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140 CHARACTERS is a small sketchbook of some of the drawings I‘ve posted on Twitter. In the previous post I talked about the images from 2008 which make up the first chapter of the book. Here are the drawings from 2009.
Brush & marker pen on paper
Sketchbook drawing of Pete Postlethwaite, done for my own enjoyment.
Nameless man (Unpublished comic set in 1950s London)
Indian ink & gum arabic on paper
This character is an anonymous McGuffin who we follow through a pea-souper in postwar London. I drew about five pages of this story for a proposal.
Graphite on paper, edited in Photoshop
My entry for a ‘draw Sherlock Holmes‘ Twitter competition. I decided to show Holmes in his bee-keeping retirement, as mentioned in His Last Bow.
Josella The Day Of The Triffids
Graphite on watercolour paper
Panels from my comic strip adaptation of The Day Of The Triffids, which was serialised in The Bristol Evening Post in 2004. (I sometimes sell pages of original artwork from this project, that’s probably why I was posting them on Twitter in 2009.)
Graphite, in sketchbook
My eldest son, who I don’t draw as much as I’d like.
Mardik Leopold • Yara Rood • Abe Bouw • Rogier Mollenberg • Redmond O’Hanlon • Hans Witte • Tijs Goldscmidt • Cesar Recalde • Daniel Westera
Graphite and PITT Artist pens in sketchbook
Drawings made on location in Argentina and Uruguay and at sea between Montevideo and Puerto Belgrano. We were filming weekly episodes of the Dutch TV series Beagle, in het kielzog van Darwin (In Darwin’s wake)
Marker pens, tones added in Photoshop
Grey Gorilla is a superhero who was created by Iyare & me on his BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show.
Black Hole Man • Halo Jones
Vector drawing • Graphite on detail paper
The lefthand drawing was a warm-up sketch, apparently influenced by the great American cartoonist Charles Burns‘s 1995-2005 series Black Hole. The image on the right is part of the pencil underdrawing for the first issue of 2000AD fanzine Zarjaz’s wraparound cover. (The final artwork, after I’d digitally inked it, can be seen here.)
In the next part I’ll have notes on the 2010 chapter of 140 CHARACTERS.
140 CHARACTERS is a small sketchbook of some of the drawings I ‘ve posted on Twitter. This is the first of a series of posts showing what’s in the book and giving some extra information about each drawing.
When I joined Twitter in 2008 I was doing a lot of comic workshops in schools around Bristol, following the publication earlier in the year of The Bristol Story, a 200-page comic book history of the city written by Eugene Byrne and drawn and lettered by me. It was also the year of a couple of Italian-set comics, Caravaggio and Romeo & Juliet.
Pencil on paper, digitally coloured.
This drawing started life in 2006 as one of a set of illustrations for a book of short stories about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. My favourite in the series, I came back to it and altered it to make a limited edition giclée print. (At the time of writing, there are still some left.)
For a long time I preferred to draw digitally with vectors rather than bitmaps. Of the vector graphics software available to me, I found Flash a lot easier to use than Illustrator. (Now I use Manga Studio, which has vector and bitmap options.) The five characters here are all imaginary, except Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Southey • Plimsoll • Friese-Greene • Edwards
PITT Artist pens on Bristol board
These four historical figures appeared in The Bristol Story as ‘Dead Famous Bristolians’. The scanned artwork was overlaid with flat grey tones for the book, but these unpublished versions use halftone lines instead.
Hodgkin • Dirac (sketch for sequential group portrait)
Pencil on Bristol board
Both scientists appeared in The Bristol Story, although this is actually a sketch for a later painting.
Romeo • Juliet
Pencil on watercolour paper
These were, at the time of scanning, works-in-progress. Later cleaned up and coloured in Photoshop, they were part of a Romeo & Juliet comic strip for Oxford University Press.
Drawn in Photoshop
From M, a fictionalised account of the painter’s life.
Caravaggio’s patron, jailer and model
Pencil on paper
More characters from the Caravaggio comic strip.
In the next part I’ll have notes on the 2009 chapter of 140 CHARACTERS.