Saturday, 30 September 2017

Inktober October 2017

Inktober starts tomorrow. For every day during October, artists all over the world take 
on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

I've no idea if my current inktober project will actually work. Let's see what happens. Please stay tuned throughout the month and hopefully by the end of it I'll be able to reveal the whole image.

You can follow my daily progress on instagram
and also on my twitter account 

Do you know what's great about inktober?
Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.
Come and play.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters & Wizard Fight live sketches. The Black Heart, London.

In August, I went to a fantastic gig at the Black Heart in Camden, London.
Both Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters and Wizard Fight (what great names)
were both on the bill. Naturally, I couldn't help but capture them, while they performed,
in my sketchbook. Here are the results...
The Wailing Goblin (Owen Carty)

Mark Buckwell

Will Hart

Luke Bolton

Dan Kinsey

George M Cobbold aka Bungle 

Crowd at the Black Heart
Now, this is where it gets really interesting. Will Hart, bassist of CTBKM, put my three
sketches of the band together and created this wonderful 'remix' from my images. 
I absolutely love it. I feel very honoured and privileged. What do you think?
Checkout the magnificent sounds of 
Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters here
and Wizard Fight here


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Star Wars: Tatoonie

A little bit of fan art from me. It started as a little experiment
but ended up like this. Incredibly fun do draw. I hope that you
enjoy it to. Maybe I'll create some more. What do you think?

Friday, 4 August 2017

Sketchbook: Desertfest 2017

Well, seeing that my sketches of Elephant Tree at Desertfest have proven to be
very popular (a huge thank you for your lovely comments), I thought I'd post a few
more of my live drawings from the same event. All of the sketches are drawn, 
in a A6 pocket sketchbook, whilst the acts are performing. 
I hope that you enjoy my studies as much as I enjoyed drawing them.

Wolves in the Throne Room
Wolves in the Throne Room
Wolves in the Throne Room
Al Cisneros of Sleep
Matt Pike of Sleep
Hark live at The Underworld

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Killing Moon Issue 2: Ingrid Stensgaard.

This is a 'pin-up' of Ingrid Stensgaard which featured in 
a brilliant comic called Killing Moon (issue 2).

Killing Moon is published by PigDog Press and features
the talents of Chris Denton (Story), Bhuna (Artwork), 
Darren Stephens (Colours) and Bolt-01 (Lettering)

I believe that Issue 3 will be out in the Autumn 2017.
To find out more, and to read this great publication


Black and white version

Original roughs/ideas

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Elephant Tree

Firstly, I'm going to start with a huge apology. It's been a very long time since I've posted on here, mainly due to busyness (no excuse, I know). The good news is that I'm not dead. I have been very busy working on a number of different and wonderful projects and unfortunately I've had to put my blog (as well as updating my website) on the back-burner. Hopefully, normal service has now resumed. Thank you kindly for your patience.

Okay, let's kick off my return with Elephant Tree.

Live at The Bird's Nest, Deptford
I discovered the rock band Elephant Tree by chance during the Desertfest Festival in London back in April. I had heard of them but I wasn't too familiar with their sound. My goodness, I was blown away. Completely smitten. The stoner/blues/doom three piece were performing at The Underworld in Camden (I also drew Carpenter Brut there back in February, but I'll save that for another post) and as per usual, I was armed with my pen and pocket sketchbook. Inspired by their sound and incredible performance, I produced a series of sketches, trying my very best to capture the band. Sadly, drummer Sam Hart was out of my view so I didn't get to draw him (and when I did change my position a cymbal was inconveniently obscuring my view). The venue it's self is pretty dark and to be honest, I wasn't quite sure of what I had drawn until the following day. The results were quite staggering. I truly believe that their vibe was a direct influence on what I was drawing. The magic of  two creative elements becoming one.

I later caught up with the band when they performed at The Bird's Nest is Deptford, London, and I presented them with framed prints of my sketches, who are a lovely bunch of guys. Certainly a night to remember, yet again another superb performance.

Peter Holland (left), Jack Townley (right)

The image you can see at the top of this post is one that has been constantly floating around in my head whilst listening to their amazing albums when I've been working in the studio. In the end, I had to exorcise what was in my head onto paper. As with most of my personal artwork, it's very much an image full of cryptic symbolism. I dare say that a road sign featuring a weasel and a tree in a spotlight looks pretty random. There's a dream like quality where by I'm picking out images from my sub-conscience which represent 'something'. In an interesting way, from my point of view, it's very fascinating to hear how viewers outside of the 'circle' interpret the image(s). I hope that you like it.

I also hope that you enjoy the incredible tunes and vibes by Elephant Tree. Please feel free to check them out on their Bandcamp and facebook pages (please click on the relevant links)


Oh, and I managed to capture Sam in the end