tentaskull

November 2, 2012

i’ve been reflecting on how quickly things have been coming together recently…

on the 11th August, i wrote a blog post [link] saying that i was getting back into the studio to do some drawing. specifically, i was busy revamping a very old sketch – this one infact:

  • the sketch was refined, the idea adjusted, redrawn and inked.
  • then it was scanned and cleaned up digitally.
  • from there is was emailed to the screen printers, and put onto t-shirts.
  • the t-shirts have made their way around the uk, and some have even left the country, going as far afield as ontario and california.
  • they’ve been photographed professionally using an alt. model, and one of these images is to be used in a magazine [that i love] to advertise my range of designs.
  • the t-shirts are currently available for sale in a couple of shops, and once my website is finished they’ll be available to buy online too.

so here we are now – less than 3 months later – we have moved from that sketch above, to this…

not too shabby, eh?

this is an update of the design i showed you recently…

this stage of drawing/inking is finished, and im pretty happy how it has turned out. but i still want to add a background design, and i’m considering adding a second colour before i print it.

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back in the studio

August 11, 2012

oh dear!
it’s been 3 months since i posted any drawings on here..

i’ve been seriously busy finishing my degree, then moving house – but importantly i have now set myself up in business as a freelance artist!  so i’ve been in the studio all week drawing, except for one day where i met a lady who wants me to supply her with dead bodies!

anyways. the drawings…

^this is a drawing i did a few years ago, just after reading singularity seven. this was my first introduction to ben templesmith and i was pretty amazed by his work. with my sketch, i was trying to do an ’embodiment-of-war’ type character, but the similarity to ‘the singularity’ from templesmith’s story is undeniable! anyway, i’ve always liked the drawing but never felt able to complete it, so i thought i’d re-work it from scratch.

these are the progress sketches, using pre-photoshop old fashioned skills of cut-and-paste – utilising photocopying, pritt stick, and tippex!

i started off with skulls, bones and tentacles, which had a real nautical flavour, so i added a ship’s wheel to the composition. the wip sketches speak for themselves, but i eventually dropped the wheel, as i just couldn’t get it to work because the silhouette was just way too busy for my taste.

and this is how the sketch currently looks..

the intention was always to create: what appears to besatanic looking re-animated pirate-skeleton, who was brandishing the tools of his trade.

but if you look properly, there is nothing supernatural about that skeleton at all…

addendum:

wordpress has just informed me that this was my 100th post! it pleases me greatly that the subject matter is all about me getting back into my art.  🙂