Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Space ship sketches

Trying a technique of using a marker to make a random shape and then trying to find a ship design in the silhouette. It's a lot of fun!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Guardian of the city

New dude! So this guy started as a cheeky thumbnail a few weeks ago at work and i liked it so i painted it up. Used more ref than i have before and took my time to get it just how i wanted. im pleased and i feel like its another nudge up the progress bar.

Thursday, 13 December 2012


Haven't added anything for a while so here's a sketchbook page from yesterday

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Face Sketch

Didn't have much time before heading out but i had to get something down today. about 30 mins

Adrian smith art book

This just arrived this morning. It's amazing for any fantasy artist out there. Full of beautiful artwork . I have my inspiration back. Better get drawing!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

One of those days

You know the ones? When you spend ages on what you think is a great idea and it just goes nowhere however hard you try and then you end up scraping it. Should have done a study tonight instead.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

woodland scene sketch

A little sketch of an idea I had this evening. Hopefully it should evolve into something. i love the idea of exploring in the woods and coming across a magical creature in a clearing.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Life drawing

Just trying this from my new phone. Life drawing from last week

Friday, 9 November 2012

Rider on the hill

got in early today so i did a quick sketch from a thumnail i did yesterday.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Space environment sketch

been a bit inspired with all the Elite Dangerous talk at work today, so i had a quick go at a spacey scene.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Monday, 29 October 2012

Hell Hound

So this was my entry to the last CGhub thing they do over there. didnt really get time to finish it properly but i kinda like it how it is. oh and i was too late submitting so i didnt even get in to the bloomin final list. BALLS!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Recent Life Drawing

A couple of life drawings i did last week. see if you can spot the one with the giant head?

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Hell Hound Concept

Hello, guess what?...another beastie! yeh i just can’t help myself. i should really be trying to widen my vocabulary but monsters keep getting in the way. They’re much to fun to paint!
Anyway there is one of those 2D drawing jam things going on at cghub and the theme is a hell hound. this is more of a concept type piece but i think the comp requires an illustration so i think i'll use the same creature in more of a scene based scenario. i might try some variations with it too.
i might just use the pose from top left as i think its kinda scary.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

More Environment Thumbs

I think i'm moving in the right direction with my environment practice. i probably should be doing some studies from life but hey ho. some of these were successful, some weren't. probably going to work in to some of the better ones. make them larger and add some colour.

Life Drawing

we finally got  life drawing back at work. i hope this time enough people come and keep the attendance up so we dont have to cancel it again. here a few from the last couple of weeks.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Creature Heads

a few ideas for creatures here. not really feeling any of them as very interesting designs but i wanted to finish them once i started. its al good practice after all.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Brut Sketch

ive been drawing like mad today, this was a sketch i did when i was taking a break and watching Derren Brown, the guys' a genius!
I'm in the process of designing a couple of creatures that i eventually hope to model and rig myself and then of course animate. one is going to be a brut type character and this was my first idea for him. im liking the idea of his head being a kind of battering ram with a scarred and gnarly face. also massive clubbing arms are essential for this kind of creature!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Alien Antelope

So... ive just found out about clipping masks! its a revelation! i had to have a quick go and see what i could do in my lunch break. some sort of other worldly antelope.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Environment thumbnails

some environment practice from imagination. really need to do some studies though. and probably should get out and do some painting outside. learnt a few things with these though

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Shere Khan Quick study

Some quick Shere Khan studies i did whilst at work, from living lines library blog, not sure who the originals were by, Frank Thomas or Milt Karl i think.
Shere Khan is still the best bad guy in animation. a lot to learn from these drawings

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Woman Study

Haha, so finally got around to doing another study today, used a great photo from link.
i saw the image and thought i have to study this, its awesome, so much going on in the pose.
i pushed the head and hair for my own enjoyment and experimentation needs. i made her look a little happier made her hair fuller.

Monday, 9 July 2012

colour study fun

Hers something a little different from me, ive been experimenting with strong colour and simple shapes. Trying to break things down to the basic elements. These can be really quick to do and are very rewarding. They could also be a good way to work out lighting for a more detailed piece.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

kid sketch

going for that retro style here. very quick sketch test really. im loving the simplicity. something i usually find hard to achieve

Undead King

a bit of a quicky to keep me in practice

work sketches

i have stacks of these at work all A3 paper that i have slipped under my keyboard for times of rest from animation. heres a couple of sketches i did at work on friday, trying out some of that retro kinda look. i use it as my sketchbook really, i find it the best way to get sketchbook work done. i think i'll work in to the little kid sketch and maybe do a colour study for him. i may even make him in 3D

Friday, 22 June 2012


some more fun with faces. trying out more lighting and character sketches. i find doing these kind of things very fun and good for all round practice.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

face sketches

sketchbook stuff, messing with a few techniques and lighting styles

Mech_01 MIDGE

New Mech design. im venturing into the world of industrial design, as i think its called, to expand my vocabulary in artistic design. (i cant just keep drawing creatures all the time)
quite pleased with this for a first finished piece and i really enjoyed doing it.i learnt a lot too so watch this space, plenty more to come.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012


a couple of very quick sketches with a more industrial mechanical feel. a bit sci fi y if ya like. i really like this kind of stuff because of the looseness and happy accidents the occur. i may take these further but i doubt it. i should be doing more of this stuff. its fun!

Sunday, 20 May 2012


very quick study, but a study non the less. trying a new technique of not using opacity. more of a real paint feel. pretty hard to be honest but quite liberating. this will need a lot of practice, but should reap good rewards

Sunday, 29 April 2012


Ok its been a while but heres the latest picture ive done. i tried to incorporate some of the study i have been doing by adding  a lot of different materials like fur, metal, leather, wood and so on. i did this at work on my lunch break over the winter in 10-20 minute chunks. im getting back to my studies.... honest!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Desert Warrior

taking a break from studies to get some practice with my own stuff. tonight's sketch is a desert warrior. just having a go with light and stuff. as usual im learning as i go

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Composition practice

oooh so ive been a lazy boy the last week or so. havnt posted for a while. creative block is my excuse and being busy at work making me not want to do anything when i get home, oh and planning a wedding, what a mission that is. anyway should be back to it from today. so i looked at composition today, didn't focus on a original or interesting idea i was just looking on setting up the composition and leading the eye to a main focal point, also looking at depth and trying to get a sense of foreground, mid-ground and background. some perspective stuff in here too

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Life drawing

hey up, i found a new life drawing class this week. experimented with a few ideas. definitely go next week. pics arnt great due to phone cam and bad lighting but hey ho you get the idea.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Self portrait wip

im looking to improve my drawing in pencil from life so ive started a self portrait. i went out and bought a cheap easel and a board. really finding the whole process of blocking out and measuring to try and achieve a likeness very interesting. i spent about three hours blocking this out to this stage. its really difficult but im learning a lot as i go. its about life size but progress will be slow as i can only work on it at the weekends as its dark by the time i get home from work. and im using a natural light from a window at home. feel as though it looks like a younger me, need to rectify that.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

female facial proportion study

yo! so im really getting frustrated with how bad i am at drawing women so im dedicating most of my study time at the moment to the female. today ive been looking at building up the face with construction lines based on the proportions of the face, looking at how each part of the face relates to the other. not concerned about tone or any of that stuff just how the patterns in the female face tie each other together. i learnt a whole lot from this small study alone. Zing!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Womans face wip

so carrying on with the lovely lady tonight, worked mainly on the mouth.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Two feet high and rising

ive been drawing feet all day in my doodle times at work. it made realise i need to study feet more. so i did some tonight, yay feet!

Cast Study

oops i forgot to post this one on Saturday i left it in the scanner just sitting there waiting. anyway another cast study from the Fitzwilliam museum. dont ask whats going on with the eyes, proportions all over the place. my excuse is, i was rushed! but i probably just wasn't focused. would have liked to have put more time in to this one.