I was looking for something that someone told me about, regarding immensely creepy sign-offs from the BBC in the late 50s/early 60s; I couldn’t find that, but I did find this. It’s very relaxing and looks quite arty.
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).
Made a dedicated Trapdoor blog (i.e. 80s kitsch dungeon), in order to gather together all the relevant stuff I’ve found and also to share it with anyone else who’s into that (I am well into that).
It’s also open for submissions, if anyone has owt they want to send in.
(and don’t go eatin’ anyone’s breakfast)
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.
Random doodle of Lucas, probably unimpressed because he’s been around since 2008 and has only been drawn twice.
Improvised abstract painting on an envelope.
I listened to a lot of Alkaline Trio yesterday (nothing new there then).
The first one is Olivia, with some kind of courageous attempt to regain my former pen shading *skillz*. It was originally meant to be a rough sketch but it ended up taking 4 hours and isn’t really a sketch anymore.
The second one is a new ID for DA because I’m sick of the other one. The “logic” of the shading on this one was living things being shaded with a mixture of black and pink and non-living things just being shaded in black but I figured the tree wouldn’t look right with pink on it, so it got left out of the equation.
abstract desert paintings. They’ve been a thing since 2008 but I don’t seem to have any of the really old ones anymore. The first one was also rehomed ages ago but the scan of it was still on the laptop for some reason.
I have every intention of finishing that purple one but in order to do so, I need to remember to get some more yellow ink.