Month: May 2016

Gormenghast: Earling Day, and A Death in the Hall of Spiders

Death in the Hall of Spiders

Death in the Hall of Spiders


Earling Day

Earling Day

The final part of the Gormenghast project!

For this last section, I chose two scenes from the book to illustrate, scenes which stood out for me for various reasons. Swelters death in the Hall of Spiders I chose because the language and description of that whole scene resonated with me and with the way I create images. Descriptions of shadow and moonlight, fallen beams and spiderwebs – it seemed perfectly made for me to recreate. In the process of making it, it did become very stripped down, mostly to keep the image readable. And those of you who remember the work I did for the Sten novel, this will be the second time I’ve painted a death scene from a novel. Two is only a coincidence though, right…?

The second scene I chose was Earling Day, because it was just a very powerful scene to me. The image of baby Titus, alone on the lake, watched by all those people as ritual he cannot know or care about is enacted around him, was very strong to me.

And that, as they say, is that. My work on Gormenghast is over. By the time this post comes out, it will actually have been finished for a couple of months (surprising absolutely no-one, I organise this blog and it’s posts very far in advance). It’s been a long and interesting ride, and I think my ideas of my own work have grown and developed along with it. So now we go on to the future. I’m not sure which story I’ll illustrate next. I’ve been meaning to give Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell a read, but then again, I’ve also been reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, which has got some fantastic characters and locations in it (not to mention a movie coming hopefully next year, with the incredible Idris Elba! I’m so excited!)

Either way, I’m excited for whatever I decide to do next.

Death In The Hall of Spiders is available as a print on Society6 and Design By Humans


Gormenghast: Characters Part 2

Chef Swelter Irma Prunesquallor Doctor Prunesquallor Countess Groan


So although I made three characters for Gormenghast already, there are just so many interesting people in that book that I had to come back and make some more. So here is the second set of characters, featuring Swelter, Irma Prunesquallor, Doctor Prunesquallor, and the Countess.

There’s just one more section of work to go for this project, and then it’s all finished. That’s both a sad and exciting thought.

Daily Doodle Challenge: April

And here we go with April’s Daily Doodle Challenge roundup! The theme was Aliens, and oh man did some weird things come out of that. Here’s the gallery of the doodles for the month:

April Doodles 1 - 9 April Doodles 10 - 18 April Doodles 19 - 26

I didn’t manage to get every day’s doodle for this challenge, mostly because I overestimated how much I’d be able to get done when for most of the last week of the month I was camping in a field with swords. It was a fun challenge to do though, and I’m impressed with myself that I’m still going with these regularly! If you want to keep up with them as I draw them, then you should definitely follow my sketchblog on tumblr, where I’ve been posting them daily. That may be switching to weekly though, to space things out a bit more. Still, if you like WIP’s and keeping up with what I’m doing, that’s the place to go for sure.

May’s theme is: Witches, and we’ll catch up in a few weeks with my progress on that. I’m super hyped for it, I love aliens but fantasy is my jam, and witches are such a cool fantasy thing to do.