Friday, 25 December 2009

Monday, 21 December 2009

Star Wars Uncut: Scene 248

Here's my second submission to Star Wars: Uncut project, inspired by The Beatles film, Yellow Submarine, directed by George Dunning. It was great fun to re-design the characters in the style of the film, especially Chewbacca in the part of Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D. There's a bit more movement in the figures as opposed to my last submission, but I've yet to graduate to any fully-fledged acrobatics. All of the interiors and backgrounds are taken from the film and 're-imaging' in Photoshop and the whole thing was put together in Flash. Sound effects where obtained from the rather marvellous and the voices where provided by myself (with apologies to any Liverpudlians out there wondering why the cast have Birmingham accents!). Not sure just yet if I'll take on another scene, but I have a few ideas on how I'd like to render it, so watch this space.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Star Wars Uncut

Busy on my second animation for Star Wars: Uncut. Here's a sneak preview.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Friday, 11 December 2009

Kevin Tong

Fantastic piece of composition from L.A. based artist Kevin Tong. I love thay there is a real sense of detachment and isolation between the two characters despite with the vibrant colour scheme.

Kareem Rizk

Valiant by Kareem Rizk, Giclee print now available, along with many other wonderful digital collages, through Etsy.
via LCS

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Shawn Barber

Just love the vibrant colours in this extraordinary oil painting from Shawn Barber's collection of Tattooed Portraits.

Sam Weber

Sam Weber's enigmatic cover illustration for Philip Reeves Mortal Engines prequel Fever Crumb.

Monday, 7 December 2009

J.G. Jones

Smashing cover by J.G. Jones for the first issue of DC's First Wave, a "gritty pulp romp" featuring Batman, Doc Savage, The Spirit and more.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Jacob Covey

Catch a interview with Fantagraphics book designer Jacob Covey over at

Eren Blanquet and Aurian Redson

These delightful prints are part of an art auction put together by the Hey, You Guys charity. The auction is live until the 13th December with all proceeds benefiting Lots more movie inspired art for your perusal here.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Gainsbourg (Vie Héroïque)

There's some tantalizing unseen footage from the forthcoming Serge Gainsbourg biopic, Gainsbourg (Vie Héroïque), in this video for Dionysos' scorching cover of
Serge's Nazi Rock.

Gainsbourg (Vie Héroïque) is directed by Joann Sfar and scheduled for release in January. I never tire of listening to Gainsbourg's work, so I'm very excited about this movie. Here's the trailer to wet you appetite.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Tony Doyle & Nick Derrington

The White Dragon, by Tony Doyle & Nick Derrington, 12" x 24" screenprint available here.
The last time I saw Blade Runner was at The Electric in Birmingham last year. The rain had been torrential all day and inside the cinema you could hear it's rhythmic drumming on the roof, which created the perfect soundtrack.
via OMG

Sam Gilbey

Happy 7oth Birthday, Woody.
Portrait by Sam Gilbey.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Tom Burns

Evocative illustration from Tom Burns, for The Folio Society's release of Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy. Overall winner of the 2009 V&A Illustration Awards.


Loving this album cover from Polish design firm Balsamstudio.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Jan Bowman

Wonderful illustrations of my home city from Jan Bowman's new children's book This Is Birmingham. Just out of site on the right hand side of the street scene is one of my favorite bars, The Sunflower Lounge and Brum's No.1 comic shop, Nostalgia & Comics. Preview more pages at Jan's site here.
via LCS

Tim Lane

The new softcover edition of Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars will be published with two different Golden Age era covers. It's an excellent book that's well worth picking up, your only problem being which edition will you choose.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Star Wars: Uncut

Star Wars: Uncut is the brainchild of Vimeo and Boxee creator Casey Pugh. The idea is to re-create the film, fifteen seconds at a time. How does it work? First, you claim your scene, there are 473 to choose from, you then have thirty days to make it in whatever fashion you want. Viewer's can then rate the videos with the Vimeo's 'Like' system and the most popular will be edited together to form an entirely fan-made version of the film. Here's my submission.

I chose to base my animation on the manga comic adaption by Hisao Tamaki to reflect the close relationship Star Wars has always had with the comic medium. From the original Marvel adaption by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin, to the current selection of titles published by Dark Horse, Star Wars comics are often as cherished as the films themselves. I selected and loosely re-drew various figures from Tamaki's books and then created individual background's in Photoshop. For the TIE fighter, I sourced a 3D model on the excellent Google SketchUp and re-drew the desired angle. The animation was then put together in Adobe Flash. To abide with the submission rules I recorded all the sound effects and speaking parts myself (please forgive my Alec Guinness impersonation). It's been a really rewarding project to create and I've already bagged my next scene, which I promise will be something completely different.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Miss Brigette

Miss Brigette's lovely portraits of my favorite girl group, Shangri-La's, are available for a very reasonable sum at etsy.

Science Fiction Classics

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Rick Altergott/Gilbert Hernandez

Rick Altergott's cover for Gilbert Hernandez's latest book The Troublemakers.

Fantagraphics have a 12-page preview available here...

...and the following 10 pages can be seen at CBR here.

Jaya Miceli

Love this cover by Brooklyn designer Jaya Miceli.