A night-cap picture for you gorgeous bastards you, before I head off to the pit for a good 4 hours snoozing (tomorrow is another busy day). This is a variant cover for Uncanny X-Men issue 1, which is drawn by Chris Bachalo for those who care. This of course means I will get a few copies of issue 1 for myself sent by Marvel, so that’ll look nice on my shelf.
I am easily pleased by such things. Good night!
So, happy new year! I’ve been a busy little bastard in Irving Towers over the holiday period, drawing, sleeping, thinking, drumming, it’s all been good. I’ve been working very hard on a couple of different projects, all lined up for a massive Irving-tastic 2013, tho besides the slow-moving-but-still-moving-nonetheless Gutsville (which some of you have enquired about, yes it’s still being drawn albeit slower than I would like because it’s a very labour-intensive gig and that’s all my fault) I cannot talk of any of these projects because that’s for the publishers to decide.
Well, I can talk about one of them as of today. See the image above? Yes, I’m drawing some X-Men, and this link will explain a little more.
It’s going to be a VERY busy spring here in Irvingville, no parties, no hiking, no orgies (except by myself), no conventions (except a day out at LSCC next month) and I may even have to cancel sleep! Still, these gigs only come along once so best I take ‘em whilst they’re hot, eh?
You beautiful people, it’s been too long since we last spoke. I know, I know…you think I don’t love you anymore. That’s not true. My heart burns with clear blue flame for your gaze, my soul aches with trembling passion for your sweet sweet words, you *must* believe me.
However I have been somewhat occupied with doodles most bizarre lately, and as is always the case I have been unable to share these trinkets of psychedelic madness because of reasons beyond my control. Despite my maverick spirit, I am a Good Dog and I respect the wishes of my masters to keep my workings private until they have had the opportunity to share them first, often labelled a “window of marketing opportunity” or something.
The good news is that one of my Art-Babies has been previewed by Boom! studios this week so I can unleash it and let it dance decadently on your dashes! This particular peice is a gatefold cover for Deathmatch issue 4 (due out in march I think), and having seen the first issue I can confidently say that it is an excellent comic, in terms of art and story, and I am proud to be associated with it. Here is a link to the series page for those of you that wish to explore it.
Ok, now that’s off my slightly hairy chest, I need to climb back onto the Art-Throne and resume my dastardly doodling of the latest secret work. It’s a tough job, but I do it for Love.
And money. x
Ok I spoke too soon. I also have another cover that needs to be shared. For those of you that follow the Hellraiser series of comics by Clive barker, I am proud to be a part of a new series called Hellraiser: The Dark Watch which I believe is solicted around now for a release early next year. Fellow dark doodlers such as Tim Bradstreet are providing regular covers and I get the elusive and collectible incentive cover (that means it’s going to be rare as hen’s teeth, so cherish it if you find it).
Some industrious folks have already previewd the cover (with text) on Tumblr, but I’m a selfish glory-hog so I’m posting it as well sans text, in order to maximise coverage.
Ok, time to make dinner. Be good, my cherubs.
Happy winter everyone! Boyoboy, it’s been quite the coupla months in Irvingville, with various comicons soaking up time/money/energy, so much so that I haven’t had much inclination to post anything here for ages. That changes today! I recently drew a variant cover for Batman Inc issue 5, and there were zero previews available before it hit the shelves yesterday, thus I couldn’t share it until now. One eager beaver asked for me to post it so they could have it on their phone as wallpaper, so this should do the trick.
Other upcoming updates will cover the second batch of convention sketches I drew for folks at Thought Bubble, as well as a couple of limericks written about me at the Dundee comic festival (I promised the author I would post them publicly, so I may just scan the paper she wrote on instead to prove I didn’t make this up myself), and a couple of other much-delayed sketches I promised fellow tumblrites way back in August. Hey, I been very busy lately, mainly recovering from the decadence that was NYCC and Thought Bubble.
I have also linked this Tumblr to facebook, so this may well be posted in it’s entirety on there as well. That’ll be weird. Folks over there have seen me with lipstick all over my face u know.
More to come later, and remember: don’t fry pistachio nuts.
the-epimethean-boy asked: Have you ever drawn the DC character The Creeper? Because I'm pretty sure that'd be something that belongs in the Codex of Awesome.
Nope, and is unlikely anytime soon, but I do see where yer coming from.
geistx asked: Frazer, I recently discovered you through the Xombie graphic novel. It is definitely refreshing to see someone trying new things. Your art has inspired me to work harder towards finding my own style as well. I use a small wacom tablet for my drawings, would you say that using a Cintiq is much better? Ive heard many others say they hated them but assumed it was because they didnt spend time to get used to them?
