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Saturday, December 26, 2009

ചിസ്റ്മസ് update

Christmas has been good to me this year. I have been given the amazing ‘The Batman vault’ (Running press ISBN 978-0-7624-3663-7) and the very impressive ‘The art of Osamu Tezuka’ (ILEX ISBN 978-1-905814-66-4).
I am also reading ‘Buddha: vol 5 and 6’ (by Osamu Tezuka published by Harper Collins). I love this series.
On the drawing front I plan to post some more Jo Blight images soon. I have to also start work on my entry to the world handmade picture book contest in Japan. This is held by the Oshima Museum of Picture books in Toyama. I have been very lucky to have visited the museum 3 times so far, the last time was in July this year with my family. I intend to post some images from this project on the Blogg as I go. The first image on the post is my starting starting point for my Hand made story. So keep looking for up dates. email me if you have any questions about the competition or the musuem.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

ദി Mermaids

I’ve posted this image as it is a good character drawing of the 4 main characters for this story. Left is an early sketch (2005 – from my sketch book) while the right image is from 2006. As I have refined the character images a little. It is drawing like this one that allow me to see where the characters came from and I can assess which features I want to keep in the new characters. I find it best to have a small selection of images as a reference point, by doing so I maintain tighter consistency. I plan to redraw this image with the new characters in the next week or so.
As an experiment for this project I also plan to model some characters in 3D, mainly torsos and heads. I will try and be good and document this process and post the images on this blog.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I find documenting the evolution of a character both interesting and valuable.
I have included a tiled panel of for the character of Azardia from Jo Blight. After a long break from drawing this story I wanted to examined some new possibilities for the character (see bottom row). I have decided to go back to the 2006 version with some more stylized characteristic from the 2005 versions (bottom right image form 20th December 09).

Monday, December 21, 2009

Jo Blight and the 7 Drawers

After the success of “The Crime of the Agent Mariner”, Pia Santaklaus and I have decided to start on the “Jo Blight and the 7 Drawers” project.
I thought it might be interesting to document the creation of this book on this blog.
As most of you won’t have seen “the Crime of the Agent Mariner” and fewer even fewer will know anything about ‘Jo Blight’. I thought I start by posting some of the original concept sketches for this book. They are from way back in 2005 when Pia and I first started talking about the project. Just goes to show some projects don’t get forgotten they just get older (like the rest of us!).
The image attached (right) is Aviva (Sep 2005), one of four evil mermaids. In the text she is described "Aviva's style was serpentine - so smooth around the edges. Her favourite game was 'frame'n'shame'. Her victims jumped of ledges.
A little bit about me. I have been illustration for about 10 years now on various projects. I have just completed a Master of Visual Communication at the University of tasmania. I live in Hobart with my wife and 2 sons. I
A bit about what I love in the illustration world, a the standard list of influences such as Quentin Blake and Maurice Sendak can be sighted. I would also add will Osamu Tezuka, Frank Miller, Goseki Kojima, David Roberts, Shaun Tan and Norman Lindsay to the list. If anyone is hasn’t seen the illustrations of these amazing artists they should.

Osamu Tezuka, of Astro Boy (Atom) and Kimba (Jungle Emperor Leo) fame.

Frank Miller illustrated (and later produced movies of), 300 and Sin City. His graphic novels on Batman are fantastic. Miller has an amazing ability to control light and shade. I believe he in turn was influenced by the classic comic artist Will Esiner (interestingly Miller went on to direct the recent ‘Spirit’ movie, an Esiner classic)

Goseki Kojima illustrated ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ (some covers done my Frank Miller). Some of the best action illustrations in black and white that you will ever see.

David Roberts teamed up with Lynn Roberts to product some amazing retellings of classic stories. My favourite is ‘Cinderella – An Art Deco love story’.

Shaun Tan is an incredible Australian illustrator with such great titles as ‘Rabbits’, ‘The Lost Thing’, ‘The Red Tree’ and ‘the Arrival’ to his credit. I would strongly recommend his website (http://www.shauntan.net/) to anyone interesting in learning more about the thought processes behind illustration. The section on comments and notes is a very good read.

Norman Lindsay was an incredible Australian illustrator, painter and etcher. I love his illustrations in ‘The Magic Pudding”.
For anyone who like to listen to pod casts, I love 'Big Illustration Party Time' with Joshua Kemble and Kevin Cross. or see their blog at http://illustrationparty.blogspot.com/
That’s enough from me for now. I will put some more development work up in a few days.