Scary Stories

Category: Uncategorized April 8th, 2018

Last year I was asked whether I would provide an illustration for a children’s short story competition organised by the charity screenyourstory. The theme then was horror and the story I had to work on was ‘The voice in your head by Rachael Rajah. It’s an impressively disturbing piece for a young author and I enjoyed working out how I wanted to represent the story and the style to use. The best stories get to be made into movie shorts which must be a thrill for the young writers and an event is held during the summer where the movies are screened and winners awarded.

I felt I wanted to somehow capture the modern trend of quite bold and minimalist design used by artists for movie posters and that drove how I approached the piece. The use of a striking font is always key if not the most important part to creating the right mood- I hope I got it right for this.

They were pleased with what I came up with and used it and have asked me to contribute again this year for another story or two. This year the theme is ‘Homecoming’…

Check out their website for more info- the judges who read the work are drawn from authors, artists and celebrities: http://www.screenyourstory.org

The Voice in Your Head

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New Work. . .

Category: Info, Touching Base June 9th, 2014

I’ve updated my latest work on the homepage (it’s also in the Private Commission gallery as both black and white and colour versions) to show my most recent commission- a fascinating private piece, full of symbolism for the client and pretty demanding on my abilities as a cartoonist!
The end result I’m chuffed to say, after lots of tweaks, is a piece I’m very proud of and which my client is delighted with so I’m grateful for the opportunity to have brought to comic visceral life this unique vision. . .
If you’re interested in seeing some of the initial colour mock ups of comic character developments then check my Facebook page at the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Allegratoonstudio

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I’ve been busy!

Category: Touching Base May 5th, 2014

Just getting a line or two down to keep all of you out in the ether informed of what work I’ve been doing. . .
You’ll see on the homepage my latest private commissions for a wedding- great idea, though sometimes challenging but ultimately very enjoyable to do! I love the idea that people have these unique pieces of comic art to keep, enjoy and ponder over at their leisure. . .
On top of that I’ve been working with a truly sound chap called Joe, who’s based in Dublin, on very vibrant digital illustrations of safari animals to be made into wall decals. I’m really fired up about this project and the business, so many ideas to develop it’s difficult to choose which one to focus on first! I’ve included a cheeky taster with this blog (sorry Joe!) to give you a flavour of what I mean.
On top of that I’ve also got a dark, brooding, moody comic piece that I’ll start working on this week- I’ll post more about that at a later date.
Oh… and I have these ideas for t-shirt designs based on photography, another developing passion of mine which sometimes takes over from the comic creativity. . .
Who knows, maybe one day I could earn from both?!
Rhino      Croc

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New wedding gift commission

Category: Touching Base March 25th, 2014

Hi all,

I’m currently working on a group of unique wedding gift illustrations in the form of comic panels which is proving both challenging and novel to do!
On A3 Bristol board, I’m using Posca pens rather than the usual brush and ink which is quite a refreshing change. . .I intend to colour with gouache as usual, but with a much thinner wash rather than the more opaque method I use. It should give them that lighter touch, especially as three of the four works are for bridesmaids.
These lovely wedding gifts will be framed by the client to give on the day…they’ll be touched.
Look out for the completed works soon!

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Jazz Scenes

Category: Touching Base February 4th, 2014

Hi all (whoever that may be…)

I’ve been meaning to start on this for some time, but a Jazz inspired series in pastels has finally taken off with four works so far!

This idea began with a movie scene from Spike Lee’s ‘Mo Better Blues’ from 1990- Jeez that makes me feel old!

That picture is in my Just for Fun gallery as will be the new pieces though I’ll probably create a separate gallery for more ‘artistic’ works eventually…

These new works are more sketch-like in their style which is how I wanted to approach it to capture the often free form nature of the music. That said, I will possibly attempt a more elaborate piece at some point when I muster up the will!

Dizzy GillespieKenny BurrellJazz Ensemble1Roberto Fonseca

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Yule Tidings y’all!

Category: Touching Base December 30th, 2013

Yule Tidings y’all! In the spirit of Christmas I designed some cartoons for cards to send out to everyone. . . Now the big day is over here they are ( I’ve included them in the ‘Just for Fun’ gallery too)

Santa NativityTurkey job doneTwo Front Legs

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More from Insight Print Media

Category: Touching Base December 18th, 2013

Just got this pic from Tom at Insight Print Media today- they’ve used my portraits for individualised mugs! All discerning businesses should consider this…

They also framed the originals to put up in the office- aww shucks…

insight print media

 

insight print media

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Insight Print Media website launch

Category: Uncategorized December 10th, 2013

The guys at Insight Print Media in Bristol (who did a fantastic job of putting together a comic book project of a friend and mine’s) have re launched their redesigned website with my portraits adorning their team page- the whole site looks really sharp and I’d like to think my handiwork adds to that!

Insight Print Media screenshot

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New Skool Star

Category: Touching Base October 13th, 2013

New Skool Star

I’ve resurrected my black and white film star caricature series with current hot actors/actresses- starting with. . .

New Skool Star

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Seattle Trip and Fantagraphics

Category: Touching Base, Uncategorized October 8th, 2013

I’ve recently returned from an amazing U.S. trip to attend my sister’s wedding in Seattle and on my last day there managed to get to the Fantagraphic comic store in Georgetown…what a treasure trove and in depth collection of a lot of the best current independent comic artists out there. This publisher has championed the likes of Daniel Clowes, Jim Woodring, Peter Bagge, Chris Ware and many more- all very different in style yet united by a singular vision in their craft. I had to grab a few books which pushed my luggage allowance over the edge, but what the heck, some things just can’t be missed!! I recommend you check out the work of these guys to have your mind blown by their talent and vision…

http://www.fantagraphics.com/,  http://www.jimwoodring.com/http:/,  http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/artStudio.php?artist=a3dff7dd568fe0, http://danielclowes.com/
kim-atlas-clowes-art

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