IN THE DARK ARCADE

Rubbish work day, everything I drew felt like cracking my head off a brick wall. Couldn’t barge my way through it and when I tried to clamber around it, I got in an awful tangle.
Out of frustration I scrawled a Batman. I have more drawings of him than seems right. I think I’ve read only one or two the perpetual-mourner’s comics. Maybe some recommendations might help (I read the Killing Joke - I was completely mystified as to why that is as highly regarded as it is. Read a good Mignola short I seem to remember).  I really don’t like the Christopher Nolan films either - they do nothing for me. The animated, noir-like series was neat though.
I prefer Billy Bat, that’s for sure.
I guess I like the cowl and drawing beaten-up lips. I like the idea of him as a weirdo detective - working on out of the way, sinister crimes. Breaking into people’s apartments. Just a weird guy doing weird things, having only a minor impact on the city. And during the day he thinks about the clues he’s found. I like the idea of the jeopardy coming from IF he can solve the crime, rather than any real mortal peril. I’d read that comic.
So, aye, any suggestions welcome. Like I said, I am coming from a point of relative unfamiliarity with Bruce Whine.

UNA the Blade in The Pyre (Part One)

An army, too large to resist, is marching upon an ancient port city. Its walls and towers stand like solemn sentinels in vigil, their shadows lengthening one final time. In the distance, the wheels of twilight technology move across the sands, singular in their purpose. As the citizens load on to ships, desperately fleeing this dread advance, the buzzards circle like black flags, overhead.

A few will not leave, however. Having too much to lose, or having lost it all already, a few will remain and face the coming night, together.

I wrote and illustrated this comic over the course of a week. Please note that whilst I did that, I own none of the characters or the setting. This is most definitely an unsolicited fan comic. Una the Blade is helmed by Steve LeCouilliard and has a team of wonderful artists working on the project as we speak. You can find examples of the great work being done, over here: http://unatheblade.tumblr.com/

WIP (testing colour combinations) for a UNA the BLADE (http://unatheblade.tumblr.com/) fan comic (totally unsanctioned, for fun and practice).
The four-page story should be finished tomorrow. I’ll post the final thing then.
Please check the Una the Blade project. There’s a bunch of good artists doing good things over there - and Steve LeCouilliard, the man behind the project is real nice too!)

WIP (testing colour combinations) for a UNA the BLADE (http://unatheblade.tumblr.com/) fan comic (totally unsanctioned, for fun and practice).

The four-page story should be finished tomorrow. I’ll post the final thing then.

Please check the Una the Blade project. There’s a bunch of good artists doing good things over there - and Steve LeCouilliard, the man behind the project is real nice too!)

I’ve been reading Pluto by Naoki Urasawa. It has knocked me on the floor - exceptionally good. 
Quickly scribbled Atom, here.
Quick sketch, done today with a morning coffee, of the master himself - Mervyn Peake

'Neither be afraid of the unorthodox subject nor in finding delight in the contemplation of commonplace things' - MP, The Craft of the Lead Pencil

I visited El Escorial today. Amidst the Habsburgs and their fat lips, there was some good stuff by El Greco and Ribera.

Some sketches I made - Part 2

I visited El Escorial today. Amidst the Habsburgs and their fat lips, there was some good stuff by El Greco and Ribera.

Some sketches I made - Part 1

Quick 20-minute sketch of Una the Blade.
You can find out more here - http://unatheblade.tumblr.com/ - Steve LeCouilliard has quietly assembled quite the cast of wonderful illustrators to bring this character to life. Can’t wait to see where this goes.

Quick 20-minute sketch of Una the Blade.

You can find out more here - http://unatheblade.tumblr.com/ - Steve LeCouilliard has quietly assembled quite the cast of wonderful illustrators to bring this character to life. Can’t wait to see where this goes.

Blade Runner - Interrogation of Leon

Storyboard practice (four hours approx.)
Three on a match

One hour digital painting
Last drawing of the night.
Pira - Spera fan art.
Drawing a face for a nice wee job.
Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind
An exceptional film (and manga), drawn for the incredible Ghibli Jam.
Pablo Clark, inthedarkarcade.tumblr.com / @inthedarkarcade
Doodling tonight
PIRA from SPERA fan art.
This reveals just how messy and smudged my sketchbook is. Also, it confirms that my scanner settings need work.