Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Ground floor for sacrificial daggers, curses and arcane books!
'UK publisher Self Made Hero has positioned itself on the cutting edge of British comics publishing, producing a wide variety of high quality books. Volume one of The Lovecraft Anthology is no exception.
Visually, this is a stunning collection. The production values are extremely high but more importantly, the artwork is varied and of exceptional quality. Each artist brings their own unique vision of Lovecraft’s imaginative genius, challenging themselves to channel his peculiar brand of cosmic psycho-horror with innovative page layouts, bizarre creature designs, and clear storytelling. D’Israeli and Shane Oakley were my favorite artists of the bunch but each and every contributor really knocked it out of the park.
The Lovecraft Anthology is definitely an artist’s book, in terms of creative contribution. This isn't to take anything away from the exceptional stable of writers assembled for the collection but Lovecraft’s voice is so distinct and robust it overpowers the unique characteristics of those adapting his work. While every writer approaches the work with obvious passion and respect, making excellent storytelling and plot choices, none of them really takes the opportunity to deviate from straight adaptation. This is perhaps as it should be. The Lovecraft Anthology isn't meant to reinterpret these classic tales of horror but pay tribute to them through translation into a different, visual storytelling medium.
Perhaps one of the best anthologies I've come across in the last couple of years at least, The Lovecraft Anthology is a great introduction for those unfamiliar with his extensive body of work, touching upon all of the major beats in his literary career. For those readers already lost in the mountains of madness, exploring the visual interpretations of Lovecraft’s universe realized by this superlative stable of artists is well worth the cover price'
...purchase The Lovecraft Anthology if you'd like the creeps for Xmas.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 09, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
I LOVE it.
I LOVE IT!
Loved it when i first read it. Loved it the last time i read it. Simple as that.
So it was an easy choice when Steven Gettis invited me to contribute to his very splendid website Hey, Oscar Wilde! It's Clobberin time!
I visualized my piece as a cover to an old paperback edition, the kinda art that was popular in the 60's and early 70's. In an alternate universe this is what i do for a living, and I'm a very happy man.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I used to.
I was up for anything, anytime, anywhere, more or less.
I was stupid, reckless and more stupid.
But now i think long and hard. I weigh up the pros and cons, ponder the possibilities, the variables: the goods, the bads and the indifferents. I measure and calculate and dissect until I'm 99% sure what i want to do and why i want to do it. This can take me a few minutes, hours or days(if it's lemon cheesecake or bookshops, it's less than a second).
In the case of Facebook, it's taken me YEARS. It was a 'have i got the time?' thing, a don't-wanna-be-a-member-of-the-club thing; a philosophical thing.
It was easier going the dentist, having my hair cut short or saying yes to a camera down my throat and up my jacksy.
But i did it, i signed up.
Still not sure, so come and say hello and 'befriend' me before i change my mind and crawl back into my batcave.
Look for the skull.
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 08, 2011
This is my contribution. At a quick glance it should look like Sharon Tate.
Fang you for looking.
Friday, October 07, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
It was a time when i considered myself a novice; an enthusiastic one, but still a loooooooong way from professional. I doubted my work could stand up next to industry greats like Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, Kev O'Neil, etc. But i believed in the book, and in making protest - my ego could take the knocks.
Still one of my favourites.
It helped cement a friendship with Alan Moore and Jamie, helped me conquer my 'stage fright' and marked a dramatic change in my attitude towards art and storytelling.
Friday, September 30, 2011
This is part-art from an abandoned pin-up. It's easily the best part because it features the Frankenstein monster, the rest isn't so good, that's why I'm not showing you.
The finished, full colour piece, was to be a back cover for a new US horror anthology; the editor invited me/asked me, it was my creepy bag, i said 'yes', he said 'cool', and i did what i do.
...or i tried.
It was giggle at first, then Mr. Pleasantenthusiastic editor turned into a fascist control freak who wanted to neuter everything about my art that makes it my art.
At every turn he had a list of suggestions, nit picks and 'corrections' waiting for me, most of them contrary or contradictory, most of them incongruous, or simply dumb - the guy knows little about art or what he likes.
All this was especially aggravating since i was not getting any cash up front(just merchandise and a possible cut from down-the road royalties).
So, i ended up redoing and tweaking until i hated the fucking thing.
...and when it came to 'de-emphasizing' the nipples and cleavage of the resident cheesecake vampire, well, i chucked in my sweaty skull-adorned towel.
But, i did get to draw the Frankenstein monster, and that's always a good thing.