Sunday, January 31, 2010


Hello again; you're looking well. Thought you might want to know that there's a preview for #6 of 28 Days Later here. What...? You didn't want to know...? Oh... okay.

Well, in any case, it's out this Weds/Thurs and is the first part of the 3-part arc called 'Bend in the Road'. I've just finished the actual story arc and i'm really happy with it. For now.


Thursday, January 28, 2010


Every year for the past, i dunno ...5 years(?) myself and Will Sliney have done a Batman/Superman jam piece. It's mad looking back at em to see how far we've both come on since then. I've just sent my section to Will for him to add to his so i hope to see it soon. Here's a little peek at what i did for 2009.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010


As of last Monday i've joined a new sketch blog called Comic Twart. It pretty much happened by accident. As i said i the last post, on Twitter, myself and some other artists happened to all draw the same character on the same day. The following day, we deliberately did the same with a different character. The uber-talented Chris Samnee took the reins and organised us into starting a group blog. So, suddenly i find myself among a group of very talented artists with no clue as to how i really managed it.

Much like the Eclectic Micks blog, i'll be contributing an original piece every week. Unlike the Micks blog, a character is suggested by one of the members, and all of them have to give their take on that specific character. This week was Zorro and i threw in a piece, along with this sketch

I love being part of the Micks blog, as i get to do something with some of the best comic talent Ireland has to offer. The Comic Twart blog is a little different however, as there is some big-time international talent on it, and i'll really have to try and up my game in order to fit in. No offence to the Micks; i'm sure they'd agree. I have to represent Ireland on Comic Twart. On Eclectic Micks, i represent ...uh ...County Clare.

Anyway, keep an eye on the new Comic Twart blog, if only just to check out the actual real talent on it which consists of; Dan Panosian, Evan "Doc" Shaner, Ramón Pérez, Chris Samnee, Andy Kuhn, Nathan Fairbairn, Steve Bryant, Michael Hawthorne, Mitch Gerads, Ron Salas, Dan McDaid, Mitch Breitweiser, Francesco Francavilla and Tom Fowler.


Thursday, January 14, 2010


I've been called out! On Twitter (yes, i'm on twitter) the Thor drawing i posted on the Eclectic Micks blog was followed by drawings of the same character, all on the same day. Chris Samnee, the very talented artist of Seige; Imbedded and The Mighty suggested i come up with another for us all to draw. I thought i'd try a character i've never drawn before; Ronin, from New Avengers. I've never seen the other artists draw him either, so it should be interesting. Well, here's my take.

[I'll update this post with links to the other artist's offerings, which will no doubt overshadow mine!]

Here's Chris Samnee's piece,
Evan 'Doc' Shaner's piece,
Francesco Francavilla's piece
Mitch Gerads' piece
and Ron Salas' piece

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Heard from Classical Comics that the Frankenstein Myebook preview has been viewed 5000 times. That's cool. You can see it here.


Wednesday, January 06, 2010


...In the US, tomorrow in the UK/Ireland. This issue is a prequel to the original storyline that concentrates on Clint and Derrick. This issue isn't drawn by myself; guest-artist Marek Oleksick (Frankenstein's Womb) handles the art-chores this month (and does a great job i might add... a little too good for my liking!) so it's definitely worth picking up. A good intro issue too, in case you've missed the first 4 issues.


Saturday, January 02, 2010

28 DAYS LATER COVER #9 [Process]

I mentioned before on this blog that i'd love a chance to work on some covers for 28 Days Later. Well, soon afterwards i was actually offered my first cover. I saw an image of it online this week, so i thought i'd post a 'process' post, showing the making of the cover as i haven't done one in a long time.

Right, well by the time i was offered my first cover, both Tim Bradstreet and Sean Phillips had done a fair few covers. How was i gonna follow them? Well, Tim Bradstreet had been doing some red-dominated movie-poster style covers, whereas Sean Phillips had been doing more hand-drawn, heavily designed ones, with a strong use of black, white, red and greywash (see below).

Sean Phillps' covers for 28 Days Later, issues 1-5.

I had been getting some favourable comments on the greywash work i'd done on the Eclectic Micks blog and well, i just preferred the hand-drawn look of Phillips' covers, so i thought i'd take the look he established for the covers and work within that remit. I personally love that colour scheme anyway, and i like playing with white-space, so Sean Phillips had already been doing the type of covers i would like to do. Illustrating covers in that style i think actually helps the covers become recognisable as 28 Days Later covers specifically, and so when you see one of these covers they instantly stand out from all the other covers on the stands as being 28 Days Later, which is really what you want in a cover, i think.

So, i submitted some loose cover ideas to my editor, Ian Brill, and he chose this one. I normally flesh out my layouts a lot more than this, but i didn't want to commit to any layout too much as i had no clue as to which idea my editor would pick. With this one i wanted a cool image of Selena in her mask (it just looks a little more sci-fi when she wears her mask) and a design-y montage of various infected. Normally i would have more fleshed-out images in the panels but like i said, this was just a very basic idea. The important thing was that the composition was all laid out for the pencils.

I then lightboxed the layout onto my marked-out page. I've mentioned before how i like to lightbox my layouts as to keep the composition as close to the original layout as possible, so it retains an element of the original spontaneous drawing. I had a little more work to do in the pencils this time, as i really hadn't figured out what the images in the panels were going to be, so i had a bit of fun trying to come up with various images of the raging Infected.

Inking. My favourite part. I tried to make the two different elements very distinct; by having the line drawing of Selena a little more refined, and adding shading in greywash (that was a bit of work) while having the Infected panels inked very messily. A lot of ink got into the white ares around Selena but i just took them out in photoshop. Though i do deliberately mess-up my pages in ink, i still spend a lot of time in photoshop deciding what works and taking out what doesn't work.

I then mapped out the areas of the Infected panels, filled them with grey in photoshop and changed them into halftone. The plan being to convert the halftone to colour down the line. I'd been playing around with this effect and i thought it might help differentiate my covers from Sean Phillips' covers somewhat.

I like halftone to look big, retro and kinda old-school. Problem is that when the dots are that big, areas of detail in the line art can get lost. You can see here that the Infected's pupils are obscured, and i really need details like that to be clear. It's okay though, because as i mentioned, this halftome was going to be colourized, it didn't matter that the dots were big. It was better in fact. When messing around with colouring halftone before i noticed if the dots were small then they totally got lost in the image. Black halftone though, works fine if smaller.

And here we have the final image. As you can see i added in a flat red (as suggested in the original layout) in the Infected panels and changed the halftone into a dark red. You might also notice that i went in ad cut out the tone in the background ares of the Infected panels and in the pupils of the infected too. I think it helps them 'pop' a lot more.

Well, there you have it. My first 28 Days Later Cover. More to come. Not gonna do a 'process' posts for anymore mind, as they take too long to do, so i hope ye enjoyed this one.


[P.S. Big thanks to Sean Murphy for showing me how to use colour halftone so i could try it out on this cover]