Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Themed Portraits - Morghan the Shapeshifter

Morning Everyone!

Apologies for the silence on this blog, however I've been hard at work finishing MULP: Sceptre of the Sun, Issue 2!
I'm 6 pages away from the finish line and have been posting up work in progress and sneak peeks on my Tumblr and Instagram. So if you'd like to keep track of my progress then feel free to give those a look!

For now though I'm gonna share a commission I did a little while ago!

Fellow fan of anthropomorphic comics and lover of Role Play games, Morghan had a surprise when she received this portrait of her as her RPG character for finishing her exams. 11 year old Morghan has a pet albino ferret and as her RPG character is a shapeshifter, I've drawn her shifting into her pet ferret.

Having recently read MULP issue 1, I hear that Morghan is very pleased with her portrait! I hope you enjoy issue 2 just as much!


I will be opening commission slots soon for anyone attending conventions where I'll be exhibiting.
So if you're going to the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal (17th - 16th Oct), Nottingham Con (24th - 25th Oct), or Thought Bubble in Leeds (14th - 15th Nov) I can prepare commissions for pick up at the table!
Just email me with your requests:

Friday, 17 July 2015

Pet Portraits - Buddy!

Morning Everyone!

There are quite a few people commissioning me to do portraits of their pets, which is great! Drawing animals is probably one of my favourite things, MULP is a prime example!

This pet portrait is of Lucy's rescue dog, Buddy! 

If you'd like a portrait of your pet then don't hesitate to get in touch:

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Pet Portrait - French Bulldog

Here's a pet portrait I did a little while back which was commissioned as a gift for someone.
I can now finally reveal Lexi the French Bulldog!

Lexi was drawn using pencil colours on A4 cartridge paper.

If you would like a portrait of your pet then please get in touch:

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Pen and Ink Family Portrait

Morning Everyone,

Despite stating in my last post that I was gonna be back in full force on the commissions, I didn't account for being short staffed at work and several birthday plans on the horizon! So unfortunately it's taking a little while for me to get geared up to 'full force'… I will get there though!

I have however managed to get this commission done for Nicky who requested a black and white, pen and ink wash portrait of her family! 

If this has inspired you and you'd like a portrait of you and your own family, then please get in touch:

Friday, 19 June 2015

Themed Portraits - Why So Serious?

Hey Everyone!
Sorry for the silence. After Wonderlands Con I had a bunch of MULP to catch up on so commissions had to be postponed for a while.

But I'm back on it in full force and will share with you all that I am able!

This Themed Portrait is one that I completed recently, and I'm rather pleased with how it's come out!
Though half the job was done for me in the sense that the subject of the portrait is Joker obsessed and cosplays as Heath Ledger's Joker often, complete with spot on impersonation!

So Darran…. Why so serious?? 

This commission was colour using Copic Markers.
If you would like a portrait of yourself like this, or you know someone who would, then please drop me an email:

Monday, 1 June 2015

Wonderlands 2015

Improper Books and MULP spent the weekend in Wonderland!

The Wonderlands Graphic Novel Expo made it's debut in Sunderland on the 30th May and was met with much warmth and success! The event was hosted by the University of Sunderland in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

The ever fantastic Bryan and Mary Talbot were there along with a plethora of creators giving talks and workshops that ran on well into the evening! Our very own Matt Gibbs and Laura Trinder participated in the Young Adult Graphic Novel panel, There were also plenty of people celebrating the graphic novel including the Geek Show and local radio station SparkFM both of whom spoke to Matt and I about creating Improper comics and MULP!

We had a really lovely day talking with both the people of Sunderland, other exhibitors and the students who had some of their degree work there. We also had a colouring table set up with pages from Night Post, MULP and Knight and Dragon for people of all ages to chill out between workshops and talks.

Many thanks to all the organisers, including Hannah Matterson and Bryan and Mary Talbot for inviting us! We had a fantastic time at what I hope will be the first of many Wonderlands conventions!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Big Fish - Pencil and Ink portrait

So I'm now working pretty much as a full time freelance Illustrator!

I'll be working mostly on MULP, however I've a small string of commissions lined up also!

Which brings me on to talk about this one! Jon here loves his fishing so much he wanted me to do a black and white portrait of him with one of the largest fish he's ever caught. 

This portrait is A4 and done using pencil, inks and ink wash.

If you're interested in a portrait like Jon then please get in touch: