Thursday, 9 June 2011

Old comic strip tutorial

Get's a kindly mention right here.

Seriously, I was amazed at this. Never even noticed it until recently, but apparently it's been up for over year!

Thanks a lot to Mr. John Wilson.

Thursday, 19 May 2011


Look at my books. They are shiny. They are slick and have nice colours and clever words. And they are shiny. Never mind about the price of them, you can't afford NOT to have these books. And they are shiny. So buy them.  Buy these shiny things now.

                                                                Taffy the Fire book ye one
                 contains three stories - 'Dragon Your Heels', 'Forks and Knaves', and 'Out of Charm's Way'  plus two pages of  bonus sketches. Ye price be £8.99

                                                          and Little Dya's My First Book also
                                             contains three stories - 'A Dya Christmas', 'I kid You, Nut!' 
                                                          (with Hot Dog and Cedric Snide) and
                                              'Feathered Father Figure' (also starring Stan the Crow)
                                                 plus two pages of bonus sketches.
                                                                      Cost is £6.99

Work in progress and fan arty stuff

Eeeee! Black as the ace of spades!

Here's the title card for a comic my fiancée and I are currently working on. Drawing by Hayley (originally sketched out in a dark cinema! She's so devoted to the cause, bless her), colouring by myself.
 I wrote this gambling-themed story a while back and it involves another crossover, this time with her Baxter and Emiko and my Stan the Crow. Current fans will probably guess how this particular venture will turn out. Keep watching our accounts on DeviantArt to see more. Hayley's account is here, mine is here.

"Odd-Jobbers" page 5

For those of you who like 'behind-the-seens' type crap, here's page 5 from 'Odd-Jobbers' introducing the 'All-New' Constable Beaner! ™
Fans of the series will recognise him as the policeman appearing at the end of the Christmas Special from last year. I decided to bring him back to add a bit of friendly antaognism to the gals' doings.      

From  'Mistletoe and Whine' (2010)

On the subject of those three dizzy dames, Mr. Shane Jensen surprised me with a bit of fan art last night. Here's his take on the characters. Ta muchly Mr. J! And get well soon :) ←  (this smiley face shows that I'm hip and down with the kids)

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

HB to QP

1st of all here's my offering to a fellow artist and Huck Hound fan on DeviantArt and also on the old blog-type of thing - Mr. Christopher of Signore. Hope y'awll had a right dandy time, sir! I'm probably not the first to make the obvious logo/birthday-related pun and I won't be the last I'm sure. Hope it was a good one Chrissy-boi.

Speaking of HB, I'm a little worried about what I've heard regarding the apparent done deal of Seth MacFarlene's take on 'The Flintstones'. You can read about it over on Mr. Yowp's blog right here.
Personally, I doubt it'll come to anything to worry us Flintstonians too much, that is if it comes to light at all. Revivals of classic series have a history of never going that well anyway. At least the full set is available on DVD and that'll do me admirably. It makes me thankful, however, that many of my favourite cartoon characters (Hanna-Barbera or otherwise) tend to be 'obscure' enough to be left well alone. However, that does make DVD releases of the ilk of Quick Draw McGraw and Wally Gator less of a likelihood so it's a double-edged sword I guess.

                              A-heeheehee! DVDs of Quick Draw? Oh that's a hot one Fred!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Crafty crows and goofy girls

Here's a sneak preview of a couple of comics I'm working on at the moment. Above is a page from a new April, May & June adventure which is not long underway. The comic opens with the three gals beating/getting beaten the snot out of each other. Just the way they pass the time between capers. The story - such as it is - will then progress to having our heroines take on a variety of different jobs and fail spectauclarly (and hopefully, comedically) at all of them.
This page was drawn slightly differently than the bulk of my traditonal comic work in that I drew the trippy backgrounds seperately instead as of part of the frame. The area behind the characters was left blank and uncoloured. After scanning into Phototshop, I used the layer tool to put the blotchy spatterworks behind the top layer (the three panels) and then erased all the white using the magic wand to highlight the area and the delete function or the eraser tool to get rid of the white background within the frames so the colour madness showed through. I went for this effect to highlight how mad their silly slapstick world is at this point, before the relatively sensible 'story' takes over and the backdrops will bcome more 'normal'. I also made greater use of non-black outlines.
This is planned to be the longest of their capers yet, so look out of it on DeviantArt and the inevitable tie-in book!

Above is page 10 from the latest Stan the Crow comic 'Shelter Skelter' in which Stan and chums manage to get fee run of the farmer's house while he jets off for a winter holiday. Many thanks to Google for helping me draw an airplane and to Farmer Giles for allowing me to screw with his brain once again! In this scene he's getting somewhat nervous during his flight and...well I won't spoil it. But let's just say he's having trouble leaving his work behind.
The idea for this strip actually came from an old comic back in late 2001 when I could barely draw the characters. I seemed to get worse before I got better for some peculiar reason. Back then, it would appear I decided to expand the story shortly after drawing the original newspaper style strip and wrote a script about it adding more gags. More recently I started to redraw it, working from memory as the script did a vanishing acts from my archives. A few pages in and a printout of the script mysteriously turned up and now I'm picking up from a logical point in it and carrying on, adding more (hopefully better) lines and joke on the way. I'm actually glad I decided to start without the script now as I believe the version that's on DeviantArt (and will be in the new Stan the Crow book very soon) is a far better version. The image above is for part 3 and should be on DA very soon. All traditonally coloured apart from the speech-bubbles.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Slowly but shirley

Managing to make my 'blog' look a bitty better. Whaddaya t'ink folks? More to come.