Thursday, 21 August 2014

Themed Portraits - Indian Shaman

Here's the latest Themed Portrait, Misha asked to be drawn as an Indian Shaman!
Who else thinks he needs to actually think about growing his hair out!? 

Loookin' good Misha!

From Superheroes to traditional characters. If you've got an idea for a Themed Portrait then please drop me an email at sara-dunkerton@hotmail.com


Friday, 8 August 2014

Themed Portraits - Captain Canada and Peggy Carter

Guess what everyone!? Themed Portraits are back!

I'm back in business and taking commissions, to kick everything off here is a couples portrait of Henryk and Rhiannon as Captain Canada and Peggy Carter!


So if you'd like to see yourself as your favourite hero or villain, or you know someone who would, please get in touch! :)


sara-dunkerton@hotmail.com

For information on pricing and the types of portrait I offer, click here!

Minion Mayhem - Kevin!

Minion mayhem is gonna sweep this blog shortly as I've been asked to make a trio of the little yellow mischief makers!
So to get the ball rolling, here is Kevin!

The Minons should prove pretty straightforward to make, with their rounded bodies and simple colour scheme, Kevin here was no exception. I shall be building each minion up in the same way as I have with Kev, so I'll only go through the making process once. 
Here's how its done!

 


As with all my Needle Felted makes I begin with a sketch, in this case Kevin is the tallest of the three Minons that I'm going to be making, so I needed to plan to make sure they're all going to be in scale with one another. I started with a simple wire armature and loosely felted a core finer around it for his body, I then felted a yellow wool over this.

 
 Next I worked on shaping his body a little more and then felted wool around his wire arms.

 

I then felted his blue dungarees onto the lower half of his body and worked on the definition of the side pockets.

 

He was looking slightly legless, so it was time to add those next.

 

 
And then I worked on his goggles (or is it goggle if he only has one eye?) 
Firstly felt the grey base of the goggle separately leaving a raised ridge around the outside to accommodate his eye and then attach it to his body. Then you felt the black strap around his head followed by the grey attachments to the base either side to cover up the ends.

 

Next up are his feet, which are simply black balls of wool felted around the wire armature. This step may take a bit of tweaking and adding to to get him to stand without support.

 
And now his hands! The palms were done in a similar way to the feet, just balls of black wool felted around the armature, but fingers were all felted separated to the hand and attached one by one, possibly the trickiest part of this make. Once the cuffs of his gloves are added to cover the rough ends, his hands are done!

 
Finally we have the last few touches, Kevin's eye was just a ball of white wool felted into space inside the raised ridge we'd left and his iris and pupil are another couple of tiny balls of brown and black wool felted into position. Kevin's grumpy little frown is just another slim strand of black wool, as is the G logo on the front pocket of his dungaree's, which was felted separately and attached before the logo was placed. I also glued on a couple of small black beads for his buttons.




Lastly the hair is just a few strands of black cotton thread sewn into the top of his head and felted down a little to secure it in slightly. And there you have it!


 Dave and Stuart will be joining Kevin, so if you're a minion fan keep an eye out!


Pet Portraits - Rat Pack

My housemate and I share a slight rodent obsession... Whilst having breakfast and watching Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge the other morning we had all of our rats out to play!

Lizzie has three girls, a greedy Russian blue called Bolts, a mellow black rat called Nimbus and a little grey hooded mischief maker called Zinc. Then we have my two girls, Kaylee the fawn hooded with ruby eyes (who I've drawn previously) and River the powder blue dumbo. 

With all five rats running around I felt inspired to do a portrait of our little family!





I am currently open for commissions so if anyone would like a portrait of their pets (anything from cats and dogs to snakes and snails, it doesn't have to be a rodent!) then drop me an email at: 
sara-dunkerton@hotmail.com

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Kaylee - Copic Colour Process


Apologies for the radio silence folks, I'm hoping to be able to pick things up a bit on this 'ol blog after having sorted out my life a bit!
Anyways, lets kick this off with the colour process I promised back along for the Pet Portrait I did of my rat Kaylee!
(Check out the full illustration here!)


Y28
Y28, BG10


Y28, BG10, BG15
BG93


BG93, BG96
B32, E57, E33


YR00, RV29, R35, R59
YR00, R02, E51, E33, W-1, W-3


R17, Y02, YG41, W-1, W-3
G21, YG67, G28


R02, YR68, YR04
R02, YR68, YR04, R17


R17, R46
R02, YR04, YR68, R17, R46, R59


W-1, W-3, Y02, YG91, G21


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

MULP - More News, Reviews and Interviews!


A lot has been going on in the world of MULP in lieu of Bristol Comic Expo! 
Here's a handy re-cap of everything for you!

DownTheTubes: Rats in (cool) Hats review!

John Freeman was kind enough to cover the release of MULP, including the free 12 page online preview!
Thanks John! :)


Geek Syndicate podcast review - episode 220

The Geeks themselves, David Monteith and Barry Nugent, are joined by Stacey whittle in the 220th episode of Geek Syndicate. Included in the topics that they discuss is MULP: Sceptre of the Sun! Thanks for the wonderful review guys, such a joy to listen to!

The MULP review begins around [00:56:00]


HereBeWords MULP review!

Over on his blog Andy Haigh wrote an incredibly lovely review of MULP #1

"To go with Gibbs story there's some gorgeous art from Sara Dunkerton. there's some great character designs and the action is handled brilliantly but what really stands out is the little details which add to the world. Details like "Acorn Airways" being emblazoned on the side of a plane seen in one of the first panels, the numerous real world landmarks that feature int he story like The White Cliffs of Dover and The British Museum and loads of other things, like a Rhinocerous Beetle being used like an ox to pull a cart in the background of one panel and mice riding lizards like horses. It's great world building which makes a great setting for the story.
MULP is a brilliant example of what comics are about."

Thank you Andy!


A Flash of Midnight review - MULP Fiction

Alister Davison, a fan of anthropomorphic comics kindly reviews MULP: Sceptre of the Sun #1, here is a bit of what he had to say:

"MULP hooked me from the very first page and didn't let go until the last. Sceptre of the Sun is an Indiana Jones-esque style of adventure that not only introduces its reader to an array of wonderful characters, but does the job of setting-up the world without ever feeling like the exposition gets in the way of the story. It's an entertaining plot - one told brilliantly by writer and artist alike - with every panel leaping from the page to capture the reader's attention; there's an intricacy to almost every panel that keeps the eye on it long after the words have been read." 

Thanks Alister, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!


Geek Pride Interview with Matt Gibbs and myself!

Finally we end on an interview Matt and I did with Daniela from Geek Pride, where we waffle on about our creative processes and love for anthropomorphic comics!


Stay tuned for updates as they happen on the MULP website, or if you have Twitter follow @MULPcomic for all news!