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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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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New re-vamped site!

Category: Touching Base August 29th, 2013

Howdy all,
I’ll be keeping you updated on new commissions, projects and gestating ideas as well as sharing my cartooning inspiration from artists as diverse as Watterson, Manara, Larson, Crumb, Kelly and Ware. . .

Feel free to respond, comment and offer your views on my site and the work you see.

There are a few minor tweaks to iron out but I am so pleased with the great work Robbie of Ride a Wave has done on this!!

Enjoy!

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