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05-06-2007, 12:59 PM

Hey, another sketchbook. What are the odds?

I'd just like to thank my wife, the beautiful Sandra, for not ever giving me brain damage for turning up at home late because I was in drawing another pic of Hellboy or a chick with oversized breasts, or whatever. I mean it's not like there ain't a Wacom on the home PC etc etc. I digress.

Comments and feedback welcome from all. Likee? No likee? Boo you suck Al, give it up? You're a god and I must have you? Please rate me or post a reply, I love feedback despite rarely giving much of it myself. It's not 'cause I'm lazy, I just figure it's none of my business, oddly enough.

Classically, I'm not real good at the whole online community thing, so if you've ever posted a favourable remark and been affronted by my total lack of response, I apologise profusely, and I'll remember you in my dreams...

05-06-2007, 01:02 PM
First ever entry into the DSG, was trying to be clever with the whole paper texture thing. Anyway, mythological starcrossed lovers look great in sepia.

05-06-2007, 01:07 PM
Continuing with the Camelot theme, a sketch of the old man and his apprentice. Did a colour version, it kinda sucked. Not shown. On the original post attempted to show my literary knowledge by using the celtic spelling 'Myrddin'. What a wanker.

05-06-2007, 01:09 PM
I suck at backs.

05-06-2007, 01:12 PM
Taller. There's a story behind this, and you'll have to hunt for the original post to read it. I've wanted to finish this one for ages.

05-06-2007, 01:13 PM
There's a story behind this one too. The world will never know.

05-06-2007, 01:16 PM
Based on a shocking true story.

05-06-2007, 01:23 PM
My first 'sketch of the week' award. Very pleased with this one. If you're at all offended by this representation, there's a speil about it in my online folio. If you're still offended, no biggie.

05-06-2007, 01:24 PM
Who else had a fun childhood?

05-06-2007, 01:27 PM
Unkind maybe? Star Trek's a good show, but it's not a reason to live. If you're a Trekkie, I suggest you go camping or something.

05-06-2007, 01:29 PM
I think this one's okay, even though the reflection of the streetlight's in the wrong place.

05-06-2007, 01:32 PM
Another SOTW award for this one. Done after being thrown out of the 'Mind, Body and Spirit' festival in Melbourne by my wife for taking the piss out of the pranic healing guy. I say taking the piss, they were giving it away really...

05-06-2007, 01:34 PM
Because basically, I wouldn't last three seconds. I'd get killed in the prologue.

05-06-2007, 01:35 PM
Everyone else did pictures of Samurai again. I'm soooo clever...

05-06-2007, 01:38 PM
I'm not sure really.

05-06-2007, 01:44 PM
This was my last one for a couple of months. Something about needing to work for a living. Look out for 'Pony Friends', ONLY on Nintendo DS!

05-06-2007, 01:50 PM
A character I designed for this thing I'm working on with friends. Nothing to do with the DSG.

05-06-2007, 01:52 PM
These are always fun. I got no response to this one, so I guess I won.

05-06-2007, 01:56 PM
One of my favourites, and in no time at all.

05-06-2007, 01:57 PM
10 minute sketch, this is the kind of thing you do when you're being paid very little to produce trading card art.

05-06-2007, 01:58 PM
Well 'ard. Frank Miller rules, and I am merely a fanboy.

05-06-2007, 02:00 PM
SOTW award for this one. Check me out.

05-06-2007, 02:03 PM
This one was a great subject. Had so much fun I did two. It pretty much looks like me except I'm not that fat. Yet.

05-06-2007, 02:07 PM
The title of this one was 'sexy'. Sometimes I use my imagination, try to think lateral-like. Sometimes I don't bother. I did two.

05-06-2007, 02:09 PM
This took longer than I thought. Off to bed now. More later.

05-06-2007, 08:52 PM
Been checking out your stuff on the DSG, man.
Very cool!
Love your treasure hunters piece, and the Batman concept art one you did over in the DSG is awesome!

05-06-2007, 09:36 PM
Cheers Redfrog. This one's for you. Can't remember what this one was for, but I do remember that I cheated. I had it on the HD, it kind of fit the subject so I posted it. I did add the sunnies, and it was inside the time limit. Won't happen again.

05-06-2007, 09:37 PM
'Nuff said.

05-06-2007, 09:39 PM
Not actually a sketch, but I kind of like this one.

05-06-2007, 09:41 PM
This one is definitely not a sketch, it's a photo with text. In no time at all, 'cause I didn't have any.

