Monday, 16 November 2009

STANLEY



I won me a bronze Stanley award from the Australian Cartoonists Association on the weekend in the Graphic Media Artist category for my Paddington bear editorial illustration for the Daily Telegraph, and also for my Week magazine cover of the Ruddmobile driving over Turnbull.
My hangover's finally receding, just in time for some odd flashbacks of the night to start emerging... !!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

BETTER READ THAN DEAD

My comics are now available in Better Read Than Dead in Newtown, Sydney.
They're appearing on the front counter and all copies there are signed!
A cool shop with cool people (and a non too shabby graphic novel section), BRTD is dead centre in the funky part of the King St strip. If you've not been there yet, now you have the perfect excuse!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

COLOURING...

I'm a quarter of the way through now...
just thought someone out there would like to know.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

COLOURING HAS COMMENCED...

Yep. I've started colouring Uncle Silas in earnest and thanks to Tom Brown and Tony Giles it's going to be a hell of a lot faster than if I was doing it solo. I've just figured out on a couple of pages (17, 18 + 19) that they average out to taking me about an hour to finish.
By my calculations at this rate I should just get this monster done by christmas, and that's including a full sunday every week of pure Silas colouring.
This makes me happy.

Friday, 18 September 2009

PULP FICTION COMICS

Pulp Fiction Comics in Adelaide, South Australia are now stocking my collected Kookabarry, BeanBoy and Uncle Silas promo comic, so if you live in the city of churches and want to check out my printed wares, head on down and check out the local talent shelf in Peter's snazzy new digs on the ground floor. Only fitting it's stocked in Adelaide- it's where Uncle Silas is set, after all.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

BERKELOUW BOOKS

Berkelouw Books here in Syndey are now stocking my Uncle Silas promo comic and the collected Kookabarry!
Hunt them down in their Leichhardt, Newtown and Paddington shops and if they've sold out- be sure to ask them to restock!

Friday, 4 September 2009

IT JUST GOT EASIER...

...to buy my stuff!
I've added PayPal to both my blogs so now you have slightly less excuses to not buy my comics, posters and postcards. Global Fiscal Connundrum be damned.
Heck- I'll sign the comics and I'll even draw a little scribble on one of the postcards for you for nuthin'!
Go on... you know you want to...

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

INKS ARE DONE!!


Finally, I've finished the ink linework on Uncle Silas Book 1! All 126 pages worth.
I'm off to the pub for a gin and soda and a hearty steak...
and then it's onto the colours.
Thankfully Tom's working on the flatting and it looks like I've got a couple of other magic elves to help, so this stage should really scream ahead.
Santé!

Friday, 7 August 2009

INSPIRATION

Inspirations for Uncle Silas.
I've been absorbing all sorts of stuff over the years in terms of character design and adventure stories: V.T. Hamlin's Alley Oop, E.C. Segar's Popeye, Osamu Tezuka, Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse, E.P. Jacobs' Blake & Mortimer, Tintin, Roy Crane's Captain Easy, Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon... I'm sure there are more that I've forgotten right now...

For the most part what attracts me is the ability to tell an adventure comic story really bloody well. The fact that all these strips were syndicated as either daily 3 panels, 2 tiered strips in sunday papers, or full page spreads on sundays or in magazines and the each ended with a cliff hanger that left you wanting more is shining testament to the narrative skills of each artist/writer behind them.
More often than not, the artwork in each is brilliant as well.
I was introduced to a lot of the old american strips thanks to my 21st birthday present of the Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics.
A brilliant book.

I should shut up now and finish inking...

INKING... NEARLY... DONE...



Currently on page 118 with the inks... so close to finishing this I can almost taste it! Ack!!

Friday, 31 July 2009

ARTIST'S DILEMMA


Inspired by M.C. Escher and done during my university days. I remember lots of angst at the time. Artists are usually self reflective... some end up crawling up their own @rse... It's a fine balance, truth be told. The subject(s) here have gained enlightenment... of a sorts.

BEANBOY KIRBY HOLFELD!

In a quiet moment at Supanova, Greg and I doodled away. This is his version of Beanboy. Obviously he's being radiated with cosmic rays and is about to discover his new superpowers... Stay tuned, true believers! Exelsior! 'Nuff said.

