Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Artsplosion




Just some art from recently. First pic is me messing around with OpenCanvas. The other two are doodles from today, where I decided to experiment a little and combine a Letraset marker and Staedtler fine line pen. It looks nice, but I'm not completely convinced I want to go in that artistic direction.
That's what I hate about myself, that I can't seem to settle on one style. Arrrggghh, fuck.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dave McKean signing

I was at Dave McKean's (Sandman, Cages, Mr. Punch) signing today in Easons. He and Neil Gaiman (whom I met at a signing in the same store last year) recently released a children's book called Crazy Hair. Unfortunately, he came expecting an audience of kids so his slideshow wasn't particularly aimed towards the people that did come, but Dave McKean being the brilliant bastard he is, is interesting at whatever he does, for whomever. We got to see some pics of upcoming works, such as his new feature length film project Luna.
There was a short Q&A after that, with some interesting insight from the man into his creative processes and methods. And after that was the signing. I got Varjak Paw, a Graveyard Book poster, Arkham Aslyum: A Serious House On Serious Earth, Sandman volume one and Crazy Hair all signed! He even did an awesome Batman sketch in Arkham, and a full-page Morpheus in Sandman (as as I requested :D). He's a really, really nice chap, and it was certainly a pleasure meeting one of my favourite artists of all time.
I'll have some pics of said drawings soonish.

Here's some recent art, a WIP.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Black Jack fanart


Just a tribute to Osamu Tezuka's classic manga character Black Jack. I was given a copy of Vertical's third collection by a very awesome person on the internet, and being a Tezuka fan as it is, I lapped BJ up.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Just a quickie... (part deux)

I was going to name this post 'Just a quickie' but I realised I already used that exact title before, hah.

24 Hour Comics Day was absolutely fucking brilliant. An experience I'll never forget. Suprisingly enough, I did manage to stay awake the full time. Unsuprisingly, I didn't get 24 pages done. In fact, I only got five done. Being the stickler for detail I have always been, I got too bogged down on particular panels. Oh well, I learnt my lesson.
I'll have a full report on the day on Friday or Saturday sometime.

I only noticed today that I've never scanned in any pics from my sketchbooks. So here's a few;



Thursday, October 15, 2009

Resurrection

Wow, I really haven't posted since July? Fuck's sake.
Well no matter, here I am again. Hopefully returning to writing on a consistent level now.
I'm in Ballyfermot CFE these days studying Animation (Animation Drawing Studies in particular), and its fucking great! Its only been a month and I reckon I've improved a fair bit already. Layout & Design is currently my favourite class, but the rest are enjoyable too. Five-hours of life-drawing is well helpful and interesting, although it saps you of energy for the rest of the day.

Saw Up last Friday. We opted to go see it in the Savoy for once (Cineworld being our usual cinema) because Cineworld was only screening it in 3d. Suprisingly, the Savoy is a really fucking amazing. Toilets in the screening room, curtain drawbacks, comfy-as-hell chairs, and only €6.50 for students! I know where I'll be watching films from now on, that's for sure.
Oh yeah, and the film itself was astonishing, possibly one of Pixar's best efforts. Fantastic overall design, great score, a really engaging storyline and the usual Pixar host of creatively brilliant characters.

As some of you may know, the Irish 24 Hour Comics Day is happening this Saturday. I was at last year's event, although I only stayed for a few hours due to the Leaving Cert. You can see my one page here.
I plan to go for the full 24 hours this year. Quite a daunting task, going without sleep for a full day and tring to retain focus on my drawing for the entire time, I'll admit. But damn if I didn't enjoy the short time I spent there last year, so staying the night will most likely be a blast.
Not sure if I'll bother with any of the workshops. I'd rather focus on my comic more than anything. I might take an hour or two off to read the free comics though.

Well that's it for now. Gotta get an early night in tonight and tomorrow in preperation.
Here's a piece of artwork. Its a page from the unfinished short comic I was doing up for the 24 Hr Anthology. Some problems came up so I unfortunately had to abandon it, despite the entire thing being pencilled fully.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Beneath A Neon Sky


A quick post to say I just finished pencilling the first page to my comic project, Beneath A Neon Sky. Its a science-fiction cyberpunk noir tale of a robot detective who works in a bustling metropolis on the verge of welcoming extraterrestrials onto Earth for the first time.
I'll have sketches and more on it later.

Pic is what would happen if Henchmen #21 and #24 (Venture Bros.) were to fight Jailbot (Superjail).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fuck titles.


I was at Oxegen on Saturday. I'm kinda tired now though, so I'll post about it in a day or two. It was great though, aside from the shitty weather...
Attached pic is of my take on an old obscure Wonder Woman villain named The Blue Snowman, who is actually a woman behind the mask. Yeah, confused the fuck out of me as well.
Someone anonymous on the internet kindly coloured this for me and it looked twice as good, but I forgot to save the damn thing. Shame too, considering how little colour work I do.

