Rocket and Groot Illustration

Guardians of the Galaxy Poster

So normally I spend my time drawing inky portraits of men and women from TV and films who all look like they aren't having that great a time. It's not very often I get to draw space raccoons holding giant guns or any of that fun stuff. But it was my nephew's birthday, and he really digs The Guardians of the Galaxy. So I got to stop trying to impress people with my movie and TV choices for a week and draw this thing.

Fleabag poster

Fleabag Poster Phoebe Waller-Bridge

So, as of the time of writing this, Phoebe Waller-Bridge's excellent sitcom Fleabag is available on iPlayer in it's entirety for another 6 days. I strongly suggest you watch it.

Johnny Ramone Illustration

Illustration artwork Johnny Ramone

Really enjoyed doing all the fiddly little details on that Joey Ramone drawing I posted a couple of weeks back. And I still really like The Ramones. So here's Johnny.

Best Nine 2017

Illustration 2017 Ryan Gajda

So here are my top nine posts of 2017 according to how many likes they got on Instagram.

For the third year running my most popular post is some variation on the drawing I did of Shelley Duvall back in 2015 as Wendy Torrance in The Shining. Here she is taking the top spot in 2016. Not sure exactly what I did there that people dig so much, but I'm hoping I can crack it in 2018 - she's been wearing that crown of likes for too long now.

Anyway, 2017 was fun - more drawings to come in 2018. With some movement away from the standard head and shoulders portrait that I've gotten so fond of over the years.

Joey Ramone Drawing

Joey Ramone Illustration

So I've pretty much given up on listening to new music now. Partly because I'm addicted to podcasts, partly because I'm getting old as Hell.

But when The Ramones are as great as they are it doesn't really matter that much - so here's a drawing of Joey.

I don't normally post unfinished drawings on their own here (Inktober excepted) but I kind of dig this one the way it is. And I don't have anything else. But mainly the first reason.

Jean Seberg in a Breton top

Jean Seberg Breathless artwork

So, I've been doing this blog for what... four years now? Something like that. With a new illustration posted every Tuesday. I've stored up weeks of entries before holidays and periods of lots of commissions when I new I wouldn't be able to get work done. I've left places early, ruined friendships, and gone hungry. All so I wouldn't miss a single entry in the unbroken chain. Except for yesterday. When I forgot.

I did have this week's picture done and ready to go. I posted it on Instagram and then started drawing something else. And The Sunday Dog Parade was forgotten. 

Here's Jean Seberg in a Breton top.

Donald Sutherland Illustration

artwork Donald Sutherland in Animal House

So here's Donald Sutherland saying "Satan" like he does in the film.
  • Sutherland
  • Glover
  • Pleasance
  • Duck
  • Dunn
Those are my top five Donalds in order.

Donald Sutherland Portrait

Thom Yorke

Thom York Radiohead drawing

So, anyone who was following along with the 31 drawings I did for Inktober (which is an even more masochistic activity than drawing them in the first place) might have noticed that that I started playing with this smudgy inky style a bit. 

It's been creeping up for a little while now, a couple of smudges here and there in the sketchbook and one commissioned piece that fully embraced it. Having 31 drawings to experiment with I tried it out a few times during the month - some attempts were a bit off, but I like the way some of them turned out. I didn't know how they would look when I got the colour added on Photoshop but here's one above. It's Thom. Thom Yorke. Thom Yorke from Radiohead.

In many ways this is what I've been building up to all along, I'm a big fan of the contrast between tactile inky drawings and clean precise digital colouring, and I've got a big thing for drawing head and shoulders portraits of people I dig (if 250 odd weekly drawings haven't clued you into that yet). And I'm getting close to the apotheosis of what I can do with that. With these I've been smudging the drawing with my hands, colouring the tips of my fingers with ink and then applying it directly to the paper and leaving all my light switches dirty. It's a bunch of fun. 

And then I get to spend a few hours and a huge amount of Photoshop layers diligently applying gradients and variously opaque blocks of colour clicked out with the marquee tool.

I'm having the most fun I've ever had drawing head and shoulders portraits of people I dig. And now I think it's time I try something new.

Inktober 2017 Part 8

Twin Peaks The Return Dale Cooper Illustration

sketch Lamy Safari

Black Mirror illustration San Junipero

Drawing There Will Be Blood Daniel Day Lewis
So that's it. I have successfully managed to spread my Inktober drawings out to the tail end of November.

For this final batch I drew Kyle Machlachlan as Special Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks - The Return. Which is the best thing that's been on TV in 26 years. And I know the image I chose is kind of at odds with the whole ethos of what that show was about, but it was pretty special nonetheless. 

Then there's a random doodle I did with my Lamy Safari followed by Mackenzie Davis as Yorkie from the San Junipero episode of Charlie Brooker's (excellent) Black Mirror.

Ended the month with Daniel Day Lewis emerging from an oil well in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood. Which summed up pretty accurately where I was by the end of it - half crazed and covered in ink.

At some point during this month I got myself a discounted set of Rotring Isograph pens. I already waxed lyrical about them interminably on Instagram but Holy Hell - those things are the best.

Intober 2017 Part 7

Christopher Walken drawing
Lenny Bruce drawing
Moonlight Movie illustration
Louis Theroux Drawing

So here are days 16, 17, 18 and 19 of this year's Inktober slugfest.

This time we have Christopher Walken hitting us with a concentrated blast of that Walken energy; Lenny Bruce from one of his (many) mugshots; Alex Hibbert as "Little" in (the fantastic) Moonlight and Louis Theroux doing a judgey stare.

Still a whole lot more to come.