Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cats Don't Like 

I keep a little yellow D&AD sketchbook next to my desk for sketching down quick ideas or experiments with developing characters.

Lately, I seem to be doing regular little comic pieces in there. This one took about 20 minutes. I have real reservations about showing this hastily drawn stuff, but it is what it is.  I've been posting them to my Facebook wall and this one was among the more popular of those.  There are some others that I may actually develop for submission somewhere.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tango with Orangos 

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The past month has seen local and international artists and comickers coming out of the woodwork and banding together on a wonderful project from the Melbourne Comics people.

It's a benefit for Project Orangutan, with proceeds of the published book going to Orangutan rehabilitation.

There's an Indiegogo campaign running now, with a variety of perks available coming up, including a 32 page colour comic, and a 64 page book, all featuring inspired work about orangs - I'm really hoping you'll support this!

 Tango with Orangos

I've had some fun with my piece, going back to basics, and creating the artwork on paper using watercolour, gouache, and a little ink and pencil to complete it.

The lettering was done on another piece of paper in fountain pen, then scanned in and overlaid in Photoshop. This piece originated in my desk notebook, and I stayed close to my original concept of it.

As is typical with my short comics, it's more a philosophical piece than anything particularly didactic (although there is definitely a place for that here, given the parlous state of the last precious wildernesses of South East Asia, due to palm oil, logging and mining).

To see the finished piece, you'll need to see the book (or possibly a poster that may also be produced featuring it).

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Coming Home for The Prompt 

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There's a newish group on Facebook called @The Prompt (you'll need to be logged in to see it).

Each month or so they supply a theme for making a one page comic, as a collaboration with other members, or solo. The first topic was Coming Home.

There's a Tumblr feed showing the results over a few pages. Interestingly, a few of us had likeminded spins on this concept, and in a way those complement each other.  The range or styles and quality of the submissions is amazing!

So, if you're lacking inspiration and motivation to write, draw, colour, or letter a comic page, The Prompt might be something that could help get you back creating again.

Monday, October 27, 2014

22 Panels Exhibition 

Anyone into comics needs to have seen the great Wally Wood's Wally Wood's 22 Panels That Always Work!! at some point.

Inspired by this timeless comicking advice, Tim McEwen and Jules Faber of the Australian Cartoonists' Association have put together a 22 Panels Exhibition, presented by Supernova Pop Culture Expo.  It will be at The Wedge Gallery, Books Kinokuniya, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney, opening on Thursday evening, 30th October, and running until Saturday, 16th November. There will be an art book/catalogue documenting the works for sale. Also, some of the original pieces will be available to buy.

For more information, please see the 22 Panels Exhibition Facebook page.

The exhibition will feature framed original art from 22 Australian comics creators and cartoonists: David Blumenstein, Jason Chatfield, Christopher Downes, Anton Emdin, Dave Emerson, Jules Faber, Rob Feldman, First Dog On Moon, Sarah Firth, Roger Fletcher, David Follett, Hayden Fryer, Mark Guthrie, Frantz Kantor, Glen Le Lievre, Glenn Lumsden, Tim McEwen, Bruce Mutard, Dean Rankine, Daniel Tribe, Cathy Wilcox, and at Panel 21, me :).

Here are a couple of shots of my progress work on the multimedia piece I made for this Exhibition.

I took some liberties in terms of interpreting the panel I was allocated, just following the way the topic inspired me.  The picture actually tells a kind of story, in the sense that it raises questions beyond just being a newspaper frontpage, and it could function in a comic sequence in a similar way.

The media used is primarily ink and gouache, with some traditional screentone.

It's rare for me to consider selling original art, but I think I will offer this one for sale at the Exhibition at a reasonable price. 

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Short piece in Short & Twisted literary anthology 

Short & Twisted piece, panel 1, by Ian T.This is the first panel of a one page comic piece published in the literary anthology, Short & Twisted 2014. It's one of many pieces that I've had scripted for a while, which I completed with this fine book series in mind.

Short & Twisted 2014 - Celapene Press The book's emphasis is on short prose works with startingly surprising twists. I seem to be having better luck with getting pieces published in literary anthologies than in comics lately - I wonder what that means? Maybe my work is becoming too obscure. Anyway, in a year where a number of pieces failed to reach publication, it was pleasing to get this one out there.

My big project now is still trying to compile some sort of anthology of my past work, but that's a massive task.

Many of the pieces need care with scanning and cleaning up, and the selection process isn't easy, given that my emphasis has generally been on longer tales. I think a book like that would need to contain selections from Maelstrom, Children of the Moon, Moth & Tanuki, etc., along with strips like Busker Jim and Joytown, and shorter pieces. More than half the material would need to be in colour, which is an added complication. I may yet do a shorter black-and-white book focusing on more recent, one off, pieces like this one.

In the meantime, if you like good literary anthologies, Short & Twisted 2014 can be purchased here.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bigfoot in Exposure 

Bigfoot Goes to Hollywood by Ian T.

Here's a sample from a current piece that's appearing in the fine Australian comic anthology, Exposure, produced by the ACT Comic Meet (and purchasable here. This is a wonderful collection that continues the tradition of regional Australian mini-anthologies - possibly my favourite comic form.
Exposure_cover_by_Katie_Winchester.jpgSo, in case anyone's wondering I am still drawing, but mostly trying to catch up and complete old work (with a view to building my own anthology at some point). I'm also still submitting small pieces here and there, to both small press and mainstream publications.

Mostly, I seem to be distracted by doing music again, something that I had thought I'd given up on completely. Given that my songs are fairly unconventional I'm not sure they have much of an audience, even within my current band, so this is probably something I'm doing mostly for my own interest.

My songs are, for the most part, original narrative poetry set to music, in a singer/songwriter style, usually piano-based, across a wide range of themes. Some of what I write is so odd that it's not really even suited for that, hence pieces like Tree and Coelacanth, which have been turned into poem/comics and published that way. This current piece, Bigfoot Goes to Hollywood fits that form. I can't really imagine it as a song, but as a comic, I think it works pretty well, bringing together a lot of pop culture references from the Bigfoot era.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Robot for Illustration Friday 

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This week's Illustration Friday topic is a lot of fun - "Robot"! I almost missed it.

The one that sprang to mind for me was a little robot from a 4 page Moth and Tanuki story that appeared in Mania magazine, back in 2007.

Here's the final page only - I think it makes sense on its own - just imagine a mystery package being left on a train and the right robot being deployed for the job.

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