Monday, 27 July 2009

POSTER PROCESS FINISHED!


....and here's the finished pic. I seem to recall this took several days work in total, amongst other little commitments I had going on at the time.
Phew! Was I glad to lay this to bed considering the early pencils had been floating around for years... Then again, this whole graphic novel has been floating around in my head since 2002, so this is peanuts. What am I complaining about??

POSTER PROCESS 2






These ones show I started colouring this beast up. I don't show it here but I have a background flat colour of dark blue or something like it so my eyes don't melt from staring at the big expansive white screen for over 8 hours a day. The linework for the kids were on separate layers as well, so I could conveniently move them around as well.

UNCLE SILAS POSTER PROCESS







Here's the process for my second Uncle Silas screensaver (that reminds me, I'll have to get Tomto upload it to my website!). The original pencils were done a couple of years ago- you can tell from the crappy proportions of Uncle Silas himself- he's all wrong. To be honest, even Selena is a bit wonky. I'm sorry, but you'll have to read this process post backwards to see it grow. I can't be bothered trying to second guess the chronological system this blog has.

I figured this would be good to finish up and have as a screensaver and poster for publicity sake, so I had to revise the pencil sketch and work it up. Again, you can see just how unfussed I've become with doing the forest background at this point when I'm inking straight into photoshop.
Then of course, the inking came second. I've shown the different stages of layer build up to give you an idea of how many layers I end up having with the complex pictures when there's heaps of detail and overlapping forest filaments and foliage etc... You can also see where I erase underlying layers when I end up drawing over the top. This way, I keep those big smooth arcs of brush lines. Previously when I inked on paper, I'd have to mimic them and it would be so time consuming and laborious.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

UNCLE SILAS PENCILS...

I've decided to upload a couple of pencil sketches for some early pages so you can see the difference in my approach. The earlier pencils from when I was inking with traditional brush and ink onto schoellers hammer paper crouched over a lightbox were tighter and more thought out. The linework was well considered and composition was often chosen after quite a lot of mental gymnastics and visual play in my head. I couldn't very well decide later on while I was inking to change things or add or heaven forbid, subtract anything out of the panel.

However, when I started inking up straight into photoshop, I realised I could just lay down the basic bones of the pencils and over my roughs start to improvise a little with details. Especially when it came to foliage and backgrounds. With linework for my characters on separate layers to my backgrounds, I could really start to muck around with things, as well as begin to get some great details with foreground foliage and action sequences. Erasing underlying linework really started to open up the possibilities.

While I won't show you pencils of later pages (why ruin the read for you?) I can show you a couple from what I've printed up in the b+w mini comic.








Friday, 24 July 2009

BEANBOY ERRATA


Well, the printer was in such a rush to fill my Beanboy comic order that he accidentally stuffed up. The inside covers are missing the introduction text and pics, so here is my errata for those who are already receiving their signed copies and will be wondering just why I neglected to use all the blank space you first see...
This should set things straight!

Welcome to the Big Book of Bean!

Finally, the completed Beanboy pages collected in one book! Yes, the story just stops short for no apparent reason and unfortunately, I never got around to finishing it. Life happened.

I was just warming up to big and grand

extended narratives with these characters when I started developing my

newspaper comic strip ideas instead. Beanboy was to have explored

underwater realms and subterranean vistas and begun communicating

somewhat unwillingly with the (un)dead thanks to the Doctor’s experiments. He may well do so one day, if I ever have the time.


A 2 minute animated pilot was even done with the talented Mr Greg Holfeld and with the assistance of the South Australian Film Commission for a planned series of interstitial cartoons. Alas, there have been no takers and the Bean was canned.


The primal tropical forest world eventually became the basis for my

newspaper comic strip idea Uncle Silas. In fact, if you look closely in the graphic novel, you may just see Beanboy and the Doctor make an appearance somewhere...



Entire contents, Beanboy and related characters © David Follett 2009.

All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without express written permission of the copyright holder except for purposes of review.

Printed by Jeffries Printing Services www.jeffriesprinting.com.au

Printed on 100% recycled paper.


I should add here, that all 3 of my comics and several postcards are printed on 100% recycled paper.