The only Borders store in Ireland is closing down very soon. It was a great, if a little expensive bookstore that had an awesome selection of comics.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fuck the sun.


Today I walked from Maynooth to the next town, Kilcock with two of my friends, Richy and Brian. We travelled along the canal. When we got to Kilcock, we stayed for a while in Brian's grandad's house. His grandad was an incredibly interesting guy and all round nice person. His house was just as interesting as well! It was lined with old decorations, clocks, porcelain figurines, newspapers, small art prints etc. that kind of thing.
We ran a quarter of the way back, since we were getting tired. Doing soonly proved how unfit I truly am, hahah. I think in total we walked around 8 miles. I'm pretty happy with that.

Man, this fucking heat is killing me. I can't stand days like this, where the flies are everywhere, your trousers stick to ya, the computer overheats, and you just don't feel like doing jack shit.
All I ask for is a petty breeze! Christ...

The drawing above is something I did yesterday. Its Dream from the Sandman comics having tea with Paprika from the anime feature Paprika.
Man I'm getting great use out of that black Letraset marker...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

FREEEEDOM!!

Aah, my Leaving Cert is finally over! And thus, my life begins anew. The fact I'm finished school forever still has yet to hit me though. I still feel as if there are some upcoming exams to finish, or essays to hand in. Weird. Hope I'll shake it off soon, or I ain't gonna get a thing done all Summer.
And speaking of, I do hope to get a lot of things done, including;

- Watching tons of films, be it from my own DVD collection, on Film4, or at the cinema. I'd like to maybe watch over fifty films over the Summer...
- Do a lot of life drawing. And improve anatomy skills in general.
- Start work on a comic and hopefully find some way of publishing it. No real ideas yet though.
- Start walking at least once every night. I'm not overweight, but I'm not terribly fit either.
- Get a job. If that's at all attainable, in this current economic climate. But really, I seriously need some fucking money.
- Read a lot of comics, and subsequently more novels as well (to the library I go!)
- Take up guitar.

Well that's my aims so far. Are they realistic? I dunno, but I'm gonna give them a crack anyway. I don't want to be stuck in my house everyday playing the PS3 for hours upon hours. I'd rather be stuck in the house drawing for hours and hours! :P
And now for some art. Below is a request for a fellow on a certain comics board; The Gentleman Ghost, a villain from some Batman comic. I haven't heard of him before, but fuck he is cool.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Ya Got Tha LC Blues



Sooo... Leaving Cert's coming up in less than three weeks now. Fuck. Not looking forward to this at all, but at least it'll be done and over with by next month!
Got my history study report (on the use of gas warfare in WWI) done in the last minute a few weeks back, and I finished my art practicals last week too. Imaginative Comoposition was OK, nothing spectacular. Life Drawing was handy, seeing as it comes quite naturally to me anyway. And the Poster Craftwork was great fun. I picked the fantasy film title ("Architects of Ruin") and drew a pic of a beggar stood in his tracks as a robed figure stares at him from the top of a hill, with a massive fantasy background of caves, mountains, forests and shit. I inked it B&W, and was overall very happy with the result.
Thankfully, I get the Poster Craftwork back after its been marked. Good thing too, it might look good in my portfolio...

And speaking of portfolios; I got the offer to do Animation Drawing Studies in Ballyfermot PLC two months ago. And today, I recieved an email from Dun Laoghaire saying I got 480 points out of a total 600 for my portfolio, for their Animation course. Nice! I'm pretty sure I'll be going to Ballyfermot, but I'd be equally happy to find out if I get offered a place in Dun Laoghaire as well.
And while I'm discussing animation, I'm currently reading the excellent Your Career In Animation, by David Levy. Highly interesting stuff, there's a lot of advice that suprised me in it, and I'm sure it'll be an even better book when I actually get into producing animation.

Watched Coraline recently, and I have to say; ITS ONE OF THE FUCKING GREATEST FILMS EVER MADE IN THE PAST DECADE. Seriously. Go see it, now. I'd love to see it again. Fuck. I'm convinced it has surpassed Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas as well, and it takes a lot to top a classic like that. The pacing, the backgrounds, the character design and voicework, the score; everything is near perfect in this film. Goddamn.

In other nuacht, I'm thinking about buying a table at the Edition Book Arts Exhibition in July. I'd like to get my name out there a bit, but I'm worried I might not have enough material to put on my table...
Well, even if I don't buy a table, I'll definitely be down on the day to check out what the usual Irish comics crew are at! :P

Oh and one last thing; I've started a Twatter account, on which I post infrequent shite;
http://twitter.com/C_L_O_U_D_M_A_N
Below is a work-in-progress Watchmen piccy, drawn wiv mah tablet.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Just a quickie...


Things've been hectic lately...
Had my Ballyfermot PLC interview for the Animation Drawing Studies course last Friday, which went swell. They liked my stuff and said to expect an offer in the post this week.
Had my Dun Laoghaire IADT portfolio assessment today. Even though I had to wake up at fucking five in the morning, it wasn't as bad a day as I expected. Unfortunately I don't get the results from them until May.

While in Forbidden Planet, I picked up Liam Geraghty and Philip Barrett's excellent Gazebo, issue #1 (would've done so earlier, only FP's major leakage problem closed the Irish comics section off; the horror!). I really fucking dig Phil's cleancut and precise artwork, and Liam is a fantastic writer (can tackle humour and a serious slice-of-life tale greatly) as well! I highly recommend it!
Also finished Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, good stuff as well. Amazingly, I became just as infatuated with Kurtz, just as Marlow did...

According to Rob Curley, a new (and bigger?) Sub City will be opening up on West Essex St. later this year!

(pic attached is part my own drawing, part a shop from the lovable folks of 4chan)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Epic Con 09'

It's been a while, eh? I probably wouldn't be writing this right now if tomorrow wasn't the beginning of the midterm break! On with the show...
Yesterday and today, I attended Epic Con 09' at NUI Maynooth, which was dead handy since I live only 15 minutes away from there. Here's some photos, and here's the haps';

SATURDAY
  • Got up later than I should've, thankfully Dan (who was coming with me to the con) woke up late as well. Mobile phones are not good alarm clocks, goddamn.
  • Got to the John Hume building, paid for entry and shit. Picked up free Viz Sneak Peak volumes and two posters (Bleach and Death Note)
  • Had a quick look through some of the dealer rooms, suprised by the amount of manga on sale (did they get it all from Chapters?)
  • Decided to take on the Torture Room Challenge, in which you have to sit 7 hours or so of four shit films, which included;
  1. Mortal Kombat II : Annhilation (FUCKING BAD FIGHTING, SHITTY ACTING)
  2. Starship Troopers 2 (WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON, WHY IS THAT CHICK NAKED FOR NO REASON, WHY DID THAT GUY DECIDE TO STAY ON THE BUILDING)
  3. Super Mario Bros (Yes, the live-action film. Better than I expected, though completely directionless shit. And why didn't Luigi have a tache...)
  4. Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter (BEST WORST FILM EVER!! GO WATCH IT!!!)

The last film made it worth staying the entire thing for. We barely had any breaks at all, and to win you had to clock up the most time spent in the room. Unfortunately, we were told at the end of the day that today's time would be added onto the four films tomorrow, and there was no fucking way I was going to waste my day again, I wanted to do other shit.

SUNDAY
  • Got up late AGAIN, fuck you phone. Missed part of Cliodhna's talk. Actually, I practically missed all of it by the time I got there. Thanks for the advice anyways Cliodhna...
  • Finished off a fantasy-setting drawing I did overnight for the art competition
  • Listened to the talk on Space Warfare. presented by a very energetic fellow. Highlight of the talk? Power-armor suits are a possibility! Fuck yes.
  • Fucked around taking photos of people and shit (link to my Flickr account with some later)
  • Bought two volumes of the anime series Haibane Renmei for only a tenner (big thanks to the cute chick with the goggles who owned was selling that stuff!)
  • For the last hour, visited the Sci-Fi/Anime screening room and watched;
  1. Darker Than Black ep1 (seems very interesting, would like to see more)
  2. Invader Zim Halloween Special. The scene where Zim squeezes himself into the portal in Dib's head was fucking sick but awesome. I like that show, but the random humour does my fucking head in some times...
  3. Samurai Jack (watched the last episode due to the demand of the four people in the room including me, and IT WAS GREAT, mainly because of the hilarious reaction faces Aku and Jack pulled for five minutes straight)
  4. The first few minutes of Hulk VS Wolverine. It was suprisingly well-animated, I think I spotted Masao Muruyama's name in there so Studio 4c must be involved...
  • Everyone was then assembled into the talks room for the ending ceremony and prize-giving. There was more people than I expected, and the whole room filled up. Me and Dan thankfully sat away from some of the giddier cosplayers thank fuck. Eventually the staff-folk came in and put the selectable prizes on the table. The first prize awarded was to Keitaro, the brave soul who stayed in the Torture Room the longest (me and Dan were determined to beat his ass, but realised the futility the next day). True to his predictions, he ended up with a shit prize of an hourglass! I imagine that was the only thing he could pick, as the rest of the prizes were novels (and his English mightn't be good enough etc.). Second prize winner was yours truly for the art competition, of which only three others entered;

I only got to see one other entry, and it was nicely-coloured but typical anime-style girl (it also had a fucking Deviantart stamp on it, fucking christ), and I think I saw a bit of what seemed to be a doodle on a lined copy page, hahah. I picked up H.G. Well's The Invisible Man, as I've been wanting to read that guy's stuff for a while.
Cosplay winners were announced, the main winner was Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy, fairplay to him.
After that, two winners from the RPG games. And after that, the raffle prizes. Long story short, I won a copy of Sandman volume 1, which I'm over-the-fucking-moon with.
To round it off, a fireworks/explosives display with mad fucking chemistry, put on by Professor Ken from the college. It was damn awesome.


T'was a fucktacular weekend.