have come to the repository for all the pictures too miscellaneous even
to have their own page in this haven of miscellany. Poor things. I hope
you enjoy them, nonetheless.
Bitten by a production on Radio 4, I then found the Arkangel
recording at the library and got hooked. Unfortunately it's not the protagonist
who hooked me ...
- He may be the textbook definition of evil, but he's just so interesting.
Tell You Later- Shakespeare may be one of the greatest writers of
all time, but when he writes himself into a corner sometimes the evasive
tactics are a little too transparent.
Tragic Loading of this Bed - Is it a tragedy? Count the bodies! Desdemona's
bed becomes quite the popular place to die. (Roderigo has been added for
effect; he died elsewhere.) Drawn left-handed for the wryness, hence the
Current - Some jokes never get old, and neither does politics, apparently.
Iago gets Brabantio with the best comeback possible.
and the Frog
You can blame this film for the lack of updates these past
two years because I actually worked on it. Most of my 'fan art' you can
see on the screen, therefore, but it did prompt a few gag sketches ...
Facilier - I worked on quite a few different characters but if any
one of them dominated my workload, it was Dr Facilier. I don't think I've
ever had that much fun and gotten paid for it . . .
Science - SPOILER! Having a basic understanding of astronomy can really
ruin an emotional moment . . .
Naveen - His musical passion started young, thanks to a michievous
family member, and to his mother's undying regret. (So very not canon!
I completely made it up!)
some more Science - Once again, some basic astronomical knowledge
makes an unwelcome intrusion.
Dialogue - It's even funnier if you know Mike Surrey animated both
Ray and Timon
Voodoo Origins - SPOILER (kind of) Until very close to the end of
production, Facilier left his hat behind after meeting his end, rather
than that tomb frieze.
I am so addicted to this it's not even funny. It's been the
first thing to really bite me with the drawing bug in quite a while, but
it's limiting in that all the scenes I want to draw have been done already
... on film ... by much more talented people than me. It wasn't enough
to prevent this madness, though. (All 2008)
Horrible's Stolen Ostinato - I realized the ostinato guitar behind
that first song in Act II sounded a lot like the bit in 'The Island' by
the Decemberists. That's Colin Meloy, see? Oh, my sides split with laughter!
Rather more rendered than usual but I quite like how it turned out.
Hammer - ... is reminiscent of a certain ex-president's clone in Clone
Studies - Trying to get a good design out of Neil Patrick Harris in
case I ever have more opportunities for drawing him. While the prospects
are dim, at least I learned (more or less) how to grapple with his odd
Villains' Cookie Therapy Club - A friend of mine once commented that
the Phantom and Sweeney Todd both need cookies and therapy ... I thought
Dr. Horrible should join the club.
- A slight confusion. Crossover with Bolt. Two young ladies with
red hair and the same name ...
Villainous Vehicle - What is the least badass way for a prospective
villain to travel?
Early Portrait - Drew this before I learned how to draw Mr Harris
The movie. Sorry, I have not seen the play, and the movie was oh so
visually engaging. (All 2008)
Has a Cookie - As mentioned above, perhaps all he needs is a cookie
and some therapy. He seems to like the cookie ... no one heard from the
Caricature - I left the theatre wanting to caricature the cast, but
it was a few weeks before I managed this.
Caricature - Same here. Slightly easier, though.
Rage - My cell phone was being extremely irritating and I expressed
my rage the only way I knew how.
Jack and Ellis
This is a work-in-progress steampunk/fantasy novel that you can read here.
It's great – espionage, wit, Australia, and one of the best-imagined
magical systems I've encountered in literature. Check it out.
- Engineer and mechanical genius. that's supposed to be a pencil, not
at Work - He's better at gears than I am.
and Clare - in Boston, on the way to the theatre.
- Trainee Creationist (read 'magician'), she prefers pantaloons.
