I recently found old faded samples of some of the first drawings I ever had “published”; some fan art submitted to BANTHA TRACKS, the 1970s/80s STAR WARS fan club newsletter. Soon after my 13 year old mind was thoroughly blown by STAR WARS in 1977, I saw an ad in a magazine (probably a 1978 … Read more
I’ve been pretty excited about my first paid professional art assignment as a left-handed artist. A few months ago, my good friend of many years, Carol Hughes, commissioned me to draw the cover for her latest book, OPERATION SNOWBALL, a fun adventure story based on the fictitious (or perhaps TRUE) adventures of her family dogs, PICKLE AND PEARL. It has been over two … Read more
In 1988 I was living and working in Tokyo, and I had a few steady illustration gigs to supplement my other jobs, which were some English teaching when I first arrived in Japan, and then working at TOEI animation studio when I got better established. It was a busy time but I had a lot … Read more
More from the archive; a magazine illustration done while living in JAPAN, for a story about the TOKYO CAR SHOW (in ball-point pen and water colour). The article claimed that the prestigious CAR OF THE YEAR award was won not on the merits of the car itself but on how much money was spent in … Read more
Yet another picture from the Elephant book I did with my dad a few years ago. Like so many of the illustrations, this one tells a sad fact about the life of elephants. Specifically, the fact that so many males are being shot for their tusks that a form of unnatural selection is creating a … Read more
If I am posting a lot on my blog it usually means I have a lot of spare time. Conversely, when posts become sparse, it’s a sign that I I’ve been busy with real lifeREAD MORE..
Here is the preliminary digital sketch for the previous post, before I tidied it up and shifted the pose a little based on some feedback from my friend/client who I was doing the drawing for. There is something loose and fluid that I like about this earlier, scribbly version though. The finishing was all digital, … Read more
It has been a while since I posted any pictures from my Dad’s elephant limerick book. This one illustrates a news story (and accompanying limerick) about the Thai Elephant Orchestra. Elsewhere in Thailand, there are also elephants who can paint pictures, (the elephant book features a limerick about them too, see this earlier post for … Read more