Sunday, 14 April 2019

March of Robots

Almost every month on twitter now has its own associated art challenge with #inktober probably being the biggest. Last year I did inktober and an IllustrationHQ small drawing challenge but this year instead of doing lots of other things I took part in #MarchOfRobots which is bigger on Instagram run by Dacosta! aka ChocolateSoop.

Now usually l have a habit of making things up as I go along but by about March 3rd I had settled on a consistent style and theme of ‘Robots at Work’.  I like drawing robots and one of the earliest cartoons I sold to Private Eye was on this theme (you can see it in the 2017 summary)

So every day of March I had to find a robot occupation for that day’s prompt for example on day 6 the prompt was ‘key’ so I came up with a robot writer (which is also the theme of a cartoon I drew for the current issue of Private Eye).

One of the joys of this project was adapting old or current technology to make strange robots like this BarberBot.

Finally this was my favourite robot drawing from the whole month because I like the mini story contained within the illustration of a fortune telling AI.

You can see all 31 of my images including a Peter Crouch football robot gag on my twitter account (@cartoonsidrew) in the moments section.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Maud Wagner

This week's Thursday night #PortraitChallenge over on Twitter was to reinterpret a 1907 photograph of Maud Wagner circus performer and the first known female tattoo artist (you can read the Wikipedia article here).

Drawing people and getting likenesses is currently one of my favourite challenges but drawing heavily tattooed people adds an extra layer in that you have to do the added artwork without making it look like it is just drawings on top of drawings but is actually on the skin.  I used Procreate and procrastinated for several hours just drawing Maud's face and skin before diving into the wonderful array of tattoos including lions, snakes, horses, butterflies and down on the arm what might be seahorses or some other creatures.  The other challenge is the photograph is sepia so you had to imagine your own colour scheme which actually made it more interesting.  All in all I think I took three hours on this and I did do a thread of progress pictures and a 30s time lapse if you want to see how it built up.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Shetland DI Jimmy Perez

There are always crime shows on in our house so I was thinking of starting to draw some of the detectives from the telly.  This is the brilliant DI Jimmy Perez played by Douglas Henshall.

What makes Shetland is the combination of the characters and the unique setting.  For some reason it reminds me a bit of Taggart with it's Scottish grit and indeed sometimes they have to leave the island for the big smoke of Glasgow where we can spot local landmarks.  Shetland is an adaption of the Ann Cleeves novels (who also wrote Vera) shown on the BBC but made by ITV studios.

With so many murders every night I'm actually quite dismissive of a lot of generic detective shows (oh he's a maverick is he?) so I'm not sure who I'll tackle now.

In the meantime if you are into crime shows you should give this one a go.

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