Tuesday, 28 July 2009

A Dogs Life

Ok, this has no relevance to anything really... I just had an urge to draw it :)

I wish...

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Caffeine fix

In between trying to work on some of my strips, I managed to get this illustration done.

It is another one for my iStock portfolio and as you can guess, this fella is in need of a caffeine hit. Well, actually he has had got his fix and way beyond, but some people just don't know when to stop.

I am hoping to get this uploaded onto iStock within the next few days and will post the link once it is up there. In the mean time, here is the original sketch and the final illustration!

Oh yeah, I should also have another strip uploaded over the weekend (I hope). I am just trying to squeeze it in between jobs.

Friday, 17 July 2009

New illustration

I have just had another illustration uploaded on to iStock. Well, it is one of many that I have completed this week. It is available to purchase by clicking here.

I have included the pencil sketch and the finished vector illustration.

Most of my work is vector* nowadays, but I am trying hard to go back to using good old pen and ink. I was massively tempted to produce the comic strips I have started working on as digital artwork, but wanted to have a crack at the hand drawn route for a bit. It may turn out that they do end up being done digitally in the end, but we will see. My pen work is still pretty rough as I have only just started using them again after about 10 years of ignoring my drawing talent. But you know what they say... Practice makes perfect (I hope)!

I think I must have stopped drawing when I was 14 and only started again 4 years ago (I am 28 now). In those four years all my work has been purely pencil sketches which I have then scanned and redrawn on my Mac. But now I want to do it old school for a while.

Any way, enough blabbering on from me...

*Incase you haven't come across the word vector before, it is a term used for illustrations or artwork created in programmes like Adobe Illustrator or FreeHand. This kind of artwork is made up of shapes which can be enlarged to any scale without the loss of quality, (which you would suffer from if you had a bitmap file, ie, a photograph or a scan). For a more indepth breakdown of the term vector click here... They can explain it better then me :)

London Comicon 2009

Tomorrow is the day when all nerds put down their X-Box controllers, don their Storm Trooper outfits and head out of the house for the first time in months as the London Comicon takes place in Earls Court.

I will be there without my normal group of friends as a mixture of the Swine Flu and the current recession have meant they will be forced to sit this one out. Still, me and my bro will be there nerding in up, but this geekfest won't be the same without them.

I'll be the obvious one in the Ninja Turtles T-Shirt, as I think I stand alone as probably the only Turtles fan left in the UK. Still, someone has to keep this franchise going huh?

Check out www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com for more info.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Web Comics

Over the next few months I am attempting (and I use this word loosely) to get a regular batch of web comics online on my blog.

It is something I have been trying to do for a long time now, but have always struggled to find the time. Feel free to comment on them and let me know your thoughts!

Losing my mind – final pic

Just thought I would add the link to my completed illustration 'Losing My Mind' which I mentioned earlier this week. Just click here to check it out and if you have and iStock account please feel free to rate this or any of my other illustrations and if you don't have an iStock account... Why not! :)

Monday, 13 July 2009

Losing my mind

Here is a quick sneak peak at a future iStock illustration which will soon be available to purchase.

It is called Losing My Mind and I hope to have it up on iStock within the next week or so. I'll make sure I post a link to the final illustration once it is done.

Friday, 10 July 2009


If you want to check out any more of my illustrations, then check out my portfolio on iStock which is full of royalty-free illustrations available for purchase. Just log-on to www.istockphoto.com/danbailey

This site is full of some of the worlds finest illustrators and so if you are looking for any style of illustration for a project or just looking for inspiration, then check out iStock.

You can also view my website at www.danbaileyonline.co.uk. I am just full of self promoting this morning :)

Thursday, 9 July 2009


If anyone has any spare time on their hands, then I absolutely beg you to check out the comic diary of one of the UK's most talented comic book artists.

His name is Marc Ellerby and you can check out his work at www.ellerbisms.com.

Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Did someone say biscuits?

Anyone who knows me, knows how fond I can be of food... Especially junk food!

From time to time this passion of mine creeps into my illustrational work and once again I have found myself drawing food, though this time (and not for first time) I have been working on these little critters.

They are of course biscuits. They came to life after months of listening to some friends at work babbling on about the possibilities of biscuits coming to life. After months of ignoring these random outbursts, I then found myself involved in them. I have been doodling ideas for these characters for months, but didn't really have the time to develop them much further, until today that is.

I have worked up a trio of characters and my long term goal is to get a little comic strip together and after that, who knows... World domination? Well, it is a nice thought. Knowing the way I am, I'll be lucky to finish it and it will join my ideas scrap heap.

Anyway, let me know your thoughts on them.

As of yet they are all nameless, though I was thinking of Jaffa for the Jaffa Cake and maybe Seth for the Custard Cream.

Before anyone asks about the Pink Wafer character, yes he is someone what camp – ha!

All designs and concepts are © Copyright Dan Bailey Ltd 2009.