The last few months has seen me produce a couple of stretch goal prints for some indie comics kickstarters, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this. I love making fan art*, and really that’s what this feels like. Being able to dive into the creative world someone else has already brought to life and give it your own spin.
I’d done some of these for the guys at Madius Comics previously which is always great. But being asked by people outside my regular creative collaborative circle was also really cool.
One of these was for Lad, a great new project from Umma Ditta, a strange and really well received folklore meets urban crime drama, about to enter its second Kickstarter push.
And more recently, I worked on a piece for one of Steve Tanner’s (Time Bomb Comics) other historical comics, Dick Turpin. Definitely still in the ballpark of my work with him on Flintlock, but again, fun to play with the imagery a little as a guest on the project.
*Anyone who has asked me to do fan art commissions at shows, will no doubt think this is odd, as it’s something I usually turn down. I’ve no problem with others doing it, I’m just not that comfortable myself selling stuff based on IPs I don’t have any licences or permissions for. I don’t know why, but that’s the way it is I guess.
So the fan art I do mostly tends to stay in my sketchbooks or appear as process sketches in my Twitter feed or Facebook, or be the theme of my Inktober etc, but last year there was an opportunity to donate some art to a charity raffle event for Little Heroes. A great charity that donates create your own comic book starter kits for kids in hospital. The event took place at The Two Chairmen in London, and I met up with Andrew Segal and made a day of it, checking out the usual comic stores beforehand (it was coincidentally Free Comic Book Day).
The event itself was also to be the live audience recording of episode 200 of The Awesome Comics Podcast. All of which resulted in a fun comics themed day out. I got to show Vince Hunt the progress on Coldwater Cove (i.e. all the pencilled pages), and we got to chat to a few of the UK indie creators that had come along to donate as well. Top day out.
Anyway, if you are interested, I created a Fan Art Section on here where you can see a bunch of stuff I’ve done over the last few years. Enjoy.