Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Since Thompson's been doing great aliens from Futurama, i thought i'd do a drawing of one of my favourite robots from the show, but hell; thought i'd go a bit further and draw three of them instead.
Above are Calculon; the worlds greatest acting unit (after David Duchovny), Roberto; the stabbing robot and Hedonism-bot... who ...well... you get the idea from the name.
Difficult thing with drawing robots from the show is that if you tinker with the design, it doesn't look like them anymore, so i ended up drawing them on-model, but in a looser way then they'd normally be drawn. No fancy blacks or greywash this time.
Monday, June 29, 2009
This week I wanted to stick up a sketch that number-1-Junior-Mick Luke Fallon(he's 14) sent me with his aces new comic, 'Tweet'.
It's one of the better drawings of 24 that I've seen, and thought I should share it with you guys.
Really good, huh?
Also- Free Lazy Bastard Bonus! I was working on a Batman commission over the weekend, and did some teeny doodles before I started.
This bad-boy is actual size.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
'Smilin' Stephen Mooney here, in for 'Necrophiliac' Nick Roche.
Nickleby's off galavanting at his eighth or ninth transformers convention of the summer, so he asked me to slap up something of his in his stead.
This is a Tennant sketch Nick did for my significant other Jackie at last year's Dubcon. Jac, being a big fan of that type of thing, was delighted.
And we all lived happily ever after. If anything, I'm a hero.
I'm glad we had this chat.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I've thrown everything in my arsenal at this one; greywash, ink splatter, greytone, drybrush, dip pen and brush.
I felt compelled too - not sure why, I WANT to draw in a super simplified style, but it takes so little effort and time that I always feel guilty that I haven't put the effort in.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
As you look at this image, you should have Europe's 'The Final Countdown' playing in your head.
I was gonna do a Futurama character this week, but couldn't decide which one, then thought i'd do a 30 Rock drawing i've been itching to do for a while, but then Lo and Behold, i saw Seasons 1 and 2 of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT were goin' cheap in HMV. Safe to say i got them. Couldn't get this image out of my head since i started re-watching the show. Man, that was such a brilliant, brilliant show.
This is the character of Gob Bluth; arguably the worst magician in the OC (don't call it that) played by Will Arnett. Tried to get as many jokes from the show in this image. Meant to have a dead dove in there too, but it didn't work out.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Is there a finer cartoon character out there? Voiced by the utterly brilliant Patrick Warburton, Brock has become my favourite character in my favourite show. I dream of drawing a Brock mini-series written by Jackson Publick, that delves into Brock's murky past as an assassin and staunch military man. Not to mention his run-ins with sextacular love-interest Molotov Cocktease.
I couldn't decide whether I preferred the pencils or Inks on this one so I've chucked em both up there.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Inspired by PJ, who was in turn influenced by Moonbiscuit, I've decided to take a stab at a Buffy pic, sans reference, no less. Hope it holds up. She might make dust out them vamps, but she turns me to goo. OMG SMG.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
But I find this bloke tough - he's as dull as ditchwater to draw. I think comics NEED larger than life looking characters, both to sustain the interest of readers and artists - NONE of those characters translate very well to the screen (well... with the exception of Iron Man) the quirkiness needs to be toned down before it hits the big screen (imagine ANYTHING designed by Kirby appearing on screen, it'd look like the effects where made by children - and I LOVE Kirby-Tech) so, going the other way - taking an on screen character to the page means you have to find some angle of attack - Mooney goes for realism and I tend to start looking for features to exaggerate so I can make them look more comic book. Anyhue, old Boreanz, has a big old conk, a high forehead, some high cheek bones and spikey hair. Oh, and a leather jacket (just like every other bloody mopey comic book character). I should have drawn him vamped up.
I'm an idiot.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Hello, and welcome to the 100th post on the Eclectic Micks' sketchblerg! It's a real honour to be the one to mark the occasion, and especially to snatch said accolade from the jaws of my peers, but here it is; the 100th entry on this little antisocial experiment of ours.
This week, I'm tossing in an old sketch of Batgirl; not the Joker-baiting ginge-on-wheels, but my personal favourite, Cassandra Cain. I loved this comic from about 7 years back, I guess, and would draw and re-draw this character with a fever not seen since my furtive gestures at the start of my love affair with Death's Head II. One of the big selling point of the character was that she was a brainwashed killminx who'd turned to the Bat-side, but couldn't speak. The silence subsided as the series went on, along with some of Cassandra's uniqueness, but as long as the frenetically bonkers Damien Scott was drawing her, I was along for the ride.
Also, Nickolytes, check out simonfurman.wordpress.com for info about my signing appearance at Orbital Comics in The London on June 27th. I've also got an exhibition running there from the 17th of June, but God knows if my own blog and I shall ever meet again, so consider you told. Ta!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I normally avoid fantasy stuff as much as I can, except for one idiotic time when I accepted a Warhammer gig drawing a fantasy strip, took me months to recover my reputation - the art was AWFUL. Let this be a lesson: don't be afraid to say no (pshaw, like any freelancer EVER says no...)
