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...









































































Saturday, 16 November 2013

so many drawings ... so little time !

So here I am at my desk on a Saturday night after re-wiring some sockets and I find myself wanting to draw rather than play a video game or watch a movie!

It seemed very strange at first as I am lucky enough to spend my working hours, for the most part, with pen, mouse, pencil or pointer directed toward some kind of drawing medium.

But as all of my artistic heroes (Buscema, Steranko, Lee, Starlin, Bolland to name a few) came to understand and appreciate - the art is not just in the creation but also in the approach.

Professionalism and desire must also come hand in hand with a real love of what you do and an overwhelming yearning to keep doing it.

That is certainly how I feel at present.

Although a win on the lottery would not go amiss ;)

Now, where did I put that sharpener??



I'll finish off with an example of how I'm feeling at present. During the week I took a break from drawing Cy Dethans "The Indifference Engine 2" and found myself... well..  drawing.

Below is the 20 minute sketch :)










































Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Of all the Gin joints...

So, this weekend I have been mostly at Cardiff!!

Scardiff 2013 was a small affair but had huge amounts of talent and quality content on show.

I was there on the Markosia booth and met all the very creative creatives from the British Showcase Anthology roster.

All true gentlemen and great company and gallons of talent was in abundance!

I also managed to talk to my publisher (get me that sounds posh) Harry Markos.

I am happy to say that on meeting Harry, his drive and commitment came over in waves and I left the weekend feeling extremely content in knowing that Markosia are on a mission to get quality content out there and look after their creators as much as possible! It was a bit like being accepted into a Markosia family where you know that even though the industry is not in it's greatest condition, you had people looking out for you!

I finally got to meet Adam Cheal in person and he is every bit the human being I had expected. Witty and charming and oozing with ability and drive!

Following on I made several connections with other talented writers on the day that time and space willing I will be able to follow up on. I am awfull with names but shout out to Jimmy, Jimmy, Phil, Adam, Chris, Chris, Mark and Amrit! phew sounds like the rollcall from Camberwick Green. If I missed anyone off my apologies - there's only so much room in my head and half of it is filled with Kata!

Staying on the subject of writing partners and talent, I can now officially announce the next project that I will be producing linework for. I met Time Bomb's Steve Tanner and we signed a Markosia contract with Harry for a brand new graphic novel , Foxglove. It's a steam punk affair and you can see the cover pencils at the bottom of this diatribe!!

So I will be running Foxglove and Indifference Engine 2 in tandem and attempting to make both of them my best work to date :)





































And... on the subject of meeting new people...

At the end of the day we did the bar thing and who should sit down with us but the legendary John Higgins! He and partner in Crime (Sally) had been at the show producing a rather spiffing zombie pic on the show floor. He gave me some great advice in the bar and some very encouraging words and Sally was a joy to talk with. What a day, capped off with a great evening, before dissapearing into the howling winds and driving rain that was probably quite fitting for the weekends scary theme :)


some links ...

https://www.facebook.com/turmoilcolourstudios
http://www.markosia.com/
http://www.timebombcomics.com/
http://www.bo-k.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/BritishShowcaseComic
http://www.markosia.com/titles/british-showcase-anthology/







Friday, 11 October 2013

Another Day... Another reality, apparently

After finishing off the linework for OGN 'Terminus at Fenton's Green' I am now onto my next book with Markosia. All that is left is some pinup work, some super exclusive artwork for the LSCC and the book jacket design.

So onwards to the next big production...

Cy Dethan's 'Indifference Engine' caused quite a splash with widespread critical acclaim and I have been fortunate enough to team up with Cy on the second outing - The Indifference Engine 2 : The Suicideshow.

Cy's work has included great titles such as Starship Troopers and Cancertown and I feel fortunate to be working with him and the rest of the team on the book.

The team also includes the brilliant lettering of Nic Wilkinson and finds me partnered once again with the sublime colour skills of Mike Summers.

So to kick it all off here is a sketched panel from the first part - can't give too much away just yet... but there will be more soon.















Now as if that wasn't excitment enough I've also managed to partner with another great British writer on a project that will run concurrently with IE2... more on that soon.

Better busy than not... Idle hands and all that :)



http://www.markosia.com/titles/The-Indifference-Engine/
http://www.markosia.com/titles/terminus-at-fentons-green/
http://raggedman.com/






Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Launch pad is primed!!!

Well it looks like I may get my big chance soon... or indeed have already grasped it.

Adam Cheal has written the most magnificent story for the original graphic novel Terminus at Fenton's Green (cover below) and I managed to get the gig. The Inks are finished and UK comics publisher Markosia are going to publish.

Not only that but the book will have a limited edition hard cover version and be an exclusive for Markosia at next years LSCC!

I have two other graphic novels on the board at contract stage for Markosia as well - so I think I can say 2013 has been a good year so far!

more soon!

Meanwhile here is the cover and it's been coloured by the incredibly talented Jimmy Kerast... nice!