Oh Deer!

“She sees arise

The second time.

From the sea, the earth,

Completely green.

The cascades fall,

The eagle soars,

From lofty mounts

Pursues its prey.”

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Octopus

While on a ferry to Ireland a couple of months ago I was inspired by the waves and landscape to digitally paint this image, featuring this quote by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Below the thunders of the upper deep,

Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,

His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

About his shadowy sides; above him swell

Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;

And far away into the sickly light,

From many a wondrous grot and secret cell

Unnumbered and enormous polypi

Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.

There hath he lain for ages, and will lie

Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,

Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;

Then once by man and angels to be seen,

In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

Edinburgh Comic Art Festival- NYX in the Overworld

More summaries of my goodies! 

I managed to grab the the first issue of NYX in the Overworld by Hari Conner at ECAF this year. It was hard to choose from all the lovely things for sale on her table (Hari is a talented illustrator and has a lot of really cool bags and accessories I’d love to own) but ultimately since I was at a comic festival I decided I wanted to take a chance on a new comic series! 


I chose the first issue of NYX (there are 5 issues plus a spin off novel currently available) as I’m not always into this type of comic but I really liked the style of illustration on the cover and because I figured if I loved it there are more issues to buy so I wouldn’t be left hanging! 


I’m very glad that I gave NYX a chance, the story is funny and engrossing, Conner manages to use the premise of ‘what if the rules of RPGs were applied to life’ in a way that isn’t intrusive to the story and actually adds depth to the characters journey. 


The protagonist is a sweet character, they’re determined and sometimes a little naive (which makes it even better when they succeed). As an aside Conner explained to me that she purposely didn’t want the characters to have male or female pronouns which I quite liked and apparently it’s explained more in future issues. 


LGBT characters are also discussed in the story without drawing attention to their orientation which is really cool to read. 


A quality I quite like as a comic reader and artist is when the artwork improves throughout the comic. NYX starts off good and ends up looking great, you can see experimentation throughout the first issue which is cool and because each chapter is divided by the level of the character it can be read that the artist’s work is also levelling up!


As an aside this is my favourite joke so far! 

I say so far because I will definitely be continuing with this series and watching it grow. The only real thing I’d ask for is the comic to get a colour print one day but I understand that this would bump up costs so it’s definitely a deal breaker. For now I can read the comic for free in colour here (though I do prefer a print copy). You can see more of Conner’s awesome work here go go go! 

Mermaid Project.

Myself and one of my oldest friends Rebecca Taylor are currently working on a project together, we’re drawing mermaids inspired by the months of the year (and also special occasions) so far we’ve created 4 mermaids in different styles. 

  
January- Narwhal mermaid by Rebecca 

  
February- ringed seal mermaid by myself 

  
March- Blue whale mermaid by Rebecca

  

April- Jellyfish mermaid by myself

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Nausicaa – graphic novel

Yesterday my partner and I took a trip to Manchester’s Forbidden Planet. They have a massive selection of comic books downstairs and for the first time since I visited Japan I found copies of Myazaki’s Nausicaa and the valley of the winds!

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The books come in a nice big box that keeps them together and also with a lovely water coloured poster (double sided) which I’ve chosen to put above my desk! They’re both hard back and pretty heavy which restricts reading them to bed or couch not public transport (not complaining) I’m only a little way in and I’m living it already, there are already some differences from the film and from the size of the books I expect there to be many more additions , Nausicaa herself is so amazing so far though. Myazaki writes amazing female characters, she’s wise thoughtful and strong 🙂 the novel also points out her father wanted a son but already she’s stomped all over gender roles!

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Look at this beautiful artwork! Totally recommend this addition to anyone’s book case who has the dosh. Totally in love 🙂