Saturday, May 30, 2015

Turkey-Timer Head

Technical pen and coloured pencil, approx. 148 x 210 mm.

Monday, May 25, 2015


Quickie digital watercolour over a Faber-Castell brush-pen sketch. These pens lose their point and responsiveness very quickly, it seems to me. I haven't tried any other brands, so I don't know if it's common to all. Maybe it's just my ham-fistedness, smushing it into the page.

Floater Droid

Photoshop doodle. I started with a random scribble and this is what fell out the other end.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mountain Kingdom - WIP

This is being painted over top of a photograph of a formation in the Dolomites, a bit distorted and with a new skyscape. I'm having some trouble with the perspectives though, especially in the king carved into the face of the centre spire; I think his head will pretty much have to be re-done completely.

A bit later...

I decided that rather than try to re-do the carving, I'd just try to disguise its defects. So now it's Under Construction. Plus, I added another bridge.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Flag

While I'm all for taking the piss out of the whole new-flag electorate-distraction farce, it is actually a decent design exercise too.

This is an actual, serious, no-shit design that I think would work, and it's so jam-packed with symbolism that it squeaks when you rub it.

The cerulean blue field stands for our sea and sky. The green stripe is for our land, out on the ocean; the white stripe is for our Long White Cloud. The Southern Cross is pretty self-explanatory; it places us in our hemisphere, and it provides a visual link with the old flag.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blort the Obscene

This guy was a very minor NPC in a game I was playing in during 1981 (my very first year of roleplaying games). It's a very crappy drawing, but I still hold it in nostalgic affection as one of my very first D&D drawings.

As usual, colour and texture added in Photoshop. The original drawing is HB pencil on bond typing paper.


0.5 mm fibre-tip pen line-work, textured in Photoshop.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015



This is another old line drawing, texturized. I was trying to be Möbius at the time, and failing miserably.

Brush-Head Guy

I drew this many, many years ago in an idle moment, and just now added some tone, texture and shadow in Photoshop. I don't remember now if I had any particular purpose in mind when I drew it.

Monday, May 11, 2015


It's rather an awkward way to carry a spear,
but what can you expect?
It's only a mouse.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wakizashi Bokken

I made this wakizashi bokken out of some scraps I had lying about. The blade is white oak, the handle is black walnut (I think). Total length is 612 mm.

Ironically, I'm no longer training at aikido due to having dodgy knees, hips and shoulders, so I'll most likely never actually get to use it for its intended purpose.

The handle has an oak tang running up the middle of it from the blade. The only reason I added the walnut wrapping was because the shape of the oak scrap tapered towards the handle-end, and didn't allow for a full-width grip. That made it a bit unsafe; it would be quite likely to fly out of a sweaty hand. The ovoid cylinder of the walnut handle gives a much firmer, safer grip, and I think it should probably be strong enough for a reasonable degree of thwacking.

NOTE: This was stolen from me from the dojo, along with the rest of my training weapons and weapon bag. My curse on the arsehole responsible.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wooden Spoon

I made this spoon out of a scrap of oak I had lying around, while I was waiting for some glue to dry on another (less fun) job.

American White Oak, about 190 mm long.