Dressed Up - Going out on the town.
a Hat - I like to draw pseudo-Victorian costume.
- Clare ... has ... personality.
Graveworthy - I don't think this quite fits his description but I
wanted to capture something about how much he reminds me of Stephen Fry.
- He may just have been shot but the opiates make him feel 'glorious.'
The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate
A series of books by Jonathan Stroud in which the British Empire is
maintained by a ruling class of magicians who use spirits to ... well,
do pretty much everything. Hijinks ensue; a Grand Time is Had by All.
(Okay, not exactly, but to go any deeper would spoil it for you.) (All
- one of the central characters; he starts out as an apprentice magician
and rises through the ranks of Government.
Crossover - Early in his career, Nathaniel spends a night on the street,
and the next morning has a head of very messy hair. The connection was
Lovelace - One of the more successfully power-mad magicians. (The
Amulet of Samarkand)
v2.0 - As he appears in the second book, The Golem's Eye.
Cocky and driven mad by fashion.
v3.1 - Gone nearly as high as he can go, Nathaniel begins to doubt
himself ... (Ptolemy's Gate)
- Bartimaeus' favourite form, a Greco-Egyptian lad who was his former
of Slime - Bartimaeus' least favourite form, which he takes
in Ptolemy's Gate when he doesn't have enough energy to hold
any other shape.
Makepeace - Mad playwright magician. Not a good combination.
Farrar - Another young magician in the Government.
Angry - She's angry a lot. Not without reason. This is Ptolemy's
Gate Kitty, not Golem's Eye.
Afraid - She's afraid a little less often than she is angry, also
not without reason. (This was drawn over the gutter in my life drawing
pad so it's got a funny line down it.)
a Blob - At risk of giving away too much, let's just say this is a
reflection of Kitty's self-image and lack of sculpting skill.
and Nathaniel - Nathaniel escorts Kitty to the waiting car, which
takes them to that fateful evening at the theatre.
These are almost entirely based on the Bert Coules radio plays which
were broadcast on BBC7 in the spring of 2007. Any deviation from canon
is his fault!
Reichenbach - I like listening to the radio plays at work, and stayed
late one day to draw this. Earlier that day, while listening to the climactic
scene, the guy sitting across from me had 'Welcome to the Jungle' playing,
which made for some interesting
About - A handful of experimental Holmes designs. One of them looks
rather like my new version of Snape.
- came much more easily than Holmes. I'm proud of this one; I feel like
I've caught the canon Watson without too obediently parroting the film
cliché, which is little like the real thing.
Gets the Jitters - During 'The Final Problem' Holmes takes refuge
in Watson's kitchen while being haunted by Moriarty's goons, and is uncharacteristically
Above - an early study for that scene
- Trying to depict the high-domed, reptilian head ... by all rights he
ought to look like Mr Burns.
Moriarty - trying again
- Sherlock's brother, who is quite his opposite in many ways. I was kind
of giving up on nice drawings at this point and did this for a laugh.
Did It - In one of the stories, Holmes knocks over a table or something
and blames it on Watson.
Holmes (and Watson) - Whenever I'm frustratingly short on inspiration
and/or need to fill up a sketchbook page, I scribble something with my
left hand. It's usually pretty wacky. My left hand writes in netspeak,
Engagement - in 'Charles Augustus Milverton,' Holmes (the inveterate
bachelor) comes home and announces he's engaged. This picks up right after
and Mary Morstan - in a carriage ... ooooh, the undercurrents ...
I'm very insecure when it comes to drawing trousers so I chickened out
before finishing this one.
Darling - Tim McInnery, who played the chief culprit in the TV series
version of 'the Red-Headed League,' is more famous in my mind as various
incarnations of a character with the surname of Darling in the Blackadder
Bicycle Built for Two - I don't remember the exact story behind this
odd sketch (something to do with the Royal
Society of Adventurology, likely) so you can just take it as your
daily dose of surrealism.
