Saturday, 27 June 2015

The Sons of Thestian Fan-Art: Jionathan and Fae

Hello all! Some more fan-art from M.E. Vaughan's fantasy epic, The Sons of Thestian. It's a portrait of my two favourite characters so far, Prince Jionathan and Fae (who I already drew in her humanoid form, but here appears in her giant winged cat guise).

Monday, 22 June 2015

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A random magical animal

A sort of unicorn-parrot-cat... thing... for a friend. Might work as a t-shirt design, but I'm not sure.
All I know, is that when this majestic beast walks, it makes the sound of grapes falling into a bowl full of ice. Or something. It's late.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

T-Shirt Designs: Jolly Pirates

Here are two more designs: a fierce blue-bearded pirate and a musical skeleton-in-a-fish-barrel. I was listening to a lot of Bellowhead while drawing these.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

T-Shirt Design: Greedy Goblin

Here's another t-shirt design (I've decided to start each design from a basic shape, after the circle 'Lost in the Jungle' design I did came out so well. This one is square-shaped).
A goblin treasure hunter breaks through a dungeon wall to find a hidden treasure of jewels and coins.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

T-Shirt Design: Lost in the Jungle

Here's another t-shirt design: a small elf child is lost in a dangerous jungle, and peeks through the vines to find her way home.

Friday, 12 June 2015

T-Shirt Design: Flowerhead

Another t-shirt design, inspired by my own webcomic project and Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Gnome Pun T-Shirt Designs

It's been incredibly hot and stuffy lately and I have been going through three long and busy days at work after a week of holiday, so I'm a bit of a mess.
To preserve my sanity, I decided to work on some t-shirt designs. Featuring gnomes! And puns!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

A.E. (After ELTons 2015)

Hello all!
Well I'm back from London after the emotional and glamorous evening that was British Council & Macmillan's Education's ELTons Awards 2015.
For those of you who are just reading this blog (or have forgotten), I entered my EFL teaching project, Gridmasters: Mytera's Fortress, a fantasy-themed role playing game inspired by games like Fighting Fantasy and Dungeons & Dragons, designed to help learners practice their English skills and put them into practice. You can find the video of the full awards night here (My interview is around the beginning of the video, after the 20 minute mark I think)

Alas, I did not win (I was in the New Talent in Writing category), and to be frank it was only when the result was announced that I realised how much it really meant to me. I ended up feeling sad for not winning and guilty for not just being happy to have got as far as the shortlist on my own steam.

After the ceremony had finished there was an after-party reception where all the winners, losers and everyone else in between mingled and laughed and chatted over glasses of various alcoholic substances which I don't drink.
Armed with a glass of apple juice and a pen, I decided to try some mingling myself. For about 30 minutes this consisted in me wandering around the room, a-la Bridget Jones, desperately trying to insert myself into conversations, before being put off by sudden outbursts of raucous laughter or exclamations of 'Oh yes that reminds of...'

Eventually I managed to speak to a few fellow nominees and exchange contacts. These conversations were very heartening and hopefully will prove fruitful. It is still my intention to make Gridmasters a reality.
Anyway, all-in-all it was an enjoyable, terrifying and surreal experience and I find myself wondering sometimes if it wasn't all just a dream.

A massive thank you goes out to everyone who helped me get this far and also to Dawn Clarkson, whose marvelous pattern design for my waistcoat and tie actually caught the attention of the first nominee I chatted to. Without it, I'd probably have gone away with a unused pen and a bladder full of apple juice.

Me being interviewed: notice how expertly I back away from the microphone, whilst simultaneously try to retreat, tortoise-like, into the folds of my jacket and shirt.

Wearing a Dawn Clarkson waistcoat