Thursday 24 December 2009

T.S Eliot (inked)

Managed to just get this done in time before battening down the hatches. It started life as a very simple heavily blocked image with only two or three colours but it very quickly expanded into the above. It just so happens that it has quite a seasonal feel - so it'll do the job! It's basically an inked version of the pencil sketch I did back in November which can be seen here if you wanna compare and contrast.

Anyway, that'll be it until the very beginning of the new year. Hopefully I'll have some sketches to upload when I get back but there won't, in all likelihood, be any posts until 2010. My motto for next year is (the same as last year): Bigger, Better, Faster, More!
A big thanks to all of you who check in here regularly and especially those who left comments/critiques. They're all very welcome and sorry if I didn't answer all the questions that were put my way.

Have a festive Yule if you're celebrating it and best for 2010.


Tuesday 22 December 2009

Wanna be a Deviant?

There may just be a few of you out there who haven't stumbled across DeviantART yet so I wanted to give it a plug in case you were seeking some more exposure for your artwork. It's a massive site based on the west coast of the USA and has profiles of some of the best artists working in the world today.

There are over 11million members and over 100,000 uploads per day! If you're familiar with sites like Toonpool or Wittygraphy then DeviantART works on a similar basis - just more so! It's for any creative outlet: video, photography, sculpts/modelling, all forms of illustration and even writing. The site is free to join and create a profile but if you want to improve your site you can pay subscriptions in slightly increasing increments to adapt and expand your options. Check it out! I've got my own Russ Cook account on the site though it's pretty much most of the stuff that's posted here; but drop by and write a sarky comment if ya wanna!

Aaaaaanyway, I'm going to get at least one more image posted up here before Christmas then it'll be turkey and Her Maj' all the way.

Sunday 20 December 2009

Tuesday 15 December 2009

Frankie Boyle

He said Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? This guy delivers savage wit shod in size ten hob-nailed boots so you'd better duck if you think 'Miranda' is the last word in comedy. Probably not on Rebecca Adlington's Christmas card list this year.

Monday 14 December 2009

David James

Portsmouth and England Goalkeeper David James who is Beck's only serious rival in the national squad for extremely changable (and sometimes questionable) coiffures. I went for the 'fro as it's always fun to draw.

Sunday 13 December 2009

Friday 11 December 2009

Thursday 3 December 2009

Michael Carrick

 A warm-up for today's drawing. Although on a second glance his hair's gone a bit Tina Turner. Sorry Michael.

Jermain Defoe

OK! one last quick 'un and now it really must be time for zeds.

Peter Crouch

Been doing loads of drawings for various caricature projects but unfortunately am not at liberty to show any due to contractual reasons. If it's OK at some future date then I'll post 'em.
So I thought I'd wind down tonight doing some more drawing! Here's crazy legs Crouch: Britain's best hope for Strictly Come Dancing, if nothing else.

Sunday 29 November 2009

Graham Norton

Philip Pullman

If you fancy a chance at owning this piece then you'll have to get down to Bladon primary school hall (Oxon) on Saturday 5th December.Why? The school needs a new library so they're holding a bazaar where it will be raffled as a prize.

Saturday 28 November 2009

German exposure!

Seems like an old acrylic caricature that I painted a while ago of David Beckham has been chosen along with nine others artists' work to feature in the online version of Germany's Stern magazine. If you want to check it out as well as some other cool caricatures then click here.

Robert Pattinson

The crepuscular dude of the moment; Mr Bob Pattinson

Thursday 19 November 2009


It's good to be back. And why not with the fizzog of the the self-proclaimed 'Prince Of Darkness': Ozzy Osbourne!

Monday 16 November 2009

Tumbleweed blows...

Where's all the new stuff? - that's what I wanna know!

There's been a terrible paucity of work here in Cook Towers, I'm afraid.

(Cue: violins) I managed to gain a painful injury to my right hand (drawing hand,of course) last week and ever since then my drawing has been practically nil. It gets better if I don't over-use it and I'm bustin' to get back to creating some fresh illo's 'cause I'm going outta my miiiiiiiiiiiind.

New stuff soon. Promise.

Sunday 8 November 2009

Mr Jarvis's 40th

My mate Chris's 40th birthday prompted the above effort which was used as a birthday card. An excellent cartoonist in his own right but with no online artwork as yet. Hopefully he'll get some stuff up soon.

Here's a three-stager showing its progression. It all started with a very rough scribble just to get the desired 'shape'. Didn't bother with a clean drawing as I felt there was enough there to get going on the final line work...I think he liked it, anyway!

Friday 6 November 2009

Fetch the garlic!

Our lord and master (if you're this side of the pond). It would have been nice to get this done for Halloween but I'm afraid it wasn't to be. Don't have nightmares...

Monday 26 October 2009

Shane MacGowan

Shane in his pomp! Started yesterday and spent most of it getting it all down. Worked a couple of hours this evening finishing it off.

Thursday 22 October 2009

New old stuff!

How - do! Just to say that the digi page on the web site has been updated with some recent works from the last couple o' months. If you're a regular here then you've probably clocked 'em before - if you're not then check 'em out here.

Wednesday 7 October 2009

Of Mouse And Men...

Had to take a break from all that mouse action and pick up the pencil to try and capture this great author in his younger years. A sketch is as good as a rest.

Ian Brown - B&W Rough Comp1

First composite - gonna chew it over...

Tuesday 6 October 2009

Ian Brown - Stage 2

Think I'm going with the low rider idea, soooooooooo - here's Mr Brown's bonce which will be later worked into the bike pose.

Monday 5 October 2009

Ian Brown - Stage 1

Initial outline for a new Illo' of the King Monkey (doing his best Max Bygraves impression!) Ideas for the composition keep changing by the minute. Was originally thinking of an Andy Warhol-style diptych as I've got a cool image of him with a tambourine and mic which would go well alongside. Then I thought about having a side-on of him on his low-rider cutting across the middle section of the image above. Hmmm; gonna go sleep on it now. One thing's for sure; it'll look waaaay different by the time it's finally inked. Time for Zeds!

Friday 25 September 2009

Poe in 40!

Good practice to try and keep the pressure on. Kept slowing up to get locked in detail when I lost concentration. Quicker - Harder - More!

Thursday 24 September 2009

Klimt - in 20!

Havin' fun doin' these sprint sketches. Here's Ol' Gus, one of my favourite artists; though it's not for his women - it's the landscapes!

A Tale Of Two Media

Another speedy scribble, this time of Chaz Dickens, to break up a monster illo' job I'm in the middle of. Pencil beats mouse - this time!

Tuesday 22 September 2009

Tuesday 15 September 2009

Keith Floyd

Celeb' chef and soused sourpuss Mr Keith Floyd who raised his final glass of red to the world yesterday.

Tuesday 1 September 2009