New Pens


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This isn’t a great likeness of the subject, but I think it captures some of their character.

Also, it would seem that I’ve been rumbled – Brian the cat does all the sketches!

I was up town yesterday and bought a couple of Sharpies and these Tombow flexible brush pens. They seem okay. I’ll have to try drawing with them directly. I’ll see if I can squeeze in another drawing later on as I’ve missed a few.

Up At The Lake


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Another quick one – I just don’t have the time at the moment. This is a view of the south end of Coniston in the Lake District. It’s all fibre tipped pen and is actually black on white paper. The image is a sepia brown due to me taking the pic on my phone for speed.


I did do a little tinkering in Affinity Photo to add the sepia splashes of cloud.

I’m hoping to get a bit of time at the weekend to do some longer drawing and some writing. That will hopefully be on Sunday once I’ve got my reading at Birmingham Literature Festival out of the way and finished working with my young writers group on the Saturday. I’ve set Saturday evening aside for watching crap with the family and drinking beer.

If you’re in Birmingham this Saturday morning (October 6th) come along to Birmingham REP, the Mezzanine, and hear some great stories from a bunch of wonderful writers. Hell, you could even buy some books.

To Infinity…


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Sticking with a sci-fi theme, here’s todays Inktober offering.


This was from a rough idea I doodled at work today. Once again, it’s black fibre-tip pen. I had a pathetic attempt at adding some background detail using Affinity Photo which, as you can tell, I don’t really know how to use – don’t tell my son, he’ll only take the piss.

I know that there are lots of great tutorials online that show you how to use Affinity, I just haven’t had the time to view them yet. Anyway, I need to stop drawing for now and get on with some work.

Birmingham Literature Festival 2018


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I’ll be reading a short story, along with a host of excellent writers, and selling some books as part of the Room 204 meet up. It kicks off at 10:00 am this Saturday, October the 6th, at the Mezzanine, Birmingham REP.

Click here for booking details – entry includes coffee and a pastry!

Adios Amigo


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If like me, British comics, and especially 2000AD, have a special place in your heart then today is a sad day. Today we lost Carlos Ezquerra. Ezquerra was a huge talent who co-created one of the most iconic characters ever, Judge Dredd. Carlos’s work had a huge impact on me as a child, and I would often try to copy his drawings. Therefore, it seems only fitting that my first offering for Inktober should be in honour of him.

I loved Ezquerra’s early vision of Dredd, a lean, mean justice machine. In more recent times Dredd has grown older and beefier, but it’s these early visions of a youthful Joe Dredd that still resonate with me all these years later.

If you look closely, you can see my initial pencil marks – I haven’t bothered to rub them out yet. This was inked with fibre-tipped pens and a sharpie.

Farewell Carlos.



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Well, Sketchtember is over; how did you get on? I think I did okay considering it was my first attempt. I only missed a few days due to illness, and most importantly I really enjoyed it. It brought back the childhood joy of mark making, something I feared four years of art college had destroyed.

So what now? Well, how about Inktober?

Inktober is another drawing challenge. The only difference from Sketchtember is that your drawings must be in ink. Here are the rules:

Inktober rules:

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it*

3) Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2018

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.

*Post it on any social media account you want or just post it on your refrigerator. The point is to share your art with someone. 🙂

Check out the official Inktober site here.

The official site has lots of advice on what to draw, how to draw, post etc.

Have fun!

Millenium Gorilla


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For some unknown reason, I always called this toy Space Monkey, but it quite clearly says Millenium Gorilla on his round badge – in reality, not in my sketch.

I’m feeling even rougher than when I last posted so ten minutes or so was all I could manage with this. It’s drawn with charcoal pencil from Tiger. They’re quite lovely to draw with, and you can get a decent black out of them. I’m not sure how well Millenium Gorilla gets on with those massive feet. It must be a bugger getting in and out of airlocks.

Heads Down


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I had a stinking cold yesterday which has now transformed into a head full of sludge leaving me with the need to be curled up in a ball, not at work. Nothing was happening yesterday, so no sketch, but today I managed to scratch something out.

These were all done really quick and in pen. They’re not that accurate, but you get a feeling of their intense concentration.