He Doesn’t Like You- Star Wars pic

So here’s my piece from the ‘May the 4th Be With You’ show, the Star Wars themed exhibition of art and toys which took place last weekend at the Full Circle gallery in Leeds. As far as I’m aware it didn’t sell, so if you’re interested in buying it please get in touch (banalpig@gmail.com). I’m also doing a digitally coloured version as a poster which should be available soon.

Don’t forget, i’ll be at the Handmade Art and Craft Fair this saturday selling all the usual good stuff, it’s free entry and features an array of art and craft creators and their wares, so pop and say hello (it’s the least you could do).

Today’s suggest-a-drawings!

I’ve had a free and easy day today, so i decided to throw open the subject matter of my day of drawing to suggestions from facebook and twitter, and here are the results. Firstly, Ethel Sparrowhawk co-creator Jemima Von Schindelberg suggested ‘David Cameron eating a big sandwich while England burns’. I enjoyed drawing Cameron, with his smooth bulbous head and funny little teeth, and i had to stop myself making the sandwich a metaphor for the working classes or something, like they do in political cartoons.

Next, another old pal Ez suggested ‘an Avenger’. i’ve always fancied drawing Scarlett Johansson’s funny face so here it is, where she is black widow in the avengers film.

Next was a suggestion from twitter, @CandyLikesFrogs suggested ‘Jellyfish’, so to mix things up a bit i did a strip, featuring our old pal Laser Skeleton, another one of the old space battles series i first did for the funnies.

next my brother Paul suggested ‘Nick Cave mowing his lawn’, so here it is:

and lastly, @metalblackbird suggested ‘Disney Princess’, and i did it in pen with a bit of colour to mix it up again.

i’ve quite enjoyed knocking these out, i might do it again on a slow day, but if you fancy having something drawn especially for you that you can own, touch and display on your wall, you can get a one-hour drawing for just £20, details here.

Star Wars and upcoming things

Here’s a few panels from my piece for the upcoming Star Wars-themed show May the 4th Be With You, it’s watercolour and pen on paper and features some of my favourite random Star Wars characters slagging “you” off for some reason (it kind of makes sense when you see the whole thing)- here’s the pathetic robot bounty hunter IG88 and Bib Fortuna (sorry for the slightly dodgy pic quality- i’ll show it in full after the show). It’ll be for sale for a very reasonable price, and i am also planning to do a digitally coloured poster print from the line art, to be released after the show if there’s demand for it.

As you will hopefully be aware, it’s the Leeds Alternative Comics Fair 4 again a week on Saturday, the 28th April, so please come along and see us, and why not buy my new limited edition Christopher Wren foldy comic, plus posters, badges and the rest of my wonderful back catalogue, along with the new Comix Reader 3?

I will also be peddling wares at the Handmade and Craft Fair in Leeds on May 12th, so it’s a busy couple of weeks for old Stevie T.

And speaking of peddling wares, don’t forget about the CRAZY COMICS SALE until the end of April which has proved quite popular so far, the one hour drawings available for just £20, and my services as animal portraitist, and i’m open for other commissions for extremely reasonable rates so please email me (banalpig@googlemail.com) for details.

Oh yeah, i’ve started Banal Pig 5 as well, and i’m very excited about it. If only it didnt take so damn long to make comics…

Another New Drawing

I’m into a bit of everything at the moment, and here’s another drawing with my trusty Pentel brush pen (just a photo rather than a scan as its pretty big, just over A3). It’s based on one of my favourite song lyrics, from ‘These Days’ by Nico and again i’m trying to get a bit of depth into the drawings and concentrate on the whole picture rather than just the characters. There’s things about it that i can improve upon i think, but i like the woodcut/etching style you get with the thick black lines, and i like the monster so i’m pretty pleased with it overall.

One hour drawing, Falcor!

I’ve updated my Buy a One-Hour Drawing page, to feature a couple more of the ones i’ve done recently. This was a Valentine’s Day present (good work Johnny Loveheart) and features that ugly weird dog dragon thing off Neverending Story, Falcor. Feel free to commission something similar, don’t forget I am as poor as a church mouse, and a small donation would allow me to buy some cabbage to flavour my thin broth…

Another experiment with onion peter

Here’s something i’ve just had a go at- doing the line art and watercolour rendering separately and then combining them in photoshop, to get round the problem of keeping nice black lines on hand coloured work. i did it by scanning in the line art, then printing it out in light blue, painting over the print and scanning that back in. i think it looks ok, and i can iron out the issues with the ghosting of the line and the wrinklyness at the same time by using thicker paper. not sure i’ll use it all the time, especially on full strips, but it may come in useful at some point. if i was being really wanky, i could do a really thin line art, then print and colour, then draw thick line art over the thin lines and rescan.