T-shirt/sticker design version of that pessimistic WipEout 2097 cat from a while back. I originally drew and painted the text by hand but it looked rubbish so I redid it with the wonderous power of modern technology instead, using this awesomely accurate free-use font (whoever Mike Lynch is, he is a fucking legend).
The cat was originally going to have “unlucky” underneath, which would’ve made more sense in terms of the original thing it was based on, but the large number of massive letters threw the balance off.
Inspired by Another Night by Heavens.
Black and white album covers result in black and white art, apparently (as if I need any encouragement)
Rough idea for another animation (the current one is on hold because I have to rebuild the set and can’t find any pieces of cardboard that are big enough for it), based on a Ted Hughes poem about a crow going to war with the sun. It uses some pretty abstract descriptions that I took a shine to and wanted to apply to a visual experiment.
This one is (hopefully) going to be a paper cut-out thing, but I have to figure out how to animate the crow’s wings moving and the trees taking on a sort of wretched appearance at the same time, without all the individual pieces being thrown out of place. It’s probably going to be a trial-and-error thing.
Apparently my new sketchbook and I made peace with each other in the end (the paper is capable of withstanding a fair amount of paint and water, ergo it has been deemed worthy).
While I was in Manchester today, I found this and nearly died of amusement. It is literally Tumblr in book form.
It even has the obligatory three wolves howling at the moon!
Also got a new sketchbook but have torn more pages out than I’ve drawn on. I’ll learn eventually that sketchbooks and I don’t get along.
Character development doodles from last night; I actually got somewhere with rewriting Milo’s backstory (yaaaay).
Hayley (for anyone who can actually read that scribbling up there) goes AWOL in the end, it’s ambiguous as to whether or not she gets her act together, partly because I haven’t got that far yet. She’s not an inherently bad person, she just falls in with some people who would really benefit from taking a housebrick to the head.
As for Milo, she goes the other way and makes friends with people who actually treat her with respect and give her numerous necessary nudges in the right direction, which is how she ends up going from being a totally neurotic mess to a relatively confident mess. Her gobbiness comes from learning to stand up for herself and getting a bit overzealous with it.
Little doodles of Varaha and Hayagriva, a couple of the numerous avatars of Vishnu, because researching something the other night veered off into reading about Hinduism for who-knows-how-long.
Couple of Trapdoor doodles; the Bugpipe and the Flyin’ Wotsit Fingy.
I was also going to do the fish and the Loch Ness monster from ‘Strange Goings On’ but I can’t concentrate when it’s 30 degrees (of the celsius persuasion) outside…
- Unfinished fish
- Florin and the result of me thinking about things in the nighttime (sounds dangerous)
- Jackalope and the result of me thinking about things in the daytime (IS dangerous)
Also, unrelated, but the new series of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy has a trio of singing claymation dolphins in the intro. I repeat: Three dolphins. That are singing. That in itself is already a massive improvement on the previous series.
(dolphins are important)
The irrepressible Jirair Mirzoyan (also known as Mercy for some odd reason) is having fun and singing a right proper bangin’ choon.
He’s another one of those characters who is referred to by a nickname by practically everyone in-context… and I go ahead and keep calling him by his proper name like an obstinate git. His spirit animal is probably a bear…unicorn…thing. It’s a bearicorn. A very rare and majestic beast.
His tattoo was posted before I actually did a proper drawing of him; that is disorganised.
Self-explanitory doodle from a couple of weeks ago.
I still miss having pink hair.
Some sort of semi-realistic-ish rendition of Zero, mostly to illustrate how his improbable “eyes” work, but then what with being an encoded message-turned-semi-mechanical crow ghost, having little plastic cartwheels embedded in his skull is the least of his logical concerns.
It all makes sense in context, honestly.
The whole peg and washer setup was mostly inspired by those really creepy orange domed eyes you sometimes see on old animal toys (there were a disturbing number of them on the toys I remember from my childhood…)
1 - Louis Wain-inspired Shaka with Gallows lyrics.
2 - Olivia’s skating up a storm; far too many of my characters know each other through hanging around skate parks.
3 - Lucas is so seapunk that his spirit animal is a crystal dolphin jumping through a ring of palm trees with a lo-res 3D render of a Greek temple floating on an ocean in the background…
4 - PJ’s either being zen or obstinate. Probably both; he’s a natural multitasker.
5 - Sadie’s totally not being an evil genius at all. She was originally going to be wearing khaki-coloured trousers but the colour looked rubbish so I went over it in blue instead.
6 - The filename for this one is “Jacek and a periodic table song worth of mistakes” (i.e. I still can’t draw bass guitars, or any other kind of guitar for that matter) and there’s a Modern Toss poster in the background because Alan is inspirational.
7 - Milo made a paper chain and cut the heads off…
8 - Unedited version of the background for my Trap Door blog. This one’s got obligatory bored eyes on it; I am aware they come up too often in my art and I am addressing it (along with a ton of other issues, it’s all go).
Hopefully by 2015 I’ll have made some real progress (looking over art summaries from the past couple of years, I’ve been kind of daudling around in circles with it and it’s getting on my nerves).
This was meant to be one of those carousel horses from Silent Hill 3 but I didn’t use a reference and now it looks fuck all like one. So maybe it’s just a failed Niðstang instead (the curtained horses look a bit like them anyway, just with the rest of the bodies left on). And despite having sketched the skeletal structure of the tail in pencil, it apparently got lost when I was doing the pen stuff on it.
This also came out really bright, which is odd because the scanner is usually a total onanist whenever I try to scan something with bright colours on it.
Circular Skagpuss sans gas mask and apparently having some kind of neurotic meltdown or summat. I have pondered thinking of a “proper” name for him, summat like Maurice or Endless Mike.
Also there are some Finch lyrics.
This ended up looking different from what I originally planned, kind of reminds me of that Paul Berry animation, The Sandman. (If anyone actually remembers that)
I have been pondering doing some kind of thing starting with these geometric cats and moving onto more labyrinthine iterations, but it’ll have to wait until I’ve tied up another couple of projects first.
Zero really likes making a spooktacle of himself.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t scare up any better jokes than that, which is a shame because ghost jokes are a scream.
Aodhán is apparently not in the spirit of it. By this point of the story (using the term generously), he’s been dead for 5 years so he’s probably come across one (hundred) too many ghosts who put sheets over their heads in an attempt to be clever. (that sounded really snotty, it wasn’t meant to)
Zero’s costume would probably be a lot more effective if he kept his wings at his side and didn’t dive up and down. Then there’d be a random small, crow-shaped sheet scurrying round going “woooooooooo” and that would be brilliant.