So, having said that, here's a sketch of a demon.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Hi folks. Declan here. Bob has moved to sunny Spain and it seems they won't be inventing the internet over there for a week or so. With that in mind, Bob asked me to stick an old sketch of his up today. I picked this fella, as i haven't seen it before, it looks kinda different to all his recent work, and hell; he draws neat lookin' weirdos.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Bit of a quick one today as I'm busy-busy-busy. Another batman villain this week, and although Batman and his foes are my favourite comic characters, it's almost always the Bruce Timm animated versions that I think of when I go to draw them. That series always seemed to boil those characters down to their essence and could even make second stringers like Clayface here really work.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Another week of drawing a fellow Micks character. This week i went with one of Will's characters. He informs me that this thing is called a 'Tonser'. It's an alien he designed for his first issue of Farscape, so i thought it'd be a larf to draw.
I would like to take this opportunity to announce my fondness for, ah, Duff Beer. Oh, i mean the 2D Festival.
Monday, June 8, 2009
The ACTUAL 100th post, according to our resident den-mother Dec. This guy is the Barracuda, a fantastic villain from Garth Ennis' Punisher series. The artwork on this guy's arc by Goran Parlov is toppedy-notch, Dec and Thompson have been raving about his work for a while now. I felt he was good before, but the stuff on the dedicated Barracuda mini-series is just spectacular.
2D over the weekend was a huge success as the lads have mentioned, and I'd just like to thank Dave and Ciaran and all the lads for inviting us to be a part of it once again. Brilliant con every year, such a unique relaxed vibe all it's own, and a great turn-out on top of it all. The Micks even had their own shambolic panel this year!
Here's to the next 100 posts.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
It would transpire that this late-evening entry is the 100th post on the Eclectic Micks Blog! If only I had foreseen this, I could have debuted my Perez-esque attempt of drawing The Masters of The Universe versus the Thundercats that is bound to woo the world. But as Tigra's stripes remained un-inked, you shall have to settle with this: My entry for the 2D Festival's Fear Anthology. 2D was great; a true comic festival that celebrated and encouraged sequential storytelling as opposed to the frenetic rung-jumping that some other cons end up engendering. So behold, my true fears...
Saturday, June 6, 2009
So, everyone else is up in Derry, and, because it's my son's first birthday, I'm in Belfast. Oh well, fate conspires.
Anyhue, today - if you subscribe to 2000ad - you should be getting this particular cover in your in box (and, if you buy it in the newsagents, you should be able to see it on the shelves of your local newsagent...).
It's the third and final part of 'It came from Bea Arthur Block'. This cover is based on the classic McMahon cover to "The Starborn Thing" - one of my all time favourite Dredd strips, and Dredd covers. In Bea Arthur Block, intergalactic, psychic space wigs are trying to take over Mega City 1 - using their fiendish mind control powers - their only weakness? they need bald heads to live on.
At this point, the psychic Wig has lept onto Dredd and is trying to control his mind... I KNEW I wanted to do this cover the moment that Gordon Rennie and I started talking about the Wig story. And, as luck would have it, Matt Smith (or the Mighty Tharg) wanted a Dredd cover for the final part of the story, so I pitched it to him, he say "yes", and then I coloured it. This is my first 2000AD cover... (which nearly makes me as proud of myself as the fact that my little son is one...)
Thursday, June 4, 2009
My favourite Batman villain by a country mile. Particularly great in the old Batman animated series. Really awful in Batman Forever where Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey decided all batman villains should act like the Joker. Haven't seen The Dark Knight so I can't comment on him in that.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I previously drew a character drawn by Nick Roche, so this week i thought i'd try my hand at one of Stephen Mooney's characters; here's ILLYRIA, from his Angel series.
Since my last two pieces were a little rushed and didn't exactly reek of effort, i thought i'd put a bit more time into this week's piece, and even colour it, as so far i'm the only Mick who hasn't posted an image with colour. Truth be told i used this as an opportunity to try and colourize the grey-wash effect i've been using of late, so i tried it out with Illyria's demonic effects. Found a ridiculously complicated way of doing it, so i'm going to find a better way, but it worked out okay as is. When i looked again at the black and white piece i still liked it as it was, so screw it, at no extra cost, here it is too....
Monday, June 1, 2009
Hey-hey. Gonna slap up a quickie this week, cos I'm lazy. I don't know that I've ever been truly inspired one way or the other by a Thompson drawing before, certainly by a Thompson flatulent release(inspired to leave the room, vomit-fans), or a Thompson movie-review(don't get me started...), but maybe not a drawing.
His (rather good)30 Rock character studies from the other day made me wanna try my own hand at Jack Donaghy, surely the greatest comedy creation currently gracing the small screen.
So I did. It looks... ok. I lashed it out as a warm-up on one of the pages of script for my new Angel book. Also on show here are a couple of breakdowns for some pages. They are incredibly loose, this is how I usually operate, just jot the simple layouts right down onto the script as I go. I rarely change them. If I have any sort of 'process', I guess this is it.
Truly impressive, no? No.
See, anybody CAN be a comicbook artist.