Time for another compilation of bits from my Instagram (which you can find here).

This time around it’s all snippets from a comic I am working on. I am painfully aware that I don’t actually have much in the way of proper experience in drawing sequential work (or to be more accurate I have drawn a meagre 24 pages to date). In order to get a bit more practice in before I start work on an ongoing series this fall (more on that later), I’m taking a leaf out of the book of Becky Cloonan and drawing a mini-comic with a view to having it available to buy for those of you attending Thought Bubble this November.

You will be able to see that all my favorite tropes are covered - beards, boats, skeletons, the sea and it’s mysteries - and there will no doubt be more snippets posted between now and November.

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Another round up of Stuff From My Instagram!

Here we have… abandoned sketches, editorials I forgot to blog, book cover ideas, something from a comic I’m writing and drawing, something from a comic I’m just drawing, and a work in progress of something I’m doing this week. I’ll leave it to you to figure out what’s what.

More as ever, over on my instagram

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Last night, Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse cinema’s threw a three-location-celebration of all things Stallone in honour of his 68th birthday with a Rocky triple bill.

For each of the movies, Mondo produced a poster to accompany the screening, and I was invited to draw two of them (alongside César Moreno’s TOTALLY AMAZING poster for the first movie).

If you missed the shows last night (or don’t live in Austin), i’m pretty sure that any left over will be showing up online at some point in the not too distant future.

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Have you been watching Fargo? It’s really good. Well worthy of the association with the Coen Bros classic that it is a sort-of sequel to, and actually now I think about it, one of the better things on TV this spring.

Well I was asked by my favorite client Mondo if I would produce a poster which will be on sale a week tomorrow - to coincide with the final episode airing on FX - and i was hardly going to say no, so there have it.

If you didn’t pick one up at ATX this weekend past and miss out on the Mondo drop, I should have some for sale in my shop before too long. 

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This is the first of a number of illustrations (as well as some of the work in progress) that I have produced for Canadian menswear retailer Harry Rosen. I’ll be doing one of these to go along with each sale over the next year or so. There’s already one more finished for the summer sale, and another which I am drawing right now.

If you’re in Canada keep an eye out for these as they’ll be displayed in store and local press. More to come soon…

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Here are three snippets of things I am currently drawing. Unfortunately they are all pieces in which showing any more would give the game away as to what they are for, so for now you’ll have to take the details.

They are all culled from my Instagram feed which you can find here, and if you’re not following it then gosh darn it, you’re missing out on all sorts of amazing pocket sized pictures of artwork, shoes i’ve bought, and my cat Audrey.

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More art next week!

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I did a Spider-Man poster last month. I endlessly blogged and tweeted about it, so I’ll try not to go on about even more BUT…

IMAX were good enough to write another blog post about the concept work I did before we settled on the final art (which has some commentary on the process, and you can see HERE), so I’m reposting the pictures on this blog too.

I was really happy with the final piece that we produced, but there are a couple in here that I would be happy to work up to finished pieces at some point when I finally reach the bottom of never ending to-do list…

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A nice surprise in the mail this morning, my posters for the first IMAX screenings of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that I worked on with Mondo

They’re really nice litho prints with a spot varnish on Spidey (see picture above), and have a nice weight to them, so kudos to the women and men at IMAX who made them happen.

These have been and gone in the UK as far as I know, but you can still get your hands on one of these by attending one of these screenings when the movie is released later in the week.

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As long as I can remember, I have wanted to draw comics and today I have my first on the shelves of good (and bad) comic shops around the world, and on the digital storefronts too.

There’s a long story about how I came to comics, but the short version is that my neighbour gave an impressionable ten year old a copy of The Dark Knight Returns and that was that.

As long as I’ve been drawing pictures (twelve years professionally, more than that for fun), I’ve wanted to turn my hand to comics but the main thing standing in my way was myself. I’ve managed a few pages of self penned work here and there but they never felt ‘good’ enough for me. I wanted to be better so that my first impression was a good one.

I probably would still be waiting to be good enough were it not for the hand extended to me by Ales Kot. Ales got in touch with me a few years ago when he was making his entry into the world of comics and asked me if I would help put a pitch together, which for various reasons (see: the above lack of faith in my storytelling skills and my workload at the time) I said I would and then singularly failed to do so.

Some time passed.

Then, last autumn I read issue one of Zero; it was great and so I tweeted at Ales to congratulate him on said greatness. A few tweets and emails went back and forth and he offered me the chance to draw issue twelve. Insistent that I wouldn’t make the same mistakes that I had before (and actually deliver work this time), dates were pencilled in the diary. We met up at Thought Bubble and he asked if I wanted to move my issue up and draw number eight. I said yes (and sketched a couple of rough cover ideas which are in the post above). Then he asked me if I would like to draw issue seven, because it started in the desert and if there’s one thing I think I’m pretty good at drawing it’s the desert. 

At that point I couldn’t work on anything any sooner than issue seven because I would be starting work on it that week, and that’s what happened. Four weeks of drawing, ably guided by Ales script and advice, then off to be coloured by the wonderful Jordie Bellaire and lettered by Clayton Cowles, the cover designed by Tom Muller.

The art at the top of this post is a mix of my layouts, uncolored and lettered pages, finished art and those cover sketches for issue eight (which I can’t wait to read). 

It has been a great experience, and one that I want to have again. Which is handy because I have two more books lined up and ready to get drawing…

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In two days, my first ever piece of sequential storytelling will be on the shelves in the form of issue seven of Zero from Image comics by the wildly talented and awesome Ales Kot.

A proper blog post about that on wednesday, including why and how it happened, with some of the colored and lettered pages (by Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles respectively).

For now, here is a teaser of some uncolored and unlettered out of context panels. What do they mean? What is happening? Two days and you’ll know.

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I was invited by Mondo and Imax Fanfix to work on this promotional artwork for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. 

This is going to be produced as a print for audience members at the first round of screenings of the movie on IMAX screens in America. You can find out where you can pick one up by visiting the IMAX blog here.

They also asked me some questions about the poster and some other things (including what super power i would want - it’s probably not what you think). You can read my answers here.

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That hair! Those clothes! THAT HAIR!

I’m acutely aware that i’ve been writing posts about posters at the rate of about one a fortnight, but this is the last one for a bit i promise (there is more on the way, of sorts). American Hustle was one of the big Oscar contenders, strong on nominations but light on awards on the night. Which doesn’t stop it of course from being any less of a fun, tightly scripted caper movie which you should check out if you haven’t already.

This will be on sale tomorrow from Mondo in an edition of 345 (so there’s plenty to go around). As ever, follow their twitter feed for the drop.

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