Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Norwegian Blue

As you can tell, by the lack of posts, this blog is currently as dead and deceased as - well - Monty Python's proverbial parrot. But I'm still blogging, and you can keep up to speed with my words and my toons over on BLIPS AND PIECES. That's not to say I'll never use this space again. Let's just say it's resting, for now. So change those bookmarks, folks, and I'll see you all on t'other blog, where you can find out out all about my new comic project!....

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Phabulous Photoshop

Wow! - Photoshop has been a fabulous learning curve for me. I'm not professionally trained, and have self-taught myself how to use Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Coreldraw in order to create Toonhound and to knock my strips and toons into shape. But now I'm getting serious about comics, I've had to move up a gear and teach myself how to scan and colour using the Daddy of them all... And I've got to say... Photoshop has been mercifully painless, thus far, and totally inspiring.... It helps that there are so many terrific tutorials online, helping to smooth the curve...

It also helps that I'm keeping it simple for BLIP. Just flat blocks of colour. I'm a big fan of Jason, as it happens, and I love Hubert's colouring on "I Killed Adolf Hitler"... Sometimes less is more, if you know what I mean... Oh, by the way, the bug-eyed fellow below is a Space Louse. He pops up on Page 5 of our adventure, munching on those BLIP-BLIP-BLIPS - much to the chagrin of our tenacious space traveller... Anyways, that's quite enough waffle for now, I've a dozen more pages to colour... Photoshop beckons!

BLIP copyright Frazer Diamond/2009

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Not gone - just busy!

Hold your horses! - Don't panic! - My new-found enthusiasm for all things self-doodled hasn't gone just yet. I've simply been busy. Busy-buzzing-bee-busy, as it happens. Toonhound's needed a whole lot of work, of late. And I've been dealing with some super-stressful things on the outside world, from dogs with broken teeth to a planning nightmare that's unspooling opposite our happy Highland home. But despite everything, or maybe because of it, I'm now on the cusp of completing the very first, fully-fledged, all-singing, all-dancing BLIP strip... Yep... And it'll be in colour, too. If I can get my head around Photoshoping and separating it all correctly, instead of quick-filling and painting with Fireworks... My old scanner's not so hot, either, and knitting those 600dpi scans together without errors is causing me no end of bother... Sheesh... Anyways, stay tooned for BLIP, right here... very soon!...

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Oh, the possibilities...

Interstellar hazards... Strange planets... Space Pirates... Yes indeed, the possibilities are endless...


BLIP copyright Frazer Diamond / F2009

Friday, 6 March 2009

What if...

What if there was an endless signal, blip-blip-blipping through space... And what if there was a little alien, in a little round ship, who latched onto that signal and followed it... relentlessly... on, on, on towards its distant source... taking us past a myriad of stars and galaxies, black holes and alien encounters?


Who is this alien being, and why is he following that signal so singlemindedly?... Is he lost?... Is he searching for home, for family, or friends?

And what of that strange signal... Is it a call for help, or a beacon of hope?... Maybe it's something more sinister... a trap, perhaps?... Or simply the residue of some lost event in a far distant galaxy?...

BLIP copyright Frazer Diamond / F2009

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Preeeesenting...

Something different... Not Flick... A new toon... in its earliest of early stages... I'm not quite sure where this is going, but then, neither is our hero... Anyways, without further ado, here's... well... we'll let our newcomer tell us for himself...





BLIP preview pages 1-5
copyright Frazer Diamond / F2009

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Incidentally...

...I've just composed another toon. Wowsers, what a great Western this is... Such a bleak morality tale... Why isn't there a special edition of this, on DVD in the UK? - Darnit, the distributors ought to hang their heads...