- An attempt at designing some of the foul fishy froggy things that appear
on Devil's Reef near Innsmouth
singular - Drawn on the tabletop paper at an Italian restaurant, earlier
that day. More restaurants should let you draw on the table. (2008)
Lost City of the Old Ones - Upon reading The Mountains of Madness
I was struck by this image, which convinced me the story would make a
really cool movie. I didn't capture it that well, and this is due for
a redraw, but in the meantime, here's the flawed version. (2008)
West and his Unnamed Narrator - Yes yes, Dr West looks like a psychotic
cross between Milo and Wiggins. See below for a better version. I later
decided to name his collaborator Howard Phillips. Seemed obvious. (2007)
I really like the Herbert West stories but can't help noticing they all
follow a basic formula...
6: Back Where We Began
West - I wasn't really happy with what I had before so after a bit
of work and struggling to think creatively I managed that. And this,
Lots of fun to draw, now. (2008)
and Phillips Secure a Specimen - I wanted to get a bit of interplay
between them. (2008)
Phillips (thumbnails) - I recently had the opportunity to work over
a design with some talented people at work, so I picked the narrator of
the Herbert West stories because he'd been giving me trouble. Here are
a few dozen attempts
at his face. (2008)
Phillips (full body) - Trying to contrast him with West's small, energetic
frame kept ending up just being a big rectangle. I realized (unfortunately
after the class was over) that the visual relationship that I was going
for between them was basically this.
Innsmouth Look - An interesting challenge to any designer ... I'm
afraid I made them more cute than creepy. Here's another.
Cruse - cabin boy and protagonist (2007)
- Quite an entertaining character, though I don't remember her last name
- Pirate of the Sky, and way more hardcore than the ones in Stardust.
Dream - flying with the cloud cats (2007)
- Matt scrambles to ... I forget, repair the ship? Fight pirates? Something.
the Aurora - Someday I'll remember I was going to make a nice coloured
piece of concept art out of this. (2007)
I fell in love with the TV adaptation of Michal Frayn's play about
the mysterious visit Werner Heisenberg made to Niels Bohr in 1941. You
can learn more about it at PBS's
Copenhagen site. I put these drawings up in the vain hope that one
of the sixteen other people in the world who have seen the film will appreciate
them. (All 2006)
Bohr - Played by Stephen Rea and his Signature Expression.
Heisenberg - Played by Daniel Craig (yes, that Daniel Craig).
He has a very interesting head shape, which I kept trying to figure out.
Bohr - Niels' wife, played by Francesca Annis.
Gag Sketch - It seems I can find no better way to express my admiration
for something than to exploit it for humour. Credit (or blame) for this
goes to my sister, who came up with the idea; I just drew it.
I have recently stumbled upon the Whoniverse and just barely scratched
the surface, but the vast and sparkly cosmos awaits, to my unbounded delight.
Time War - Nicholas Briggs once described the impossibility of dramatizing
a 'Time War' with these examples.(2009)
- David Tennant has a wide range of entertaining facial expressions but
this one seems to be default for The Doctor. (2009)
You My Mother? - The obvious crossover from that episode of the first
new series. (2006)
Happy - Watching Doctor Who makes a bad day better. He's magical.
Ninth Doctor - a caricature of Christopher Eccleston (2006)
These drawings are all from a radio adaptation of Shada:
- The baddie, if you couldn't tell. I was surprised how easily his design
just sort of fell onto the page.
And now, a short skit:
SKAGRA: Give me the book.
DOCTOR: What book?
The small green one, in your pocket, there.
Oh, you mean this book. No, I'm sorry, I can't. (All 2006)
I've never been a great fan of the books, but I tried out my new caricature
skills on some of the actors in the movie. (All 2005)
- oldest of the Pevensie children
- second-youngest and ooooh trouble
- youngest ... awwww.
Couldn't nail down Susan, unfortunately...
