Some nice person is doing an article on one of my old video game magazines - Super Play - so I braved the dusty dimension of under the sofa and retrieved my old portfolio (you know, the one with real, physical, untouched by the hand of Photoshop, artwork) so I could scan in a few bits and bobs.
So here's Neko, the Super Play subscription tiger. Each issue he'd be put in a more perilous predicament, doomed to a hideous fate unless enough people subscribed to the magazine and saved him. Well, until the next issue, that is.
I'd forgotten quite how labour intensive some of the Neko illos were. They were done (as I also did the covers in those days - '92-'94) on acetate with the linework on the front and painted on the back; animation cel-style. Often they would be just as complicated as the covers and boy, did I get through a lot of paints back then.
Now I've opened the Pandora's Box that is the Old Portfolio (TM) expect to see more horrors from the past. Just don't ask me to post anything from the Scorpion Man comic from 1980.
Culled from the sketchbook. Ready to guard your horde of Elven gold from adventuring types.
Ahh, the pretty, willowy, elf girls. They're so nice to draw. Hey, I gave you middle aged Troll ladies a while back. Give me a break!
I found this the other day whilst thinning out some old sketch pads. I seem to remember that there was a bit of trouble that meant the con never actually went ahead (if you remember what it was, let me know) but by then I'd already done this.
I haven't actually done any 'anime' stuff for years now. Of course, I started out as a (pretty poor, when you look at it) Japanese-style clone artist but that was at a time when it was new and everyone was excited about those 'manga cartoons'. Nowadays, it seems pretty commonplace so I've made a concious effort not to do that kind of work and, instead, just incorporate elements of it into my own style.
Some days, though, you do just hanker after drawing a wide-eyed girl with candy coloured hair in a mech suit.
Kosmikat isn't entirely convinced that you didn't take the last Jaffa.
In which I scan in random stuff found in my sketchbook. So don't expect anything too finished. Or good.
Here's a dapper baddie.
Italian, pre-school, video game, edutainment phenomenon - Bongorina urges you to make some comics for da kids.
I'd love to :)
I think this came from one of those, come up with an idea in 5 seconds to show how you can make a game using the Xbox XNA tools, thing.
I didn't come up with the idea, just some (equally quickly done) graphics.
I'm not very good at the paintery stuff; never have been but I am beginning to add more textures into my colouring. This was for another failed games project and that's all I'm saying.