Sketchbook ***day – Hammeresque

Art, Horror, Sketchbook

Sorry. Really having trouble keeping to a regular schedule with these posts. Life-shaped things intervene…

For this week’s Sketchbook post I thought I’d share this. It’s an oil pastel sketch from late last year, which ended up in a rather Hammer Glamour kind of vein, as she reminds me a bit of Valerie Leon.

I have since bought, a beautiful travel set of Sennelier oil pastels, which are quite wonderful, but this was drawn with the remains of a 10 year old set I bought for about £3. They live together, without their wrappers, in a plastic bag, rubbing together and developing a common grey-brown crud coating. Exactly the opposite of how you are supposed to care for them, in fact. Cheap oil pastels are practically just crayons, most of the time. Don’t blend for shitty toffee. Not sure if something in this set has decomposed in 10 years, though, as they work a dream. ‘Vivid butter’ is how I think I described them recently. 

Oil pastels were also the bridge between me drawing almost exclusively, and the Intimidating World of Actual Painting Like Artists Do.  Think I’ll always go back to them, and their fat cousin the Oilbar. Such a lovely mess…

Sketchbook Sunday – Jack-in-the-Green

Art, Sketchbook

Hello. How’s your 2016 been? Yeah, mine sucked too. That’s January for you- 31 Monday’s in a row…

Anyway, it’s been a while since I last posted, but art has been happening and I thought I’d share this chap with you all. Was actually challenged to depict The Green Man ages ago by an old friend and fantastic artist, Mr Dan Goodfellow. This is attempt number two – the first being a sketch in oils (much I impasto, and maybe too much noise to signal).

I don’t know the science of it, but watercolour made it good.

Cover Art: ‘Stories of Other Worlds’ by George Griffith

Art, Cover Art

The utterly lovely folks at Spokenworld Audio recently asked me to provide a wee bit of cover art for a fantastic new release of theirs. ‘Stories of Other Worlds’ is a true slice of Steampunk,  written by George Griffith at the turn of the 20th Century and first published in serial story form by Pearson’s Magazine. A ripping yarn of spacefaring, read by the wonderful Dudley Sutton (Tinker from TV’s Lovejoy, no less!)
 Bit of a challenge here, for me, as I seem to have carved myself a niche in the visceral and horrific, and tend not to draw things that aren’t in some way organic. However the brief here was ‘nebulous and cloudy’ as per a prior piece. So, lots of weird clouds, and light effects. Much fun!  

And here’s the finished item! You can grab the full 4 hours plus for £4.99 (and there’s 10% off if you order before Jan 1st 2016 with discount code HELPINGHAND2015)! Get and have a look round – loads of sound treats to pick from:)

Huge thanks to the wonderful Neil Gardner for bringing me in on such a fantastic project!

PS: Here’s a previous attempt, foolishly drawn from memory, and hastily corrected when I re-read the description of the Astronef. Inaccurate, but I still like it 😀



#Inktober 2015 – Highlights So Far…

Art, Inktober

Or “Lazy Bugger rehashes Instagram posts”. Inktober is quite special to me, in that the 2014 iteration of it was where I started to take the art thing a little more seriously. Last year was very much cartooning, this year… We’ve gone for wafty, scary, g(h)as(t)-like things. And am totally cheating by using watercolours as well. Yeah… look impressed. Some stuff will be available as prints, once I get my unruly arse in gear on that front.

Anyway. More after the end of the month :) Do give us a follow on IG @thedannydavies

Sketchbook Sunday – Accidental Orson Welles (with Suspect Literature)

Art, Humour, Sketchbook



a) Have moved Sketchbook <Day> to Sunday – my gaff, my rules, yeah? 

b) That said I’ve not posted for ages. Sorry. I have turned 40 in the interim. Much weeping. 

One of the things that annoys me is how likenesses only happen in my artwork by accident. When I try, I end up recasting The Bride of Frankenstein as Judy Garland. Actually quite cool, but not what I wanted. So imagine my surprise, one bus journey into work, when the great Orson Welles appeared out of random set of features I was doodling. 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: I am in no way suggesting that the great Mr Welles had a fondness for duck-based pornography. But ducks are frequently naked… 

Sketchbook Friday: This Fella…

Art, Humour, Sketchbook

 Sorry folks, warming up to actually populating  the new digs with things. I’ll likely be starting blogly strands that peter out. Hopefully Sketchbook Friday won’t, though. It’s a sketchbook entry. Posted on a Friday. Should be easier to maintain than Spanish Limerick Tuesdays. 
Anyway. This is an older drawing, that I’m thinking of possibly making prints or RedBubbling it for no reason other than it makes me laugh :)


The Dark Web — What Am It?

Humour, Writing

As someone who works in the technology sector, I’m often asked by friends and family to explain something about that world that they’ve seen in the news, or had whispered in their ear by someone they couldn’t completely see.

Recently, much has been said about ‘The Dark Web’ (also called the ‘Deep Web’, the ‘Hidden Web’ or ‘Fonzie and the Happy Days Gang’). Perhaps you’re wondering what to make of it all, or are concerned about its potential effect on you or your elder relatives?
By way of a handy primer, and to counter much of what you may have heard, here are the key points:

1) The Dark Web is estimated to be much larger than the regular (Surface) Web. If the Surface Web were a regular Jaffa Cake, the Dark Web would be a Jaffa Cake the size of Egypt, and covered in spikes.

2) You can buy all manner of illegal items over the Dark Web, such as swords, alligators, crack, yellowcake and raw cow’s milk.

3) The Dark Web is 47% snakes, 25% knives and 28% “clap”.

4) If you found yourself in the Dark Web, your bones would turn to liquid and your lungs would fill up with almonds.

5) Everyone’s Facebook profile has an evil double on the Dark Web, which looks exactly like yours, apart from a distinctive goatee. It follows bands you can’t abide, is full of Britain First reposts and inundates your friends with requests to join a game called ‘Please Stop Putting Things in my Mouth When I Sleep’.

6) In August 2011, close to 6 litres of Dark Web seeped out of a Dell Laptop left upside down on a table in a Loughborough branch of Costa Coffee, burrowing immediately down to the water table and poisoning all drinking water. Along with causing beards and elongated teeth in all babies born within a 6 mile radius, reports persist of giant, eyeless rats emerging from household taps and toilet bowls to feast on anything in their path.

Originally published on Medium