Cover art for The Prototypes, featuring a super heroine tasering herself. The brief was supplied by the band. These are my original photoshop colours, but it was eventually re-coloured by my colleague Robert Smith as the client asked me to make it darker. I like the pop art buzz of this version though.
Scenes from my current project. Painting a mural up eight flights of stairs in the studio building where I work in Dalston, Hackney. The mural is designed to show how the Bootstrap Company (who runs the building) engages with the local community, helps start-ups to thrive and provides below-market-rate studio spaces. It's a great place to work, and I have been here going on seven years now. April 2016
On 5th March 2016 I gave a lecture at the Watersprite Cambridge Film Festival, called The Art of Storyboarding. Pictures here show the 75-minute talk, which included practical demonstrations, slides and the participants creating their own simple, yet functional storyboards. The talk was well received and I have been invited back next year, which I am really looking forward to.
The festival was great fun, extremely well run and had an awards ceremony in the fabulous Fitzwilliam Museum on the Saturday night. The picture below shows me and host Lenny Henry presenting the award for best production design for the film 'It could have happened, it had to happen.' Posted May 2016.
My brother George, who is a paramedic in Sheffield, commissioned me to draw a cartoon about some of the stressful encounters met by the ambulance service. It was specifically intended to show how noisy and chaotic some scenes can be, and in all this, the medic is trying to think clearly and responsibly.
I am really pleased with this. It feels like it hits the mark, showing lots of noise and confusion, yet in a legible manner. Pen and ink on A4 marker paper.
Page detail from book three which I really like. It’s funny how some drawings start by being unimportant to me – just something to get out of the way to get the story to progress – but after some work and some patient inking, they end up being my favourite.
This scene where Harry and Venus show up and surprise the group is a drawing I am very proud of. It's great how Venus's skirt creates a dynamic composition.
Diana's face in the top two frames are beginning to show the fruits of my studying US comic artist J Scott Campbell's women. The Mice by Roger Mason Posted 17/7/15
Keeping me busy this week, a mural at a primary school in south east London, depicting children at the school reading books. Painted onto the wall of the school library in acrylic paint, it will hopefully be finished this week and then I can photograph it properly and post the completed scene up here.
The Mice book three is on the drawing board and here is a page from the final chapter. The two main human protagonists are learning how to fly on of the aliens' giant flying forklift trucks. It seems they might just be about to have a mid-air collision...
These storyboards were commissioned by Unit 9 to describe a promotion which took place in Manchester on 10th September. A football juggler dressed as a samurai, and being chased by ninjas, juggled a football through the streets and ended up at Old Trafford, cavorting about on the pitch. They have to be some of my favourite recent drawings, and some of my coolest storyboards to date.
Thanks to the people at Big Smoke Media, the above image, featuring Diana and Mulligatawny running away from the aliens' 'cat', will be available on free postcards in bars, restaurants and various institutions across London and the South East.
Click on the link at the left to download a free chapter of The Mice graphic novel.
Work has recommenced on the second MICE graphic novel which will be 90 pages long, working title Culture Shock. The project had been shelved for a few months but it is now nearly finished, barring a few more pages to be drawn and an edit. Once it is completed, look for it at the Scar Comics online shop.
Back cover blurb:
The Mice leave the factory site and journey into the wild and endless fields around it. Something is out there; something that will change the course of human and alien history forever.
Meanwhile, the factory manager is hiding away in the labs performing grisly experiments. The humans aren't going to like it, to say nothing of Health & Safety...
Here are some images from it, including a cover image from when part of it was released as a mini-comic.
Kapow comic convention went very well, even though sales on the Scar Comics table were a bit slow, due to the gulf of space in front of the table that allowed nervous punters to bypass the wares on sale and avoid the hawkish glares of the stable's talent, as it tried to lure in susceptible members of the public.
I did some sketches which are attached here and curious fans of both can check out 2000AD for Rebellion's Judge Dredd or The Mice graphic novel available to buy either from me or Scarcomics.com.
A highlight was putting a copy of The Mice into the hands of Jonathan Ross, who promised he would read it. I felt a bit bad approaching the guy, imagining that he must get that quite a lot but I was overtaken by networking fever and, once I had spotted the bearded one in his bright yellow jacket, ran back to the table, nicked a copy of the book, whacked a quick dedication in the front and handed it over.
The wrestlers were a nice touch and all in all Kapow was once again a quality show.
I regret the chaotic nature of the previous post, but the fact is I have been ably working away at storyboards for service design agencies and production companies for the last couple of months, but extras like maintaining a blog have gone out of the window somewhat.
Next weekend I will be at Kapow! the comic convention in Angel on the Scar Comics table, and right now I am typing this when I should be doing something else. So sayonara.