Tuesday, 21 July 2009

GOODIES FOR SALE!


Want to know what your money gets you? Here's a photo of the gear:
Postcards galore! Posters aplenty! Comics cornucopia!
You can't get this anywhere else.... yet.
I've been too busy with my own workload to even shop this stuff around Sydney!
I'll post when it is available somewhere you can count on that.
So what are you waiting for?!?
Check out the info in the column on the right and get thee to a Post Office post haste!

LOKI

Here's an early version of Loki. He's changed a little since this was made but his character hasn't...


...you just know he's going to cause trouble...

Thursday, 16 July 2009

UNCLE SILAS UPDATE

Ok, so I've been busy with freelance. Reeeaaaal busy.
I've just got the last 16 pages to ink and then it's colouring all the way!! I may need to hibernate for a little while to finish this thing...
Here's a concept piece of nighttime in the forest I did a while back to keep you happy.



WEEK COVERS


Yeah, I know, these aren't Silas related either... but what the hell.
They're for The Week Magazine (the Oz edition)- a weekly round up of the world's current affairs and politics from an Australian perspective.
I'm usually given 24 hours notice to come up with the goods (as are the other illustrators who also get this gig), so it's all go-go-go!
A lot of fun to do.
The Shanghaied cover is about Australia's Rio Tinto Australian-Chinese employee Stert Hu and his ousting as a 'spy' for China. The second cover is about Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd and the kerfuffle over the email scandal about Rudd's mobile office (ute). Turnbull came out of it the worse for wear, obviously, after it turned out the emails used as the basis for his argument about Rudd getting the ute in kind in order to act favourably for a car dealer turned out to be fake.







Thursday, 9 July 2009

TREE!


need I say more?

BOSS MAGAZINE






Here are some pics I did for Bass Magazine- a monthly mag about business, funnily enough.
Again with this photographic textural mixed with silhouette...

NEWS ILLOS...





Thought it was high time I post some artwork I've done for the Weekend Australian newspaper- Australia's only nationwide paper. This style in particular I've been developing for the Review section- a mix of silhouette and photographic elements mushed up.

YELLOW


This is a piece I did for watermark self promo stuff. Each illustrator was briefed to illustrate a colour. When I think of yellow I associate the vibrant yellow used in indian religious festivals and poured over sacred objects, statues, cows, people etc... like a sacrificial offering.
And the goblins? Well... they're characters I'll develop when I have the time...
I have big plans for them...

Monday, 6 July 2009

MORE HARRY STRIPS...




Here are some other Harry strips so you get a feel for it. For more, check out my website in the comics section for more...

HARRY STRIP- SUPANOVA THEMED


Here's a harry strip with a Supanova theme I did for the Funday Telegraph. 'Harry the Dog- News Hound' is a strip I do every week for the comic section in Sydney's Sunday Telegraph. I'll add some others so you get a feel for the strip...

Friday, 3 July 2009

UNCLE SILAS HEAD ROTATION

Here's a head rotation Courtney did up in preparation for the 3D poster image.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

LOUISE A LA COURTNEY





These are more pics from Courtney of Louise from my comic strip Kookabarry.
Love it!

SUPANOVA PICS!

Rorsharchini. Too cool for words. Honestly- he should have won best dressed.
Pacman. Also superb.
The Phantom walks. She couldn't believe someone was taking her photo. It was simply too good an opportunity to pass up!!
The Doctor's next companion is Velma?? I'd watch that!
L to R: Me, Greg and Pawel.
I can now say I've done Supanova. Here are some pics to prove it!
Had a great time- people ignored us in droves as they hoofed it to the cosplay shows but they occasionally stopped to chat or peruse and even buy stuff. Nice! Some Funday Telegraph fans recognised my Harry the Dog- NewsHound posters which was great ( I even sold 1 of the 2 which was better!) A good experience all told! I sure as heck know what to do and what not to do for the next time (if there is one, mind you). I now have far too much stock just waiting for people to throw me money. This time next year I should have Uncle Silas the completed graphic novel in my hot little hands to sell to the slavering masses which will be better.
I do however, have lots of promotional material which I'll be getting out into the public arena soon enough... bwa ha haaa.