Posts Tagged ‘pokeweed’

Parcel Full of Goodies

June 21, 2011

Received a parcel through the post this morning that I was kinda expecting…to a point.

My wife bought me a t-shirt from here and due to postal issues it was slightly delayed…the wait was TOTALLY worth it!!

The envelope was just the start of things to come:

The T-shirt I (and when I say “I” I obviously mean the missus) ordered is AWESOME!! Great quality shirt and the print just looks (to overuse the word) awesome.

But that wasn’t all! Look what else fell out that envelope of wonders!!

Anyone who follows this blog regularly will know how much I love Pokeweed so to have ALL of this in one envelope was like Christmas!!!!!

BUT that wasn’t all, oh no!!! AND THIS JUST MADE MY YEAR!!!!!!!!!


Thanks Drew Pocza – MY HERO!!


Pokeweed – We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Plunger! Review

March 24, 2011

Here’s a little review of my good friend Drew Pocza’s Pokeweed comic “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Plunger”. It’s a collection of the first 200 comic strips of small town Pokeweed, just south of nowhere.

The first thing that struck me was the title! Love the play on words from Jaws, and if you’re new to PW you’ll notice Drew loves wordplay, so very fitting. It also sums up the kind of humour to expect!

The cover has a great layout, full colour introducing the main players in our PW world. Loving the textures and the Pokeweed font is perfect.

Opening the book, the first thing you come to (after the giant plunger and title) are some concept designs for the characters. I’m a huge fan of seeing the process of people’s work and would loved to see more of these (but I know if working digitally, it’s not really something you think about too much…). I find it fascinating to see how the artist came to the final design and the growth in the artwork.

There’s a nice intro to each character and it’s good to see the continuity in the design with the dotted lines throughout.

For those like me who are familiar with PW, it’s awesome to see the very first strips, and to see how the style and artwork has changed. Also love the fact the first strip is the sign of things to come in terms of the humour.  The one consistency that I love throughout the PW strips is the strong line style. Each stroke is drawn and not copied and pasted (something I’m now trying to emulate).

There are some gems to be found of strips I missed or even revisiting ones I’d forgotten about. The genius thing about PW is that ones that didn’t really hit the spot at the time are brilliant on second reading. It’s just non-stop Pokeweed magic.

There’s a great mix of one off strips and continuous storylines which keep you guessing and keep you coming back for more.

One thing I was never a huge fan of when first introduced was the new character of Chuck (around strip 100). He’s an “ex-monster’ trying to make a new life for himself in PW. I must have been insane the first time round, because on second reading, he’s an awesome character that adds so much to PW.

I find I’m torn sometimes with the PW artwork, in terms of backgrounds. At times I want to see more of the town and backdrops, but on the other hand I love the clean linework that focuses on the characters, so in my humble opinion, a nice mix would be my ideal.

This book is absolutely brilliant. Non stop PW and the only main critisism with it would be that we miss out on the coloured strips. I love the B&W but now and again the colour ones just add something special and I understand the reasons with the printing etc, so I urge you to go to the website and hunt them down!!

At the end of the book is some fanart by some amazing artists, themselves doing awesome comics, so take note and have a look. This is then followed by a nice outro from the man himself, Drew Pocza. Nice to see where he came from and how we’ve now got the awesomeness that is Pokeweed.

All in all I think this is a must buy for all PW and non PW regulars alike. Some great artwork and fun stuff. Look forward to the next 200 strips!!

This awesome book is available in all it’s glory in hard copy book form, or if like me you can’t wait that long, then this bad boy is available as a pdf download at a fraction of the price. Go buy it here.

#Pokeweed Fanart

February 18, 2011

Have been having too much fun with the markers recently, and those that have been following my webcomic The Monkey and the Mouse, will know I’ve been whinging about only have 8 markers. Well I thought I’d try and push those 8 markers and produce something a bit special.

Well I think I’m slowly getting there. Here’s a piece of fanart for one of my favourite webcomics by my good friend Drew Pocza: Pokeweed

Inspirations for a webcomic…

December 8, 2010

No Art from me today, but I wanted to share something with you.

As I contemplate and finalise my new webcomic I thought I’d let you in on the comics that inspire me and have helped me make the decision to do a comic. Of course the world famous ones of Peanuts and Garfield are a given but I wanted to share some maybe, lesser known comics with you.

There are a TON of strips out there and this is by no means an extensive list and in no particular order!

Click on the strip to go find out more!!!!

1. First up is Pokeweed. An awesome strip by an awesome twitter friend Drew Pocza. Pokeweed is a small town and follows Phil, the lovable kid with the big head, his grouchy Snowman Buster, Clint the flambouyant dog and Chuck the “ex-monster”:

2. Imagine This. Follows the loveable, grouchy teddy bear Clovis and friends. Not sure how I found this, in fact let’s just assume that ALL the strips were through twitter!

3. Capes N Babes. Great strip about Marc who runs a comic shop and his friend Roy a wannabe comic artist (and he’s a werewolf!!). Hilarious stuff.

4. Dog Eat Doug. I only recently discovered this one but already loving it!

and lastly for today (yes that’s right, I’ll post more tomorrow!!!!):

5. The Barn. Again this is a new one to me, but already it’s awesome!

So again, I just wanted to share some of my inspiration for the new webcomic I’ll be doing and hope that even the tiniest bit of creativity and humour has managed to rub off…

If you have a webcomic or know of any please post the link in the comments!!

More tomorrow and keep ’em peeled for the new webcomic by yours truly!


Battle for Hoth

November 22, 2010

Second in my series of fun Star Wars pieces. Sure it’s not the most original, but I love the idea of battling Snowmen… Had real fun with this one hope you like!

Maybe too much Buster from Pokeweed influenced this one, who knows?!

New 1 a day Star Wars Caricatures #Win

July 26, 2010

I’m starting a new 1 a day illustration for this week. Star Wars head caricatures.

It was suggested I have a crack at Star Wars by Mr Drew Pocza a while back and it sparked something, but it wasn’t until I saw Eric Merced’s Chibi Star Wars pics that I was inspired and ready to go, so thanks guys!

I decided to draw each on lightweight card 3″x4″. Drawn with graphite pencil and coloured pencils. Inked with Unipin.

I’ve also decided to give them away each day. “How do I get my mitts on these bad boys?” I hear you asking. All you need to do is comment below and I’ll randomly select the winner at the end of the day (23:00 GMT). You can only win 1 piece during the week.

Day 1 – Biker Scout

Hope you like and good luck


Loyal Friend

May 18, 2010

Just a quick pic I did.  Had a Snoopy feel to it after I’d finished…kinda…

Did in Photoshop as ever

Here’s the initial pencil sketch…

Also wanted to say, I’ve been blessed to have become friends with some awesome artists over the last six months and they’ve helped me no end.  One of those is Drew Pocza and so really wanted to point you in the direction of his awesome webcomic, Pokeweed.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check out his work…

More soon!

Grand Moff Coloured

April 1, 2010

For those that saw my pencil sketch of Grand Moff Tarkin for the Illustartion Friday theme; Expired, thought I’d let you know I decided to colour it.

Didn’t really think about it at first until Drew Pocza suggested I give him a tad more life.

Well here it is – coloured in Photoshop.  Hope you like it:

On a (massive) side note – thought I’d share the fact that I became a dad for the second time on Friday 26th March to a little girl – Eleana Lily “Ellie”.  She is amazing and my wife is my hero!

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