Thursday, 27 January 2011


Some drawings done on the beach at Robin Hood's Bay on a summer evening.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

New(ish) Young Death cover

A couple of years ago I was asked to paint a new cover for a reprinting of "Young Death, Boyhood of a Superfiend", which was the first story I ever drew way back in 1990.
Here's the cover I painted from scribble to finished piece.
First the sketch

Then I drew a tighter version was then, scanned and printed it out in blue over which the final tighter pencils were drawn.

This was again scanned, the blue removed in Photoshop and the lines were coloured, as I thought it would help to make the background recede a little behind the figure and as I was painting the final version I felt a coloured line would be less harsh against the watercolour.

The line work was printed out on a hot press watercolour paper using a friend's Epson that uses waterproof pigment inks. This was spray mounted to a board to ensure it didn't cockle when I ladled on lots of water during the painting process.
The image on the left below is a scan of the finished painting, the image on the right is slightly digitally enhanced---I dropped a multiply layer over shadow areas to give them a little more bite and increase the contrast.

And the final image with a cheesy border befitting the tone of the story.

Monday, 17 January 2011


I Forgot to include this one on the last post

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Life Drawings

And some old life drawings.


Some more sketchbook gig drawings, this time the late, great Townes Van Zandt in Manchester, May 1994.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Kelly Joe Phelps

These are two sketchbook drawings from a Kelly Joe Phelps gig in 2002.
He rarely plays guitar lap style any more as far as I'm aware. Shame really.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Proper colours

I recently coloured a back-up story in DCU Legacies #8 drawn by the wonderful Mr.Frank Quitely. Most of the pages printed pretty well, apart from the first one which came out dark and over-saturated.
Here's a jpeg from the original file just to show how it should have looked.

Hello out there!

Well, just as everyone in the entire world now seems to have a blog, I've decided to join in too.
My name is Peter Doherty. Not the famous singer bloke though. I'm the much less well known comic book illustrator Peter Doherty.

I've never met Kate Moss.