Tuesday, 9 October 2018


I don't usually favour sketchbooks, mainly because a single A4 sketchbook can last me a long time. I can easily get 3 or 4 works from one single page of it, but I didn't want to waste the few unused sketchbooks that I do have. So, I decided the crop them into smaller sketchbooks of A5, A6 and A7, each having 8 or 10 pages and stapled with a black card cover. They're crudely made, with uneven pages, but they'll do fine. Plus, I'm more likely to use them in these limited formats. The first one being the following:
Lulani Greenstar - A6 art booklet (10 pages)
I didn't intend to fill the entire booklet with just one character, but after I drew the first one, I found that more was to come from it. So much so that it ended up being a day in the life of this character. The drawings are of various sizes, and quality, below its A6 format, but they work well. So enjoy meeting the sexy, sultry, elven witch known as Lulani Greenstar. She's been, sort of, expecting you....
Lulani Greenstar
Lulani Greenstar, the sexy, sultry, elven witch, warmly greets us...
"Oh, how wonderful for everyone else but me! Completely unannounced and unexpected guests, arriving at an inconvenient time - Do come in!"
The Unfamiliar Familiar
Ah! Now here we see the fabled "Witch's Familiar." What strange and exotic name does Lulani give this little helper?
"Well, I don't know who it belongs to, but I call it "Little Bastard" because it's always tearing up my herb garden - Cats are edible, aren't they?"
The Witch's Brew
Where would any witch be without her cauldron? We can but wonder at what magical potions Lulani is concocting.
"It's called a stew. I do get hungry, you know. Would you like some?"
What happened to the cat?
"The what?..."
The Flight of a Witch
Like all good witches, Lulani knows how to fly, but shouldn't she be using a broomstick?
"Piss off! I'm not doing any housework whilst I'm flying. Where's the fun in that?"
The Love Potion
As a working witch, Lulani does all she can to help people with their problems...
"I'm sure you'd like this love potion, but let's be honest here, you're an ugly little fucker, aren't you? It'd just be a waste. I mean, I'm good, but I'm not THAT bloody good!"
"Burn the Witch!"
Lulani pays a visit to her good friend, and fellow witch, Karlotta Krane, who looks to be in a spot of bother...
"It seems that half the villagers were cursed with a plague of boils and she got the blame for it. Can't imagine who else could have done it. But don't worry, I'll save her, as soon as she reaches the point where she soils herself. I'm sorry, but she really needs to be taught a lesson. After all, she's blonde, beautiful, and much more popular than I am. In other words - WHAT A TOTAL BITCH!"
Raising the Dead
Using her powerful magic, Lulani has the ability to raise the dead! What diabolical plans does she have for this horrific creature?
"Nothing much. He was the shoemaker from the village and he owed me money. I just want him to pay me back. Death is no excuse when you're in debt to a witch."
The Rabbit Lulani
Another of Lulani's tricks is her ability to transform herself into a rabbit! But you can still tell that it's her.
"Really? How?"
It's your bright eyes, burning like fire.
"Why thank you!....wait, what?"

The Working Witch
There's always something that even a witch like Lulani needs to learn about magic. That's why we see her studying here.
"Bollocks! I don't need to learn anything. I'm doing that magic charm for fame, fortune and love that you wanted. That is why you're here, isn't it?"
Well....yes, I suppose so. It's not for me, you understand. Oh no, no, no! It's for a "friend"....Yes, that's right....a "friend"
"Yeah, yeah."
The Cock and Balls Magic Charm

"You know nothing of witchcraft! It's clearly the "Phallus Rampant" an ancient symbol of fertility and good fortune. Besides, even if it was just a cock and balls, I'm a witch and I drew it, so that makes it a "magic" cock and balls."
You really are a mental-case, aren't you? And if you think I'm paying you for that, you've got another thing coming!
"The shoemaker once thought as you do."

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Dreamscape: HELLO & GOODBYE

(HB pencil on a 139mm x 89mm postcard)
These dreamscape pieces do tend to become very chaotic in nature. I have no control over that as I build up the shading and the imagery is revealed. The title was obviously taken from the words and symbols which I added randomly at the end. Before that, I was thinking of a title based around the head in the bottom right hand corner which looks as if it's being inflated (or deflated), causing this mass of object memories to be sucked out of it. "The Final Download" being one which I was considering. But I liked "Hello & Goodbye" more.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Dreamscape : FAP 4 MCAW

(Black biro on a 139mm x 89mm postcard)
I was going to call this piece "bloodlines" due to the darker area within it, but as I shaded and over-shaded it, using the same techniques as in previous works, I found that the lettering in the bottom left began to take shape. It meant that it could have no other title, so I highlighted those words. But those bloodline areas themselves do help to break up the chaotic nature of it and give it more shape.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Guardian Spirit - XYA

(Blue Biro on 125mm x 75mm notecard)
With this third Guardian Spirit work, I decided to add a touch of Dreamscaping to the shading. It doesn't look too bad. There are a few things which are off about the whole piece, but that never bothers me.
Who wouldn't want a pistol-packing angel like that at their shoulder?

Monday, 22 January 2018

MORPHINIA - Mistress Of Dreams

(2B pencil on a 139mm x 89mm postcard)
I used the same techniques of shading and overshading, as I did in the last dreamscape work that I did. The shapes that stood out early on were that of the woman under the blanket. She's clearly out of proportion, and I did nothing to correct that, opting to simply let the image take its own form. The same goes for all the other shapes within the piece. It's normal for faces to appear in such work, as we're naturally conditioned to recognise them and therefore tend to see them more in patterns.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Merry Christmas 2017 : Grey Christmas

(2B pencil on a 139mm x 87mm postcard)
As I've done on previous years, I did this artwork for some Christmas cards that I then printed out and gave to various people, with a slightly otherworldly seasonal tale to go along with it, which can be read in the pages below (just click on one and scroll through them).

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dreamscape: Rubbish Bin Of The Mind

(Black biro on a 139mm x 89mm postcard)

In recent weeks, I've been experimenting with a form of random drawing based on the way dreams start to form as you fall asleep. Some melt into full view, some can be like small screens that appear which grow larger, whilst others can take form from the cellular shapes you see when you close your eyes.
It's some of these aspects that I've been trying to transfer into my artwork. I found the most effective way to do that was to lightly shade the area and then overshade, time and again to allow shapes to randomly form, then try and make sense of them in a kind of self-imposed Rorschach Test. Sometimes turning the card this way and that until some kind of basis for the artwork establishes itself. The first of these that you see above was done with a biro, and the nature of the shading for it seemed to dominate the boxy shapes which formed.
Some would call the style Surrealist Automatism, and it's a perfect example of it which isn't as doubtful as others in the genre. But I prefer to call it "Dreamscaping" to separate it from that doubt, and also because I think it's a better name for it. I've drawn transmorphic images before, but they've been based on specific themes which I've started with, whereas these have none with no idea how they're going to turn out. This certainly makes them ideal as skav artworks, even if they do take much longer to complete.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Guardian Spirit - XENDRA

(Red Biro on a 125mm x 75mm notecard)
With this second guardian spirit piece, I decided on using a red biro, which seemed to influence the type of character that I drew, just as the Xorina piece had done. The character is a powerful sorceress, which is shown by her only using her little finger to casually conjure fiery lightning. A good piece, even though her left arm does look a bit bent.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

More Skav Art Prints In The Urban Gallery

The five prints done so far, placed under a bus shelter in Dewsbury town centre
I placed these prints up in the last couple of weeks. Apart from the first two Wizbang! prints that I had left, I also added a third, which was The Triplejack Gun. After that I printed out two other artworks, which were The Balloon Seller and The Neighbourhood Watcher (these two do have printed info on the back but are still signed and numbered by me). As you can see from the picture, I even included a small sign "Free Skav Art Prints" to encourage people to take them. In the end, I didn't really need to add that as it does appear that more people are taking them. In some cases, faster than I can put them up.
This is fine. As I said in a previous post, they are yours to take if you see any of them around. I know that some are being removed and thrown away due to the perception that it's just untidy fly-posting, which is a bit much when you look at the photo above where you can still see the old tape marks of those that do fly-post without concern. At least I try to make the effort not to cause such damage. So it might be best to grab them when you see them.
I'll try to do more print runs of other artworks in the future. The main reason I don't do them so often and keep each one down to 20 copies is mostly due to cost and my very limited resources. But they are fun to do and I hope you like them.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Wizbang! Prints In The Urban Gallery

Printing out the Wizbang artworks wasn't something I'd planned when I did them, but I thought it might be fun to do. So I chose the Mind Probe and Pet Demon ones, added simple posterization to the images of them and printed out 20 of each. I laminated each one, then took half of them into Dewsbury town centre and stuck them up in various places, such as the following:
Not the best gallery space around, but it's free and it'll do!
As you can see on the left with the photos above, others tend to stick posters up all the time on phoneboxes. The fact that they use ordinary tape shows what little thought they have when doing it. Even when such posters are torn down, they always leave those ugly tape marks. I had to be careful not to do that, as it can be seen as criminal damage (which it is really). For that reason, I chose to use Magic Tape. And, as anyone who uses such tape knows, one of its features is that it doesn't leave that annoying tape mark behind.
As well as phoneboxes, I also chose bus shelters. I avoided empty shops fronts, as they're still private property even though they are unused. I know that people rarely use phoneboxes these days (and judging by the condition of them, BT seems to maintain them to that level) but they do make a good starting place for such urban galleries. These prints might help brighten up someone's day, and if that happens then they've done their job well.
And yes, if you see any of them, you are free to take them!
That's what they're there for, after all. What other art gallery allows you to walk around it taking whatever you like? Not any that I know of, and you'll find that each print has been signed and numbered by me on the back.

One last thing. If any of you use a laminator, avoid Texet laminating pouches, they really are shit! (And their laminators are pretty crappy too).