Category Archives: Character Design

Some new work

Here is some of the artstuff I’ve done recently





















16.march update
I’ve just heard that my Bearfight image has been accepted! I’m going to have an illustration in a book! Very exciting.

I heard through the grapevine about a book being produced by the Banner Year Press called ‘Bearfight‘.  Essentially a collection of illustrations from artists depicting Bears Fighting.  They were asking for a general call from artists, and so I felt I should submit my own bearfight! The images had to be greyscale, but I figured I’d work my image in colour, then work on the tones until they worked in both colour, and black and white.  I’ve just submitted my design to Bearfight HQ, hopefully it makes it into the book! That would be awesome.  And here is my fight! (Both Colour and Greyscale) Enjoy :

– A.

Here you find an Owl.

Here is a picture of an owl dancing to jazz played by a mouse.

The Owldanceman is going to have a place on a special project I’m working on.  There will be a number of illustrations on it, and hopefully I’ll be able to show you it all! But maybe not, you never know with these things.

– A.

Watercolour #2

I am learning lots and lots from this watercolouring.  What I am learning most is that this is mega fun.  I’m slowely getting the hang of the brushes, and figuring out what sort of style works best for me.  I’ve done two more since the other night.  One that I’m not going to show because it’s pretty awful, but this one – I think is my new favourite ( Yeah, okay, she looks a bit like ET, but that will learn me for not sketching out the design first, and just painting.  Enjoy!

Strange Little Girl - Watercolour

Barry, Bigface, Girl and Guts

Here are some sketches from the last few days to keep you all entertained.


Somehow, Barry knew he would be blamed for this.






Strange Little Girl

Can’t work.

I can’t seem to get any work done tonight.
So I decided to draw instead.

7 Years

7 Years

And some sketches from the other night…



Attempt at a lady

Attempt at a lady

Second star to the right, then straight down.

The past few days have been so wonderful, I thought I’d celebrate by putting together a new entertainer for you all! And what better than a young adventurous lad with too much black powder lying around.  I give you …

Not So Impressive Entertainer # 27 : Peter Blam – The Boy Who Will Never Grow Up

Peter Blam - The Boy Who Will Never Grow Up

Peter Blam

“Due to an unfortunate incident involving rapid acceleration and lack of adequate foundation undergarments, Peter was the only child of Eric (Mr Mortar) and Cindy (The Human Torch) – “The Flying Blamovichs” – a famous circus family.

Being brought up amidst an itinerant lifestyle and enduring home-schooling with very limited exposure to classic literature, he developed as a very lonely, some would say fixated and delusional pre-adolescent. Peter loved J. M. Barry’s classic work, one of the few books in his parent’s library. He was obsessed with “Neverland”, often dreaming he was there – gleefully running amongst the tents and cages with his wooden sword, living the life of a lost boy. Having few acquaintances of his own age, he would often be heard chatting to his imaginary Wendy, or arguing with Tootles about marbles, but everyone was too busy to notice how close he was to losing his own.

Magda, the bearded lady, often suggested that Peter’s conversations with “Tinkerbell”, his bottled glow worm, bordered on schizophrenic and that 2 out of 5 voices in her head were worried about him. She barely noticed the morning Peter slipped away from the communal breakfast table heading for the big top and his first grand adventure. Kitted out in his favourite Pan pyjamas, he climbed into his father’s cannon all the while thanking Tinks for the fairy dust, and launched himself towards the second star on the right, without realising it was merely a tear in the canvas that had yet to be repaired.

The subsequent kerfuffle and tragedy that ensued cancelled the matinee performance. The coroner ruled that the target sponge was not sufficiently wet; Peter’s trajectory was slightly miscalculated because the sight was calibrated for his father’s body weight meaning he would have missed his damp target anyway. Further it was determined that the explosive charge he had inexpertly packed into the cannon was not tamped down sufficiently to prevent flash burns and he was not wearing safety goggles or fire-retardant clothing all of which culminated in a record number of workplace health and safety violations.

Few will forget the unbridled joy of a crackling adolescent voice, exclaiming in jubilation at the top of his voice, from the top of his parabolic flight path “You will believe a boy can fly!” or the totality of the silence that followed the landing. During the remembrance ceremony, a final touching tribute was unveiled – the epitaph on his cremation urn read “Peter Blam – The Boy Who Will Never Grow Up”.”

– Biography by wonko.

I’ve had some suggestions on what to do with the entertainers eventually.  My favourite idea is a pack of 52 cards.  Each entertainer on a single card – could be a wonderful little idea, I just have to get to 52 of them first…

– a.