Sunday, December 21, 2008

REMEMBER ALEXANDROS!


I try to keep politics out of my comics and blog as much as I can but this story really made me angry beyond words.

In Greece this month,police shot an unarmed 15 year old boy called Alexandros Grigoropoulos down in the street.Riots have been raging in Greece and around the world since with the occupation of schools and TV stations by ordinary people and students angered by the murder of a youth by police.

There was a demonstration in town on Saturday that I was at with the sign I made(that I`m holding in the picture)which reads "Remember Alexandros.Stop State Killing!".

And sad to say,this is not an isolated incident.

In Ireland alone there`s a long list of people who`ve died in Garda custody (The mysterious death of Terence Wheelock being the most controversial in recent years) which when coupled with the shocking brutality on display daily in Rossport by the Gardaí doesn`t paint a happy picture of the "protectors of the people"...
check out the Occupied London Blog for more info.


Monday, December 1, 2008

PHIL OCHS


Here`s a piece I did while listening to Phil Och`s "I Ain`t Marching Anymore" .
Do yourself a favour and check out some of his stuff (it`s hard to find,so youtube is your best bet).

He was a great folksinger who wrote some really fantastic protest songs and sadly killed himself in the seventies and most of his songs then fell into obscurity for the most part.It`s one of the great tragidies of music since some of his songs were true gems.

Anyway,I`ll be doing a few pieces like this using the work of some singers I really admire like Luke Kelly,Pete Seeger,Ewan MacColl etc.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I`ve been working like a motherlicker recently but my scanner is fecked and I just got a new computer so I haven`t really had time to anything with the wacom....

Anyway the Dublin City Comic con yoke was a blast.sad to see a serious lack of young folk walking around,though.Especially since I only really started developing as an "awtist" when I went to cons and got some sound advice from some of the Irish lads and I`d hate for that to become a thing of the past since comics really need new blood to survive.
On that side of things the 2D Festival in Derry really deserves big respect.The atmosphere is fantastic and it`s great to see the varying types of people wandering in.

And also,if you have any sense at all you`d pick up "Tim Skinner:Total Scumbag" by Andy Winter and Declan Shalvey.I had tears of laughter running down my cheeks while reading this.
And the lovely full colour artwork doesn`t hurt either.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

BIZARRO!




Here`s a "little sketch" that ended up taking a verrrry long time.

it was originally just a pencil sketch I do to loosen up a bit before I draw but then I really started to like the whole "confused simpleton"vibe coming off it and turned it into a Bizarro.I really love the way some mainstream characters like Bizarro work best when a more"independant comics" approach is taken rather than the usual non-identifiable mush that fills (mainly DC,I have to say)comics on the shelves now...


Funny thing is,I`ve been busting a nut trying to draw a good Bizarro for about a week now,and I only really cracked it by mistake!Ah well,them`s the breaks...

anyhoo,all done with a flexible brushpen,big Pentel marker thingie and red marker.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

MORE WACOM THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT!


I`ve been knocking out things on the wacom like nobody`s business and here`s a little "painting" I did on it for another comic(I know it sounds like I`m working on a million and one projects,but I have a system so it`s not as hectic as it may seem...).


Also,check out the latest Comiccast and the great review of Luke F comics #1.Find it here .


And be sure to check out the "Chick publications" link under the show for a laugh at how bigoted shit comics can be.Personal favourites:the one about the evilness of rock music,the one about how Evoloution is fake and of course the DVD about the unGodliness of Harry Potter( here )

Saturday, October 25, 2008

COMICCAST

There`s a mini-interview with me(and some actually talented people as well...)on the latest Comiccast podcast(I know I`m a little late with bringing this to people`s attention,but I haven`t really had any time to blog or scan in my 24 hour comic yet.
Anyway,you can find it here

and check out the other interviews and cool crap they`ve got going on as well...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

MAN ON FIRE!


Here`s a little pic I did for yet another comic I`m hoping to do either after the one I`m doing now or as a break from it.

It was done in black and white(the whole comics going to be b+w)but I decided to "pimp" it a little by blowing it up and just adding some simple colours to it.

also,chiggedy chiggedy check this

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

COLOUR STUFF


Here`s the "lane" pic from the last post with some rough colours.

(I`ll probably do some more work on it because I`m not 100% happy with it yet.)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

MORE WACOM!


Here`s a little sneaky peeky at a bit of a little comic I`m doing about laneways.

I inked it with the wacom(I didn`t think I was going to be inking it so I went pretty tight with the pencils,so it only took about 10 minutes at most with the wacom.)

And the T-Bone graffiti is a little nod to T-Bone Walker,by the way.

Monday, September 22, 2008

COMIC CHALLENGE!


Here`s my page for the last round of the Irish Comic Challenge.

Alriiiiii?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

NEW PROJECT ON THE WAY!

I`m really sorry for all the artless posts of late,but I`ve been working really hard on a new project that will probably take me a few years realistically because of school and also because if I do it as it is in my head it`ll be a bigass book...
I won`t say what it`s about yet,but it`ll be a really affecting piece if I get it across right,especially if you live in the same kind of area I do.

Also,if you have TG4 you should be checking out "Daithí O Sé Ar Route 61".
I know what most people are thinking when they hear TG4,a bunch of sour old boggers sitting around playing the accordian and maybe some hilariously bad dubbing jobs(hide your face in shame,SpongeBob)but this show is really fantastic.It`s like Louis Thearoux with a bit of Irish wit.It replays on Saturday nights at 11.15 and I think there`s a new one every Wedensday(maybe Monday,I`m really not too certain)at 9.00pm.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Luke F Comics Out Now!

Yep,it`s out now so I hope you can pick it up next time you`re in town.
And the Comiccast gave it a shout out here:http://thecomiccast.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/to-hell-and-back/

And there should be a review of it in the next non-interview podcast if I`m not mistaken,so keep an eye out for that as well.

Monday, August 25, 2008

LUKE F COMICS #1 OUT SOON!

If you`ve been in town recently into the comic shops,you`ve prolly seen the little 2 page preview pages from Luke F comics #1 being given out for free.I really should have given them out sooner because now they`re kind of moot as I`ve finished and photocopied LFc#1 and all!They`ll be on sale when I get a proper fecking stapler to bind the pages,but for all intents and purposes,you can stick your proverbial fork into this baby,it`s done.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

RIP Ronnie Drew

1934-2008
one of my heroes and his death is a loss to all of Dublin.

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=kCYO4PoHPT0

Monday, August 11, 2008

ANGRY,ANGRY CLOWN.


Here`s a snippet of another pinup I`ve been doing .I think it`s ok to post it here because it`s only a teeny little preview...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

BATMAN,WACOM, AND IRISH SOCCER!



I had a busy weekend starting with friday when I got to talk to Marty Whelan(yer man with the moustache on RTÉ...http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42886000/jpg/_42886573_marty_whelan.jpg )as he was opening or hosting something or other at my local Supervalue.
Then on saturday Declan Shalvey was sketching at Liffey Valley so I went up and saw the Batman film as well.And finally on the sunday went to the Kings of Concrete thing in town.I was wrecked!

Did some more stuff on my wacom like re-doing the batman/twoface pic from aaaages ago.And drawing a simpleton,as you can see above,because I wasn`t bothered to do alot of physical ink-on-paper drawing.although I did do another page of "waiting room",the cover and an unrelated pin-up by hand within the last week,so I happy enough.

Speaking of simpletons did anyone see that moron of a ref at the Drogheda vs Dynamo Kiev game?Kiev were diving all around the place in the first half and the ref kept giving them free kicks.it was because of one of those free kicks that Dynamo got their first goal!I`m not the biggest Drogheda fan(I`m a St.Pats supporter)but when an Irish team is playing for Europe I`d support any club.Except Shamrock Rovers.They`re bastards.

well anyhoo,I hope the fact Dynamo Kiev(one of the top teams in the world) only slenderly(2-1) won against an Irish eircom league team shuts up all the wankers in this country that support English clubs because "the quality isn`t good enough in Ireland".There are teams all around Ireland being bankrupted because some people would rather watch some wanker like Ronaldo rather than seeing some top-class Irish players like Keith Fahey and Joe Gamble,of the top of my head.I mean it`s all well and good supporting English teams if you want,but at least try and support your local team.Except Shamrock Rovers.They`re bastards.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

INKING!


I got some new pens and inks about a week ago,and I tried to do something loose and experimental with them and I came up with this incredibly crap and tame piece...who`d a thunk it?

ah well,Alberto Breccia I ain`t.


I cleaned it up for a B+W version I did by feckin around with it in photoshop but I thought I`d put up the original dirty one because there`s a chance the clean one might be used in a comics zine,so I didn`t want to put it up here because if it comes out I want you to buy it!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

LUKE F COMICS #1?


Well here`s the first page of story I`m doing(well trying to do.In between eating pot noodle and playing "bloons" on the web) for a comic I`m trying to have finished and on sale before the end of summer,Well that might be a stretch because I only have two pages and the cover done...,if I ever finish it at all!

Monday, June 30, 2008

WACOM!


I have the wacom for about three months or something now,but I`ve only really been using it as a way to plot out pages and to touch up photo`s so there was nothing really to show up until now.

Here`s a little bit I did with the Wacom Bamboo as a backdrop to the text.I love just doing stuff like this where there`s no real reason for doing it.It`s really nice to be able to go through the fonts and stuff you have and to see them in practical use without the burden of having to size it out to be photocopied or whatever.Like sometimes I just draw a comic for the sake of drawing one,which really gives you more room to be as sketchy and loose as you like.


And also I got a dvd of the infamous unreleased Fantastic Four film from the nineties in the post today.I`ve always been interested in those "dodgy science and dodgier special effects"
films,but throw in the fact that it`s an unreleased superhero movie and I`m sold!well anyway it follows the basic plot of the 2005 one but there`s a kind of Moleman character in there as well,and funnily enough,I think the nineties one got the feeling of Dr.Doom way better than the new one ...

It`s hilariously shit but I`ve been looking for it ever since I heard about it a year or so ago,so it`s a fanboy dream fulfilled for me.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

BOXER!


Well here`s a little piece I did just to get back into the feel of using inks again.I`m especially liking throwing red into a b+w pic as I think it adds that little something to it.Also I like the imagery of boxing and boxers.I`d like to do a little comic about the sport.There`s loads of ideas I can think of for such a comic but at the moment I`m swaying towards a comic with a few small stories in it I could call "Boxer Shorts".Classy.

but on another note,vote for Declan Shalvey`s cover(heat 2,entry f) for War Heroes here:http://www.wizarduniverse.com/warheroescovercompetitionvoting2.html

Cheers!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

DERRY!


I was up in Derry on saturday for the 2d festival.It`s a lovely city and the festival was the bee`s knee`s!Dec was knocking out batmans like they were going out of fashion and he also did one of the best Marv`s I`ve ever seen.Second only to Miller`s.

And speaking of Dec,I was looking at his blog( http://dshalv.blogspot.com/) and found a pic of yours truly with Bob Byrne!And on top of that he put a link to this blog.Sound!(hope he doesent mind me nicking the picture...)




Wednesday, May 21, 2008

PHOTOSHOP!

Here`s some little sketches of noses,eyes and eyebrows from about a week ago I did to get more practise in at drawing faces.boring crap but important crap all the same.

And here`s the kraken panel from a few posts back in all its bastardised photoshop glory!


Just been messing around with the photoshop programme that came with the wacom for ages everyday.

and on another note,I`ve got a whole buncha crap lined up and ready to write and draw but I`ve decided to leave a lot of the biggish stuff(like "kraken" and a few other strips)until the summer which is just 2 weeks away so it`s not so bad but frustrating knowing a whole load of ideas will never see the light of day,oh well,tough tits as they say.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

SKETCHES!


Again,sorry for the long gap but school takes first place in priorities,nowadays.

Well anyway here`s a few sketches I did this morning before watching the Celtic vs Rangers game(3-2 to Celtic.Whoo!)

anyway the one on the top corner is a self-portrait and then there`s a random man just to flex the aul sketching hand,after him there`s a zombie.And lastly there`s a random old fart.

And also,you may have noticed the new header as well.

Enjoy!(And I`ll probably put some inks to these just so they`re clearer to see,and also because I haven`t inked anything in quite a while.)

P.S:I ordered a wacom bamboo!Can`t wait!

Friday, March 21, 2008

KRAKEN COVER!


I drew this as a rough version of the cover for the aforementioned kraken comic.
This is a very very rough version that took me about three minutes in all.
I like the way this turned out and I think it suits the feel of the comic down to the ground.I`ll post more as I do `em.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

MARVEL SKETCHES!


I was bored and so I whipped out my sketchpad and pencil and got crackin!

First I drew a Spiderman I`m really happy with and then a retro Ironman.Yep that`s right,retro.None o` that hi-tech crap for me!

also check out this link if you`re looking for a larf and a harf:http://www.superdickery.com/galleries.html

Friday, March 14, 2008

BIGFOOT COMIC
















Here`s the old comic about Bigfoot I did back in the days I didn`t use faces or proper inkink pens(I think I mentioned it in an older post).It`s dreadfully bad,but I decided to put it up to make up for the long gap in posts.




Have I no shame?




KRAKEN!

(It`s a kraken`s tentacle being blown off with a cannon ball,if you can`t make out the crap scan)
It has been an awful long time since my last actual post,so here`s a sneaky-peaky of a panel of a comic I`m in the process of working on in between school and playing an inhuman amount of pacman and other such games on the internet...

sorry about how dirty the page looks,but I didn`t use my big sketchpad and so this was done in my little one which is dirtier than my dogs hole.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Sorry for the long break(it`s not like anyone reads this,anyway...)but I haven`t done anything of worth for quite a while and also the soul-crushing labour of school leaves me with hardly any time to draw and the like.
hopefully I`ll do something worthwhile soon.
or maybe not...