Update and sketches

Last weekend I had a small trip away that was not comic related. It was lovely.

I have been busy trying to get work completed for Thought Bubble/Malta. I missed MCM, I had double booked.

Necessary Monsters 3 is ready, and also a new tiny comic, called heads. Getting it together, slowly. ( Work still to complete – Necessary Monsters 4, Rain on Glass and Red Wine and Nuts. )


It’s Comiket today, but i’m a no – show,  (double booked, again).  But please go if you can as its a great day full of lots of inspiring people and work.

Richard Bruton has featured Necessary Monsters on The FP Blog. Andy Oliver celebrates 2 years of Small press-ganged and Dark Matters gets a mention.

Here are new versions of the sketches I posted a few weeks ago. These are to try tone. Also some sort of environment has surfaced. This has suggested landscape over portrait.




Street 1


Street 2

Street 3

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Rain On Glass cover

Rain On Glass

This is the line work for the cover of a new comic Rain On Glass. I have blogged various versions of this. Colour to be added which should be a challenge as the character is looking through a window at glass bongs on glass shelves. I will probably fudge the reflection/refraction bits. This is not 3d modelling, don’t you know.

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Rain on glass – full spread

Inside cover


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 quality that really appeals to me. There is the opportunity to be smooth with the finish, but what I enjoy is the random malfunctions.

I’m going to stay with this approach. What do you think? Do you think this approach works? Does this appeal to you in any way. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.


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Rain on Glass – cover ink

ROG cover

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 I can complete before the years out.

Not this time.

Part of the problem is drawing digitally. I love working in Manga Studio, and it’s part of a process for working on Necessary Monsters.

But for me, it’s a procrastination process.

I have software for logging my time, blocking the internet etc. But I’m weak and still waste time.

So this weekend I broke out the brush and ink equipment, and in a few hours had inked four pages of my next comic Rain on Glass.

The image above is for the cover.

I may start counting the amount of work produced soon 🙂

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Park summer 2

Summer tree 2

This is a cleaned up version of yesterday sketch post. These drawings seem to be well received, but i need to post some comic work at some point. I am a bit mixed up. I am posting comic work at the Oatley Academy, sketchbook stuff on this blog, comic pages on Tumblr. It’s all very confusing. The day job eats in to the blogging and publicity time, as well as the creative time. There is also an exhibition i’m organising as part of the Crouch End Festival.
There are three projects I’ve running at the moment. Necessary monsters 2:3 is nearly completed, which brings it to the half way point. I am also drawing a four page strip for Ink + Paper, that is also near completion. Then there is Rain on Glass, my next comic.
I have no idea why this is being shared.
Have a great weekend.

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