More One Pagers

Here’s my latest batch of cheapo sketchpad one page comics: i'm sorry

This (above) is called “I’m Sorry”, and it’s 72 tiny panels drawn directly in pen onto the page (still A4, mind). Below, a cameo from Christopher Wren in this one, which was pencil then pen, then a bit of photoshop colouring (which by the way is a pain in the arse on brownish paper).determination

And finally, a comic detailing my experiences with job interviews (the monster is an unsubtle surrogate for me, obvs):interview

Many thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Steven Tidlsurotom

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!

Alphabetical Animals & Illustration

Yet more things cracking at Banal Pig HQ (2-bedroomed terrace), which i will detail forthwith. Firstly, last friday the 7th installment of Comical Animal was published, and I contributed again, producing the first three rhyming animals from a full A-Z which i intend to do, plus a bonus pink panther for this issue’s theme. The A-Z is a bit of an illustrative exercise, and while the first 2 are ok, i think i’ve hit my stride with ‘C’, Football Coach Cockroach:

The image is taken from the film Kes (although i’m not sure if Brian Glover ever says “Kick it Lad!”, its the kind of thing his character would say) and i’m happy with the really grim colours and atmosphere, like a really horrible PE lesson.
I’ve also scanned this pic (in 4 pieces, grooo!) which you may remember from two posts ago, and fancied it up a bit:

I may well make this into another poster print for LACF4.
Even furthermore, the new Comix Reader, issue 3 was also launched last week, here’s a snippet from my effort (page 16);

It’s a bit of an experiment with watercolour, and a follow on from the full page thing from issue 2. i’ve yet to see what it looks like on the newsprint, hopefully the colour’s not too muddy. I wanted to do a bit of real colour (rather than digital) so i actually had a physical artwork and not just a digital version, but i had to chop this to pieces to scan it, and i had a yellow gouache accident which kind of ruined it anyway. It’s not put me off entirely though, probably do a few more things with that technique i mentioned previously.

I’ve got an AOI Illustration page now too, with a couple of things that you may not have seen before, and all this is before Leeds Alternative Comics Fair 4 news, which i will save for another day….

more sketches- interactive!

here’s a couple of sketches that i liked. the top is a crap superhero called the watering can and below it a man made of mash. why dont you suggest a name for him? go on, it’ll be fun!