Saturday, February 28, 2009


Here's the pencils to page 50 of Sweeney Todd. I posted the layouts to this page earlier in the week as well as a detail from one of the panels. You can see that i stuck extremely close to the composition of the layout. I realised in panel 2 however, the the width of the street was a little too narrow (i remember really wanting to have a solid black on the right of the panel to help separate it from the rather large first panel), so i widened it a bit. Because i did so, it was pointed out to me by fellow comics artist Stephen Thompson, that it looked like the barbers pole was coming out of one of the characters' head. In trying to fix one problem, i had created another, so i would have to fix that in the inks. I also had stubble on the wrong character, so that had to be fixed. There was a couple of things my editor suggested i fix up too, so it was no big deal. I'll post the inks pretty soon. Tomorrow maybe. Or later, i dunno, i can't see into the future now, can i?


Wednesday, February 25, 2009


The Dublin Comics Jam blog has an update of its pub-drawing antics. I pitched in myself this month. Here's a jam piece by myself, the uber-talented Chris Judge, Barry Hughes, Phil Barrett ....and i'm not sure who did the small figure.

Oh, and Bob Byrne.

Check the blog to see this months and previous months craziness.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009


This is a panel lost to the ages. I originally added it into a Sweeney Todd page of my own accord, just to add another beat to the storytelling, but it ended up cluttering up the page a bit, so it had to go. Shame; i liked the drawing and was looking forward to inking it. Ah well, what can one do....?

....well, i guess one can scan it and post it on their blog....


Sunday, February 22, 2009


Quite busy with Sweeney Todd at the moment, but here's a layout for one of the pages i'm working on. It was a pretty straight page script-wise, but i really wanted to come up with a more interesting layout design. I've also gone back to doing smaller layouts, with an added greytone to make it clearer. I was doing bigger, more laboured layouts in pencil, but by the time i worked on the actual page, it felt like i was pencilling it twice. I'd get tired of all the pencilling and the pages srarted to feel more dull as a result. Much happier with this approach. I'll post the pencils in a couple of days.


Thursday, February 19, 2009


Part of a new Sweeney Todd panel. I'm really trying to make sure all the characters in the book look different to each other. It's really easy to revert to generic faces when you're drawing out of your head all the time, so with this shot of a London street, i really tried to make all the various background figures distinct and interesting.


Monday, February 16, 2009


Hey all, i'm back from a great time in NY. Really did have a blast and feel really artistically charged from seeing so much great work from so many talented artists. Unfortunately, I'm also slightly depressed at how good all that work was and am trying to get over jet-lag, and also have ton of work to get done in the next couple of weeks. Not sure if i'll be able to post much as a result, so in the meantime, feel free to check out my newly-updated RiseCreatives webpage (with images like the above coloured page from Tim Skinner). I've also started a DeviantArt site ...cuz i'm a whore.


Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Greetings all. Off to New York in the morning so i thought i'd post something decent to keep ye going for the week or so i'm gone. It's a test page for something that never went ahead, but i was pretty happy with thew actual page; got a chance to go all messy with it.

Hope ye like. Catch ye later.