Sunday, 29 June 2008

pristeen16 #2.... in colour

and finally.... coloured.


For your guffaws and sniggers... the rejected cover (rejected by me). In my defence, I was extremely tired...but it's very poor.


LINEWORK...'s the B&W linework for pristeen16 Cover #2.

I'm not inking's just b5 pencil, and darkened in photoshop. I like the immediacy of the graphite... gives it a roughness.

I often manage to accidentally sanitize many half decent pictures while I'm inking, so by just pencilling I feel a lot freer to loosen up.

The cocktails help too. Thanks Ruby!

:-) Ruf


Saturday, 28 June 2008

Revisiting a piece..

Well... I had to do pristeen16 cover #2 in a hurry last week for Previews... so I'm gonna redraw it tonight. I often redraw things 3 or 4 times.

I start with a thumbnail (about 4 by 5 cm) and scan it.

Blow it up to fit an IDW page, and tinker in Pshop.

Then I print A3 size, mix a martini, and draw under the influence with a 5B pencil.

A great piece of advice I got years ago from an Animation director was to look at your picture as a silhouette. It should hopefully look dynamic and understandable like that.

Well... anyway...martini time (In the interests of work you understand.)


pristeen16 #3 Cover

Well... all coloured up...

I was pretty resistant to learning photoshop, as like most of us... I'm terrified of things I don't understand... but over the last 2 years I've been tinkering I've really got to enjoy it.

I'm very lucky though... I have some great and extremely talented people I can call upon for advice, artistic and technical!

So a big thank you to Jock, Steve Pugh, Mick McMahon, and Garry Leach... who've all generously shared their insights, encouragement, ideas and advice.

I'm a very lucky boy.


work work work

7 day weeks... either kill ya, or...well..just kill you.

Working on pristeen16 covers for Preview...

Here's linework for #3.

Gotta colour this one today... then back to Visions of Booga!


Friday, 27 June 2008


Our new Tank Girl series, SKIDMARKS, will be making its debut in Megazine #275.

I'll post the unlettered cover art and sketches closer to release date....

Also VISIONS OF BOOGA #3 out soon from IDW Comics.... go get it! It's definitely the one I'm happiest with... I hope you'll like it!


Friday, 20 June 2008

Love Clinic!

Buy their albums...make them rich...



Exciting news!

We'll soon have a fully functioning website for Tank Girl!! (Well... in a coupla months...)

Alan's friend Ashley (part of the Worthing Tank Crew) has commenced work, and we should have it up and running properly in the next few months.

It'll have exclusive art, info on all the new Tank Girl projects, regular updates, behind the scenes glimpses, and generally all the bollox you could possibly want or need.

In the mean time you can press yer nose against the window...

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Der Anaconda

Thought I'd share the crazy painting my lovely friend Brendan McCarthy gave me.

It's one of his old Artoons, and is huge...and slightly scary!

Still... keeps me working... I'm afraid he'll attack!


And in situ...


Monday, 9 June 2008

DERRY 2D FESTIVAL 2008.... survived!

A huge thank you to David Campbell for organizing my favourite Convention, the Derry 2D Comic Convention.

Just got back and was sent this link to a little BBC article.

It was a great show, and I got to sit next to Jock and marvel at his amazing sketches.

Charlie Adlard bravely sketched and took part in a number of talks....with no voice.... He is a machine!!!

Alan Martin and I made some great plans for Tankie over ...umm... a few Pints.

Nick Roche, Bob Byrne, Steve Mooney, Will Simpson, Garry Leach, Mark Stafford, Ilya, Laura Howell and Declan Shalvey blasted out some superb sketches for some lucky people!

Next year...get there! It's soooooo good!

... now...back to bed..

Wednesday, 4 June 2008


Here's a link to The Metal Gear Solid page up for auction on Ebay!

There's some cool pages up for sale including an amazing Cliff Robinson Judge Dredd piece and a Walt Simonson Thor piece!

All proceeds to Gene Colan and Family!

Thanks everyone!!

Monday, 2 June 2008

A Pencilled Pin Up!

Here's some Pencils for another pinup page from an upcoming issue of Tankie...