About Me

My photo
I studied Illustration at The North Wales School Of Art And Design, and am now attempting to promote myself as a freelance illustrator. I am currently based in Wrexham, North Wales. However I shall be relocating to Northampton later this year.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Professional Practice Sleepless Pheonix Pin Up

"On June 30, 2010, Insomnia Publications filed to cease trading with the UK companies house. Though Insomnia never officially informed his creators (or anyone) of this decision, all signs pointed to the end of Insomnia. And the creators, well, we were supposed to move on, chalk up a loss, and let all our hard work and dedication become a memory—lesson learned.

But we came up with a different plan. In the days following the news of Insomnia’s seeming end, one thing became clear: that all the creators involved believed in each other’s work. A mutual admiration was shared for the short comics that appear in this anthology, and we are determined to see it get the release it deserves.

And that’s how The Sleepless Phoenix—a collective of up-and-coming comics talent from both the UK and the US—was born. While the Comic Book Alliance works to settle the conflict of our publishing contracts, we took the only content that still belongs to us—this anthology."

Recently I have been working on a pin up for the sleepless phoenix comic book anthology, Survival Stories.
This project was given to me by my sister, Lauren Anne Sharp (http://laurenannesharp.blogspot.com) as she is also doing a pin up for the anthology.

For this project I began by brain storming ideas for an image to do with survival or a struggle to survive.
This gave me three main ideas which were an image of someone with their head in their hands, someone climbing a cliff or someone aiming a gun.
After some sketching I chose the man aiming a gun, I began by working on some of the sketches to make an inked idea while discussing it with my sister until I came to a good image.Since drawing this I have added a lamp to the background, I felt this gave a reason for him to be turning in panic, as well as adding blood splatter to the background. This is ambiguous as to whether he has shot someone or something else has happened. I also have chosen to colour it in black and white. I made two images one has red blood, which I shall use in my professional practice folder at University as this was how I saw my image coming out. The second image was the same, only the blood splatter was in white (inspired by Sin City) which will be used in the anthology as it will be printed in black and white.
The anthology can be found at:
Any pledges towards its publishing will be very much appreciated, it is released in October 2010.

I shall post the finished work at some point after BICS (British International Comic Show) in October.