Heros, Hedgespoken and Church

A rare book cover this week – part three of Conrad Mason’s Demon’s Watch series entitled the Hero’s Tomb. This will be released next March, along with the Tales of Fayt graphic novel (set in the same world) which I’m currently putting together.


A few weeks ago, a motley assortment of local folk descended on Rima and Tom’s field to help them film a video for their crowd-funded project, Hedgespoken. This involves turning a rather impressive 60’s Bedford truck into a home and mobile stage, like a real-life Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.


Luckily, the suspension coped admirably with us jumping up and down on it for half an hour playing Russian folk tunes, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. You can view the finished video here, find out more about the project and maybe contribute to the magic (various rewards are on offer from the talented pair).

Earlier this week I found myself exploring the Roseland Peninsular down in Cornwall.  I happened upon an interesting 13th century church, and did a sketch…


What’s particularly fascinating about this place is that it inhabits a sub-tropical microclimate; the ancient headstones are festooned in palms, making it (what I imagine) a pirate’s graveyard in the West Indies would look like…



Pod Girl and Bind-Ups


Here’s another Local Character that’s been lurking in the sketchbook waiting to be finished. Here are the 3 stages of development, from scribble in sketchbook to pen and ink drawing. Once again, it was mostly painted with the ‘toothbrush and dab’ method and then lots of coloured pencil to make it look less of a muddy disgrace.

More about what Pod Girl gets up to here.


Layouts are very nearly complete for The Mythic Village Yearbook, I just need to print them out and check for mistakes. Here are a few pages so you get an idea of how it will look:


There are a few words on each spread to expand on the themes of the paintings, some mildly amusing, some verging on the profound (I’m not Paramahansa Yogananda so don’t expect too much) and of course a variety of sketches.

This month I will be putting together another book: Tales of Fayt – The Crippled Imp. Yesterday I was sent the previous excellent ‘Phoenix Presents’ editions, which are serving as a template.


The Crippled Imp appeared in the Phoenix Comic in episodes earlier this year, and now has to be slightly adjusted so it reads as one complete story (which means taking out title pages, ‘what happened last week’ panels, etc.). There’s also room for displaying some of the work that went into the pre-production – sketches, storyboards, models and the like. There will be a couple of bits of new artwork as well, and I need to do a cover; currently I’ve absolutely no idea what to do for that. I’m hoping someone will rescue me by suggesting something good.

Balthazar and Assorted Sketches


A while back I completed a cover for a friend of mine, Stu Jenks. Stu is based in Tucson, Arizona and makes intriguing photographs (as well as playing a mean mandolin). He also writes – this is a magical Christmas story and you can find out more here.


This week I have been putting together my local character pictures with a view to releasing them as a book. I wanted to include some ‘behind the scenes’ sketches, but as I tend to burn most of them I’ve had to scribble some new ones.

It will be called The Mythic Village Yearbook, the idea being the images will unfold in the order of the seasons – when I was looking through the pictures it seemed that almost all of them could be assigned to specific times of the year.

Here’s the rather treacherous stile that leads up to the Black Prince’s path – the wooden bar and step has since been removed – the signpost is my own addition.


This is Ozwald the whippet, who features in one of the paintings:


The area around nearby Kestor Rock has an abundance of hut circles, stone rows and circles; a perfect loping ground for Warlock the Hunter:


Finally, a steampunk couple, rescued from an abandoned illustration project called Pictura – a sort of colouring-in book.