Happy New Year! So that was 2016. Despite all the awful stuff that happened, I still managed to enjoy some great creative projects and am looking forward to what 2017 may bring. I just might not watch the news as much. Anyway, here's a round up of what I've been doing over the past twelve months..
First there was the Graphic Shakespeare competition. I didn't win but I really enjoyed making my little Macbeth piece, which you can read in full by clicking the image above! I also got to create a nice fold-out comic from it, that went down really well at comics fairs. Yuss.
Next I adapted a segment of John Le Carre's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold for Russ Kick's Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, to be published soon by Seven Stories Press. Drawing a spy comic was quite a new thing for me but I really enjoyed having a go at "noir" and you can see some of the pages by clicking the car image above. Let me know what you think, I'd be interested to hear what people make of it!
Following on from this, some more work for the University of Sussex. They wanted me to create friendly and inviting images for their Research Hive, a total contrast to spies in Cold War Berlin. Still, they were fun to draw - simplicity can give you lots of creative freedom.
A large proportion of the year was then spent doing workshops, including B.fest's Graphic Novel in a Day, Phil Viner's All Night Write and Little Green Pig's Little Green Pop Up. Plus I got to be part of the Drawing Parade at the Fall Comica Comiket!
To finish off, I also managed to do another comic strip workshop for Little Green Pig, speak about Think Like Churchill at Graphic Brighton 2016 and pay another couple of visits to the Creative Media Production students at City College Brighton & Hove! Phew.
Whilst all this has been going on I've been beavering away at a top secret project, which I'm hoping to reveal in early 2017. Here's a sneaky preview below.. but hey, why don't you sign up to my soon to be launched quarterly newsletter so you can find out more?
Here's to a bright and fun-filled year ahead.