All right, I confess, I've never read the book – these are from
the musical. But oh, what a musical... (All 2005)
- 100% personality-free
- I always thought he was just Annoying Male Lead but then I saw a production
where he was played as a very young, dangerously naiive, and much more
sympathetic character. Hooray for actors!
Pesters Marius - Whatcha readin'?
Delivers the Letter - So uncharacteristically meek ... I love her
acting on the London Cast soundtrack.
- I wanted to make him look like the jock rock star he seems to be so
I learned how to draw big(ish) chins just for this.
Crap - When Enjolras realises no one's coming to help.
Student - I think he was supposed to have been Combeferre but he didn't
turn out right. I like him anyway.
I think Cats would make a great animated movie, or more specifically
a series of vignettes in different styles. Apparently Amblimation was
going to do just this but then the project got nixed. Before I learned
that, I had drawn these, though not in different styles because that would
involve a lot more effort and reasearch than procrastinatory doodles allow
- ... was a Bravo Cat. This sequence, obviously, would have to be rather
woos the Lady Griddlebone - Sure, she looks sweet here, but she's
also mentioned as an accomplice of Macavity's.
Jones - ... is not skin and bones ... (All 2006)
Fly By Night
A book by Frances Hardinge, about a plucky young orphan who becomes
tangentially involved in the politics of a complicated and fairly corrupt
government ... you never know who's on what side but it's all treated
very well. (All 2005)
Mye - The plucky young orphan in question.
Pertellis - A young tutor and would-be resistance fighter.
Tamarind - The enigmatic eminence gris. Or blanc,
as the case may be.
Will - My most recent version of Will Stanton,
last of the Old Ones. (2005)
Will - A full-body shot ... he looks a bit older
than eleven, but I like the character of it. (2004)
Will - Just his head, this time. (2004)
The Rider - I have a very clear picture of him
in my mind, but whenever I try to draw him, he either looks like a frightening
woman or a mix of Sirius and Snape. This is the only rendition worth showing.
The Walker - Cursed to live through history the
slow way ... one day at a time. (2003)
Merriman - Merriman Lyon, first of the Old
Ones, has to be one of the very coolest fictional characters ever written.
I really tried pushing the hair on this one; I fear I may have gone to
far, but it looks nice in its own odd way. (2003)
Bran Davies - The Welsh albino lad (a.k.a. Boy
of Destiny! just kidding) .. not too happy with it, design-wise, but it's
got a bit of his sullen air. (2003)
Lord of the
Upon first viewing The Fellowship of the Ring I was filled
with a desire to draw each of the characters as they appeared in the movie,
but in my own style. I was miserable at caricature at the time, so this
is as far as I got. Now that I have teethed myself on Master &
Commander I may come back and attempt it again.
Heads - Studies of Pippin for a caricature I gave as a gift to a big
Billy Boyd fan. He looks so easy to caricature but he's really not.
- Miranda Otto ought to be easy to caricature, but ... not for me. (2007)
- Rohan (or the place in New Zealand where they shot it, anyway) is how
I like to remember Utah, but whenever I go back I'm reminded how little
it actually looks that way. I tried manipulating a screen capture to reconcile
the two. (2007)
Morgul/Utah - On a slightly more sinister note, Minas Morgul looks
oddly reminiscent of the Jordan LDS Temple.
Frodo - With his default expression (not without
reason!) of distress. (2003)
Sam - Sam was very hard. I'm still not happy with
Arwen - Before she turned into Miss Soppy Elf.
Boromir - This may possibly be the most successful
of the lot. (2002)
Galadriel - I can never get the lower half
of her face right. (2002)
Merry - Urgh. Must try again. (2002)
I don't know why, but whenever I read these books, I cast them with
established cartoon characters. These two drawings represent a major effort
to create images for myself.
