Site re-design in progress

Despite my current site only being fairly recently completed, it has been decided that it could be better. And so it shall be!

My brand new site is going to be made brand new again, from the ground upwards. The new site will be optimized even further and have a smoother more functional design, I even hope to have a few new sections. It’s in the early stages yet so I can’t say how it will look or exactly what it will include, but it’s going to be good!

In other news; I’ve been working on a new style of traditional illustration. It’s a more laid back look than my usual work and would work well for children’s book illustration I reckon.

Don’t ask me what the inspiration was, I just like octopi It was drawn over a period of a couple of hours with a technical pen.  and a fibre tip pen. Sooner or later I plan to colour it with watercolour.

Lots of pikemen.

Im currently working on a big time consuming piece that’s quite challenging. I’ve got to paint a big battle scene with lots of (English) civil war style soldiers fighting a giant creature. So basically that means painting a lot of pikemen. It’s the first time I’ve ever done so many people in one painting in this much detail and it’s pretty intimidating. Still, a little bit at a time and it should be finished eventually. I’ve been very inspired by the incredible big battle paintings of Mariusz Kozik, check his work out, he’s amazing.

These sketches are for this picture I’m working on, since I wanted to have a clear idea of the characters and uniforms I was going to paint. The bloke in the bottom left is the brave captain, who’ll form a big part of the image on the right side, while rallying his troops and appearing to beckon the viewer closer.

So far I’m about halfway through the image, which means in a couple of weeks it should be done.

Tourists of Turkey

I’m finally back from my holiday to exotic Turkey, and now I’m 2% less pale. Nearer to cream than white at the moment, that’s a tan by my standards. I spent most of the time reading books eating food and lounging about the pool, but I did manage to get some drawing done too; while lounging about the pool mainly.

The faces below all belong to tourists and holiday makers I saw about and found interesting or amusing enough to draw. If you just got back from your holiday to southern Turkey you may just see your face/moobs on here. sorry 😀 I should point out that most of the people on here have been made slightly more grotesque than they are in real life.

The sketch at the very bottom left is the Turkish coastline as seen from a boat.