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Lakes Comic Art Festival Kendal 2013

IN October I had the pleasure of attending the first Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, I went with the intention of writing a piece about it for the newspaper I work for. Then some bright spark came up with the idea of doing it like a comic! Genius, so that’s what I did, and this is the result. I’m pretty pleased with it. (Although I must apologise to Carlos Ezquerra, It appears I forgot to draw his hair, dammit) By the way, you should go next year, it was amazing, friendly people, great talks and a shed load of comic art!Image




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Highland cow.

LOVE Highland cattle. Pencil/pen. Excuse quality, taken with phone.


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New section: The Library.

WELCOME, come in, come in, take a seat. Tea? Biscuit? Are you sitting comfortably? Welcome to the library, a new section of the blog to show you some of my favourite books, some you’ll have seen or already have, but hopefully I’ll introduce you to new books. There won’t be in-depth reviews or analysis, just a few words on why I like the book. All the book were bought by me and are from my personal library.
The first book is Illustrators Unlimited: The Essence of Contemporary Illustration. If you’ve ever bought any of the Illusive illustration books then you’ll be fairly familiar with the format, they are large hard back books with great print quality and filled with a varied selection of illustration.
This is the same with Illustrators Unlimited. the book is 30.4 x 24.4 x 3 cm, with 288 pages it’s quite a hefty publication. The book contains the work of 102 illustrators from around the world. Each artist is given a few pages to show their work, there’s also a small amount of copy about each illustrator.
If you’re looking for inspiration then look no further, this book is crammed with it, well worth a purchase in my opinion.
I should add that the book is published by Die Gestalten Verlag, one of my favourite publishers of art and design books. You can also view more interior pages at the the Gestalten website.

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iPad therefore I am.

I KNOW, the title makes no sense, but it’s not easy coming up with a snappy title that contains iPad.

Anyway, I’d like to tell you how good the iPad is for art, it is amazingly versatile, from sketching to complete artworks. There are a wealth of drawing/painting apps out there for the iPad, the one I used for the illustration above was Brushes (£5.49) I believe David Hockney also used Brushes for his iPad paintings in his new show at the Royal Academy. Not that I am comparing myself to Hockney!

Along with the many and varied brushes and styles available, not to mention the ability to use layers, the main reason for me using Brushes is the ability to export the artwork to your Mac and then open it in Brushes Viewer to save at a much larger size, up to about a metre If a recall correctly, making it easily usable for glossy magazine illustrations. You can also create a video of the artwork in process, the video is saved as a Quicktime movie as is of a very good quality. Sadly as far as I know Brushes Viewer isn’t available for PC.

With the inevitable release of the iPad 3, which, apparently, has a retina display, I can only see art on the iPad gaining momentum. I can actually see myself doing more and more illustration jobs with it. 

Another thing I intend to try is sketching outside with the iPad, having watched David Hockney do this recently it has inspired me to try the same. So I intend to take my iPad out for a walk next time I’m in Scotland.
I know I’ve only mentioned the iPad in this article but it is by no means the only tablet out there. There are many available, I have no experience with them so don’t feel I can comment, but I would say get the one that best suits your needs.

So, if you have an iPad, or intend to get one in the future, I implore you to get creative with it. It’s also a lot cleaner that paint!
Below are my favourite iPad art apps.
Brushes (£5.49 iPad £2.99iPhone)
Sketchbook Pro (£2.99 iPad)
Procreate (£2.99)
Zen Brush (£1.99)


February 20, 2012 · 9:13 pm

My space.


CREATED for Computer Arts Projects, this was to illustrate the different levels of studios that designers have. Looking at this, my set up is pretty much the same as the one on top floor. I don’t have a great deal of fancy equipment with which to do my work with. My current set up consists of a iMac 24″ (doubles as a TV, so hence the large size) a Canon scanner (A4) a Wacom tablet (the smallest one, A6, can’t afford bigger one yet), printer and last but by no means at all least, three back up hard drives, I have a 500gb, 250gb and 120gb (plus the 250 on my computer) Having back up files is vital, I once heard someone say one a podcast ‘If you don’t have two copies of a file, you don’t have it’ I like that, I have copies of all my work, at least three of each job, one of each on hard drive, DVD and saved on webspace.

Some people think you need to have the fastest, most powerful machine out there to do design, or that you must have a Mac, nonsense, the first machine I did illustration work on was a Bondi iMac (I chose a Mac because that’s what I was used to) I think it had 256megs RAM, may have been as little as 128! BUT, I ran Illustrator and Photoshop, it did the job perfectly. Of course software has moved on a lot since Illustrator 8 and photoshop 5, so in turn has the hardware. You can now buy computers for a fraction of the price that will blow that old iMac out the water.

Now with Illustrator CS4 hitting the shelves I was debating whether to upgrade, but what I have does the job, can I really justify spending money to upgrade when I don’t really need it? Probably not. Think I’ll stick to what I have.

I guess what I’m trying to say, is that you don’t need that super computer to do design or illustration work, an expensive machine isn’t going to make you a better designer, more important than the equipment is passion, good ideas and a burning desire to create. If you have those, you’ll do great design no matter what equipment you have.

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I love this.

Emmanual Guibert drawing with water for his book Alan’s War. I need to try this.

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