Monday, September 1, 2014

How do you make the face look the same from panel to panel?

I get asked questions occasionally about the process of making comics. I’ve passed this particular question on to a handful of the people I’ve interviewed for them to answer, and I’ll post up more as they come in.

How do you make the faces look the same from panel to panel?

I remember this being a big concern of mine when I started drawing comics, and I get asked this pretty frequently. Probably more of a concern that actually telling a story if I’m honest. I think this is a question that gets asked a lot because it is so apparent when the characters don’t look consistent. Here’s how John Allison, Viv Schwarz, Glyn Dillon and Sarah Glidden tackled this topic...
Well how do we? Go read.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

ANXIETY - update

Hey there!
It seems like time to give you an update on this comic about Anxiety I am doing.
In short: it's still going on, tehre weren't many updates because I am working on a picture book, but I have planned and written and collated and thought. There will be more soon, and there will be a book eventually.



Life is good, I have a great studio now, and I'm really enjoying my projects. Inbetween drawings and writings I am building kites.
From The Penguin Book of Kites

Sode kite

research

Kite made from pigeon feathers, staws and string

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Experimenting

I won't have much time at all to do the artwork for this book, but that's fine. I know how I want it to look, and it will be a lot of fun.
At the moment I am painting with brushes made from horsehair. It seems to suit it. - I'll need to dig out my lightbox so I can follow my roughs a bit more closely. This drawing was made free-hand on top of a rough colour sketch, which explains why the crocodile is skipping more than he usually would - I was following the jaunty watercolouring I'd put down first.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Whisper Down the Lane

Photo by Laurel Turton
I had the pleasure to perform in an Opera-Happening by Catherine Kontz and Ellan Parry who have made many strange and beautiful things in the past...
"Whisper Down the Lane" was a fringe event at the Tete a Tete Opera festival that's running around Kings Cross at the moment.

"Do you believe everything you read? Can you verify the source of the information and how it was passed on? Can you follow the trail? Is it a spin? Is it rumour? Is it actually true?
Even the most trivial snippet of news, however manipulated or bona fide it may be, is promoted to a worthier level as soon as it is written down in black and white. Unlike the elusive spoken word, evaporating instantly and leaving behind only the memory of its sound and meaning, the printed word weighs heavier, lives longer and comes to be literature! It becomes the truth. But can you trust it?
Expect fun tongue twisting imbroglios and misconstrued iterations 'whispered' around Kings Cross."


Photo by Claire Shovelton

Photo by Catherine Kontz








Photos by Laurel Turton (unless indicated otherwise)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

STORGE - Digital Family Tree - This weekend on South Bank!


This weekend, Codasign and I will be running a workshop at the South Bank Centre as part of the Festival of Love. I am busy building a large cardboard tree that will be decorated with electronic leaves which families can build together using conductive paint... and crayons. Let's light that thing up together!
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 to 16:30. Come say hello and make a leaf.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Anna and Crocodile

I am working silly hours to meet my deadlines... this is a sketch of Anna and Crocodile, the heroes of a new book I am working on. I had to cheat a bit and fix the original watercolour digitally to get it in on time, now it'll go away to be presented at a meeting to show people who these characters are. That sort of thing.

My niece is visiting from Germany. I just ordered her a pizza over the internet because I'm still at the studio well after dinner time... I hope she's having fun with the cats at home. I'll pack up and go see if there's a slice of pizza left for me now.



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blind Drawings

Here's a fun thing we did at the pub.
Close your eyes, then someone tells you what to draw: an animal that's doing one specific thing.
Here are mine:
Lion eating whale

Mammoth trying to eat watermelon

Saturday, June 21, 2014

BEASTICLES - a new strip in MOOSE KID COMICS!

Hey hey Hey!

There is an all-new all-free comics magazine for children. You can grab it at moosekidcomics.com .

It's stuffed with all sorts of amazingness, including an original strip by me called BEASTICLES about a cat and a tiger-dog who start an awesome band with a bad name.

Here's a preview, go download the magazine to read it all!

 

TREASURE MAZE is up and running at PAF

I'm in Den Bosch, NL, at the Playful Arts Festival. It's awesome.

Ellan Parry and I built a maze from 200m of cardboard and a mile of tape, and we are running it as a game area all weekend.


 

 

Monday, June 16, 2014

TREASURE MAZE at PLAYFUL ARTS in Den Bosch

Hey! Guess what!
I am running Treasure Maze again, this time in Den Bosch, the Netherlands - not at all far away from Amsterdam. It will be part of the absolutely wonderful Playful Arts Festival. Tell everyone who can get to it, it will be the best thing ever! 19th to 22nd of this month - that's this week!!


My game will be built out of one hundred and fifty meters of cardboard. I think that's all I really need to say. Just take a moment to imagine that. - Yep, it's even better than that.



ELCAF 2014

The East London Comics and Art Festival was awesome this year. Alexis and I had a table, I sold a whole load of zines and prints - if you missed it, you can still pick them up in my shop
Photo by Sarah McIntyre - check her big writeup on her blog!
It's quite the annual event, people queued oven an hour to get in at times. I met many excellent friends old and new. It was great. Thank you all who joined the crowd.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

International Cats!

Good News Everyone!
My Cat books have been co-editioned in a few more countries... look at that! Even my native Germany, at last. My parents will be delighted.

Yep, this one is out soon....