Thursday 28 November 2013

Stuart Broad

Ah, the fluctuating fortunes that comprises English national cricket. It's all handbags at the mo' aint it? Still, here's an oddly beatific looking Broad - don't know what happened there...

Saturday 16 November 2013

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Michael C Hall

Although I had every intention of doing a nice stretch with Mr Hall's face - and he's got a great face to stretch with - this drawing ended up straightening itself out as I progressed. It sort of finished up as a half-way-house between a portrait and a caricature. Don't mind too much as the purpose of the exercise was to concentrate on getting symmetries and levels correct. Good practice.

Monday 11 November 2013

Sofie Gråbøl

Was intended to be a rough and chewy sketch like the last post but it got more and more involved. Great face!

Sunday 10 November 2013

Walter White

A very rough sketch of the hit character Walter White from Breaking Bad, played by Bryan Cranston. Would be cool to colour maybe I'll do just that, when I get 5!

Saturday 9 November 2013

John Cole

Another distinct BBC voice from the past, now silent.

Luis Suarez

I don't usually like to mix colour with cross-hatched black & white drawings. Not sure why; something to do with wanting the hatching to do all the work, perhaps, but every now and then I let it go. When I finished this one, and was thinking on this issue, I remembered the late, great, French cartoonist Claude Serre whose books I'd owned from a very young age. He was definitely a big influence on me and worth checking out if you're not familiar with his work. His cartoons all involved highly detailed and cross-hatched black & white pen work, which made a virtue of the fact that the focus of the piece was usually rendered in colour. Well, if it was good enough for Monsieur Serre...

Call It, Friend-O!

I've been working my way through the books of Cormac McCarthy who has held top spot in my favourite authors poll for a while now. Though I watched the film adaptation No Country For Old Men back when it came out I've only just recently finished reading the book. So here's my little bit of fan art for a great modern bogeyman of modern literature, Anton Chigurh, who lies at the black heart of it all. Beautifully played by Javier Bardem, of course...

Friday 8 November 2013

John Bishop

Got about 50% through this with everything going great when the computer crashed. I always save as I go along but this time the computer acted weird and I'd somehow managed to save the file with the image half off the edge of the drawing area, thus cropping John's face. Useless! Nothing worse than starting over when you felt you'd nailed the original, as you never think you can replicate it - let alone getting back the wasted time. Oh well, I'm quite happy with version two (which somewhat lessens the pain!) but I could've done without it.