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The Mind of James Svengal – Kickstarter

For the past few months I've been working on a 180 page graphic novel with Jordam Sam Adams, The Mind of James Svengal - "While struggling with PTSD, James battles his inner psyche and his addition. Trying to keep himself together while falling ...

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Print Collection (online shop)

If you're attending any comic conventions (or buying from my online shop) these will be the prints that I'll have with me, with more being added as the year goes on. All of these are A3 and printed on 250gsm Tinteretti Gesso. ONLINE SHOP ...

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Timeline

Book timeline. What's out, what's next? Bellow is a timeline of the books I've worked on so far (excluding covers, children's books, work as a ghost artist and letter) so you have a rough idea of whats coming. Last year I made a switch from working ...

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How I survive freelancing

Over the past two years I've made my living by freelancing. Previously, I worked in a studio and my time there helped give me perspective on what I wanted to do. When I finished my degree the idea of freelancing was terrifying and like most ...

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The end of con season

We are heading into the end of comic con season with only two events left (for myself at least). This weekend I'm heading to Leeds for Thought Bubble which is one of my most favourited shows of the year. The reason being that it is purely focused on ...

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Target Reached

We recently hit our target on Kickstarter for our new comic A Tale of Shadows: Cause & Effect. Myself, Tyler and Paul couldn't be happier because we not get to print the book and get it out there into the world. In honesty we weren't sure how it ...

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Drawing lace

Lace seems to have come back into fashion and as a result I've been briefed to draw a number of lace textile designs. Drawing lace means that its most likely going to be a two colour print. One for the line and the other for fabric colour. This can ...

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We are live!

This morning we returned to Kickstarter with our new comic A Tale of Shadows: Cause & Effect, the second book in the series. For the past few months Tyler, Paul and myself have been working on the book and making sure its finished before we came ...

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Kickstarter preview

A few months ago we used Kickstarter to fund A Tale of Shadows Book 1: Something Out of Nothing. We were sucessfully funded and now that we have finished book 2, we are heading back to Kickstarter. A Tale of Shadows: Cause & Effect, is the ...

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Drawing digitally, sketching traditionally.

For awhile theres been a sort of rivalry between working digitally and traditionally. How one works better than the other, depending which side of the fence your on. For myself, they work together. I have different ways of working depending on ...

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ToS Book 2 – cover & speed painting

Myself, Tyler and Paul have been working on A Tale of Shadows Book 2: Cause & Affect. While I'm finishing the last few pages of line work, Tyler is working on the colouring and Paul is proofing dialogue and the text. We will be heading back to ...

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Textile print – speed painting

I've spent most of August working on a range of new textile prints and creating promotional for H&Q Design LTD. Part of which is a speed painting of one of my floral designs. The video shows the pattern from the drawing stage, colour and onto ...

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Types of work

Recently I've been asked a number of times "what is it you actually do?" with some people becoming more puzzled at the answer. So lets shed some light on what it is I do, day to day. In short, is depends. I'm a freelancer which means ...

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Working south

Directly after Manchester MCM I headed down south. For weeks at a time I work in the Broadstairs' studio, primarily on textile prints. At the moment we are preparing for a textile show in Paris next month so most of the August will be spent drawing ...

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ToS – Book 2

I've had a number of emails, tweets, messages and general questions about A Tale of Shadows, book 2. When is it coming out? Have you started working on it? Whats going to happen, etc. So I figured I'd ahead some light on the next issue. My ...

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Colour pallet, colour blind

Being partly colour blind definatly comes with some disadvantages. You can't join the fire fighters, become a electrician or get a pilots licence. Thankfully though you can still be an illustrator, but you have to learn to work around it. For ...

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Travelling Man – Manchester

Having your books in shops is important. Its a great way to get your work seen by new people and also makes them accessible. Speaking with other creators, some stores work better than others. For myself, I love the Travelling Man chain. Every time I ...

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Borderline Press – Sale!

Lets face it, reading comics and graphic novels can be expensive. Especially if your reading a series that comes out each month. Or theres those dreadfully expensive cross over events, that make you buy every comic under the sun. However, there is ...

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New comics

Yesterday our new comic, A Tale of Shadows arrived and just in time for London MCM. We spent the evening organising the books, prepping for comic con and signing a number of things for Kickstarter backers. The only downside to having a sleeve ...

