The Soundtrack To My Life. 10/03/2016.

Hi folks.
Here’s a wee selection of some records I’ve enjoyed lately…

Birds With Broken Wings

Record: Birds With Broken Wings.
Year: 2015.
Artist: Ben Caplan.

Ben Caplan’s a madman. I saw him live a few months ago and that’s what he is. A madman. This is his second record, I think, and the only thing that’s wrong with it is that it only slightly catches how brilliantly aff his heid he truly is.

This song isn’t actually on ‘Birds With Broken Wings’ but it’s a fairly good example of what you can expect with Caplan..

Hell On Heels

Record: Hell On Heels.
Year: 2011.
Artist: Pistol Annies.

I heard about the Pistol Annies because Neil Young kept mentioning them in his ‘Waging Heavy Peace’ book. Pretty good group…


Record: Blackstar.
Year: 2016.
Artist: David Bowie.

I think Blackstar is a masterpiece. This is my favourite track from it…


Record: Weem.
Year: 2016.
Artist: De Rosa.

A great third record from a band fae mah el’ hametoon here. I call records like this my ‘Nighttime’ or ‘Sunday’ records. Sunday records are the best types of records.

Hymns and Gospel Favorites

Record: Hymns & Gospel Favorites.
Year: 2015?
Artist: Loretta Lynn.

Sometimes I think that ‘How Great Thou Art’ may just very well be my favourite hymn. I think it might be…

Singing Bones

Record: Singing Bones.
Year: 2003.
Artist: The Handsome Family.

Ooh! The Handsome Family! What a great name for a band! I was so taken with Season 1 of “True Detective” and its theme tune that I had to track the band down. I’ve been playing this record at home sometimes twice a day lately…

I Love You, Honeybear

Record: I Love You, Honeybear,
Year: 2015.
Artist: Father John Misty.

I have no idea how I heard about Father John Misty. Is that a guy’s name or the band’s name? Either way, I quite like him and them.

Post Pop Depression

Record: Post Pop Depression.
Year: 2016.
Artist: Iggy Pop.

This record of Iggy’s sounds fucking great! It’s just really well recorded. It sounds big and for me, it’s Iggy’s best one since 2009. I only just found out that ‘Gardenia’ is the first single from the record. Good choice! It’s my current favourite Post Pop Depression track…

The Hateful Eight (OST)

Record: The H8ful Eight (OST).
Year: 2015.
Artist: Ennio Morricone / Various Artists.
I understand they ended up breaking a really rare Martin guitar on the film set for real. Idiots.
I still haven’t seen the film so i dunno how it works with it yet but it sounds like the sound of that Martin being smashed to smithereens made the soundtrack. I like to put this record on LOUD as I’m in the kitchen doing the dishes…

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* The Soundtrack To My Life. 07/03/2015.
* The Soundtrack To My Life. 09/04/2014.
* The Soundtrack To My Life. 14/02/2014.

Behind Al Cook’s “Necropolis”: Blood Test.

Whenever I get an illustration commission I occasionally get asked to provide ‘idea sketches’ to show what the finished piece will look like. This type of request usually results in me turning down a lot of artwork job offers because I almost never ever produce any ‘idea’ sketches and if I do, they never really resemble the eventual illustration and I tear them up just as soon as I’m finished with them. Besides, I think that sample and ‘idea’ sketches could subliminally put someone off of your work.
Is that crazy and paranoid?

If it’s not crazy and paranoid it’s probably arrogant of me but I’d rather turn down an illustration job than waste my time churning out sample sketches just to please someone who doesn’t have the faith in me to just let me get on with things.

That said, sometimes I do produce ‘working’ sketches for my horror comic-strip to help me place where characters and objects will be in the panels and today I’m going to break my own rule and show them to you.

All of these working sketches come from the “Please Give Blood” installment from my comic-strip, Al Cook’s “Necropolis” and as you will see, these were never meant to be seen…

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I decided to upload these scribbles because aside from my own, I like to see work in progress. Be it a building being built or a half finished song, I’m interested and so I hope those sketches were of some interest to you.
You can view “Please Give Blood” in full HERE.

You May Also Be Interested In…
* Al Cook’s “Necropolis”
* Graham Humphreys: “Zombie Flesh Eaters” Artwork
* Sketches For Nobody #6

“The Crucifixion”: Teaser Illustration.

Coming sooner than the second coming of Christ and unlike that event, actually happening, this is the teaser illustration for the next installment of Al Cook’s ”Necropolis”!
Keep up to date HERE, HERE and HERE my wee lambs.

Dot And Tot Of Merryland: A Working Sketch.

This is my working sketch for a painting I’ve been working on for my pal Jared’s short story which he has based on L. Frank Baum’s “Dot And Tot Of Merryland“.
The painting will feature the same colours as used by W.W. Denslow in his original illustrations and I’ll post the results up on here when I’m done.

You can read L’ Frank Baum’s original story as well as see W.W. Denslow’s illustrations by clicking HERE.

You May Also Be Interested In:
* The Making Of A Scarecrow
* Anything Of OZ
* Salvador Dali: Alice In Wonderland

Sketches For Nobody #6.

I’ve called these ‘Sketches For Nobody’ but that’s not really true. These are all working ideas for something or other.
For years and years I’ve been throwing my working sketches away because they don’t mean anything to me after a certain point but as I get older, I’m starting to keep everything.

This is a working character sketch for a comic strip I’ve been working on called “COWAN: Homicide” which is about a cop working in 1980’s Shettleston, Glasgow.
Hopefully, I’ll have that up and running within the next few weeks.

This is a random sketch done at work to pass the time on a slow day.

Above is a working sketch for the character of a friend’s short story.

And then we have, a speedy and very jaggy sketch of L. Frank Baum’s Scarecrow from “The Wizard Of Oz”.

Lastly, this was a quick character drawing for the album cover artwork that I did for the band V For Vagina.

You May Also Be Interested In…
* Dot And Tot Of Merryland: A Working Sketch
* Album Artwork: “A Circus Of Vaginas”
* Sketches For Nobody #1

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