Artemis - The underage Irish criminal mastermind
Juliet Butler - I liked her much more in The
Eternity Code, probably because she wasn't just a plot device who
watched pro wrestling for comic relief. (2004)
I am not crazy about the series or the movie, but my sister is, so
I've gotten some good material out of it.
Hairspray Accident - In The Cowboy Bebop
Movie, Rashid's lighter gets awfully close to Spike's hair.
I'm talking millimeters. Something like this is bound to happen sooner
or later... (2004)
Spike's Product Endorsement - Apparently
the guy who did the English voice of Spike also did the voiceover for
a Slurpee commercial. (2004)
- He's large enough to wade across the Irish Sea from Wales to Ireland
as part of the invasion fleet.
Gereint, Undercover - A short comic disambiguating
what's going on in that particular story whose name I can't remember.
Quatermass - I don't know how much I like The
Quatermass Experiment in itself, but I have tremendous admiration
for what the production managed to accomplish technically. That doesn't
overcome my impression that Prof. Quatermass sometimes just blathers on
with a bunch of words that sound good but have nothing to do with anything.
Dentons - The simplest means I have of describing The
League of Gentlemen is 'if Monty Python and The Twilight Zone
got together to do The Simpsons.' This came out of that. Definitely
not kid-friendly, just so you know. The image is, just not the show. Click
Sketches - That show kind of took over my brain towards the end of
2009, and every other available surface as well. (2009)
Only Twilight Drawing EVER - Using Edward Tattsyrup to illustrate
the fact that stalking is creepy and wrong, and is not okay just because
the author says the stalker is really hot. I would like to thank the League
for their help in this important social service.(2009)
and Trixie - The two main characters from a tongue-in-cheek noir radio
drama series called Black Jack Justice, drawn as a commission.(2007)
Sunshine and Con - From Robin McKinley's book Sunshine, which
is a funny sort of mix between Buffy and Twilight. Not
my sort of thing generally, but it was a commission... Line version here.
in Bed - Drawn for the Firefighter's Wives Association of Ft St James,
- Drawn for someone at my dad's work ... I didn't ask.
Anime - When I was working on Silverwing, the distributor demanded
it look more anime. I was reassigned for a week while the designer came
up with something but I made my own version... I only just rediscovered
the drawing and scanned it. (2002)
Amuck - The surreal 'Multiple Jacks' scene in Pirates 3 reminded
me of a certain cartoon...
The Dark Makeup - I was distracted through the whole
movie. The link goes to the Livejournal post so I don't have to link to
individual panels ...
- When I learned the last Shrek movie was to be called Shrek Goes
Fourth I realized they were following the Blackadder naming convention
(X, X II, X the Third, X Goes Fo[u]rth) so this gag was inevitable.
DONKEY: Hey Shrek! I got a
SHREK: Tell me, Donkey ... Is it more cunning than a weasel with a doctorate
in cunning from Cunning University that has just broken into the cunning
reserves and eaten so much cunning that it is literally oozing out his
It might be bad enough to be almost entertaining. Unfortunately they went
with something else and ended up retitling the movie. (2007)
Rose - ... from Mignola/Golden's Baltimore book. I had a
startlingly clear image of him in my head and it was a few days before
I realized I was channelling Bill Nighy. Here
are some preliminary doodles from work. (2007)
Girl - There is a distinct species of female who wears a ridiculous
combination of warm and cold clothing, drinks venti lattes from Starbucks,
and complains about how cold it is.
Crow - Painted with actual paint for a Christmas present.
- They're such graphically appealing little birds.
in Overalls - I did boards on Viva Piñata for a while.
I'd noticed that whenever I drew bipedal
hedgehogs I dressed them in overalls, so because Fergy was a hedgehog
I tried giving him the same outfit (as a joke) but had to do some creative
Onion - I think this was a response to someone commenting that something
had a plentitude of complicated layers: 'Like an onion ... a crazy
Santa - Um ... because?
