Friday, February 12, 2016

Black Mama, White Mama

Here's the full wrap-around cover I painted for Arrow Video's upcoming release of Black Mama, White Mama...

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Fade Out- Process

As the Fade Out finished a couple of weeks ago, I thought I'd share the process for one of the pages...

First, I get the script from Ed and make a thumbnail sketch in my sketchbook. I'm only interested in storytelling here, not in doing a nice drawing. There's enough information here for me to shoot any photo ref and search out any other ref I'll need.

Then I switch to working on my Cintiq using Manga Studio, and start pencilling. I usually have my ref photos on another monitor and sketch from them freehand, but for the final panel here I dropped my photo ref into the page, along with a background in the first panel, to make sure I get a more accurate finished drawing later.

Then, on another layer I ink the pencils with a couple of Ray Frenden's Manga Studio brushes...

...And then I draw in some grey tones on another layer to finish up the page.

The flattened page is then sent to Bettie to colour up in Photoshop.

I add the colour file to the lettering and panel borders I've made previously in Illustrator and then the page is finished...

Friday, January 08, 2016


I painted the cover for Arrow Film's April release of Dillinger on Blu-ray...

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

CRIMINAL 10th Anniversary Special

The Eisner Award-winning team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (THE FADE OUT, FATALE, Sleeper) will release a brand-new 64-page one-shot of their acclaimed noir series CRIMINAL in April.
It's been ten years since CRIMINAL launched and to celebrate, Brubaker and Phillips, with acclaimed color artist Elizabeth Breitweiser, are bringing us their darkest and strangest tale yet: a twisted ‘70s noir about a father and son on the run.
“Teeg and Tracy Lawless are our most popular characters, so I knew this Anniversary Special had to showcase their early days,” said Brubaker. “A big part of Criminal is finding new ways into noir stories, and this time we get to see it all from the point of view of a 12-year-old kid forced to help his father, who is a career thief and murderer.”
Known for its creative experimentation, this novella-length CRIMINAL story features a comic-within-the-comic, a bizarre ‘70s-era KUNG FU magazine starring a werewolf.
"Once again I get to try out a new style, after the cartooning of The Last Of The Innocent, and the sword and sorcery of last year's Savage Sword of Criminal,” said Phillips. “This time I get to figure out how to draw a kung-fu werewolf without him looking too silly. Let's hope I can pull it off! Even if I can't, it's great to be back in the Criminal universe again, it's like we've never been away."
This 10th Anniversary Special also comes in a magazine-sized variant featuring the star of the comic-within-the-comic—a perfect companion to last year's SAVAGE SWORD OF CRIMINAL magazine-sized variant.
CRIMINAL: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (Diamond code: NOV158430) hits stores Wednesday, April 13th. CRIMINAL: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, DEADLY EDITION: MAGAZINE-SIZE VARIANT (Diamond code: NOV158431) will also be available on Wednesday, April 13th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, March 21st.



Monday, November 09, 2015


A couple of weeks ago I painted another cover for Arrow Films, this time for their up-coming blu-ray release of Takashi Miike’s Audition... Unfortunately it was rejected and replaced by someone else's cover art at the last minute. Hopefully it will still be used as a poster or something...

Monday, November 02, 2015

Thursday, October 01, 2015

LICAF Auction

I'll have original art for sale is this auction organized by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival at Orbital Comics in London on November 24th.

Auction Catalogue

If you can't be there on the night, you can bid online...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

PHONO+GRAPHIC exhibition

The exhibition I'm curating of record covers drawn by comic artists opens next week in Kendal Museum and will be on until the 20th October, including the weekend of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. I'll be there for my only signing session of the festival on the 17th October Saturday morning from 11am to 1pm.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Woman's Hour

It was my pleasure do to some drawings of the guest editors of Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4, starting today with Kim Cattrall. Here's all the finished pics along with a couple of the hand drawn portraits before any digital changes were made...

Friday, September 04, 2015

More Criterion...

I did a couple of other pics for those two Criterion blu-rays... Not sure if they'll be used on the sleeve or inside the cases. Both painted in Manga Studio...

Friday, June 19, 2015

Blu-Ray Covers

It's been a few years since I last drew any, but I've recently done three Blu-ray covers, two for Criterion and one for Arrow Films. I've got another two to do for Arrow in the next couple of months as well. These were all painted digitally using Manga Studio.

First, sketch, pencils and the final wraparound art for Cemetery Without Crosses, out in July from Arrow Films in the UK...

And then sketches and finished art for two films directed by Bruce Beresford, Mister Johnson and Breaker Morant, both out in September from Criterion in the US...

Both of these also feature another wraparound painting for the interior of the cases but they've not been released by Criterion yet, so I'd better not show them.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Original Art Sale!

 As it's my birthday tomorrow, my original art dealer is having a one-day sale...

Splashpage Art 


Sean Phillips 50% OFF Birthday Sale

Sean Phillips, the co-creator of Sleeper, Incognito, Criminal, Fatale and the artist of Marvel Zombies, The Dark Tower and much more is having a momentous occasion coming up!

In honor of Sean Phillips 50th Birthday on January 27th, we are running a ONE DAY 50% OFF SALE on his interior original art! 

The sale is only good from 12:01AM to 11:59PM Central Standard Time on Tuesday January 27th with art being sold on a first come, first serve basis, and is a one time occasion that will never happen again!   SO START SAVING YOUR PENNIES FOR THIS ONE DAY EVENT!
There is a MINIMUM purchase of any 2 Sean's interior pages, but the entire order being 50% OFF the marked price + shipping.
The online prices will not reflect the 50% off sale.  Once you submit a purchase request, you will be emailed with an updated total showing the discount and the shipping cost added.  In the description, you are more than welcome to specify reserve pages in case your first choices have been sold already.
This is the first time Sean has ever had a sale on his artwork, let alone such an incredible event like this.  This includes all of his interior panel & splash story pages posted in his gallery.  This does NOT include cover art specialty paintings to accompany articles & any art not posted on the website.  (He hasn't completely lost all his marbles just yet.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

March books




MARCH 25 / 128 PAGES / FC/ M / $14.99

The best-selling crime series continues in this strikingly-designed new edition from Image.
CRIMINAL, VOL. 3: THE DEAD AND THE DYING – It's the ultimate '70s noir from the noir masters! A beautiful but damaged woman returns home with nothing but vengeance on her mind, and two best friends, one the son of the city's crime kingpin, are caught in the crossfire. BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS get experimental, with three interlinking viewpoints that tell a tragic tale.



MARCH 25 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS' best-selling series ever just keeps hitting! Charlie and his blacklisted friend Gil hunt Hollywood's back alleys for answers to Valeria Sommer's murder and cover-up, but the one man who might know something, ex-child star "Flapjack" Jones, has gone into hiding...unless he's dead in a ditch by the side of the road.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Good Omens

Here's nice big jpegs of the six pictures I did for each episode of BBC Radio 4's upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens novel...