my Great Grandfathers chemist shop was. When I went up to Derby I took photos of them as they are now, and then drew this from that. (the chemist shop is now a kebab shop). Its basically an imagined drawing of my Grandfather leaving Derby for London with a portfolio under his arm.