My latest pic is from the recent LIDOS production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, a wonderful musical about love and marriage which may not necessarily go together like a horse and carriage, unless the horse is drunk and the carriage is secretly gay. I played the part of Harry in the show, and you can see me in the pic swigging out of a bottle of bourbon while my wife in the show scoffs some birthday cake.
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Carlinghow Theatre Company have just performed their version of Lionel Bart’s musical OLIVER! and I helped them out by drawing the digital backdrops that were projected instead of traditional painted backcloths. I used a lot of photographic textures for these images and I think they turned out pretty good!
We start off in the dingy workhouse, where Oliver resides among the other orphans.
After causing a mighty stink by asking for more gruel at dinner time, he is sold off to Mr & Mrs Sowerberry, who own an undertaker’s shop. The big black square on the left is where real scenery flats were used.
Oliver escapes from the Undertaker’s shop and bumps into the Artful Dodger on the streets of old Lahndahn taaahhhn. That’s proper cockney that is.
Dodger then takes him to meet his erstwhile (no idea what that means) employer, Fagin, who runs a gang of juvenile pickpockets! He also owns a small wooden elephant. I added that myself, I made Dickens even better.
Here is the pub in which everyone sings Oom-Pah-Pah and has a jolly old time until Bill Sikes (or Sykes, I dunno) turns up to ruin everything, the rotter.
Oliver is captured during a failed pick-pocketing attempt and is taken into the care of Mr Brownlow, who lives in a posh London district that looks like this at sunrise:
This scene then transitions to daytime thanks to Microsoft Powerpoint’s fade transition effect:
And finally, here is the backdrop of a London skyline which can just be seen over the top of the real scenery. This is where Bill Sikes Sykes whatever meets his doom and Oliver is rescued.
And they all lived happily ever after! Apart from Bill Syiyikes, who is dead, and Nancy (also dead.) Oh, and Dodger gets arrested, so he probably isn’t too happy either, and neither is Fagin. Oh well.
This July I was lucky enough to land the part of Sherrif Reynolds in Diva Theatre Company’s superb production of Bat Boy at Wakefield Theatre Royal. It was a pleasure to work with such an accompished team of actors, musicians and techies. Here are a few pics I drew of the cast and crew.
To start off, here is Dale as the psychotic Dr Parker:
Matthew played the part of Edgar, the Bat Boy himself. His loin cloth is the stuff of legends. It had been so long since I signed any of my pictures that I used my old signature instead of the newer Hall one.
And finally, the power couple that made it all happen, the amazing Andy and Andy, producer and director of the show.
Some people like dressing up as fairytale characters – hey, I’m not judging – and some people get paid to do it! This is a logo for a company called Beyond the Ever After that put on fairytale-themed parties for kids. The three fairies are the three founders of the company, but they don’t have wings in real life.
They are hard to draw, at least I think they are, so what better subject for me to tackle than a beautiful burlesque dancer. This is Lady Wildflower, a real performer, and I drew her from a photo I saw on a friend’s Facebook page (hi Louise!)
Back in February this year it was my friend Cap’n Lisa’s birthday and since she’s a fan of Orange is the New Black (me too!) I drew her as an inmate of Lichfield penitentiary. Thankfully she hasn’t been to prison in real life. At least I don’t think so.
My friend Kelly has her own Film & TV production gig, called Addiction, and needed a logo, so I did this for her. I don’t know if this is an accurate picture of her working habits but I’m sure there’s coffee involved somewhere along the line.
Hello again! I’ve fallen behind on my blogging recently but I’m making up for it today by spraying you all with my endeavours. Here’s a pic of Batman villain Two-Face I did when I was drunk. It turned out pretty well, maybe I should be drunk more often? Maybe not…
Hello faithful friends! Long time no see, but I’m back on the case and I’ll be updating the blog with new pics whenever I work up the energy to do it. Here’s a poster I did for the Carlinghow Theatre Company production of Aladdin last year. Sadly, tickets are no longer available but it was right good!
Normally I do pictures over several days depending on how complicated they are but I did this one in about 7 hours today and now my eyes have dropped out.