Friday, 10 May 2013

Silence is Golden!

Hello hello!

It has been a while! Simply because I tend to spend most of my time on wordpress and I invite you to join me there:

But for now, have an Orc!

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Chicken Joust – Fraser Turnaround

urnaround of Fraser!  He is the male character for selection in Chicken Joust and sugar just aint as sweet.
Now to decide if I am actually ready to model this bad (sweet) boy in 3d.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Osha – Game of Thrones

Osha being hard ass.  Cool character in the book!  Absolutely swamped at present – both a good thing and a bad thing!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Game of Thrones – Sansa Stark

11 days until game of thrones.  11 days until game of thrones.  Once more – 11 days until game of thrones.
In case you needed to know what occupies what little free time I have.

I’ve been a little quiet recently due to the insane amount of work I have had to do!  Catching up though.  Also, I have taken the step into learning 3d modelling – only a couple of hours in really, but absolutely loving it.  Can’t hurt to add another feather to the cap.  Although it means that I have even less free time left…

Monday, 11 March 2013

Muppets Pirates

And we are done.  The final lineup.  Rather sad they are finished, actually - it has been a lot of fun!
I have actually removed poor old Floyd, as he just didn't fit.  It is quite interesting how my style has developed since I drew the first Floyd to the final Ms. Piggy - onwards and upwards and to the next challenge!

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Chicken Joust

I have started a personal project to design the art side for a new game.
It has chickens.  They shall joust.  All shall be fabulous.
The game doesn’t exist but if someone wants to make it, I shall offer cookies, tea and eternal sunshine.
The main characters – Fraser and Sylvia.  I shall be posting on my website (when I revamp it shortly) more process work.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Game of Thrones – Viserys Targaryen

So the next project of mine is slightly bigger than the Muppets – it is Game of Thrones, possibly one of the best shows I have seen and one of the best books (well, series of).  It is on the verge of knocking Lord of the Rings off its pedastal, which is scary.

I have already drawn Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark – did this last year so style is slightly different.  However, now the Muppets are finished, I can pile in.  Another six are sketched.  I probably should have thought it through a little first though, considering how many characters…. so I shall draw those with the biggest impression on me.  The characters are not direct copies of the telly folk, they will be a mix of their on screen actors and the characters I view in my head.

We shall start with one of my favourite characters simply because he is so sly…

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Muppet Pirates - Miss Piggy!

And it is the end of an era – the last muppet.  And of course, no questions, it has to be the heroine of our tale…

Sunday, 24 February 2013

2 Creature Studios – Bug Design

Now for something really fun!  I had the honour of doing a sudden last minute job for Two Creature Studios to design some bugs for their newest game.  They have just released these images on their homepage so I can do the same here!
These were a lot, lot of fun and I would love to do more work like this.  I have seen the Bee animated and it is hilarious.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Pet Portrait – Enya the Noti Torti

Another pet portrait! I am really, really enjoying these.  This weekend I am hoping to finish designing a site solely for my pet portraits and soon after I shall start opening my books for digital commissions – currently researching canvas printing and painting techniques to expand options in the future.  Watch this space.
Don’t let the innocent face fool you – Enya is a true torti!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

I love Illustrator! I just don't love the learning curve - but am getting there. 

This is a companion piece to a project I am doing for Schoolism - absolutely loving the class, falling behind a little though thanks to so much work on my plate, however I see an end in sight and a definite improvement.  Can't wait to do more pieces in Illustrator, the end result is so different than Photoshop.  Perhaps once I get to know it a bit better, I will post a few short tutorials here?

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Kermit the Pirate

it's Kermie!

The bold hero of our tale!  And rather hard to draw and capture on paper!  Two to go.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Lhasa Apso

A picture from a couple of weeks ago that I forgot to post - it was this pic that made the lightbulb come and I wondered if I should explore dog portraits with a little more depth and seriousness.  Hopefully, the lightbulb won't blow!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Pet Portrait – Bluebell the poodle

A pup belonging to a friend get the Albon treatment!
As you may have noticed, I have been doing more and more pets recently.  It has all been leading me down a path I hadn’t thought about before, to actually offer pet portraits in the future.  It is something I am researching into with a bit more seriousness – hard to do when I already have so much on my plate – but it is very exciting and interesting and I am in the process of setting up a site (not active yet!) and blog devoted to the animal side of my art so we shall see where it goes.  There is a lot happening for me in the next few months and a lot of the outcomes will help guide my choices art-wise.  All are good paths, so we shall see!
I have a couple more pets to finish off and then I really, really have to finish off the last two muppets and call the adventure finished – then onto another, even bigger project in the works!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

 Ladies and ladettes - only two weeks late, but I finally managed to put together the video of my painting the pointer portrait.  I really don't think I can use this technique regularly as it just takes too long, however with some modification I think it could lead to something quite good.