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Kuruz – the illustration process

I've been getting a lot of emails recently from people asking about how I develop my illustrations and the process to getting to a final piece. So heres some insight using the Kuruz brief that I had recently as an example. For me, the most ...

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Merging styles

This weekend, a new comic by myself, Tyler Wilson and Paul Clark-Forse will be released at London MCM. The comic (A Tale of Shadows), was funded via Kickstarter last month and it a little different to my normal style of work and the reason for this ...

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Travel plan

In a few days time I'll be traveling again. This time its for another comic convention, to send Kickstarter rewards out and to work in the Broadstairs studio on textile prints. Overall, its going to be a busy few weeks with a very, VERY, heavy ...

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Target reached

The Kickstarter for our new comic, A Tale of Shadows recently reached its target. From myself, Paul and Tyler, we couldn't be happier. The Kickstarter means we can get the comic printed and out into the world while we work on book 2. If ...

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We are live! (Kickstarter)

A Tale of Shadow is a 28 page fantasy comic by myself, Tyler Wilson and Paul Clark-Forse and is set ideologically spilt by the arrival of new technology. When "The Machine" is unveiled in his hometown, Felix, a young loner, finds himself caught ...

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Kickstarter preview

This week I'll be heading back to Kickstarter, but this time with the talented Tyler Wilson and the witty writer Paul Clark-Forse. We will be pitching the first book of our new comic, A Tale of Shadows which is a 28 page fantasy comic set in a world ...

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Making progress

At the moment, I'm sat in a studio in Broadstairs on the southern coast. I can see the beach from the balcony and during the day, I've spent the past week working on textile prints. However, in the evenings I've been working on my next comic - 'A ...

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Something new.

It's been a few days since Midlands MCM and I'm still in the Telford area. This is because I'm working on a new book with Tyler Wilson which has been in the works for awhile now. We've spent the last few days taking the artwork from line work / base ...

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Scarfs and keychains

Another print that will be with me during con season - Rain. A lot brighter than some of the others, definatly more colourful. This is one of the new illustrations on my set of business cards. The illustration is more character focused than some ...

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Con season has begun!

Yesterday was my first comic con for the year at Midlands MCM. Overall, a nice con to start the year but a bit of a slow burner. At the start of a new season you tend to get a lot of creators with new merch. I'm no different. My print range has been ...

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New Business cards

I've recently changed printers. This wasn't because I didn't like my old one, its because I wanted a specific paper stock. If you've bought one of my new prints (or you got one from my Kickstarter) theres a higher level of quality overall and ...

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Sinners on Kickstarter

If you've browsed throughout he comic section on Kickstarter recently you should (and I emphasise SHOULD!) have come across a book called Sinners Issue 1 - Hope is Dead. The campaign is in its last days and only a few percent away from its goal. So ...

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Welcome to Etsy

This week I've gone through the process of changing how you buy my products online. In the past my shop worked directly from my own website. There are pros and cons to this and its something I'd been looking at changing for awhile. So I've turned ...

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Smoking and cityscapes

One more illustration for the collection! This one was originally based on my comic 'Where Were You?' but after playing around with the concept and the character, it evolved into something a little different. If you've read the comic you see ...

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From pencils to colour

The countdown to my first comic con of the year (Midlands MCM) is ticking away and I'm still creating the first wave of illustrations for my new print collection. Another of which is 'The Black Sheep'. I spent a lot of time playing around with ...

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Dragons and spirits

Comic con season ended roughly a month ago and since then I've been wrapping up the Kickstarter for my new comic (Lost & Found) and planning things for next year. Con season starts again in February so theres a short gap between making new ...

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Back to Thought Bubble

This weekend I'll be attending Thought Bubble. The international comic arts festival in Leeds. This is one of my favourite shows the year which is purely 100% comics! So lots of artists and creators packed into three areas. I'll be in the Royal ...

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Stretch Goals

We are heading into the final days of my Kickstarter campaign. The support has been fantastic and last night we hit our stretch goal to get better printing and a bigger print run. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking (typing) ...

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Timeline – books & comics

My first comic / book was released in 2013 and since then I've worked on a number of different titles. For my sake (and also for those who have an interest) I've mapped out the titles and projects (including those not out or unannounced) since then ...