05-06-2007, 09:44 PM
I was reading hellboy at the time, so. Can you spot the non-delibrate mistake?

Where's his tail Al? You plonker.:shrug:

05-06-2007, 09:45 PM
So I draw a picture of Hellboy and then two days later the subject is 'Hellboy'. Coincidence, or sinister conspiracy?

05-06-2007, 09:49 PM
The subject was 'something about yourself'. So the implicit answer obviously is 'wow that scruffy-looking tosser married way out of his league'.

05-06-2007, 09:51 PM
The man with no clue. BTW, I gave up smoking on new years. I highly recommend it.

05-06-2007, 09:53 PM
My favourite DSG sketch ever. Check this thread ( out, there's some great work on it from Helzer (, miljenko1 ( and System404 (

05-06-2007, 10:00 PM
Your steampunk Vader totally rocks man!
I was a big fan of the airship piece too!
This is an awesome thread. Will definitely be following this.
Sign me up as a fan!

05-06-2007, 10:01 PM
Had to censor this one, because photobucket deleted it. They've not done the same with the other nudey pics, so I guess they don't like fat girls. I like fat girls (with attitude).

05-06-2007, 10:04 PM
Posted heaps for this one- great thread. Was reading 100 Bullets at the time, hence Prince Charming 'n The Hood.

05-06-2007, 10:07 PM
Cutesy-poo. It comes out every now and again.

05-06-2007, 10:08 PM
Best. Batman. Villain. Ever.

05-06-2007, 10:13 PM
And why not set the Matrix in the 60's? In the sequels maybe. That'd make the title 'Matrix Revolutions' make more sense. It could be a musical. :scream: This is the daw-ning of the age of the machi-i-ines.

05-06-2007, 10:16 PM
British cops really need a better way to stop people running away than yelling 'Oi' and blowing a tin whistle. How about this?

05-06-2007, 10:18 PM
Went this way because it was a lot quicker than doing it properly. I love you too thin girls.

So here's one I prepared earlier:

05-06-2007, 10:20 PM
Another from the steampunk Star Wars thread. Cloud Destroyers, I suppose.

05-06-2007, 10:22 PM
I do this everytime I'm asked for an inner anything, so I'm kind of ripping myself off (no pun intended).

05-06-2007, 10:23 PM
See 'Gotham by Gaslight' for a better one.

05-06-2007, 11:28 PM
Awesome thread man. I love all the different styles you show here, dont think i seen a thread with this many different styles from one artist before.:thumbsup:

I would most certainly stop to have a chat with that Bobby... I may even let her cuff me.

05-07-2007, 04:50 AM
Not a DSG sketch, it's just 'cause he's awesome *wipes fanboy drool from overbite*

05-07-2007, 04:52 AM
If the image offends, the sentiment is warranted.

05-07-2007, 06:51 AM
Early concept for a game I worked on called 'Payload'. It was on the N-Gage, so no, you haven't heard of it.

05-07-2007, 06:52 AM
Another concept from 'Payload'.

05-08-2007, 11:08 AM
So Paris gets 45 days. Hard time.

The chances that the experience would even approximate the discomfort of say, having to work for a living in a job you actually like, are remote indeed. But it's nice to think she'd learn something.

05-08-2007, 11:45 AM
Classic piece man!

Poor ole Paris eh? heheh!
Gotta love the sense of humor in your work and thread. Makes it a really enjoyable thread to read.
Nice reflections in the water by the way (that is to say once my attention was drawn away from Paris' naked butt)

05-08-2007, 02:08 PM
Thanks again for the support 'frog. Here's one from a sci-fi racing game pitch.

05-09-2007, 11:22 AM
Concept sketch for unpublished game. There are more of those than you might think.

05-09-2007, 11:41 AM
Out of curiosity, Caveat, what would be the hit and miss ratio in terms of published to unpublished in your experience?
I know from experience in the toy industry that we're pretty happy if 2 of every three get well placed.
I was also wondering how far through the development process you can get before a game sometimes reaches that never going to happen stage?

05-09-2007, 01:16 PM
I'll PM you with the answer. 2 in 3 sounds pretty good though.

05-10-2007, 01:12 PM
Concept pieces for an old game pitch. Really regret not landing this one.

05-13-2007, 10:09 PM
Real quick character sketch for a game pitch. I know this vague 'for a game pitch' bit is getting a little tiresome, but there are some details I am legally bound to keep confidential. Sorry. I can't even post the signature pieces, they give too much away...