Lady - From the Edgar Allen Poe short story 'The Spectacles.' Bears
absolutely no resemblance at all to the front cover of The Beatrice
- This is what I deduced must be going on in the motel room above ours
while on a family trip a couple years ago. All night.
in Bed - This was what was happening in my room. (My parents snore.)
Needless to say I got lots of drawings done that night.
- Is it possible to do a caricature of an animated character? Moses in
Prince of Egypt can look pretty freaky sometimes.
Year's Drunk - An amusing individual (in retrospect) who I met at
a New Year's party. This is not an exaggeration.
Happy Radio Me - the BBC (which I listen to online) is capable of
making me very, very happy.
Lodge and Irish - from Colin and Fergus' Digi Radio; offensive
historical stereotypes 100% intended.
Strong - It used to be 'Be All That You Can Be.' Then it was 'Go Army.'
Now the US Armed Forces seems to have abandoned grammar altogether. This
was drawn in reaction to what the phrase sounds like.
Dragon Cavalry - I don't remember why I drew this, but it's funny.
Or maybe I'm just insane.
Kuzco - The studio I worked at, on a different project, also did a
Chrstmas special that had John Goodman doing a voice. The default image
for John Goodman's voice, in my head, is Pacha, and he said a line something
like 'of course he's a reindeer, see his antlers?' This is funnier than
the actual show, even if you don't find it funny at all.
Chicken Matrix - There was a show
on Radio 4 called Genius on which someone suggested chickens
be given virtual-reality headsets to make them virtually free range, which
of course led to the obvious conclusion that you'd get a chicken version
of The Matrix happening. This poster was inevitable.
The Legionnaire - From 'The Legionnaire's Lament' by the Decemberists
(possibly one of the best songs ever). (2006)
Snow White - From Tanith Lee's Red as Blood, where she's
more than a little creepy. A good short story (if a little weird towards
the end) but I warn you: you will never be able to think of Snow White
the same way again. (2006)
Have Everything - A mock ad drawn in response to my slow uptake on
the copy for a local mall's advertising campaign. (2006)
Pretty, You Know? - I noticed that one of the 'looks' for fashionable
young women in warm climates bears an uncanny resemblance to Incan ice
Gordon Brown - Britain's former Prime Minister, drawn back when he
was Chancellor ... the man's a walking caricature. This practically drew
Takes a Call - A gag sketch for V for Vendetta. (2006)
New Groove - Drawn after seeing King Kong and wondering how
Kong and Ann got out of that canyon they fell into ... (2006)
French Canadian Vampire - 'Nuff said. Stereotypes are fun.
his Native Habitat - More fun with stereotypes. (2006)
- From Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. The only character
to leave a strong (if unoriginal) visual impression on me. (line
Pirate - I ... I think this was my sister's idea ... (2005)
Bigwig - from Watership Down. The strong,
sensible type. (2004)
The Abhorsen House - from Garth Nix's
Sabriel trilogy ... It stood out very clearly in my mind, possibly
because of a childhood surrounded by that sort of architecture. This is
an early attempt to capture atmosphere in hue. (2004)
John Kerry - An actual living person, imagine
that. I decided to exercise my weak, piddly little caricature muscles
while watching the Democtratic National Convention at my cousins' house.(2004)
Evil Lilo - Daveigh Chase was the voice of
Lilo, and played the creepy Samara in The Ring. Naturally, a
sort of conjunction of the two was inevitable. (2004)
Kevin - from Kate Thompson's Switchers
Natural Gargoyle - This is a real growth on
a tree in a park near my home. No exaggeration. (2003)
Not A Hobbit - Everyone says he looks like one,
but he's not. Just some random character I drew, who looks like he has
a cold. (2002)
A Parrot - Another random design, which I rather
Value Sketch - A small drawing indicating
the values (lightness and darkness) for a painting ... this was an assignment
for my colour theory class in college.(2002)
If, for some reason,
you wish to use one
of these ... please adhere to the guidelines.
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