Dragonborn D&D character commission. I like how his face turned out a lot!
Sunday, 20 September 2020
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
I don't post every bleach tee here as they would swamp the blog. But 2 of these 4 are completely new and I'm not sure I've posted any of them here before!
They are all for sale in the Bleach Bones Etsy store.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
I've been wanting to illustrate some more dinosaurs like my linocut inspired Microraptor from waaaay back in 2016 for a while and finally sat down to actually try one, deciding on 2020's Spinosaurus! Given the huge gap between Microraptor and this guy, they aren't that stylistically similar really.
Anyway - super happy with how he turned out. I think the details could have probably been held back a little, but it's one of those things where once you start it's hard to reign it in 'till it's too late.
This design is available on T-shirts from the Bleached Bones store.
Friday, 28 August 2020
I've had this idea for a fossil themed sticker sheet for a while but I finally got round to starting it this month and finishing it off this week! They'll be available in my Bleached Bones Etsy store once I get them. For now, here's a mockup!
Sunday, 23 August 2020
Friday, 21 August 2020
Earlier this year I ran a Kickstarter for some acrylic pin badges that was essentially a way to judge demand and guarantee enough sales. Lots of people ask for pins, but in my experience people often say "if you make x I'd buy it in a heartbeat!" and then don't when you make x available.
The Kickstarter went ok - I made the goal and funded the pins and had enough leftover to put them in the store and see how they would sell organically. I'm sold out now!
So that's great and gave me the confidence to run another Kickstarter that improved on some things from last time. The campaign is at the time of posting this still live, so check it out!
One of the inherent problems with the Theme Park Collection in general is that because the designs are based on specific coasters, each one has a limited audience. And so, with pins, everyone wants a different one. And it's just not possible to offer them all, knowing that some just ain't gonna sell. I asked followers on Twitter and Dragons and Nemesis won out by miles. I know that's going against my own advice, but in this case I had already kinda decided would of the new pins would be Dragons... Nemesis felt like a risk. It's not a popular shirt design at all, but I could kinda see how it might be a popular pin. My store gets a lot of hits for "Alton Towers" but I just don't think people like my take on Nemesis. Me drawing attention to how it looks like a giant vagina is apparently not appealing as a big design on a shirt - can't imagine why.
My optimistic stretch goals almost certainly won't be met - but I have the incentive this time of offering backers the chance to vote for the next design to unlock. I'm doubtful, but hopeful, that when I announce the first poll winner tomorrow I may get a few more people on board with the campaign.
Monday, 17 August 2020
Sunday, 9 August 2020
Following a detailed paper on everyone's favourite crested dino dilophosaurus, paleoartist Brian Engh did a live educational drawing lesson in understanding the dinosaur's skull and what it tells us about how it would have looked in real life and where there is room for speculation. It was utterly fantastic. Check it out here.
I had to give it a go myself!
Thursday, 6 August 2020
Thursday, 16 July 2020
Finished commission I posted the sketch for the other day! I'm not completely satisfied with the background city - not my forte! But I think it's good enough as such a minor element of the image. Lighting came out nice!
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Monday, 13 July 2020
Commission I've been working on! Struggling a bit with art lately - I think just the crap of 2020 caught up with me and I just wanted to do nothing for a couple weeks. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things now.
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Monday, 29 June 2020
Saturday, 20 June 2020
I guess I never shared the sketches of these! I decided I wanted to make a bunch of designs for the Theme Park Collection that, rather than be about a specific ride, were more general celebrations of the industry. I wanted to order them as stickers to flesh out the Etsy store first, but they're also available on Teepublic and Redbubble on a variety of merchandise! 3 of these stickers were pre-existing designs but I figured it would be nice to share them here anyway as I like how they look!
Friday, 12 June 2020
I haven't really been drawing much, which is annoying given the whole ... 2020 Lockdown thing. Like a lot of artists, I've had that "wasting valuable time" thing. But I've been pushing myself during free time to spend time walking, or being in the garden, as they seem to be healthy things that I'm enjoying more right now. Ah well. Here's a Goku!
Tuesday, 9 June 2020
Thursday, 4 June 2020
This guy has been a LONG time in the making. A client got in touch wanting to design their character from scratch and had no idea what they wanted. We went through a LOT of concepts, alterations and such to get this little guy exactly how they wanted him to look! I'm more than happy to work on commissions like this for appropriate additional fees - I know a lot of artists absolutely hate working without existing visual references due to the work involved and flat out refuse to do it, so I like to make it clear to potential clients I'm happy to do so for a fee. Some people just don't know what they want - and that's cool! But it's a service to figure it out.
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
A commission for a friend who's starting their YouTube journey! They wanted an avatar of themselves, a title card, a profile banner, etc. Turned out pretty cute!
Monday, 1 June 2020
Sunday, 31 May 2020
Thursday, 28 May 2020
Monday, 25 May 2020
Flat colour commission that turned out rather nice! I've never had a flat-colour (no shading or rendering) commission like this requiring a background. I think it worked out super nice though.
Saturday, 23 May 2020
This year, I had planned to do a few conventions... Which is typical. If you're reading this in the future, check the date - it's 2020. The year everything was cancled.
Lots of lovely people are organising online conventions, though. And this weekend is #MCMLDNonline - an unofficial virtual take on London's biggest comic convention event of the year. So here's my little online table. This link should still work if you're a time traveler, though. saiyanhajime.bigcartel.com
Friday, 22 May 2020
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Monday, 18 May 2020
Friday, 15 May 2020
Finally got this finished this week. :) really happen with how they turned out - worked hard on the soft shading, as I have a tendency to prefer working with intense pallets. These guys are available from my TeePublic store! I hope to have them as prints at my next convention!