News From The Frontier Of Illustration
10 November 2017Art in the Tea Room
I'm continuing my regular appearances in Mrs Green's Tea Room, just off the High Street in Dumfries. This is a lovely place to work on some art with a ready supply of beverages and food and I do a morning a week here, currently Fridays.
Look out for the mini blackboard marking my table. Feel free to come over and chat - if I wanted peace and quiet I'd stay at home in my studio.
This is a good place to talk about art and plan a special commission. I've started family portraits, book covers and cartoons for clients in this very place.
If I'm not in, there's a wee gallery of my work by the cake cupboard and on the way to the toilet.
If you're visiting Dumfries, Mrs Green's is the place to go.
07 October 2017The Beachcomber meets Arthur C Clarke
I'm working on a new Beachcomber comic. This one will appear in the December issue of Shoreline of Infinity which will be the tenth issue of that august publication.
December also sees the centenary of science fiction legend Arthur C Clarke. So I'll be working on a likeness of this gentleman who will make an appearance to speculate on anniversaries and milestones with the eponymous Beachcomber.
In the meantime you can catch up with the Beachcomber's previous appearances at the Shoreline of Infinity website in this story's external link.
28 August 2017Jack Kirby Centenary
On 6th February 1994, the world lost a titan of the illustrative arts. Had he lived, Jack 'King' Kirby would have been 100 today.
Early training in the Pratt Insitute was followed by work under Max Fleischer, Will Eisner and Jerry Iger, and drawing Blue Beetle for Victor Fox. Always honing his artistic skills, Jack also wrote comic strips and was responsible for creating many of the great comic characters that still entertain readers today.
Teaming up with Joe Simon, he created Captain America for Timely Comics, home of the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. Moving to DC, they created the Newsboy Legion and the Boy Commandos.
After time away from writing and drawing as they served in World War 2, Simon and Kirby returned to the comics world and invented popular romance comics in the form of Young Romance and Young Love. However, the anticomic movement of the 1950s made the field increasingly difficult to work in and Simon and Kirby went their separate ways.
For a time Jack made his living drawing newspaper strips with a brief stint at DC drawing Challengers of the Unknown, which he had created earlier with Joe Simon. However, the fifties ended with Jack Kirby back at Timely drawing romance, western and monster comics.
Timely was renamed Marvel and, teaming up with Stan Lee, Jack entered into the sixties superhero revival. They created the Fantastic Four in 1961 and went from strength to strength. Pulling in other legends such as Steve Ditko, Larry Leiber, Bill Everett, Gene Colan, Roy Thomas and John Buscema, they created or developed all of the characters that we are now familiar with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In tribute to Jack Kirby, the godfather of all of us comic artists and illustrators everywhere, I'm posting my version of the Fantastic Four.
You can learn a lot more about Jack Kirby at the Kirby Museum by following the external link.
Happy Kirby Day. Happy Kirby Centenary.