05-14-2007, 11:07 PM
The idea here was to create a knight in sci-fi armour.

09-12-2007, 08:33 AM
Been too long. I wanna be a gangstaa. One for the daily sketch, and my new avatar.

09-13-2007, 11:10 PM
Another piece of whimsy for the DSG. Sometimes you start something thinking 'meh', finish it anyway and think 'hey...'

09-13-2007, 11:11 PM
Location, location, location. I wish I was better at these. Characters are more my thing. Ah well...

09-13-2007, 11:14 PM
DSG- the subject was 'King vs King'. A har-de har, and-a har-de har har.

09-25-2007, 05:59 AM
One for the DSG- some alone time for Frank and his lovely bride.

10-02-2007, 05:20 AM
Frank and his lovely bride again. I thought this was a great DSG subject, and only two other people bothered to post pieces, now: is the pathos lost on everyone else? Am I the only guy who feels sorry for the lonliest character in pop culture (apart from Robocop)?

10-02-2007, 07:54 AM

Great works man! Your breadth of style and rendering is trully inspirational! I see you're fully utilziing your ability to tackle given challenges visually. Guess that's why you're an art director ;) Cool man.

Keep us posted!


10-03-2007, 05:40 AM
Thanks for the support Matt. I think its enormously important for a commercial illustrator to be able to satisy the needs of any client who come to them for a visual solution. Constant experimentation with different styles will also ensure that your love of the process endures.

Or, to put it another way, I get bored easy. BTW, I actually became an art director by accident. Long story. Love your sketches, you've got a great touch with the pencil.

10-03-2007, 06:00 AM
Wow thanks Al!

I can't express enough gratitude for such sagely advice. Looks like I've got some work to do (thanks to you) hahaha

Talk to you shortly,

ps: "satisfying any need", "love enduring process variants?" nuggets of knowledge mate!
ppsss: looking forward to next piece!

10-03-2007, 07:06 AM
You're a wonder, Wonder Womaaann. Oh, those satin tights.

10-15-2007, 02:20 AM
Catfight! Catfight!

10-17-2007, 02:40 AM
Character design for a 3D model, developed from the phrase 'encounter with a shadow demon'.

10-17-2007, 09:11 AM
As I already mentioned elsewhere, great work and excellent advice here! Very inspirational! :thumbsup:

10-21-2007, 06:41 PM
The last four babes are hot. Good work mate! Shadow demon's an interesting design. Cool floaty pose and awesome shadow/light manipulation. Based from her shoulders/hips I think her boobs might be crooked. (I swear I wasn't staring)


keep it up!

10-22-2007, 01:22 AM
The last four babes are hot. Good work mate! Shadow demon's an interesting design. Cool floaty pose and awesome shadow/light manipulation. Based from her shoulders/hips I think her boobs might be crooked. (I swear I wasn't staring)


keep it up!

Yep, you called it, they're crooked. Damn.

10-22-2007, 03:15 AM
Well the crookedness drew my attention... good composition ;)

10-22-2007, 02:24 PM
another cut of the shadow demon, for pose and mood, with embellishments.

10-22-2007, 08:24 PM
Awesome thread, I'm glad you started one :) I would have checked this out sooner but didn't recognize the thread title as "you". I guess, your username is burned into my memory. Looking forward to seeing more art!!!

10-23-2007, 12:20 AM
Thanks Dan, I was wondering why I hasn't heard from you here. Never occurred to me that people know me better by my online handle. Obvious really...:hmm:

Thanks again, man- still a big fan o' yours.


10-23-2007, 08:15 AM
Little monsters go trick or treating.

10-24-2007, 02:24 AM
You're welcome. Man, that last entry is so warped and hilarious :) You have a talent of conveying humor in your work. Great stuff!

10-24-2007, 09:58 PM
you have some really good work in here, i love your polar bear one, and this shadow demon looks cool!

10-26-2007, 08:55 AM
Thanks for dropping by Jan.

Parents, please don't forget to baptise your children, or they will burn forever in the furnace. At least, so I'm told.

10-29-2007, 04:53 AM
Self-portrait as a vampire. Too much fun.

10-29-2007, 11:06 AM
awesome sketch Al, looks like i drew the fat brother a night before ;) nice focus cool expression and pose.

10-31-2007, 10:08 PM
Cool stuff CaveatScoti! I especially like the new, more misty shadow demon and the kiddo meets demon piece. I like your rougher pieces more than the ultra smooth 'cat fight' for instance. They're more vibrant and ... well, have more gore. ;)

11-05-2007, 11:02 AM
jpedro and RicoD- thanks for the support. I'll agree that the sketchier ones have more energy- something I need to work on I guess.

