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.

Another round of sketchbook illustrations

Marc Maron sketchbook

Charlize Theron Atomic Blonde illustration

John Malkovich sketchbook illustration
So, not for the first time, I'm bogged down with commissions and other bits of work that I can't post - so here are some scratchy rough portraits from the sketchbook.

I used to constantly draw in sketchbooks when I was coming up, but tapered off a few years back when I started getting into this whole drawing stuff business in a more serious ill-advised way - working on larger things that took a bit more time. And then I was really jazzed when I got my green Ciak sketchbook and started up again.

I had this idea that it didn't matter how things in the sketchbook looked and I could just play around and have fun. That ended pretty quickly when I posted a quick portrait of Alan Moore on Instagram and got a ton of likes. Since I am a whore for the likes the sketchbook immediately became a quick and easy content generator.

What I'm going to need to do is get a second sketchbook on the go where it doesn't matter what I draw because it's not for posting and I can try out new things. Of course, I will probably post something from there if I particularly like it, and if that should happen to get some love online then it will turn into a second layer of content generation. And I will inevitably move deeper and deeper into the strata of sketchbooks like an infinitely recurring set of parenthesis.

Film Director Sketches

kubrick drawing

Martin Scorses pen drawing

Coen brothers pen drawing

So I've been really busy with some pretty time consuming commissions lately. I had three weeks booked off work and I got to this weird place where I was just working on the same thing for seven hours a day, drinking vodka, and listening exclusively to true crime podcasts and You Got It by Roy Orbison on repeat (which I have recently realised is the greatest song ever written).

I'm not going to sit here and say that isn't exactly what I want to be doing with my life, but there's probably a limit to how much of a good thing one can handle before they start to disappear into a recursive pleasure cycle - like those rats that got wired up to a button that stimulated the pleasure centre of their brains and lost all interest in anything else other than pressing the button and died of starvation.

So I took an occasional break to try out my new Lamy pen and draw some film directors doing film direction. Here are some scrappy rough sketches of Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers.

More sketchbook drawings

Colin Farrell illustration

Adam West Batman sketchbook

Lupita Nyong'o illustration

So it's been a while since I've posted a batch of drawings from the green Ciak sketchbook (it's coming to the end soon) so here's a few.

Colin Farrell from In Bruges. Which, incidentally, is so worth a watch if you haven't seen it. It might look like just another mockney gangster flick from the cover and poster, but it's actually an incredibly deeply darkly hilarious film about guilt and purgatory. I'd never been sure about Colin, but this is the film that sold me on him and his eyebrows one hundred percent. And it's also the movie that introduced me to Martin McDonagh.

Adam West as Batman. Because I had a ton of good times back in University watching my DVD of Batman The Movie.

And Lupita Nyong'o. Who has got some extremem elegance alongside a real set of acting chops.

More of the same next week!

Robocop poster

Illustrated Robocop poster
So, I talk a lot about how Robocop is my Nan's favourite film, but it's true. And I must have seen it on VHS about a hundred times. Not a lot of time this week due to commissions, so here's Alex Murphy.