Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Alysha and our 'band'

My beautiful friend Alysha Nett and I in Paris, November 2011.
We were on the Pont Neuf bridge, and Antoine Bounoure (the photographer) shot us together, in between taking lovely pictures of Alysha.
These were going to be the photos for our electro black metal 'band'.

XXX Ruf, Team Unphotogenic.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

KIZUNA

KIZUNA

For all my friends in Japan. I loved living there as a kid… I was obsessed with Gundam, Dougram and Gold Lightan.

I loved walking the streets of Aoyama, and the markets in Ueno, and Akihabara.
Japan has had a tough year, but people help each other. They are an inspiration to us all.

Love from London,
Rufus

MERRY CHRISTMAS

A very Merry Christmas to One and All.

I'd like to thank everyone for their tremendous love and support this year... it's been incredibly appreciated.
 2011 has been a funny year.... Amazing highs, and some really crumby lows... but as my Dad taught me, change just brings new opportunities... and some INCREDIBLE doors have opened for me.
You really find out who your friends are when you need them... and I have been truly blessed.

My love to Garry Leach and Una Fricker, who are always there for me, no matter how stupid I am.

Fin and  Sev, who are truly the best most beautiful people I know. Talent, charm, and love... what more could I ask for?
Thanks to my Parents and family, who are never anything less than 150% supportive. I can never repay you. You are all such inspirational people.

Sofie and Chris, the coolest couple I know. Hell on wheels.... and water.

Alix Fox, who's unerring enthusiasm, warmth,loyalty, and utter loveliness makes my heart burst with happiness.

Ashley Wood, who's generousity,, humour, and fellow misanthropic allegiances,will help enable us to take over the world in 2012.

Mick and Chris McMahon, who inspire me, and always make me come away feeling special.

RM Guera, for being a source of wisdom, and calm in my mini-brainstorms... and his fab daughter Maria for drawing the best pictures with me, ever. xxx

The lovely people at 2000ad, Image, Ankama, IDW, and Steve White at Titan... you are fabulous, and thanks all for your patience and help this last year.

Love to all the Peanutters, Fish Island people, and all my wonderful artist and writer friends I've met this year at shows and Conventions, I feel ridiculously lucky to have met you all.

     Most of all thanks to all the people who've taken time to get in touch, come to meet me at shows, emailed, left messages, and been so so so supportive. I appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

I hope You all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your families, and loved ones.
Let's make 2012 the best ever.
I have lots of exciting news to announce... it's going to be an incredible year.

Love to each and everyone of you!

Your friend,
XXXX Rufus

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Postman always wraps twice...

Madly packing prints and sketches to send out to people!!

Thank you for all your support this Year!  I'll have new Prints available soon!

There's still a few left, available here... ARTDROIDS 

XXX Ruf... TEAM TANKIE / SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK

Print and sketch ready to be dispatched!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

DUM DUM CLUB....

DUM DUM CLUB!

A commission TANK GIRL piece done for someone in the States. I digitally added the greytone work afterwards.

Commissions can be ordered by PMing me on Facebook.

XXX Ruf... Team Tankie / SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK

DUM DUM CLUB, commission piece

Monday, 19 December 2011

'MY DRUG BUDDY...' for sale!

       I'm selling the painting I've done for an upcoming print ,‘MY DRUG BUDDY…’, on www.artdroids.co.uk
       I've only done a couple of full colour pieces, and not sold any of them til now. The covers from the TANK GIRL series were all done B&W and coloured in Photoshop. This however, is fully painted.

       It's an original Acrylic Painting by TANK GIRL series artist Rufus Dayglo.
This is the original art to an upcoming Print edition, and promotional poster.

       Art is 12 x 16 inches on Ampersand Gesso Board.     £ 850.00

You can order it on the www.artdroids.co.uk, or PM me on FACEBOOK.

'MY DRUG BUDDY...' acrylic painting

MY DRUG BUDDY... or, How NOT to paint a picture.

MY DRUG BUDDY....
I think I might've actually finished this little painting!

Finished painting, amongst the debris on my table!


I started it a month ago, as a quick little thing....and it quickly went wrong. I drew the linework in with a pen that wasn't waterproof, and when i underpainted it...it smeared evvvvverywhere!

Rough Pencil work on board, and the original doodle!!

Line work done in stupid fucking non waterproof ink...way to go, Team Stupid.

So..I had to seal it with spray...and draw over... it was a massive pain in the arse...and time wise, I'd have been better starting again.

Smmmmmear! Line work dissolving when i tried under painting it!!

Sealed the line work, under painted it all in red/brown, now regretting having even started this!!!

Things always get worse before they get better... or something....

At this point, I'm praying that Sean Philips will descend from Painters' Valhalla and save this bloody thing for me... help me Obi Wan... you're my only hope...

Stay on target.... getting there...maybe...

Quit while you're ahead...or losing... ;)

But it was a nice thing to work on in the evenings when my friend Alysha Nett was visiting!

I finished it off with a purple bandana, to try and unify the red shirt and blue koala (Thannks Sofie...for the sage advice).   I then touched up the line work... with a biro and paint...

I might sell this... trying to decide... it's sat for a month on my kitchen table...and I've become oddly fond of this annoying little bugger.

I'll scan it properly tonight and upload!

XXX Rufus... Team Tankie / SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK

Thursday, 15 December 2011

MEGACITY UNDERCOVER 2 - COVER!


I  was commissioned to do the trade paper back cover for the second volume of MEGACITY UNDERCOVER series by 2000ad a couple of months ago… but I wasn’t able to blog about it until now!  (It’s up on Amazon…. So I think I’m pretty safe!
The finished lettered Cover

It collects recent Low Life Stories written by the Razor sharp Rob Williams, and drawn by Dazzling D’Israeli, Sizzling Simon Coleby, and..err… me, Rickety Rufus.
The first volume had a cover by Jock..and it’s fucking stunning…. So the bar was set at an already ridiculous height… I just had to try not to fall completely flat on my big fat face!!
Jock's cover for Volume One... sigh... swoon

 I wanted the second volume to sit alongside the first nicely in a Library, as I hate it when TPBs change layout mid volume… (a bit of continuity does occasionally serve a purpose!! )
My Rough Art for the Cover

Jock’s cover has a beautiful warmth to it…. In Red and  Orange… My Cover’s set on the dock’s of MegaCity One… so I went for a cold blue to create atmosphere, and compliment the first volume’s palette.

Coloured Rough art I submitted for approval.

I originally designed it to just have Aimee and Dirty Frank on the Cover…. But Keith the editor asked for a further 2 characters to be added in, Mortal (the Judge ‘baby’) and Thora (a n undercover Judge disguised as an old woman),  so I had to squeeze them in too…    I put Mortal in a baby carrier on Dirty Frank, which seemed to work out ok!
Pencilling in progress over the enlarged Rough Art

Pencilled art, ready to scan!

Scanned, Cleaned up Line Art...

BAM! Finished coloured art!

 I pencilled over an enlarged thumbnail sketch, and scanned the finished pencil art, and coloured in Photoshop... while drinking copious amounts of tea, and half a dozen KitKats...

XXX    .... Ruf

Thursday, 8 December 2011

COSPLAY A GOGO

Eve Travis dressed as my TANK GIRL illo!
Amazing!
xxx Ruf..Team Tankie

Eve as Tankie

Tankie!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

GABBA GABBA HEY!

Get yourself over to DeeDeeRamone.com, where you can buy the book, TANK GIRL - SKIDMARKS, which features Dee Dee as a VW racing car driving, flick knife toting punk who comes to the rescue of Tankie and friends!!

The first 50 copies are not only signed by me... but have a small sketch on the front plate!!

Get in!!

Ruf... Team Tankie Punkrock Dept.

Some of the sketches on the book plates!

DEATH FROM BELOW!

DEATH FROM BELOW!!!
STRIP issue #2 , out on the 14th of December!
Features a cover of HOOKJAW drawn by me.... it's a childhood dream come true!!

Ruf... Team Tankie / SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK

Thursday, 1 December 2011

NEW GYCLEE PRINTS!

WANTED!!! DEAD or ALIVE

I've got 4 new limited edition signed GYCLEE PRINTS available at artdroids.co.uk.
3 new Tank Girls ones, and the SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK one!!

Christmas shopping made easy,sleazy, and slightly cheesy…
SPREAD THE WORD!!!


ROAD TO RUIN
CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

MEDITATIONS IN GREEN
CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK


CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

WANTED! DEAD OR ALIVE...
CLICK HERE TO ORDER!



