Talking about Draw The Line: Laydeez Do Comics, 9 April

Nothing planned this Monday? Then come and hear about the Draw The Line project! I’ll be one of two speakers at the regular Laydeez Do Comics meet-up in Vauxhall, London. My talk is an extended version of the short one I gave at Caption last year: I’ll be offering practical tips for anyone else who’sContinue reading “Talking about Draw The Line: Laydeez Do Comics, 9 April”

2017 – a year in drawing

No matter how much time and energy I put in, I never feel like I’m doing quite enough drawing, so it’s always good to look back over the year and realise quite how much paper (and pixels) I’ve stacked up! Here’s a quick run-through of how 2017 looked. February On the 1st, I took theContinue reading “2017 – a year in drawing”

Graphic Brighton/Caption 2017

I’ll be one of several comic artists giving a short talk as part of the Graphic Brighton/Caption event this Friday evening. Do come along if you’re local; it looks like it’s going to be fun. What? Well, Graphic Brighton is normally a full scale academic comics conference; and Caption is usually an Oxford-based comics festival.Continue reading “Graphic Brighton/Caption 2017”

Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story contest – round-up

This Sunday, the winner of the 10th annual Cape/Comica/Observer graphic short story contest will be announced — the (extra long – I’m sure it’s only been 6 previously?) shortlist can be seen on Paul Gravett’s Facebook page or in Orbital Comics in London, and is as follows: (Edited to add) The winner: If You’re SoContinue reading “Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story contest – round-up”

Get me, I’m in a podcast!

I don’t think I’ve ever been reviewed on a podcast before, so it’s thrilling to have been featured on the Lakes Comic Art Festival one – you can hear Ian and Nikki struggling with my name here, just after Nikki declares that she’d like to keep Darryl Cunningham locked up in a dungeon… dangerous stuffContinue reading “Get me, I’m in a podcast!”

Oh yes! I’m in the Thought Bubble anthology

Sadly, I won’t be at Thought Bubble this weekend — just jealously reading the tweets of everyone who is there, instead. I’m fascinated to know how the new citycentre venue works out, and not least whether the proximity to cashpoints (not a strong point of the previous venue) results in more sales all round! ButContinue reading “Oh yes! I’m in the Thought Bubble anthology”

Draw The Line is live: 120+ artists show positive political actions that anyone can take

As you may remember, back in October, I went for a run and came back with a glimmer of an idea. Remind me not to go running again: that little seed grew into a project that has taken up every spare moment since then. But today, most of the hard work is over. Today weContinue reading “Draw The Line is live: 120+ artists show positive political actions that anyone can take”

See you at Thought Bubble

Things are moving much too fast at the moment: I need to tell you about so many recent events. First though, let me remind you about the massive comics festival Thought Bubble, next weekend in Leeds. If you’re planning on coming, do drop into the New Dock Hall, where you’ll find me and Zara onContinue reading “See you at Thought Bubble”

Rooooooadtriiiiip! (Or, where you can buy our comics this year)

A few months ago, my compadre in comics Zara Slattery suggested to me that we apply for a stall at a comic festival or two. “Hm”, I said, “Maybe we should start off with something local and low-risk.” Seemed to make perfect sense for two creators just dipping their toes into the world of self-publishedContinue reading “Rooooooadtriiiiip! (Or, where you can buy our comics this year)”

Eeek, it’s nearly Hourly Comic Day again

February 1st is Hourly Comic Day – a day when foolish people make a cartoon for every hour in which they are awake. It presents you with two options: If you are smart, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy as cartoonists around the world post up a rich deluge of comics on Twitter, Tumblr,Continue reading “Eeek, it’s nearly Hourly Comic Day again”

Brighton Illustration Fair

I’m really feeling the pressure of time at the moment. It’s a fine old thing to have a drawing blog, but that becomes a bit problematic if you find yourself having the choose between updating it and actually doing some drawing! So this is a bit of a fly-by post. I just wanted to tipContinue reading “Brighton Illustration Fair”

Bid on some artwork, and contribute to something amazing

The short version You can bid on a whole variety of artwork, including a couple of my prints, at http://www.bidforboat.com. Bids are open until Saturday 14th March, and there are a few ‘flash sales’ where certain pieces are offered for 24 hours only. The proceeds from this online auction will go to fund an openContinue reading “Bid on some artwork, and contribute to something amazing”

Some of the best Hourly Comic Days, and my thoughts

Bwahhaha, I’ll lure you in with the thought of reading some excellent COMICS, but then I’ll make you wade through my THOUGHTS before you get there. What do you mean you can just scroll down? Oh well, whatever you want. What did we learn? So, yesterday I posted my stab at Hourly Comic Day, theContinue reading “Some of the best Hourly Comic Days, and my thoughts”

Cartoon competitions update

As you may recall, I’ve entered three illustration/comics competitions in recent weeks: The Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story contest The Thought Bubble Comic Art competition The Association of Illustrators Prize for Illustration (I’ve also entered the competition to design a new pound coin, just for fun! And so did my daughter. But that’s another post forContinue reading “Cartoon competitions update”

Observer/Comica/Cape Graphic Short Story contest – round-up 2014

Here are links to every entry I can find online. I’ll keep adding more as I find them, and please do feel free to let me know in the comments if you have one I can link to (or if I’ve linked to your WIP below and you have a more finished version). WINNER: TheContinue reading “Observer/Comica/Cape Graphic Short Story contest – round-up 2014”

When illustrators speak instead of draw

Above: one of several quotes from illustrators I’ve collected together in a single browsable interface. You can learn a lot about drawing by looking at the work of your favourite illustrators. Certainly you can make conscious deductions about their use of colour, composition, or media. But there are some things that no amount of staringContinue reading “When illustrators speak instead of draw”

More about sketch diaries – from Katriona Chapman

Since finishing my Chile sketch diary, I haven’t drawn a thing. That’s partly because I am thinking through exactly what I am going to do for the Cape/Comica/Observer graphic story competition. For the first time, I am very consciously examining where my ideas come from, too – it’s hard work, creating a cartoon world outContinue reading “More about sketch diaries – from Katriona Chapman”

Graphic facilitation course

My recent post happened to bring together my day job and my illustration work. By coincidence, I saw something today that would also straddle both parts of my life – a course in graphic facilitation, right here in Brighton. Regular readers might recall my slight sense of unease when drawing in work meetings – nowContinue reading “Graphic facilitation course”

Jonathan Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story competition

The shortlisted entrants for the Jonathan Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story competiton (that is *such* a mouthful. I think they need to rebrand it as ‘Plonk’ or something) have been decided. For me, as someone with a history in cartooning, it looms large as ‘THE competition’. This year I was determined to enter, because, apart fromContinue reading “Jonathan Cape/Comica/Observer Graphic Short Story competition”