Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Back to Brandenburg


Here's another illustration for Graham Thomas' Hats of to Brandenburg. This one's for the back of the novel. The parchment is blank to accommodate the book's blurb, not because I couldn't be bothered to finish it.
HOTB publisher TheNeverPress now have a facebook page too.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Misery Bear: My part in his exploitation


Miserablist internet sensation, Misery Bear, got in touch earlier this year asking me to help him 'colour in some drawings' for his new book - Misery Bear's Guide to Love & Heartbreak. After laughing in his despondent face for several minutes I finally took pity on him, and agreed to help, after all who knows what mess he would have made with a pen... the guy has no hands. So I churned out some second rate scribbles in a couple of minutes, just to keep him happy... well as happy as he's ever likely to get.

You can see the depressing results of this collaboration when the tome is published by Hodder & Stoughton on October 13th, 2011. If you've got nothing better to do with your time or money you could pre-order your copy at amazon or waterstones. Go on... do your bit to keep the bear in booze.

You can find more info and enjoy some teddy related schadenfreude here
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Thursday, 25 August 2011

Chuck Randomness



Here's a colour warm up sketch I did of Charlton Heston as Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar in the 1961 epic El Cid.
What I was actually working on at the time had nothing to do with El Cid, but there you go...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hats off to Brandenburg - A guided tour of the cover.


A closer look at the characters and events featured on the cover to Graham Thomas' Hats off to Brandenburg. Kicking off above with the main man (men?) Benjamin Ananas/Count Abraham von Brandenburg. The would be saviour of the Roxy Playhouse, he must delve deep into his tragic past to create a character who can restore the fortunes of the ailing theatre.

Archie Enfield - Benjamin's closest friend and the Roxy's resident lothario.


Desiree - The beautiful Perugian ballerina who discovers another talent in the field of swordplay, all in the service of the Roxy.


Gertie - The one time urchin, now ever ready with his butterfly net should wire walker Anya take a fall from the rafters.


Kemble - Disease ridden maniac, and recurring villain of the piece. This is what happens when bad actors turn really bad.



The Coach Duel - One of the novel's set piece action scenes, breathtaking feats of daring do on the cobbled streets of ye olde London town.

Find out more at www.theroxyplayhouse.com

Monday, 22 August 2011

Hats off to Brandenburg - Cover


My cover illustration for the forthcoming Regency set caper novel - Hats off to Brandenburg. Described pretty accurately by author Graham Thomas as 'Ocean's Eleven out drinking with the Scarlet Pimpernel', you can find out more at www.theroxyplayhouse.com and follow the lead up to the launch on facebook.

The brief was to create something like a Drew Struzan poster from the 19th Century. The book's website also has a nice artwork section charting the development of the cover design from initial sketches to the finished image above.