Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

Shoine ya brass rocket boots guv’nah?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010


More stuff from the Gallery…


‘Twas Brillig…

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

The poem Jabberwocky seems to be an exercise in language – the point is you’re never supposed to see The Jabberwock, The Slithy Toves or the Frumious Bandersnatch, they just live in your imagination as uncanny, twisted and shadowy possibilities. Of course Tenniel did illustrate the poem, presumably just because he wanted to draw a cool weird monster. So that’s exactly what I did.


Messy Christmas

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010


This Just In… BUY MY BOOK!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Of course, by “My Book” I mean “a book”. Written by someone else. However, I did draw the cover. Check this bad boy –

A Year In The Life Of Some Guy

Why not truck on over to Amazon and pick up a copy (or maybe just to read the “About The Author” section, for more crucial information as to the identity of the enigmatic Mr Ross)? I can assure you that, based on the two and a half chapters I read of the original manuscript, it’s a proper laugh.


Merry Winter Solstice

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

and a Happy New Year. Yes I’ve been watching The Box Of Delights.


May The I Have A Bad Feeling About This

Friday, May 4th, 2012

It’s May The Fourth, so at some point my Mum will make the joke she’s been making every year since 1978. Of course, to an obsessive bantha hugging nerd such as myself, every day is Star Wars day. Recently the artist Ralph McQuarrie passed away and his contribution to the look of the Star Wars universe can’t be overstated – in fact it’s entirely possible that without his initial paintings, Star Wars wouldn’t have even got made. That story’s been told many times before, and far more eloquently than I ever could, but the best I can do is to say that he is the single biggest artistic influence on me. I probably didn’t realise that for many years. Even as a fairly ignorant kid growing up I knew who he was, as his work was all over various books and magazines (that was our equivalent of the world wide web, back in the 70s), but I certainly didn’t understand any of the principles of filmmaking. I thought his paintings were based on the films, rather than the other way around (It always baffled me that the stuff in the paintings was slightly different).

When I was a kid, I watched my Betamax copy of The Empire Strikes Back every weekend (every day on school holidays). I remember one time I paused the tape on one of my favourite shots (our heroes escaping onto the Cloud City landing platform) and drew my version of the scene. Turns out practically that entire image was Ralph’s. Not only did he do amazing concept art, but he also knocked out a bunch of matte paintings in his spare time. Talented bastard!

Shortly after McQuarrie, another legend of fantasy and science fiction art passed away. Jean Giraud, AKA Moebius. Although his work was probably not as widely seen, he was massively influential and his surreal, organic vistas and unique, off kilter characters are instantly recognisable. And, I was surprised to learn that Ralph McQuarrie’s design for the Imperial Probe Droid in Empire, was based on a Moebius drawing. Let’s all shoot at floating mechanical spider things, in tribute to Jean and Ralph.



Monday, August 13th, 2012

My favourite Bowie Moments:

1. The “off the cuff” banter with Bing at Christmas

2. The sideways dance/shuffle as Mick Ronson plays the solo to Moonage Daydream, in Ziggy Stardust The Motion Picture (OR “trapped in a box” during Width Of A Circle OR “This is the last show we’ll ever play”)

3. Being incredibly paranoid in the back of the car in Cracked Actor

4. Two words: Goblin King. Two more words: Gigantic package

5. The revelation that he was the little boy in The Snowman


The Right Paw Of Doom

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Well, people like pictures of cats, right? And Hellboy likes cats. Maybe I’ll finally make my name doing dopey pics of feline versions of popular comic book characters.