It’s been a hectic few months and it’s been a long time since I’ve posted any updates on the book. A few of the pages are done now. The last kids book post was when styles were still being developed. These are leaning toward much more finished pieces. I look forward to getting to spend a bit more time on it.
A old buddy of mine recently tagged me in a Facebook post saying 2000AD were looking for a new comic-book artist. Now, not that I have the chops to be a comic book artist, it got me thinking that I hadn't drawn Judge Dredd in about 25 years...which makes me feel really old. So I did one and submitted it to 2000AD's quarterly competition. Next up, I'm drawing everybody's favourite blue-skinned G.I., Rogue Trooper...
I was in Barcelona a couple of weeks ago, sticking to the shade and heard some commentary for the Ireland/Australia rugby game coming out of a bar, so walked in to check the score. We got prime seats to watch the game and a bunch of ex Ireland players were there. I was awestruck. Anyways, I bribed a couple of them with the promise of a drawing in exchange for a quick pic and chat. I've already posted a bunch of others but was happy to add Donnacha Ryan and Tomás O Leary to the number.
Woody and Lol, eh? What stellar performances from Joe Gilgun and Vicky McClure as these two. I can't recall a couple universally accepted as them as 'meant to be'. Any time I see the final scenes of This is England, it still brings a tear. Absolute gems.
Like most of the other paintings I've done recently, this was made in Procreate. With a little bit of Photoshop to soup the levels. I've a gallery of other movie inspired images here.
A friend recently asked if I could paint a picture of her daughter. She wanted it as a gift for her daughter's birthday. She's a pretty young woman and I hope the picture does her justice. Mammy was very pleased with the end result.
So, it’s finished. I said I wanted to do at least 15 players. Well, I beat that by one! I would like to do the whole squad, past and current players. There's loads of other players I'd like to draw...O'Gara, Jackson, Hayes, Willie John McBride. It's a long list. Time does not allow, I’m afraid. And you know what they say about time...I have other projects to begin working on. [The last image is a gallery. Give it a click and go through all the mugshots.]
Okay-already, I will be doing some more! Just in time for the Six Nations and a little thing called The World Cup!!!. I love it! I think I’ll have at least each captain from the teams. I’ll also be doing a few sketches of the ladies teams (Can’t be forgetting about the girls now!). Come back for more!
Here's an update to my Irish Rugby Players series. Distractions and other jobs notwithstanding, I've done the line-work to quite a few by now. I'm itching to getting this stage finished and move onto the painting. It's a task to keep consistent with the line-work weights, but overall I'm happy so far. I don't want to be trapped by seeking perfection. The colouring stage will be quick enough, I've set myself a template to stick by. One or two more decisions will be made at this stage. Here's where I'm at so far...
Another five or six and I'm calling it a day. I don't care that it's not all the current squad. Well, I do a bit, but time constraints mean I can't do everyone. But some of these guys are my favourite players. I'm not forgetting about the ladies team. I'll be picking a few of those to draw also. And because I see them every week in the Premiership, some of the English lads too.
I've started on a new series of portraits. This one focuses on one of my favourite teams...the Irish rugby team. What a collection of players. My aim is to complete a starting 15 or do a portrait of my favourite players. I'm taking nearly the same approach as I've done with other portraits, tweaking what I do though to get a better end result. The style is the same as other work I've done, but I know myself the changes I've made to the process. I like to keep the drawings post-it note small at the start so I don't get obsessed with detail. That and the fact that I usually try get some of the work done on my 15 minute breaks in work. Here's the sketches I've done so far, I won't bother with the names for now. I'll add the line work when they're all done, then get onto painting them.
My latest work-related comic. They think we don't have any brains. Clicking the image will bring up a bigger version.
My dear old Nan passed away at the start of the year. We have a lovely photo of her sitting in the garden and I wanted to paint it for my own Ma. I spent quite a while painting this one, I didn't want to look back on it in a few weeks and see all the imperfections staring me in the face. It was created entirely in Procreate. Usually I'll get some pencil lines down first, but skipped that step this time.
Anyways, here's the finished painting and a couple of details. Clicking them will bring up larger sizes.
I had originally made this as a small comic to stick up in work. I've altered the panels a bit so it reads better on a bigger scale. Time for a new one now.
I learned a bit more about the movie and book while making this. I had liked the original sketch I'd done but could never make it work. This turned out to be a tough one actually, but I've learned I really need to up my painting levels. Despite the theatrical language and costume from the scene the image here shows Alex contemplative and sinister, but quick to rebuke his brother Dim 'for being a bastard with no manners.'
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