Illustration and that

Good morning/ afternoon/ evening pig lovers!

I’m pretty busy at the moment working on my secretive current project, which i’m keeping under wraps for now (apart from a few tantalising glimpses via twitter). This is why I’ve not been posting much recently, but rest assured I’ll give you the full rundown when the time is right.

In the meantime, why not take this chance to have a butchers at my illustration site? there’s a big selection of work on there from the last 12 years or summet, including recent and ongoing projects (like Christmas Socks Fox from The A-Z of Rhyming Animals, above). If you like what you see, you can always commission me to create something wonderful, from as little as £20, so feel free to drop me an e-bomb at banalpig@gmail.com if you’d like to use my services.

The Shadow, a Vampire and a Monster of the Schwarzwald

Wassup dogs? I seem to be starting a lot more projects than i’m finishing at the moment, probably cos i’m they’re unpaid and i don’t have any deadlines, so i’ll get bored when it gets to the hard bit and move on to something that’s temporarily more exciting. Anyway, the first thing to tell you about is a thing I finished (because I got paid for it), a One Hour Drawing commission from Alan Henderson, who collects drawings of The Shadow, and I was more than happy to supply him with mine. If you want me to do a One Hour Drawing for you, all the details are here, it’s very straightforward. For process fans, here’s the sketch in blue pencil and brown brush pen, followed by the finished article which is mostly done in pentel brush pen.


Next up is a strip about a vampire (cashing in the twilight craze, natch) which I intended to enter into a competition, but i somehow found myself doing it in full colour with watercolours against my will, and it was too much work to make the deadline. it’s currently languishing in a state of two-thirds completeness, but the good news is it will be made into a minicomic for the next con I do, whenever that may be.

Lastly, my next project is a series of pencil drawings of Monsters of the Schwarzwald, featuring picturesque views of the Black Forest in Germany, and the monsters that (probably) live there. I’m really enjoying drawing in pencil, i’ve not done it for ages (not as the finished product anyway). I’m gonna see how these go and whether they might make a nice little book or series of prints or something. This is the nearly-finished version, will probably finish it later today and start another one (picture, not project, got to draw the line somewhere). Draw the line ha ha ha ha ha! See you next time pig lovers!

NEWZROUND- Olympic Special

I’ve had a bit of a break over the last week from most of my endeavours, but just so everyone’s aware of what’s going on:

Space Wars is about a quarter of the way in, here’s a page with MechaGoliath vs Laser Skeleton. I’m still working out some of the finer points of the presentation though.
Banal Pig 5 is also in progress, with 1 completed page and about 12 in progress, and i’ve got a strong idea of what the finished product will be with this one, the question is whether i’ll ever be able to afford to print it…
I’m also planning on entering the Observer/ Jonathan Cape Graphic Short Story Competition this time around, so I’m working on something for that but i’m keeping the details of that under wraps to prevent any industrial espionage.
Don’t forget to check out my original comic art for sale, along with star wars and other poster prints and I can draw you a one hour pic for £20.

Lastly, i’ve put my copy of the mega-anthology Kramers Ergot Volume 7 on ebay, it’s now out of print and hard to find- why not have a bid?

Johnny Lovedad sez:

“Attention Dad lovers! If you’re looking for a great present for your dad for Fathers Day, why not get him a Banal Pig One Hour Drawing for just £20? You could have a drawing of him doing something hilarious, or something that he likes, or something terrible happening to him! Send in your requests by Weds 13th June to be guaranteed of receiving it by Father’s Day on the 17th.”

Good idea Johnny! If you want to discuss anything before making your order, feel free to email me at banalpig@gmail.com.

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.

LACF Aftermath


So it was the 4th Leeds Alternative Comics Fair on Saturday, and by all accounts (certainly in my opinion) it was the best one so far. We had a great lineup of exhibitors, and a fantastic turnout with loads of people really interested and enthusiastic about what we’re all doing. As usual, co-organiser Hugh Raine has taken a masterful selection of photographs of the event so please look at them if you need evidence- the above photo is also one of Hugh’s. I was selling Christopher Wren for the first time (and made a little display especially), and there was a good response to that, with lots of people buying both the happy and unpleasant endings- there are a few left of the original edition, so go here for ordering details, along with a shonky video demonstrating the unusual format of the comic.
I’ve taken down the April Sale Madness page as promised, so thanks to everyone who took advantage of that, and yesterday i went through all the shop pages on the right hand side to update them and make sure there wasn’t any old weird offers and stuff that i’d forgotten about, and also to put prices up unfortunately. I’m not happy about it, but i’ve had to increase prices by 25p to cover the hike in postage costs (thanks David Cameron you cock), except for the BP Portrait Anthology which i have reduced to clear, and is now only £3 inc p&p. However, if you would like a few comics please email me at banalpig@gmail.com as I can work out a discount with the comics being posted together. Don’t forget, i’ve also got poster prints for sale and will do you a nice one-hour drawing of your choice for just £20, an ideal gift for your loved ones.
I also updated my about page, so have a look at that if you like.

Elsewhere, I’ve got a piece in the Star Wars show May the 4th Be with You in Leeds this weekend, so i’m looking forward to that, and i’ve got a table at the Handmade Art and Craft Fair at Wharfe Chambers, Leeds on Sat 12th May.

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…