Anyway, enjoy!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Character Forge Entry (CGHUB) Blue Wizards

Finally had the time to enter the weekly contest at CGHub!  Although only had a couple of hours over two days to do so.  would love to do more with this but no time! No time!

This week the competition is to draw the two blue wizards that are rarely spoken of from Lord of the Rings - they went adventuring, out of sight, out of mind. 

Alatar is albino, blind and remembers everything.  He never had a sense of humour (or at least pretends to) and according to him, the fate of the whole of middle earth is in his hands.  His constant companion, Pallandro is a trickster, talker and lover of fine things, and extremely easily distracted which drives Alatar bonkers.  They would never be without each other though.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Pet Portrait graphic style - labrador cross

 I have been quiet recently because I have a lot of work that I can't show yet - if ever! I am still drawing and painting and scribbling away...

For this pet portrait I decided to go back to Illustrator - a program I love but don't have the opportunity to play with at the moment.  I am still exploring ideas for the future - but I really, really love working in a graphical style with lots of textures and this was a brilliant way to do both!  This was a lot more satisfying to me than just straight up pet portraits and I think I will do more with it.

However, I would love your opinion on the different ideas below. Do you have a favourite from these images? Is simple best or a splash of colour and texture your thing? Let me know!  And you will be seeing a lot more like this in the future, methinks.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Pet portrait - Weimaraner

Whatever you do, do not ask me to spell weimaraner.  It will end in tears. 

Still playing with techniques for fur, trying to capture the style that is in my head.  Not there yet, but this was great practice.  Just don't ask how many hours this took! Need to cut down on the time spent drawing fur.  It works for my Tarot series as it is more cartoony, but on this scale... carpal tunnel!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Pet Portrait - Horace the Pointer

This week's baby.  Learnt a lot from this pupster - mostly, how not to do certain techniques! That's the exciting thing about art, the exploring and the learning, and the paths to follow and the ones to avoid.  Drawing fur is fantastic fun and I want to do a lot more of this type of work.  Great practice for my Tarot series as well.

I have recorded the process for Horace, and I will have it up on the site in the next couple of days for your delectation.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Janice - Pirate Muppets!

One of my favourite Muppets... Janice! She is, of course, playing a "Calypso" type role aka Pirates of the Caribbean   I just wanted an excuse to draw a bit of spellcasting.  I am pretty sure she is saying"....dude." at this point.

Three Muppets to go!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Sam the Eagle – Muppet Pirates!

Muppet, Muppet, Muppet.

Muppet or a man?

Currently working on a new technique for drawing fur.   It is insanely addictive and fun.  However, inbetween this I am finishing the muppets lineup - Four to go!  I am planning on making a video of the process for these guys as I have had quite some interest in them - watch this space.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Canine Tarot – Seven of Swords – Clumber Spaniel

Next in my Canine Tarot series - Seven of Swords; breaking free and doing things your own way.  The Clumber Spaniel was used to flush out game - this chap has decided to make friends instead.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013


I was in the local supermarket today, purchasing grapes and apples in an attempt to appease the lingering Christmas sweet tooth when I had to do a double-take – there are already Easter eggs in the shops!
Whilst surprising, it also a reminder that most retailers are having to think six months, 12 months down the line – it isn’t about what’s happening next week or next month, it is about the long term.  I struggle to think this way but find more and more that long-term decisions are necessary  and that one cannot expect immediate results most of the time! (unless you are particularly craving an Easter egg straight after Christmas.  I for one have had enough chocolate to last the rest of the year).
However, this has also got me thinking about cards –   I would not mind dipping a toe into the greeting card industry and was originally intending to try making some samples for Christmas – oops.  That didn’t happen.  Perhaps I had better get my bunny slippers on and start doing some mocks this weekend.
Still working on bits for Schoolism! Halfway through designing a new version of Jekyll and Hyde – thought I would share a development sketch.

Sunday, 6 January 2013


After much squealing, gnashing of teeth, hair pulling and tantrums - I have built a website!  I can be found at  Please come and have a look around (and please let me know any changes etc you think would help).  In particular, I have also uploaded my very first video! Look under the tutorials section if you are interested.

Back to drawing!