Aug ’18 – Nine From The Vault – The Dog Who…

Posted: August 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: From The Vault | No Comments »

After the runaway (from) success of The Campbelton Bogle it seemed the next logical step for Agent Rob was to become quickly embroiled in another long (but quickly) drawn out attempt to bring a children’s book (by a different writer) to published life….

I think the only real change was (at the writer’s request) trying to break away from my default ‘hooded brow’ look and adjusting the dog’s nose. Again, like The Bogle, these pages are scanned from tight pencils, contrasted and then digitally coloured – looks like I was aiming for (and widely missing) a crude felt tip pen effect here. Well, I guess I got the ‘crude’ part bang on target, um….

Unfortunately The Dog Who didn’t even make it to (self-)print and only these pages were finished(-ish) for the author’s proposed publisher punting. The resounding silence that followed can only mean it stands rooted, waiting patiently at the gates to development hell….


Jul ’18 – One From The Vault – The Campbeltown Bogle

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The original character rough loose pencil sketches, contrasted and coloured for The Campbeltown Bogle and the Farmer. Undertaken to give the writer an idea of the general direction of the art (and in doing so helping nudge some of his latent ideas along)….


May ’18 – Three From The Vault – The Royal Weeding

Posted: May 19th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: From The Vault | No Comments »

By Royal Diss- Appoint – ment…. Seems somewhat apt to share this today. Quite possibly the strangest thing Agent Rob‘s ever drawn, published in Wasted Comic to coincide with the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The initial idea was cooked up in collaboration with the Emperor – who at that time was working with the mighty Alex Ronald on the initial Vampire Vixens strips, also for Wasted – but as the back and forth dried up I ran (at something of a directionless half-pelt) with this vaguest of ideas. That it took me until this post to christen this “The Royal Weeding”  kind of says it all. (The boy on the donkey in the final panel of page one is based on a take on the kid Mark from Gentle Ben that I used to draw in Secondary School….)

If it’s not entirely apparent (anyone?!) the strip is Prince William trying to recollect all the crazy things that went on at their wedding, his memories/flashbacks triggered by what’s happening on the beach. So there we have The Royal Yacht Britannia pitching up in a fountain in Las Vegas and Elvis helping out with yet another ceremony. And, if feverish, fizzled-out finales are your thing then this certainly fails to deliver – it seems Will has married Kate…. and (the mystery man is) Prince Harry! I think we’re missing an, “awrite, bruv?” from the second to last panel to complete the eclectic tale. Still, nice zippy art from my official “rattling any old scripts out to help plug the gaps in Wasted” period….


Apr ’18 – Two From The Vault – The Illustrated Man

Posted: April 21st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: From The Vault | No Comments »

Has it come to this? Yep, we’re deep into clearing out the hard disk drive territory, and so begins an (occasional) series of blogs “From The Vault” featuring unpublished and unseen odds and sods – it’s mostly sods, to be honest! – from Agent Rob‘s ramshackle digital archives. To kick things off we have two variations on Ray Bradbury‘s The Illustrated Man* as intended for entry into the Barbican‘s ‘Into The Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction‘ 2017 competition. A mixture of it being craply drawn – the idea of a body covered in countless tattooed staring eyes with those that are real, those that should be visible in the head, obscured is moderately inspired – then subject to endless ‘digital toil’ (AKA polishing the turd) and finally missing the deadline (it was 6pm and not midnight as assumed) all contributed to its lack of, er, anything….

The figure and his tattoos were two separate inked drawings, the latter digitally dropped in under the former after scanning, and the background and lettering – easily the best thing about this – were then added digitally (and doubtless subject to much further tweaking). I’ll confess that I whole (and half-) heartedly regret mentioning the idea for this competition entry to a friend and that his obvious enthusiasm for its realistation, and evident disappointment at its actual materialisation as presented to him, pretty much killed off any remaining feelings of confidence in the piece. Still, can you imagine (as I did then and still do) if Frank Quitely had drawn this? Geez, it’d be amazing! Anyway, the five excellent (vastly superior and very deserving) winners can be seen here….

*Incidentally, the book itself contains maybe the finest short story ever written, ‘The Long Rain‘….