I do like to draw cowboys out on the frontier.
As I await the opportunity to share some genuinely new work (which will be… friday, i think?), here is something that i made about a year ago. Much like the previous posts it was for something that didn’t happen in my previous job and so i can share it now.
So about this time last year I got a hankering to draw a 16 page zine featuring the epic clash between an Cowboy and an Indian. It turned out pretty ace (here’s a little look at it if you missed it). It was fun to draw, and there was a whole mess of scenarios that I didn’t have room for.
So I’ve decided to make a sequel: 24 pages of all new Cowboy versus Indian conflict. Full cover color and properly printed this time - as much as I enjoyed photocopying and assembling the first volume, I have a full time job now and I’d rather be spending the time drawing!
The point I’m getting to it: here’s the first look at it. I’m still early in the drawing process, so don’t expect me to have finished it before the new year - but it is coming. Along with some other projects but I’ll get to those in time…
I have a new pet project. If you would like to point your browsers towards www.cowboysandsailorsandskulls.com you can have a look at it.
I should explain a little bit. I love drawing - i’m an illustrator, so that much is obvious - when I’m not working on projects for paying clients I’ll be scribbling ideas for personal works. Quite often these naturally fall into collections - half narratives that don’t tell a story but progress from each other.
It has become apparent that there’s not really enough room on my porfolio website for all of these drawings, and broadly they come more under a heading of art (or even comics) than illustration. But what to do with them? They have no real purpose other than being illustrations of things that interest me, but they’re some of my favorite drawings I’ve worked on.
Well having clicked through, you’ll see that they are going to be collected under the header Cowboys & Sailors & Skulls (named for some of the recurring elements in my work). At the moment, it’s enough that they are out there in the world, but the idea is to collect some of them in zine form (as I have with Cowboy Versus Indian available here), and eventually a nice big book of pictures that you can periodically flick through.
So there you go - expect updates as and when I complete them. Some will be additional drawings for projects already in there (the Matador set has a few more to come), and some will be new (including at some point The Loneliness of the Long Distance Luchador). Hope you like!