Time to Go was my first proper political webcomic. I drew it the night of the brexit vote being counted as an illustration of what I feared would happen, though I didn’t actually think it would, I shared it on the Scotland subreddit and headed off to bed. I woke up in the morning to find that not only had what I depicted come true, but I also had 10,000 hits on the website overnight.
At the time I’d been creating a webcomic called Evil Dr. Eye for about three months. It featured a main character of a guy with a massive eye for a head, a character I’d actually been drawing in doodles since high school. I was still learning to draw (still am!) and hadn’t really got any kind of audience yet, but after the success of this political comic I decided to head straight into political cartooning from there on. This allowed me to continue doodling these things but also to share my wish for Scotland to be an independent country. Evil Dr. Eye became Evil Dr. Aye.
The original version of this comic featured Evil Dr. Eye playing the part of Scotland. Remember this was just meant to be a one-off thing, I hadn’t considered that I would actually get into political cartoons at this point. The result of this was that the number one comment I saw as the comic quickly went viral, and is still being shared nearly three years later, was “what’s with the creepy eye?!” Well later I switched to watercolours and stopped selling the original digital prints on my stands at comic cons and marches, which meant Time To Go went off sale. I’ve wanted to redraw it in watercolour for a long while now, so here it is, and in doing so I was able to fix the biggest source of confusion, I’ve ditched the Eye and we now have Scotland being represented by this lassy who I feel portrays the role so much better.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me with the last three years of political cartoons, especially those at the Scotland subreddit, while I’m working on other projects these days, I plan to keep putting out political stuff for the foreseeable future. Sometimes I worry that I’ll have nothing to draw for Evil Dr. Aye if we do actually get independence though! We’ll see in time I suppose 🙂
Not quite my usual style, but I needed something to get the message across.
Well, as of typing this, the What a Naughty Unicorn book is sent to the printers for review. I’m supposed to hear feedback within 24 hours, it’s been 23, so they’re sure cutting it close (I type this stuff before I go to bed, so you’re in the future right now, hello from yesterday night!). Hopefully, I’ll be able to order a proof of the book tomorrow, and if that’s all good, I’ll be able to order a few to take with me to Dunfermline Comic Con in March 🙂
This cartoon is another sneak peek from the book and shows one of the main themes of the story line.
Nice to do something non-political for once.
For those who don’t know, in Scotland, the Singing Kettle is a children’s singing group/show. One of their most popular songs is “You cannae shove your granny off a bus!”
Book is coming along well. I’ve nearly drawn about 50% of the pages, so not long now 🙂
Honestly, I was driving through some hills yesterday when I hit some fog and spotted this sight of wind turbines popping out of the top and thought it’d be nice to try and paint. So that’s one week’s cartoon sorted XD
So this year I approached #Inktober in a slightly different way, adding 31 doodles to one large image each day. I published them all on Instagram and Twitter as close-ups and the past couple of days have been spent colouring them all to produce this final image 🙂
Bit late with this one, it’s actually yesterday’s cartoon but I started it late and had to give the different layers time to dry. Anyway, woo! Fracking is banned! Stick that in your pipe and don’t blow it into the ground, cos you can’t! Yeah!
In other news, I’m doing #Inktober right now, so check out the Facebook, Twitter or Instagram profiles for a new ink doodle every day this month 🙂
The first outing of the unicorn in watercolour. Turned out alright I think, though I got a bit of a bleed of the yellow when I was doing the crown as I didn’t give the wash around it time enough to dry. Water colours require a lot more patience that digital, but I’m still prefering the results 🙂
Remember, I’m at Dee Con in Dundee this Saturday, do come along and say hello!
This Saturday I’ll be at DeeCon in Dundee! You’ll be able to come along and buy signed prints, badges, greetings cards, keyrings, magnets and whatever other nonsense I might think of between now and Saturday 🙂 Do come along and say hello, it’s always a huge boost to meet you all 🙂
Tickets are available on the day or on the DeeCon Facebook Event Page.
So the other day I had a yearning to visit Hobbycraft and buy some water colours… mainly due to a nice watercolour set being advertised in a Hobbycraft marketing email. It was a nifty little thing with a brush pen that you just fill up with water and use with the little watercolour pans. Seeing as I ink my drawings using a Pentel Brush Pen, I figured the transition wouldn’t be so difficult and I’ve been really admiring other artists who use watercolours lately such as Neil Slorance.
I’m really pleased with how this one came out and will be making it available as a print so check the prints page for those on Common Market 🙂