Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Slipknot=Stuffed Poodle

Those of you that follow Scott Smith's blog will remember a post about a CD swap he's involved with. Well, I am also a member of this swapping group and this week it was my turn. I really love making CD packaging, it's not often that bands think to do much with it. Compilations are different though, as most people I know do make the CD a nice thing to keep both for it's content and aesthetics. So here's what I did with mine.

I drew a moon on CD labels to put on the actual CD, and then some stars on the label borders so I could cut out stickers to put on the outside of the sleeve.

Then I just wrote out and drew the inlay and set the photocopier to negative. I stuck the circular sticker from the centre of the CD Labels to look like a sun, but to also fill in the hole in the CD 'moon'.

I've been using CD labels and sleeves to do this for years, I like three-dimensional album covers. Here's one for a Chimpo album I made in 2007.

Same system but the CD labels had pre cut rectangles so I got a bit lazy as it would have looked better if I cut around the album title logo thingy.

I wanted to do a comic strip on the CD so I figured a perpetual strip was the best thing to draw in a circle. This was before Cognitive Dissonance so I was trying out different ways of drawing myself at the time.

I'm working on stuff with Burn Paper Tigers for our album, I'll let you know any developments with the artwork on that as they happen.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

13 Strips and a couple of excuses.

Click on image to enlarge.
This is my contribution to the '2009 Alternative Press Anthology', which was naturally rejected. At least that gives me something to post while 'Self Service' is still taking its time to come together. I tend to focus more on music in the summer which is my excuse for the lack of posts, though to be honest it always takes me months to get back in the swing of drawing after completing an issue of 'Cognitive Dissonance'.
The balance between music and drawing is a difficult one, so rather than make any attempt at creating such a balance, I just stop doing one for months while I concentrate on the other. Here I am playing guitar in Burn Paper Tigers, a band in which I also drum and play Ukulele. You can find our songs and details at www.myspace.com/burnpapertigers

I also have a solo 'career' under the moniker Chimpo. Sort of different from Burn Paper Tigers, a bit heavier usually. This can be found at www.myspace.com/chimpomusic . This has nothing to do with comics, I just thought that I should be posting something up here and if you enjoy my comics then you may enjoy my music too.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Self Service Part Two

Click on images to enlarge.

Page 1
Page 2

The Story So Far...


Here's everything I've done, or been involved in so far...

Issue 1

Issue 2

Issue 3

...and this is issue 1 of Slow Education, featuring Stefania Orlando, Daniel Osborne, Michael Hogan, Peter Basden and Scott Smith.

If you wish to obtain any of these things then email me at chimpopudding@hotmail.co.uk and we'll work something out via paypal.


Friday, 3 April 2009

What's Going On?

I was planning to run the 'Self-Service' strip weekly, and update this thing more regularly, but I've got a lot on at the moment.

First of all I'm still working on Cognitive Dissonance #3. I've done the sock and burger thing, 'Mixed Nuts 2' and a short strip about my recent trip to Chicago. I'm halfway through the second part of 'My Friend Joe...' and am deliberating whether to do 'Amanda Wake' or 'Dogs Can Smell Cancer' because I won't have time to do both. Both of the afore mentioned stories have a while to go yet though.

The next thing I'm working on is a couple of strips for a collaborative comic that will also feature Scott Smith, Peter Basden, Daniel Osbourne and hopefully Rory Perkins and Michael Hogan. The comic is called 'Slow Education' and from the bits I've read will be excellent.

The other thing I'm working on is a single page contribution to the 'Alternative Press Anthology'. It's a grid of 20 panels that can be read in 13 different directions. Not as clever as it sounds.

All of this has to be done by the 28th, which is why the web comic has taken a back seat for a while. I'm still working on it at the moment, and enjoying it more than the others, but it's open ended deadline removes its priority. 'Self-Service' is set to have a few parts, the next of which will be up in the next two weeks.

Thanks for reading,


Sunday, 22 March 2009

Self-Service Part One

Click on the images to read.
Page 1

Page 2