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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Wedding caricature commissions

Beccy and Al married today
Beccy and Al's wedding present printed on canvas commissioned by Beth Jordan. Illustrated by TheArtyOne!

Friday, 14 September 2012

What do you get if you cross 2 kittens and an artist?

My lovely girlfriend, Rachel and I have two cats. A black one with some white on his paws and his belly who is called 'Stalker' Stan and a stripey ginger one known as 'Tiger' Tim. We've had them since they were 4 months old and in the year they have been with us they have provided us with much amusement. 

Not long after we got them I was asked to draw a picture of Dick Whittington with his cat to be used as promotional material for the 2012 Christmas Pantomime at Solihull Arts Complex. The other day I stumbled across my artwork being used and I was struck by the resemblance between Dick's cat and my Stan. I didn't even realise I was copying one of Stan's poses at the time, I think that he must be in my subconscious now! 

Promotional Image produced for the Solihull Art Complex Christmas Pantomime.

Since then the cats have taken on their own alter-ego's and have come to life in my new comic. Stay tuned for the first instalment due this autumn/winter.

'Stalker' Stan licking milk off his nose after he helped Rachel finish her cereal and 'Tiger' Tim trying to give the camera a nose kiss.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

More comics

Warchild comic book/graphic novel

About a year ago I did a few sample pages of a story written by Roger Cottrell called 'Warchild'. These pages are to be used as a way of visualising some of the story to potential publishers and/or funders which would give the project and myself the funds required to finish illustrating the entire graphic novel. 

I really enjoyed doing this project and hope to get a chance to finish the work at some point. However, I do remember the many hours of frustration that came from trying to draw a 'futuristic tank'. It's harder than you might imagine. So many angles to deflect bullets = so many angles to draw incorrectly = a look alikey of a deformed tortoise shell with a canon on top!

Since then Roger has been approaching various people and companies with regards to funding and publishing it (Image Comics and 2000AD to name a few) and has received much interest. Today he is attending a very important meeting with a large, shall we say, multi-media company. 

Fingers crossed, Roger!

Warchild page 3 - Written by Roger Cottrell and illustrated by myself

Warchild page 4 - Written by Roger Cottrell and illustrated by myself
Here's to drawing some kick-ass Sci Fi ...and of course more tanks.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


They say the world will end in 2012. ...but did you know it was caused by a vengeful cockroach called Colin?
Page 1 of 4 - THE COCKROACH SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. Written by Rachel Blundred and MikeyB.  Illustrated by MikeyB.

To find out how Colin's story ends contact the Midlands Comics Collective and ask for a copy of 'The End' anthology.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

End of Summer Caricature Season

So after a few intense months of drawing caricatures at Warwick Castle, Local Festivals, Community Days, Heritage Events, Charity Fundraisers and even the odd Market or two I am, not surprisely, relieved the summer season has now come to a close until next year and I can take a well earned rest. 

Below are some of my highlights:

Summer 2012
 I now look forward to drawing comic books amongst other projects I am involved in.

Stay tuned folks!

Monday, 10 September 2012


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