Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Long-time Mick-heads will notice that I used an old sketch from last year and inked/coloured it up for this one. I like to recycle whenever possible.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Y'know, somedays, after you've been locked away for half a year writing and drawing a miniseries, the last thing you want to do when you're out and about with friends and family is rush home to draw up the image you'd planned to this week, instead arriving home late to upload the sketches for the afore-mentioned image. This was one of those days.
Here are the first pictures I've ever done of Beastman from Masters of The Universe. My main reason for drawing this guy? He's the easiest target for the Anti-Motuist in our midst, Moonman. Have at it, Cheekbones!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Andy Diggle posted news a few days ago of the death of John Hicklenton. I read it, got on with my day and later did my Mick sketch. It was only when I finished it this morning that I realized just how little I cared for it and how Andy's post had been sitting there, eyeing me from the back of my skull.
So I closed it up and started again.
My favorite 2000AD artists were always Mike McMahon, Kevin O'Neill and John Hicklenton. The two former were a joy to read and study- clever visuals and immaculate layouts. John Hicklenton's work was different. I remember opening his debut for Nemesis as a teenager being blown away with the textures, the tiny panels like intricate miniatures and the splatters. His work was not easy, it wasn't fun and cosy. It was unexpected- Nemesis looked rubbery, with an anatomy that well, looked alien. I was hooked- I still drag it out and marvel at it's confidence. It has a kind of energy, like he attacked whatever surface he was drawing on to just the images out of his head. The other guys may have been the kind artists that I wanted to draw like, but Hicklenton was how I wanted to draw.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I picked up issue one of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Nemesis today. Really liked it, especially McNiven's art, which is coloured directly over the pencils. Gave it a nice loose look. The pure white costume really shows up the gore well too.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Every time I hear "Kick Ass" i think of Cartman saying it. Looking forwad to the movie. Haven't read the comic yet but I do like the design. Green and Yellow can work quite well on a costume, unless its on a football jersey!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Had the opportunity to work through my backlog of unread comics recently, and one of 'em featured Superboy. And JESUS, is his costume the worst example of character design in the entire history of pictorial fiction. It's a sad, sad day when the 90s incarnation of a character has better design aesthetics than the current version.
So here's the raddest Krypto-Klone that ever lived. He's a total Baldwin.
Wreckers #3 is out this week, ladies. Buy the balls off it, and download issues #1 and #2 via iTunes. Believe me when I say that this story is 'nigh-accessible'.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Since the shamrocks have settled by now, nothing too much of the Motherland, though I was thinking of it when I doodled this a few months ago (hence the Dolmen). Expect to see this chap make an appearance in the future...
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Good ol green Lantern is playing up his emerald side. Dont expect him to celebrate Swedens national holiday though. Did this quite quickly yesterday in the studio while I was drawing for the day with Declan.
Anyways, if you've any bit of Irish blood in yerselves, get out to the pub and raise a pint of whatever may be your favourite beverage
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Felt like drawing an X-Man this week, and sure didn't i just cop it was St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, so why not do Banshee eh? Oh right... cuz he looks ridiculous; *that's* why. So, in an effort to make him slightly less-ridiculous, i thought i'd design a new costume for him. If you've no interest in the design, ignore the below. And the above too, i guess.
I basically took the costume he had (that cape is actually pretty cool and i liked the yellow 'point' on his torso) and tried to make it a bit more contemporary (ie; less-70s) along with adding some elements from Celtic armor. No chain mail or patterns or anything fussy like that, but more layered patches like the leather support those old costumes had. Also; i gave him a cropped haircut and shaved the sideburns. If Marvel ever bring him back, i'd like to see him act more like that Irish nut-bag from Braveheart that the 'didilly-aye' version from before.
Oh, and Happy Paddy's Day! (it's tomorrow but i'm off drinking tonight with Will Sliney. True story)
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I always loved the bit when the A Team were trapped/locked in a Ghost Town/ Mine/ Ranch/ Warehouse and out would roll the gas tanks, the welding torch and the plate steel. Cue the drums, and off the lads would go, creating a masterful bit of hokum to foil the Big Rancher/ Corrupt Sheriff/ Drug Lord/ Robber Baron Tycoon. Ahh, those were the days indeed...
Friday, March 12, 2010
I tried a few different compositions for this one, originally with Murdock just snickering at a 'kick me' sign on B.A.'s back but I'm happy with this. Hard not to draw Mr T as Zangief though. Dec look it up.
The story of me touching/assaulting my first girl starts on SPAZZMOID today
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I loved this bit of the intro as a kid so I thought I'd update it for 2010 with the new Face and a new Cylon. Issue one of 'Shotgun Wedding' should be out today on this side of the Atlantic so if you can find it, maybe you can buy the A-Team.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Ah Dirk. I used to love the A-Team as a kid. I even have a picture of myself with Mr. T somewhere knocking around from when I was about four years old. I used to watch the Mr.T cartoon as much as I watched the live action show aswell. Since there are only a few characters I got the Corvette to draw but I couldnt resist throwing in the van too. Somewhere down the line of drawing this it started to look like a 70's vinyl cover for some reason, I have no idea why
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Please do pick up the first issue of the book, as it really is rather good. Well, the writing by Tom Waltz and Joe Carnahan is anyway, it's dawn by some hack. The action, humour and team-dynamic all really ring true to the original series, while instantly relocating proceedings to a much more contemporary setting.
Lots of things blow up real, real good.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Sorry lads, no time to draw anything this week so here are some pages from a secret project. God I love Manga Studio and the Cintiq. 5 pages in a day.
Good comic about those arms length social networking photos on my webcomic today though
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I was a big Skeletor fan as a kid, I had the figure and even his purple panther that he rode around on. Until my mam stood on it and cracked it in half down the seam. This was all drawn with a good old fashioned brush, old skool.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Bit stuck on time at the moment, so i thought i'd just do a little headshot for this week. Enjoyed this actually; only took a few minutes too. I'd like to do more. I saw the Batman Beyond; Return of the Joker animated movie last night. Absolutely brilliant. Genuinely chilling at times and the animation is fantastic from start to finish.
Thompson wanted me to mention that today; the 2nd of March makes this the actual birthday of the Eclectic Micks blog, so this is the first post of our second year. Here's to many more....
....well, a few more at least....