Back in the 80s, Disney tried to do a somewhat darker fantasy cartoon called the Black Cauldron. It was largely a commercial failure, and, watching it again recently, I can sort of understand why. The story was a haphazard mess of a book adaptation, the theme was uncharacteristically dark for Disney, and the art was not quite up to par with the usual Disney standards at the time (like, the outlines weren’t even clean, and you can tell off a standard DVD).
That said, it was a cartoon from the 80s that I remember with fondness. For all its failings, the film added to my personal idea of a fantasy world, with swords, magic, monsters and dragons.
I also think that the LOTR guys might have based some of Gollum off of the ‘animal sidekick’ of this film, Gurgi. He really is like the more friendly, less psycho, furry cousin. Which seems really creepy in its own right…
Still kicking. Been drawing. A lot of Carole Lombard. And some dude after Sargent. Enjoy.
Thanks to the nice folks over at Owl for giving me the cover of Chickadee’s April issue!
The issue’s theme was ‘green heroes’, and the mag pretty much knew what they wanted and gave me a pretty awesome rough to work from. It was a bit challenging to fit in more ‘green’ elements considering the subheads, callouts and barcode box (bottom left, not shown here). Hopefully it gets the general idea across.
Also inside, a neat 2 page spread featuring some excellent young people who are doing their bit to reduce waste and make the world a greener place.
So, over the last year or so, I have been dealing with a fair bit of pain when I work. I either have a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve, or both. The pain mostly occurs when I work at the computer. While this obviously sucks, it also has given me an excuse to get away from the computer more often and work on stuff I used to enjoy. Like drawing with pencils. So here’s the result of that.
I got some new semi-soft Koh-i-noor pencils and my older hard Derwents…
An awesome and cheap sharpnener from Mixed Media…
This was the original sketch. I drew it in my sketchbook and scanned and enlarged it.
My old computer table now repurposed for traditional work. Lots of pencils.
Work in progress.
Big thanks to Sharon Milne and Adobe Press for including me in the awesome new book, Adobe Master Class Illustrator! Here are some pictures of the inner pages:
The book is mostly a showcase of art, wit several short (2-3 page) tutorials by some of the artists explaining their techniques. I was impressed by the varied selection of artists and work included in the book. It really is an inspiring piece that shows you just how much variety you can get with artwork created totally or mostly in Adobe Illustrator.
You can buy the book at www.adobepress.com/illmaster
Use the coupon code ILLMASTER at checkout to get 35% off!
(I don’t know if there is an expiry on the coupon, so hurry up and get your copy!)