HAPPY Free Comic Book Day! This annual event takes place on the first Saturday of May, (which is TODAY!!!!) it is celebration of the comic book medium and is designed to help introduce new readers to comics and comic book stores.
In the spirit of Free Comic Book Day I’ve made all of my minicomics to date available online to read for FREE anytime, anywhere! Just click here to start reading, or go to the Illustration tab at the top and click MINICOMICS.
Enjoy and head into your local comic book store today and show them your support!
Branding for School of Chinese Music and Arts
I studied a 10 week course at School of Chinese Music and Arts on the Guzheng (Chinese harp). While there I made friends with the owner and asked if she needed help with some branding in exchange for some more lessons. I presented some ideas and she loved them, so I went ahead with the project, designing a brochure, business cards, a banner and letter heads. This was the result.
In June 2017 I received some bad news from the GP which led to specialists, scans and even a biopsy. Dark Grey Spot is a visual journal I began to work on as a way of clearing my head and processing what was going on. It is a collection of my thoughts and experiences that I put down on paper and turned into a minicomic.
Dark Grey Spot is available to read online now, click here to go to the page.
It’s a project that’s been months in the making, I’ve been scanning, editing and collating my sketchbook from China and now it’s finally finished. The end result is a series of 3 minicomics bound with a lino-cut, hand printed banner and a podcast to go with it. If you’re interested in getting one, click here. There’s only 31 packs printed!
Check out the promo/making of video below.
In November 2016 my wife and I went to China for a month. While there, I kept a daily sketch journal of all the peculiar things I saw, of which there were many! Over the past few months I’ve been scanning, editing and collating the illustrations into a series of 3 minicomics that are going to be released soon.
Check out some of the photos below of the project coming to life in the Parchbell studio.
I’m making a podcast to accompany the minicomics, something I’ve never done before but have always been interested in. The past few days I’ve been working on a song that will play at the beginning of each podcast using my Guzheng (Chinese harp). I’m real excited to be trying something new and can’t wait to release this whole project.
Check out the volume covers for the podcasts coming out soon…
I’m hoping it’ll all be ready to go next month…see you then!
Collaborative projects are always tough work and lead to some sort of conflict…this is what I’ve always thought until I collaborated with musician and long time friend, Alnitak_Kid. He wanted a cover design and sticker for his new release beat tape, Daymares&Nightdreams.
After weeks of throwing around many good and bad ideas we came up with this one, a collection of his instruments and equipment displayed on the cover with half the illustration laying on the inside of the tape which is designed to encourage people to play with and explore what’s inside.
The gallery above shows the finished product.
To find out more about Alnitak_Kid click here.
To Find out more about the illustration click here.
Something that fascinates me more than animation is the animation process. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes that never sees the light of day but is invaluable in creating something that is both believable and relatable. This video is a tribute to that process, it shows my process from thumbnail sketch to coloured character. It also gave me a chance to create a mini score using my Guzheng.
I made this tray a few months ago when I started getting into Chinese green teas and I’ve used it nearly every day since! I was tired of having no ceremony or tradition to go with my teas and thought building a tea tray would make me spend some time learning how to brew teas traditionally…it worked! I wanted the tray to look ancient, but also contemporary, so I used the legs off an old chair for the handles and a bamboo sushi mat for the tray top. Turned out pretty good.
Click on the gallery BELOW to check out the making of The Tea Tray