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.

Inktober 2017 Part 6

Egon Schiele Ink Illustration

Harry Dean Stanton Portrait Illustration

Tilda Swinton Portrait Illustration

Rose McGowan drawing

So here's another batch of Inktober sketches. Because I pretty much killed myself again this year churning out a new thing every day for 31 days and I'm getting all the mileage out of it that I can.

Here are are days 12, 13, 14 and 15: Egon Schiele, Harry Dean Stanton in Repo Man, Tilda Swinton sucking an ice lolly made from frozen blood in Only Lovers Left Alive and Rose McGowan.

I was trying to experiment and mix things up slightly this year (very slightly, they're all still headshots of famous people) so I've been trying out this smudgy inky style, the Egon Schiele has a half-hearted attempt at mimicking his way of drawing, Tilda Swinton was drawn with a Pentel brush pen while absolutely out of my mind on vodka at 3am, I was trying some sort of cross-hatching thing with the Harry Dean Stanton, and Rose McGowan was done on the day I smashed my leg up on a canal barge and couldn't stand up. So the quality is a bit all over the place, but it was all kinds of fun.

Inktober 2017 Part 5

baby Driver artwork on set

Jean Seberg Illustration

Life Aquatic Willem Dafoe Drawing

Mr Robot Elliot drawing

Days 8, 9, 10 and 11 of this year's Inktober.

Just finished drawing the final picture of my 31 day marathon (which'll be going up here in due time) and I've just got barely enough left in me to put these pictures up. But writing anything about them - nah.

Inktober 2017 Part 4

beautiful girl drawing

Patti Smith illustration

Angela Davis Portrait illustration

Dan Harmon portrait illustration
So here are days 12, 13, 14, and 15 of Inktober 2017.

We have Deviant Art user Cathleen Tara Whiti with a picture from her series "Tangerine", Patti Smith, Angela Davis and Dan Harmon.

What normally happens with Inktober is I spend the rest of the year after it finishes adding colour to all the portraits I do, so I will talk about all these people when the inevitable repost happens. But to get through this month I have had to stop eating and sleeping, and I smashed my leg up after helping my friend move a narrow boat yesterday.

Inktober 2017 Part 3

Jarvis Cocker Drawing

Sammy Davis Jr drawing

Nick Cave drawing

Edward Norton Fight Club drawing

So here's another batch of Inktober drawings.

I really wanted to try and get some variety in there this year and not just go for the head and upper torso portraits. I really did mean to.

Inktober 2017 Part 2

So here are days 4, 5, 6 and 7 of this year's Inktober: Elvis Costello, Toby Jones, Elliot Gould and Annie Clark.

Personally, I don't think my standard of quality is as consistent as it has been for Inktobers past. But I'm digging this new smudgy inky style, and it's early days yet. There are still bugs to be worked out. And isn't that the true meaning of Inktober?

Inktober 2017 Part 1

drawing Jack Lemmon The Apartment Billy Wilder

Drawing Sergio Leone Charles Bronson Once Upon a Time in the West

Drawing Thom Yorke Radiohead

So it's Inktober 2017. Here's Days 1, 2 and 3.

I have a lot to say about all three of these but haven't slept in two days for various non-Inktober related reasons. So that's all your getting right now.
vintage poster dr strangelove Kubrick
So I got asked to be a part of a Stanley Kubrick exhibition in Burbank California at Creature Features ( and put together the thing above.

I've been meaning to paint something riffing on the pulpy illustration style of Robert McGinnis for a while now, and had also wanted to take a crack at a Strangelove poster featuring the the image above. So I put the two together.

Painting, rather than my usual digital colouring, took far longer than I expected (and also required a ton of Photoshop tweaking to get the scan looking halfway decent) but I think I learned a fair bit. Made a ton of mistakes along the way and had to figure some stuff out, but I'll come back to the oil paints at some point when I have another spare gigantic chunk of time and a bunch of vodka. 

Also, it turns out Robert McGinnis is incredibly talented and you don't get to just decide one day that you can paint as well as he does. Who knew?

F(r)iction Illustration

F(r)iction magazine illustration

F(r)iction magazine illustration

So, I regularly illustrate pieces for the fantastic creative writing magazine F(r)iction and the commissions are some of the most fun ones I get.

Here's something I did for issue 6 illustrating a feature on Isaac Marion's follow up to Warm Bodies - The Burning World.

You can now pick up copies of the mag at Barnes & Noble. So go do that if you live in a country with a Barnes & Noble. They (the magazine) are doing important work.
Drawing Stanley Kubrick with camera
So, I'm not gonna say he's underrated (because he definitely isn't) but it's easy to forget that while a bunch of directors were running around smashing up the studio system, bottoming out on cocaine and alternating blockbuster hits with gigantic bombs during the seventies and eighties, Kubrick was just quietly working away for over three decades making masterpieces, not doing drugs and being an absolute tyrant.

In celebration of that fact, here's the master filmmaker doing some master film making (almost definitely shooting something in single point perspective). I posted the drawing a few weeks back, but now it has colour on it so it definitely counts as something new and I've still technically posted a new image on this blog every week since I started it.