Saturday, 27 September 2014

And now a short break!

I'll continue posting some pinup art next week.

I thought that for this post I'd show a production process from a page of Interceptor : Genesis -  from Unstoppable Comics.

I work with JayDee the publisher at Unstoppable on several books and we have tight budgets! So in order to keep things flowing and get pages out as quickly as we can I ink digitally on to pencil roughs.

I do sometimes produce full finished pencils for these pages but time is a luxury and so getting the page done as expressly as possible is the focus. Because I am pencilling and inking, I don't have to convey all the visual aspects of the page to another person (the inker). After that the colorist (Mike Summers) adds his creativity to the page. Mike and I work well together and have collaborated regularly for a couple of years now!

So here is the pencil rough for page 11





































So, not much in the way of shade and lighting! That comes with the inks and Mikes colours.
Time wise I can produce between 3 and 5 of these types of page a day.

Next the ink stage...





































Both of these pencils and inks were done digitally. This speeds the process up a lot for us. Of course if we are giving away a page in say a kickstarter, I will produce 'real world ' A3 pencils. These digital ink pages I can produce at between 2-3 a day.

and now the colour...



































The lettering is applied after this stage - often as seen above I will drop in sound effects at an early stage to work around the visuals.










Wednesday, 24 September 2014

As promised...

As promised... another regular entry - short and sweet - a bit of Captain America!!















































In Ink and colour - pencils by me as well
More soon....



Monday, 22 September 2014

OOOPS... been away too long!

Well it's been all of cough... 3 months since my last post and I think it's high time I updated... and updated more often!!

Work load has kept me away but I really must reach out to the interwebs more than I do.

So here's the first post of the rest of my life!!


I think what I will be doing is making posts single subjects and smaller and making more of em....

So up first will be some commissions and prints I've done recently and then some art from projects that are recent and indeed current.

I'll go with the good doctor first and follow up with some other spandex heroic based frivolity :)














































In Ink and colour - pencils by me as well
More soon....




Monday, 5 May 2014

Like a Phoenix from the ashes...

Well unfortunately, Unstoppables' Kickstarter for Interceptor failed to reach it's goal!

However it has garnered much interest and the Kickstarter has translated into a great pre-order campaign. You can pre-order from the link below and the orders include the Kickstarter awards!!!

http://unstoppablecomics.com/blog1/2014/04/24/we-failed-at-the-kickstarter-but-we-are-unstoppable-and-will-continue-as-the-pre-order/

So in typical UNSTOPPABLE fashion the project is still on and I get to work on Eisner award nominee Brandon Eastons brilliant script! Below is the pinup for the mini-series most wonderfully coloured by the most able Mike Summers!























I've also been busy with some other strips and some commssions. One such commission is below for Eric S. Browns latest book - Eric S. Browns Zombie Omnibus! You can pick up the great book at the amazon link below!

http://unstoppablecomics.com/blog1/2014/04/24/we-failed-at-the-kickstarter-but-we-are-unstoppable-and-will-continue-as-the-pre-order/

and here is the cover...

























more soon with a daily strip, some coloured Origin of Dr Zero and some interceptor art!!




Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Dilated Pupils!

Soooo

LSCC has been and gone and was a fantastic event!

I managed to network with some great people, pick up some superb books and have a brilliant weekend.

The work load has doubled since then and I am currently asking offers to wait until September before starting new productions... wow!

One of the projects I am scheduled to be working on is INTERCEPTOR for Unstoppable Comics!
This character is from the UK with his origins based firmly in British folk lore. But of course it has a contempory feel as well as being great fun.

It's written by Brandon Easton (Transformers) and coloured by the ever present talent of Mike Summers.

The Kickstarter campaign for the project can be found at the link below.




https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1123206134/interceptor-genesis-a-comic-book-project

Please share or even back us - It will be a great book and Unstoppable is a publisher you should have in your collection!!

I will be posting again soon about several other projects currently in production. Till then a page from another book by Untoppable soon to be released...























Sunday, 9 March 2014

Wohoo! It's convention time!

So the London Super Comics Convention is on at the end of the week (15th/16th) and I'm going to be there launching "Terminus At Fenton's Green" from Markosia along with the uber talent and all round good egg Adam Cheal.

We'll be signing books on Saturday and Sunday.

The schedule for the signings is here...
http://www.londonsupercomicconvention.com/schedule.html

I will also be drawing sketches at the Markosia booth on the day and delivering commissions to those that have pre-ordered

A4 sketches in pencil or pen are £20 - if you buy a copy of the book they are only £15 - what a deal :)
A3 Pencils on Bristol board are £50

If you want to pre-order a sketch before Thursday 13th just shoot me an email and after that or ordered at the show I'll have to add P&P

Hopefully I'll get to meet loads of new people... I'm hoping to meet Charlie Adlard as we are both due to be interviewed by the same video production crew. And of course looking forward to seeing all those faces from the Markosia crew.

Here are two commissions already done!

see you there :)







































































Thursday, 30 January 2014

Too many drawings not enough time!!

Just a quicky ...

So the year has begun with an educational video, a trip to Southport, some great stories to work on and some fun pages put together for the brilliant Unstoppable comics!

Thats just the beginning!

Adam Cheal and I have also wound up the Terminus At Fenton's Green production cycle and it's off to print for our baby which will launch at this years LSCC.

The big news on that is we have been able to get the brilliant Sean Phillips (Marvel Zombies, Batman, Hellboy) to write the foreward - so we are super excited.
His closing comment...  
"This comic has it all, murder, monsters, mayhem and mammaries! What more could you want?"

Also the talented  Ari Carr of comic and cookies has given our first review and it's a good one - read it here ...
http://comicsandcookies.com/2014/01/20/review-of-terminus-at-fentons-green-by-adam-cheal-and-russ-leach/

I will be there with Adam Cheal at LSCC and the afore mentioned video crew and hopefully get a chance to meet the brilliant Charlie Adlard who they will also be interviewing!

I have 1,2,3 secret projects which I can't tell of - but if just one of them comes off I could well break a bone cartwheeling down the street - more on that when it occurs!

Thats to say nothing of the brilliant stories from Cy Dethan and Steve Tanner that I'm pencilling at present.

In the meantime here's a couple of sketches to provide something to look at :)

more soon...