Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The Contestants

Another illustration for Caliban. This story is on a sword fight between a young man and an aristocrat. The fight ends with the death of the aristocrat so used to the fine art of fencing rather then the reality of a true sword fight Read the full story. This particular piece, despite its simplicity in composition, took around 9 hours to complete due to the huge amount of graphite required to light the area by candlelight.


This is the original drawing on A3 bristol board but I felt it lacked the true atmosphere of a candlelit area. So using a simple texture of some old sepia toned paper with very dark edges I created this piece.


While it isn't true candlelight colour I think it does go much further towards creating an atmosphere of candlelight.

Thursday, 10 March 2011


Second illustration for text by author Caliban. This piece of writing looks at the small signs that a mans marriage is collapsing. In this case his egg which normally always has its top taken off is left intact. The stark nature of the intact egg made for a very simple but powerful symbol. Check out the full text Here

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Knight Arrival

Knight Arrival
First illustration for a collaboration between myself and a writer working under the pen name Caliban.
This story is a short descriptive piece on the arrival of a crusader to the Holy land and the quick realisations of the brutality of war.

Knight Arrival

Full text to accompany this illustration