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  • Leeds, Malta and new publications

    It’s the last two events of the year for me, Leeds Thought Bubble and Malta Comic Con. A great way to end what has been a very busy con season. At Leeds I will be in the New Dock Hall sharing a table ( 77 ) with the ever wonderful Howard Hardiman. For both events…

  • Rain on glass – full spread

      This is the full ( Draft ) image for the inside front cover, so it will be split over two pages. Standard  for my comics having the comic title and page contents. It’s nice to know what’s ahead. I like the look of the finish  these pages. Using a brush to render has a…

  • Rain on Glass – cover ink

    So far this year has been a REAL struggle with the creative stuff. it feels as though I’m getting slower and have actually gone into reverse. It has been a really frustrating six months. Around the half way point of a year I lie to add up the amount of work produced and estimate what…

  • Tree – Hyde park

    Angouleme ( Bloggage at FP here ) is over and it’s back to the lonely hours drawing Necessary Monsters. Currently half way through part 3 ( Of 5 ) . Have finally organised the latest studio set – up, after moving out of Stoke Newington last year. I promised a blog about my process, in…

  • Sketchbook 3

    I like Sean Azzopardi’s comics, I do. And some of his recent comics have certainly had elements of sketchbook in the, Have a look at the reviews of 100 Days Of Winter, Nine Months Of Beige, and Eight Tablet Dream for examples of what I’m talking about. But these were definitely comics, with narratives, storytelling, and sequential art amongst the sketchbook pieces. Looking back, the last time I looked at one of his sketchbooks proper was here in 2010, and then it was merely a mention at the end of a review for Wallace Sendak.
    But this is very much a pure sketchbook. Sure, there’s some text here and there, and occasional comics work, but mostly this exists to catch Azzopardi’s ideas. It’s also part of a wish to push on and change, a move away from A5 black and white mini comics sees this sketchbook grow and burst into vivid colour.
    In his comics I’ve often commented on how much I like Azzopardi’s artwork, his range of styles is getting wider and wider, but I have a particular delight in the pages where he’s really loosened up, opening up the page, dropping panels for pages at a time, giving his sketchy, line based work such life.
    So seeing this much bigger, full colour work is a real change. But not something I’m going to review. I mean really, what’s the point…. but I will tell you it’s lovely looking through and seeing the range of styles on show, and some gorgeous works….

    ( From Richard Bruton, FP blog. )

  • Return to school

    ( Skull sketch – brush and ink on paper. Previously blogged from a rubbish photo ) It’s been a bit of a break on this blog, I’m sure my exciting and interesting posts have been missed.I have recently had a trip to Chicago, then attended Comiket followed by a trip to Toronto. So it’s taken…

  • Sketchbook 3 coverage

      Richard Bruton has written a piece about Sketchbook 3 over on the FP blog. Thank you once again Richard, for taking the time to look at my stuff. Appreciated. ( Sketchbook 3 for sale here ) Please follow and like us:

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