Thursday, 10 December 2009

Cold Warriors cover art



This is the latest cover i've done for Abaddon Books. The series is called The Infernal Game. Not sure of the the plot to be honest but as far as I can assertain it involves 60s cold war spies and the occult, so plenty of stuff to work with!
I must have done about 50 different variations of this bloody thing before scraping them all and starting on the final image above. Some of the ditched ideas are below:





A very abaddon xmas


logo for the new... the new... erm, well its logo for something that abaddon books are doing. No idea if it exists, or where at the moment, but i did a nice picture for it anyway...

New lunchbreak of the dead strip


Just finished another Lunchbreak of the Dead strip, with a beautiful festive theme. Online here now, and printed in 2000 AD prog 2010 out on 17th december!

Friday, 6 November 2009

2000 AD covers uncovered


Just finished this pic for Pete Wells, who runs the 2000 AD covers uncovered blog at http://2000adcovers.blogspot.com/

It's a cool site dedicated to showing 2000 AD cover art in all its glory, i.e. before the designer gets his filthy hands on them and plasters logos, text and other junk all over the place.

The hideously obscured Dredd image on the front cover of the prog is by Dylan Teague, so thank you to him. I didn't actually ask him if I could use it, so apologies for that. I hope he doesn't mind...

Monday, 2 November 2009

Car paintings



1920-something Crossley Tourer. 18x24' oil on canvas

I've got a bit of a thing for cars. This is the first one I tried painting properly. It was a present for my dad - it's his car in the painting.


2001 Rover Mini Seven. 18x24' oil on canvas

Another present - this time for my wife. She had this car from new and was a bit gutted when she had to sell it recently, so I did her a picture to remember it by.


mk.1 Triumph Spitfire. work-in-progress.

A commission! Only spent a couple of hours on this so far, hence the roughness but it's starting to look the right shape now. I quite like some of the rougher, half-finished areas so I might leave some bits further back in the painting very loose (the far front light for example) and bring the foreground into focus. The chrome bumpers looking ok too, although I need to adjust the centre line of the bonnet.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Black Hand Gang cover art


I'm currently putting the finishing touches to a book cover for a new series called No Man's World from Abaddon Books, written by Pat Kelleher. The first book is called Black Hand Gang and is out in February 2010 I think. Set initially in the First World War, the story's about a group of tommies from the Pennine Fusiliers who get poked through time and space and end up on a hideous outer galactic death planet full of monsters and madness - sounds wicked! Anyway, Pat has been really helpful with tons of reference, advice and opinions about the cover so thanks to him for that - I'm looking forward to reading it!

The pictures below show my original concept, which was a bit too futuristic (didn't know at the time they where from 1914) and under that are my pencils and colours for the final art. Last is a pic of what cover will look like on the shelf.

I've also been working on a regimental badge for the Fusiliers which I'll put up soon.

First post!


just a test really, and a picture for good measure! A 18x22" oil painting I did of some apples.
Embarrasingly as I didn't have anything to paint at the weekly class I go to, and had to bail into Tesco express and desperately hunt for something interesting to use...