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Ah, the troublesome second page, with a tricky trip and fall sequence... I think my recent life drawing sessions have really helped my drawing, but you can never get a model to hold a pose like this... Techy types will want to know that I'm using Manga Studio for the inks and colours and inDesign for the lettering. MS does some stupid things with fonts that I just can't seem to get around, whilst inDesign is just great at setting text.    ...

The Gecko Part II – the trip

Daughter has kindly supplied a three page script and I've taken time off from work to illustrate it. Here's a very quick post just to prove that I'm working on...

The Gecko Part I

Not one, but three models at June's Drink and Draw in Blackburn. The Rockit Belly Dancers were too quick for me though; I only ever caught two at a time, at...

Drink and Draw II

I've a whole range of goodies at Society Six with my new life affirming slogan, Only Apathy Can Stop Me Now. It's the kind of feel good, pithy, encouragement we...

Apathy Rules

A great new themed drawing class in Blackburn. A good opportunity to flex the life drawing muscles (atrophied since college) and set in a bar, hence the drink and draw....

Drink and Draw

On Saturday I took a trip into the musical past, as the Psychedelic Warlords performed at the Railway Venue in Bolton. Recreating two classic albums, Hawkwind's Hall of the Mountain...

Psychedelic Warlords

A series of posters about online security matters in the work place. These posters are designed to drive workers to the intranet for more information on how to improve their...

Security Matters

Burnley College hosted a Work Inspiration Day for children from five local schools to come and have a look at what the world of work might offer them. I was very pleased to be asked to attend and try and inspire some young folks to do graphic design. You can read more about the event and the creation of this...

Work Inspiration Day

Lost is an illustration for a poem by Ian Longstaff. We've submitted this piece to cardboard collective. Here's a few variations on the theme. Ian's poem is full of visual metaphor already, so I was anxious that my illustration didn't just represent one of those existing ideas. Hopefully my solution has added a little to the piece as well as...

Lost

Here's a collection of online resources and tools that I've used recently when developing Wordpress Templates. Don't leave home without your Wordpress toolbox, even if you're working from home; in...

WordPress toolbox

I like to give the site a bit of a facelift every year. It gives me a chance to review how stuff is going and to experiment with new techniques....

Bootstrap 3

Machines of Love and Grace is a comic book scripted by my daughter, Izzy Barlow, that she's been kind enough to let me have a go at illustrating. Izzy Barlow is an aspiring writer, and I'm a wannabe comic book illustrator who hasn't illustrated much in the way of comics since I had Phoenix Square published by Slave Labor Graphics. Izzy and I had a great time at the Comics Art Festival in Kendal last year and I've been inspired to try my...

Machines of Love and Grace