I get so bored so easily, my ADD is my super power

I don’t have ADD. I may have coffee twitch though, that brings on  plenty of restlessness. I watch a lot of UTube stuff while I’m drawing, at the moment I’m working through various creative process in relationship to entrepreneurs and business. Yes, I did just type that.

What has become of me?

Some of it is fascinating a lot of it’s totally over my head. The contradictions, unsurprisingly are frequent and loud. This is what prompted the headline of this blog post. One person says that  ADD leads to a restless search for the next thing, never resting on one idea or project. Then another says need to spend time with your idea, to develop stand bring it to maturity is key to creative success. To have tenacity, stamina and endurance.  Both processes have their merits.

Relating this to the comic making process, mainly I am the latter. A slow, grind it out, keep going, it will get finished type of creator.

I’m Working on The Voice Of The Hall,  a Graphic Novel that I have to complete in a year.

Because I have the time available, this will happen.

I’ve set up a way of working that has excluded a lot of time consuming elements. The main decision was to work in two page spreads, rather than panel to panel process. Therefore it is more like an illustrated book than panels per page comic. It’s a great way to work, very freeing.

A younger version of me would have been very angry at this rejection of the purity of the comic page. To add to the smouldering rage, I have rejected black and white in favour of colour.

It’s a wild old time at Phatcomics at the moment.

But why do I have to work in this way ?

Soaring Penguin will be publishing this as a book, but they have not put any constraints on the look/process.

So why chose this approach, this look ?

I could reject it all now, bin it and try drawing the whole thing as ceramic tiles, or bricks or any material sympathetic with the building materials.

Or write and draw and collage on  all the  reports and council minutes regarding the sell — off of the hall.

I could start and finish in a zillion ways, the only limits being my thought process and creative aptitude.

Or I could just carry on and finish it.




Please follow and like us:

Drink and Draw

Last night was the first of the Gosh/Broken Frontier Drink and Draw Sessions. Hosted by Andy and Tom, the guests were Tom Humberstone and Danny Noble.

A really good turn out and a there was a whole new bunch of young cartoonists.

A promising start.

Some sketches from the night.








Please follow and like us:

Patsy Palmer is alive

Patsy Palmer is alive


Strange dream time. I woke up convinced that Patsy Palmer (Eastenders) was dead. In my dream she swapped roles with Ygritte ( GOT ). I have no idea what it’s all about, but  was so sure that poor Patsy had gone that I had to check. I’m happy to report that she is alive and well. The drawing is not really anything related – no red hair 🙂

Please follow and like us:

Tube sketch – 25.2.13



I have reverted to sketching during my tube journey to work. Lunch breaks are being used for writing my new comic, so no tree drawings for a while.

This was blue pencil, and I have tried to preserve this in the scan, rather than threshold it. This is why the other side of the page can be seen.

In other news, Thought Bubble 2013 exhibitor tables sold out in a few hours. I missed out, so will enter myself in the reserve lottery. It shows what a good reputation TB has gained.

If you are in London, pop into Orbital where you will find Same Day Return and Necessary Monsters 2.1 on sale.


Please follow and like us:

Sketchbook 10/10/12

This is a cleaned up sketch that was posted yesterday. At the moment I’m trying to complete three gigs and get little time to work on details. But hair is the thing at the moment. It bothers me that I don’t draw good hair. So on my lunch break I’ve been drawing people’s barnet in one of my ‘studio’s’, the Royal Court Theatre bar. This has resulted in a lot of people watching and it’s been fun.

( Having moved out my studio and now working in various places, Theatre bar, Hornsey library, the cafe In Peter Jones, Knightsbridge, to name a few. )

Please follow and like us:

Sketchbook 02/10/12

Sketchbook character designs

It’s been a while since I’ve posted stuff. Been busy drawing. Trying to get the look of a new character in Necessary Monsters 2. Now working on the second part (of five).  But it is progressing. Part one will be available soon. It is the beginning of a lot of conventions and festivals, details of which should be in the next blog post. Hurrah !

Please follow and like us: