Saturday, May 31, 2008

Timothy Spall

I rented Sweeney Todd last week, and didn't finish it, for two reasons. The first was the singing, for me there was too much, to the point where it became talking-singing, but the second was this shot of Timothy Spall. The sketchbook was out in a flash, and the acrylic I've just finished.

Spall is one of our best exports, and if you haven't seen 'Secrets and Lies' by Mike Leigh, then I highly recommend it. Leigh's best film IMHO.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Logos With High Self-Regard...

More fun for the Weekly Standard. Had just a day to do this, the rendering time was about 8-10 hours.

No likeness to draw, just animals! More specifically, the logos of the Democrats (donkey) and Republicans (elephant). The article was based around partisans polarizing American politics, so the brief involved showing the logos of both parties holding themselves in high regard.

The Art Director at the Standard makes things very easy, he has a great vision of where the illustration is going, all I had to do on this is figure out composition and the characters, and then render it. The only thing I was concerned about was not making the donkey look like the one from that Dreamworks movie!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


This time it's from a black and white reference, which gave me more freedom to experiment with colour.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Marilyn Manson

I keep telling myself I'm not going to enter Jan's competition, but each month I see everyone having fun with it and can't help myself. So here's this month's, that nice, boy-next-door, Marilyn Manson.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Samuel Acrylic

This is the largest piece I've done so far, and I've gone back to acrylics, which I've decided I prefer to oils. My next is going to be acrylic as well. The size of this is 900 x 600mm.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Hoskins with Biro

Sketched this whilst taking breaks from the acrylic I'm close to finishing. Haven't sketched with biro for ages, and I think I'm going to do more. Hoskins has made some great films, but by far the best is The Long Good Friday. For me it's one of the best British films ever made, with one of the best soundtracks. Check it out!

I'm getting another Op De Beeck...

...and a wonderful watch donated by Dennis Brooker, another member of the National Caricaturist's Network. This is the second Op De Beeck sketch I've won through his monthly competition, and one I really didn't expect to win, there were some great entries. I probably spent about 15 minutes at the most on mine, which is the reason I was so surprised it won. I was going to paint it, but other things took president, and I think sometimes things don't need to go any further than the sketch. Here it is: