The Imp Unleashed

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Today the first instalment of Tales of Fayt appeared in The Phoenix. This episode was made in the attic of a house by the Thames in Oxford last October, and I’m still working on the story (5 pages left!). If all goes to plan the collected work will be released as a graphic novel in Autumn. If you can’t wait that long, rush out and get a copy of the Phoenix, or download the app for a digital version.

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As this project is nearly done, I took myself off to Cornwall for a couple of days to think about what to do next. I wrote a book a few years ago, failed to get it published and stuck it in the metaphorical drawer marked ‘things to work on later’. It occurred to me I might be able to turn it into a graphic novel, and whilst pottering about the rugged coast I did some thinking/editing.

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So I came away with sore legs (so many steps!), sun-burn and a positive frame of mind that I can do something with ‘The Stone Giant’ (that’s the title of the book – here’s one of a few illustrations I did at the time of writing…)

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Also in the news this week:

Last time I mentioned a charity auction. I lost a mad lady being attacked by squirrels (it’s ok – she went to a good home), but gained a squashed fairy. This painting is from Terry Jones and Brian Froud’s Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book from 1994. Terry explains all here.

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The Cup That Wouldn’t Grow Up

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I just received this from Great Ormond Street, the hospital forever linked with Peter Pan.

Despite my brief involvement with Neverland quite a few years ago, my Pan images still crop up in unusual places.

Here he is on the side of a publisher’s offices in Spain…

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And illustrations from Peter Pan in Scarlet made massive and plastered all over Harrods…

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While it’s nice to have yourself plastered over Britain’s most famous shop, all I could see was the deficiencies in the work writ large. Typical.

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Other business this week – Proper Job, our recycling centre, is having a fund-raising auction this weekend. As well as the awesome and abundant mythic artists in the locality (including Alan Lee and Brian Froud), work has been donated by a plethora of creative folk from various disciplines. There’s a full list of items and artists on the Proper Job page, including details of the event. Not to be missed if you are in the Dartmoor area. Here’s my two-penneth – an original illustration from The Oldmoor Orphans and the Rodents Revenge…

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Imperipherals

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This week I just managed to get this poster done in time for Saturday’s Phoenix Fest in Oxford. 

It looks like a great event for parents and younglings to get involved in creating comics – have a look at Sarah MacIntyre’s blog post concerning last year’s shenanigans.

Here are the stages that led to the finished piece. Rough sketch first, then tighter pencils that are fiddled with in Photoshop to create something close to a line drawing (upping the contrast, basically) and then a quick splodge of colour to use as a guide. The final piece was coloured using Painter and Photoshop.

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Also finished this week: Crafty Crocklewick’s Guide to Port Fayt, an introduction to the world of the Crooked Imp…

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