Good gravy, who are these fools that dislike the cintiq?? They must be mad. I cannot speak highly enough of the cintiq. The big one is the best obv, but the small one still works if yer on a bit of a budget or live in one small room. Again, cintiqs rule. Anyone who thinks otherwise is completely mad or a liar In My Humble Opinion.
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Sketch list for thought bubble in Leeds from 17-18 November this year is open.
Got 10 spots left, price is £25 for a portrait shot of the character of your choosing, see earlier posts for examples of similar sketches from NYCC in October.
Want to get on it? Email me on the contact page and have “TB sketches” as the subject. Those who have already asked to be included are already on it, hence the lower number of spots still available.
Over the past few months I’ve been enthusing about this series of covers I’ve been drawing for Boom! publishing, for a comic series called “Higher Earth”. 9 of these little buggers have been birthed in the magic space between my mind and the screen of my Cintiq 21UX (2010 model, art nerds) and it is with great personal sadness that I have to say that 9 is all you’ll get.
Whatever story they were telling has wound to an end, as has my association with these engaging little characters. Of course, the rest of the series still has to play out until January, and not even I am privy to what details lie within those pages, but my personal involvement in terms of bringing fictional people to life on the front of the comic is neatly concluded with the image above.
Art people may notice that the colour scheme of the first and last issue are in fact inverted pretty much, part of my brilliant plan to subtly imply theme and tone with colours. In fact, each cover is colour coded to a certain degree, but that code will remain a secret tho feel free to invent yer own theories.
I’ve enjoyed toying with the lives of these 2 plucky characters, and one day I will draw them again, possibly sitting on rickety old wooden chairs in “Little House On The Prairie” world, having escaped the hustle and bustle of interdimensional domination, Him sucking on a pipe of some local vegetation, and Her bossing the entire town around like her own personal minions, whilst hunting wild beasts with a hacksaw.
Maybe. Or there’s that swimming pool scene I was going to offer up for isse 5 before I realised I might get fired for submitting an idea so suggestively erotic, or perhaps that image of the coronation, the one that referenced all that secret illuminati stuff and answered the great question of life. Hmmm, well, we’ll see. If it happens, it happens on my own time, and there ain’t much of that available at the moment.
Rex, Heidi, it’s been real. x
Only when I’m sick do things like this happen. No, I’m not referring to the art above…that sort of thing happens all the time, it’s what I do to pay the rent! No, I mean I’m sitting there happily munching on a wholegrain pitta bread dipped in my home-made spicy lentil soup and what do I spy on the internet? Why, my latest cover art for Bedlam issue 4 of course!
The pesky bugger escaped whilst I was blotting my honker with one of many tissues (Honker=Nose, for you filthy-minded innuendo freaks out there) and made it onto the net without me noticing!!
AARRRGGHHH!! Right! This means WAR! Or more like, this means POST THE ART ON TUMBLR!! WITH MAD RANTING COMMENTARY!!! I CAN GET AWAY WITH IT BECAUSE I”M ILL!!
Anyway, this cover art shows “The Good Doctor”, which if you were lucky enough to pick up the special NYCC issue last week should mean something. It does to me, but then I know what’s going to happen…
It’s all very Halloween isn’t it?
dannyjays asked: Hi, I wanted to ask if you had any advice on learning to draw the figure? I really want to take my figures to the next level.
Hmmm, this a tricky one. The best advice is to draw from life, and ideally follow the instructions of a tutor in a life drawing lesson. There are systems that one can employ to break down the understanding of the figure, but the internet is not the place to attempt such a course of study. the best advice I give is to just draw more. The more u draw from life the more you will understand it, and there are no shortcuts.
bradjohnsonvstheworld asked: Not a question, just wanted to say that your art is incredibly creative and that you are my favorite comic book artist working right now. The work you did on Batman and Robin is suburb! Will you be drawing Batman again anytime soon?
Aw shucks, thanks for the praise :) My mother would be very pleased (if she was on tumblr or knew how to use it). No plans to draw Batman in the near future, but this freelance life is unpredictable so it could happen at a moment’s notice!
Well done Tumblr for posting the same thing twice! Bah! Egg on my face time as I check the page and see the same thing duplicated. ANYWAY. It seems that as soon as I get back to Irving Towers I’m back on the drugs (lemsip) to fend off whatever bug I got at NYCC, and my sleeping patterns are aaaaall o’er the place, so the antidote is posting more pictures!
One of my sketch-customers very nicely took a photo of my Zatanna sketch and posted it on twitter, so I’ve nabbed it for my own ends and am posting it here. You see? I do draw ladies. It’s not all psychos and monsters.
Let’s just hope Tumblr doesn’t post this one three times, yes?