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Manga Portraits
March 3, 2013, 6:46 pm
Filed under: Commissions, illustration, Manga | Tags: , , ,


Just a few A5 size manga portraits I have drawn for commissions (fairly) recently. All were drawn with brush pen on heavy cartridge paper using photo references.


Feel free to get in touch if you would like one done for yourself! ^_^


February 7, 2013, 11:41 am
Filed under: Comics, Events, Manga

Back by popular demand…

This half-term, I’ll be running Manga-tastic! a manga-making course for young people, in the London Borough of Barnet. After four afternoons of planning, writing and drawing manga stories, the results will be published in an anthology that will be distributed in Barnet Libraries. Come along to learn manga techniques, talk manga, read manga, and draw manga! It’s all about manga.

Ages: 12 – 18
Dates: 19th – 22nd February 2013
Times: 2 – 5pm
Location: Chipping Barnet Library
Cost: £24
Booking: Bookings must be made through the Futureversity website.

See you there!

Comics and Graphic Novels Weekend Course at West Dean College
February 5, 2013, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Comics, Events, News

Once again, I am running a weekend (optionally) residential course on creating Comics and Graphic Novels at West Dean College, near Chichester in Sussex. West Dean is a lovely setting, an unspoiled country manor house set in beautiful gardens and parkland. Topiary! Mosaics! Stuffed animals! Surrealist objects! It is a truly unique location, and a great experience just staying there, never mind the learning and socialising.

Comics and Graphic Novels is suitable for all levels – come along and have an early summer break, while exploring the wonderful world of writing, drawing and storytelling. You can also put this course towards a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. The course begins on Friday evening, and continues until Sunday tea-time, with plenty of civilised breaks for meals, tea and socialising.

Dates: 7 – 9 June 2013

Details: Available on the West Dean College website.

Happy New Year 2013
January 15, 2013, 10:50 am
Filed under: Fun, Uncategorized

Calendar 2013

Need to know the date? Like pictures of trees and birdies? Look no further.
You can download an A4 size, print quality version for use in your home, studio, office, garage, shop or garret.

Have a great 2013!


MCM Expo Manga School
October 25, 2012, 11:16 am
Filed under: Comics, Events, Manga, News

I will be at MCM Expo this weekend, running classes for Letraset’s Manga School. There is a full programme of workshops that lasts all weekend, and I am hosting these:

Body Pose and Movement 12:00 Saturday 27 October
Body Pose and Movement 15:00 Sunday 28 October
Drawing Clothes 16:00 Sunday 29 October

All the details are on the Letraset website.

I may well also be cosplaying at MCM Expo as I don’t have an exhibitor table this time!

October 8, 2012, 3:14 pm
Filed under: Comics
Transmetropolitan Art Book

The Journalist’s Sidekicks

In early 2011, I was asked to contribute art to a charity art book based on one of my all-time favourite comics, Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis, Darrick Robertson and Rodney Ramos. Naturally I said yes immediately. The book was featuring the world of Transmet, not just Spider himself, but all the supporting characters. I chose to draw Spider Jerusalem’s “lovely” assistants, Channon and Yelena stirring up some trouble.

At the time, we were asked not to show our art in full so that people would have to pick up the art book and therefore contribute to the noble CBLDF to see it. Now a sufficient time has elapsed, here it is! You are of course still welcome to support the CBLDF. ^_^

Characters belong to Mr. Ellis and Mr. Robertson.

City Read: Twisted London
July 10, 2012, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Comics, Events

In April, I ran around London running comics workshops for kids aged 8 – 12 on the theme of Victorian London, as part of the City Read. I went to many previous unexplored locations, even in South London(!) where we North Londoners never tread, met loads of imaginative and funny kids, several cool librarians, and one lady Mayor. The idea of the workshops was for the children to create funny comic strips based on historical facts about Dickens’ London. Naturally, most of these involved poo, death, crime and other savoury topics! For the less grotesquely-minded I had also unearthed some interesting anecdotes about Victorian advertising techniques and the postal service.

The strip below was my example of a Twisted London comic… and yes, it’s all TRUE.

Dog Poo Boy Comic Strip