XXX Ruf - SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK / Team Tankie

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

STAND AND DELIVER!

STAND AND DELIVER!!!
        I was invited to go and see Adam Ant play last night at WILTON'S MUSIC HALL, by...well...Adam... which was a great treat! If you get the chance to go to Wilton's....GO!!!! It is an incredible Georgian Music Hall, and one of the best places to see a band, or have a party...

    Adam played a stripped down set of ALL his hits and a host of amazing covers, No Fun, Cast Iron Arm, Peggy Sue, and Get it On amongst them!

    Adam had taken a shine to the art I'd done of Tank Girl in a top hat, with an Adam Ant stripe on her face... so i gave him one of the new Gyclee Prints I've done, and a page from our book, Visions of Booga, in which he featured!

   Adam was a huge inspiration to me as a kid, and it was a real honour not only to meet him, but find he's a fan of my work too. I wish I could go back and tell my 7 year old self that!!

I'll be uploading the new prints for sale today... including the iconic Tankie/Adam Ant stripe image!

XXX Ant Music for Sex People / Tank Art for Ant Music XXX
Ruf... Tank Girl / SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK


Adam onstage at Wilton's Music Hall!

The Gyclee Print, and the Original art for Adam


Wilton's Music Hall


The new Gyclee Print

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

a kiss with a fist...

A KISS WITH A FIST IS BETTER THAN NONE....

Unused art for  a TANK GIRL pinup... Just found it again, and added some tone.
I'll be uploading the new Gyclee Prints online tomorrow... I hope you'll like them!
XXX Ruf Team Tankie/ SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Painting....

Just starting work on a painting for a Poster to advertise a signing in Toronto, in January 2012. (Yup...You heard that right....)
    I'll be signing at THE BEGUILING, a fantastic shop in central toronto, who are huge supports of indie comics.
   I'll be there, signing, and sketching...so I hope you can pop in out of the cold and come say hello.
I'll announce the date soon.

Roughs for the Painting...

Pencilling onto the board

Art board inked ink...awaiting paint...




Love'n tanks....
Rufus... TEAM TANKIE / SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK

Thursday, 17 November 2011

THOUGHT BUBBBLE Comics Festival LEEDS - 19-20th November

     This weekend I'll be at THOUGHT BUBBLE, the Leeds Comics Festival, in the Royal Armouries Hall, sketching, signing, and selling prints (incuding new Gyclee prints!), original TANK GIRL art, doing Commissions, and other goodness.... and quite possibly drinking!

Come and say hello!
XXX     Ruf...
Team Tankie/ SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Lille Comics Festival Sketch

I did this sketch very quickly... but I quite liked it... often when you don't have too much time to overthink things, they look fresher.

The guy I did it for added a scan on Facebook, so I grabbed it, and added tone in photoshop.


XXX Ruf
Team Tankie / SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

LILLE COMIC CONVENTION - NOVEMBER 2011

Boo Cook, Me, Richard Starking, and Simon Davis at Lille Europe station!
I've just got back from Lille Comics Convention... what an amazing time.... I met so many cool artists and writes, and old friends...

Declan Shalvey, RM Guera, Mike and Laura Allred, Dan Abnett, Pete Milligan, Kevin Maguire, Boo Cook, Dylan Teague, Dave Kendall, Guillermo Ortega, Ema Lupacchino, Pat Masioni, Simon Davis... the list was IMMENSE!!!!

I drew a tonne of sketches, designed some tattoos, did commissions, sold prints and have been invited to other festivals.. it was so much fun...



Live Art with my friend,Declan Shalvey!
JUSTICE LEAGUE Zomie mash up we drew onstage in 5 mins.

Sketching.... as usual!!!
Maria Guera, RM's daughter, sporting my raccoon tail...
Zombie Booga!

TITS AHOY... a TG commission piece...

Dinner with RM Guera and his family, Dec Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire


Apolline with her sketch!

Tankie Commision - Combat Rock, baby...

Maria Guera with her new tattoo!

Tankie... on her Tank... another commission piece.

TWWWAT! Getting battered at Lille Comic Con.

I'll post more pics up tomorrow!


XXXX   RUF!
TEAM TANKIE / SOLID GOLD DEATH MASK