An amalgamation of text and image that can spin worlds of wonder from the imagination… with nothing more than a surface and an instrument with which to make a mark on it.
Things have come a long way since I first began making my own marks.
Technology has advanced, both in the areas of creation, and delivery of Comics and currently there are more options for producing our own ‘worlds of wonder’ than ever before.
JIGSAW is my own exploration of what makes my creative consciousness ‘tick’; my inspirations and interests, and the products of those interests once they have travelled through the melting pot of whatever makes my dreams.
In multiple formats, from A6 zines, to A2 posters to digital webstrips, I’ll be producing an array of stories over the coming year, in word and picture, under the umbrella title JIGSAW. The conceit of the project being that each of it’s ‘Volumes’ is part of a bigger picture… the jigsaw of me.
The first part of the puzzle is a digital strip introducing the eponymous character that will frame the project through its various phases… the walking Rorschach , Jigsaw.
JIGSAW begins in David Lloyd’s ACES WEEKLY Volume 38 on 18th February, and is the first strip that I have produced solely within a digital App on the Apple iPad.
On 24th February the Hollywood machine will announce the recipients of this years Oscar presentations.
My fingers are crossed for one, Richard E Grant… nominated for best supporting actor.
In 1995 I was working up a strip to be called, K. A dystopian, science fiction saga, which, ultimately, saw presentation of just the first episode, in a Small Press zine, TOPAZ.
The main character of K was based on my vision of REG, and the fit was so perfect that I dropped a line to his agent for permission to use his likeness.
Now, over twenty years later, after a trail of personal phone calls, emails and a constant approval for his likeness to be used in my works, he still stands as vision of choice for characters in most of my projects.
My latest, JIGSAW, has yet to remove the mask and helm he wears, but when he does… well, have a guess.
So here’s to Richard… and all the very best of luck to you on your big night, sir.
Currently on display with the South Lakes Art Collective Exhibition – WITHOUT BORDERS, the triptych MEADOW BLUE.
Representing a ‘psychedelic folk’ take on some of the indigenous creatures of the British Isles, the collection will be complimented by the addition of MEADOW RED and MEADOW GREEN early in 2019.
Inspired by the psychedelic poster art of the 1960’s ‘So-Cal’ rock scene (by the likes of Wilson, Moscoso and Griffin), the intent is to incorporate subject, text and landscape into one, organic, balanced, textured whole, evoking the traditional mood of the British countryside, whilst at the same time allowing for a more transient appreciation of the flora and fauna of our little island.
It seems like a decade since I had my first work published by David Lloyd in his Aces Weekly – but it’s actually only two!
Pushing 100 pages worth of material covering three separate stories over four separate volumes it has been a learning experience from which I have gleaned so much about who I am and where I want to be with my artwork/writing – and it’s not where I thought!
The personal work I’ve been putting together over the recent weeks has attracted a lot of puzzled looks and concerns over my sanity over the last couple of days, so… as an attempt to allay any fears…
MASQUE will be a series of short internal monographs relating to the way we as humans constantly adapt our true selves to suit the situations we find ourselves in, and for the people in whose company we find ourselves.
Society embeds this into our very fabric and I wonder if, throughout our brief lives, we are ever completely ourselves at all? Or are we forever hidden behind the masks we choose to wear?
Issue one will be available sometime in March.
Nothing ever competes with your first love, or so they say.
Steve Parkhouse and David Lloyd created mine.
Directly influencing my own Bullhawk character and leading on to a love of pulp novels from both sides of the Atlantic, I’d give my right arm to see Night Raven stalking the rooftops again – and my left arm to draw it!
for a Down The Tubes competition I gave it a spin. A little wishful thinking, and embellishment, and voila… A dream project!