Friday, 19 September 2014

MULP - Latest News!


Want to know what's been going on in the MULP-verse? Here's a little re-cap of all the latest news, reviews and interviews!

Gosh! and Orbital Comics

Orbital Comics in London are now stocking copies of MULP: Sceptre of the Sun #1, and Gosh! have recently got new new stock in! So if you're in London and still not picked up your copy yet, go check out these fine retailers!

Geek Native Review

Andrew Girdwood very kindly reviewed MULP #1 for Geek Native.

"Just a few panels later and we see the gentlemice have unearthed a large - and clearly human - skeleton. It is funny how one panel can change your perception of a comic book. All of a sudden I was intrigued."

Thank you Andrew!

Sci-Fi Pulse Review

Over on the SciFi Pulse Website, Raissa Devereux reviews MULP #1

"Writer Matt Gibbs did a marvelous job tying the mythologies of three different cultures — Egyptian, Greek, and Incan, into the story. Artist Sara Dunkerton superbly drew the mice throughout. I was especially impressed by how she drew the archeological dig to mouse scale, highlighting the huge human skull relative to them."

Thank you Raissa!

Sci-Fi Pulse Radio ep.23 - Creator Interview!

Matt and I natter away with Ian Cullen from SciFi Pulse radio podcast about MULP #1, our creative processes, inspiration and influences!
Our interview begins around [00:22:00]

MULP at CamCon

Also if you missed it Matt and I took MULP to Cambridge's CamCon at the end of August., check out my write up of the event.
The next convention we'll be attending will be The Lakes International Comic art Festival in Kendal in October! Hopefully catch some of you there!




Friday, 12 September 2014

CamCon 2014


MULP and the Mousketeers visited CamCon in Cambridge on Saturday 30th August!
I was accompanied by my partner in crime, Matt Gibbs and that cheeky chappie Chris Wildgoose! As with Bristol, our table sported works from Improper Books that the boys had contributed to, Chris' Porcelain prints and of course MULP: Sceptre of the Sun #1!


Despite being only a one day convention CamCon didn't disappoint, we all had a fantastic time! The staff organising the event were very helpful, the people were incredibly lovely and the Cosplayers were on form, just look at these great costumes!



As with Bristol Expo back in May, I settled down to sketch at the table. I finally finished the Mousified drawing of Uncle and Child from Porcelain, which I gave to Chris. I also drew a mousey Hogwarts student inspired by our table neighbour, Hannah, who was dressed in Hufflepuff robes. As Hannah kindly bought copies of our comics I gave her the Hogwarts mouse as a thank you!



I was also very excited to be given the finished piece of custom MULP jewellery, which I'd previously worn at Bristol Expo. Vicky Cox hadn't been able to set the stones in time for the previous con, however here is this gorgeous piece of MULPy jewellery in all it's glory!
Thank you so much Vicky, it is perfect!


It's a shame that CamCon was only a one day event, I had a brilliant time and MULP was so generously received! I think my convention highlights were geeking out over Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures up in the tabletop gaming area, chatting with some amazing people and of course sharing the table with Matt and Chris! It was great seeing you again, Sirs!

Our next convention will be the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, in Kendall on the 18th and 19th October, I can't wait!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Themed Portraits - Eowyn and Faramir

Here's another Themed Portrait for you all, though the subject of this one is slightly different… 
Yes, that is me!

I was commissioned by my boyfriend to draw us as Eowyn and Faramir from the Lord of the Rings.


If you would like to see yourself as a fantasy character or you know someone who would, then please get in touch!

sara-dunkerton@hotmail.com

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