Replicants. Some judicious use of photo ref here.

11-05-2007, 02:16 PM
Man, that is sweet. You've really captured their essence. Awesome work :)

11-05-2007, 05:12 PM
I loved your thread I went through the whole thing just now and the humor is great
your style is awesome and inspirational
Thanx for sharing your work, and the advice is very helpful:thumbsup:
cant wait to see more

11-07-2007, 10:00 PM
Congrats on the sotw award mate! Nice plug too hahaha - well deserved.

Last bunch is great! Nice faces!

I'll agree that the sketchier ones have more energy- something I need to work on I guess.

I notice that too. The rough guys seem to emanate such. Maybe focus upon using the "biggest brush possible" mantra as they say when working down into the details? I find life is lost as soon as I noodle the specifics. Just a thought ;)

Your dedication, commitment and enthusiasm is inspiring Al - keep it up.


11-09-2007, 03:31 AM
Dan, thanks again. Hughie & Matt, glad you're enjoying the work, it's easy to keep doing what you love.

One good cop. Count the cliches.

11-09-2007, 10:47 AM
Amazing work!
It makes me motivated to do more sketches.

11-14-2007, 12:43 AM
Cheers Lowcorsa- keep it up.

Self-portrait. I'm a bit softer than this in real-life, but I didn't use any reference, and I thought the foreshortening was quite good. For those who've been following the thread, yes, I got a haircut.

11-14-2007, 12:54 AM
i love your art CaveatScoti also you great sense of humour :thumbsup:

11-14-2007, 04:49 AM
It's been a long time since the Mad Hatter's tea party. Alice is all grown up now. Alice is a bad, bad girl.

11-14-2007, 05:40 AM
whoa nice portraits Al. Love the hair of Alice, especially the flowing bits below her eye... come to think of it the entire piece's style dictates such freedom and flowyness. outstanding

And for the self portrait? amazing form and efficiency. Evokes a sense of hopefulness good work!


11-14-2007, 10:01 AM
WHOOO!!! AN AUSSIE ARTIST! Awsum work man, top notch artwork! your recent ones such as being a vampire and the cop one are inspiring. So how long you been drawing for and in the buisness?

Congrats on being an awsum artist by the way:) KEEP IT UP

11-15-2007, 11:04 PM
There wasn't even one painting that I didn't love.

Awesome style and talent you got there, please keep posting more paintings! :thumbsup:

11-19-2007, 05:56 AM
Thanks all for the support and kind comments. The more I hear from you guys, the more I want to post.

This one? I just think she looks better this way. Girl's gotta eat, right?

11-20-2007, 07:39 AM
Continuing on a theme here. Curvy super-ladies are great. Lady Death never looked better.

11-20-2007, 11:50 AM
great stuff Al. if i may are you inking those? all in Photoshop? looks really nice and clean, i particularly like lady death. the slightly colored inks are great. in fact, the whole rendering style looks really slick, clean and stylish. it just fits perfectly. well done, really love it :thumbsup:

11-21-2007, 06:35 AM
Thanks for the boost jpedro- this is all done in photoshop, I prefer an elliptical calligraphy brush for the linework, I do it all in black, then adjust the colour after all the fill detail is complete.

Just can't help myself. Somebody let me know when this gets old. Do a backflip Lara! There's a cake in it for you!

11-21-2007, 08:43 AM
Neat work, Al!

Damn, that's one Lara you dont wanna mess with on her way to the bakery! lol

11-21-2007, 10:48 AM
That's a funny lara.
Some double or triple chin after cake?

On a not so funny side the actress who once played her seems to be thinner than ever lately so the mags claim.

11-21-2007, 03:07 PM
Wow, sexy corpulent girls! It's really hard to pick a favorite. I'm anxious to see a superheroine catfight :)

By the way, awesome technique, if I didn't hear it from you, I would swear these were Illustrator pieces.

11-22-2007, 12:41 AM
hehe I'm waiting for a power girl one next :p:D

11-22-2007, 03:03 AM
This is too much fun. The original sketch had DareDevil in it going 'Hmmm... that can only be the Hulk.' But that would have been unkind. And would have taken longer. Anyhow, thanks for the feedback, chubby-chasers. Power girl eh? Any other requests?

11-22-2007, 03:38 AM
LOL, man, that is sweet !!!:thumbsup:

11-22-2007, 06:00 PM
Can't get enough of those, Amazing stuff :applause:

11-23-2007, 06:32 AM
These seem to be striking a chord with a few people, the process and the subject matter both. Have already been asked about a tute, anyone else want one?

Anyhow, in response to other requests- Power Girl, and a catfight.

11-23-2007, 09:14 AM
A tute would be great.

how about a Kill Bill version.

love these images, very clean and crisp.

11-25-2007, 03:53 AM
Al, thanks for taking the time to answer, i really appreciate it and it helped. i'll be checking the tutorial out if you do find time to make one.:thumbsup:

11-25-2007, 06:31 PM
Can't get enough of those, Amazing stuff :applause:

Couldn't have put it better - great works Al!

The plump ladies crack me up. My buds jokingly wish they could hookup with them...

Your rendering on the last is super clean, and I like the glow from the earth (solid). Watch the light direction and casted shadows. The lifted blue boot seemed a little bright causes a bit of a mixup of ligements in the middle. Maybe a lift of supewoman's grabbing elbow would help place her hand and connect her arm. Likewise, maybe have whitey's fingers clutching SuperWoman's muscle below the shoulder? Just some thoughts, push that silhouette!

And yo a tutorial would be awesome! As they say when you give you begin to live ;)


12-01-2007, 12:29 AM
lol clash of titans :P great stuff :thumbsup:

02-12-2008, 01:13 AM
Apologies for the long absence, here's a couple of Batman concepts frome a little while back. No, the project didn't get up. However, I realized a lifelong dream of getting paid to draw Batman, so, swings and roundabouts eh?

Coming soon- Fat Girl tutorial!

02-12-2008, 01:15 AM
Catwoman- FYI, I was not required to make any great creative leaps with these characters, hence...

02-12-2008, 01:16 AM
Two-Face, probably my favourite sketch from this series.

02-12-2008, 01:16 AM
Looked better in my head. Comments?

02-12-2008, 01:17 AM
And the finale...

02-12-2008, 03:34 AM
These are awesome CaveatScoti! :)

02-12-2008, 02:37 PM
Twoface looks very good.

03-07-2008, 06:32 AM
After a long break, an answer to a months-old request. Coming soon, the tutorial.

03-09-2008, 06:05 PM
the caveman is back:) another nice one Al, i like the suit and the gal, another highlihgt pass on the swords and maybe a few speculars on the blood here and there would be cool. but still really liking that series, and the second batman is killer :thumbsup:

04-07-2008, 02:46 AM
The miracle of birth, only more so.

04-11-2008, 12:35 AM
Thanks to all for the five-star rating. You flatter me.

04-11-2008, 12:36 AM
Hug a biker today. Be sure to ask first.

04-11-2008, 01:28 AM
Great thread, I was enjoying those , how shall I put it, large super heroines and lmao and then.... I opened the nest page and there was ELEKTRA, and I was like oh no you didn't...then I saw a flash of white and something broke in my retina's and I think I threw up in my mouth a little. It was almost the same feeling I got when they first Killed her off in in the comics, well if you can't tell I got a thing fo her! LOL !
Great art and thread.

04-11-2008, 10:20 AM
Keep the fat chicks coming, those are bad ass.

Love your thread, looking forward to your next post.


07-11-2008, 10:41 AM
Another for the DSG- 'The Tyrant'

09-25-2008, 06:40 AM
It's not pretty...

11-27-2008, 09:11 AM
Oh, right- another one of THOSE days...

11-27-2008, 03:05 PM
Awesome work...I really dig the "Hug a biker" piece. :thumbsup:

11-28-2008, 05:14 AM
An obvious poke at the catholic church, but not undeserved, in my opinion.

11-28-2008, 05:15 AM
My wife's expecting our second- can't wait.

11-29-2008, 12:13 AM
Awesome news, Alister. Congratulations :thumbsup:

11-30-2008, 09:12 PM
Congratulations, Alister!

12-03-2008, 11:37 PM
Thanks Dan, 'Frog. Hope you guys are well.

12-04-2008, 03:31 PM
CaveatScoti, I love this thread. Everything in it is so fun to look at and well executed. i want to see more

12-05-2008, 03:58 AM
Thanks for the feedback Gary- like your work very much- got more for the folio?

12-05-2008, 07:42 PM
Thank you and congrats on the baby. I havent posted in my folio in a while. i normally just forget to post in the 2d finished work forum and/or my folio. So, whats the latest thing you're working on?

07-31-2009, 10:01 PM
Later, his only regret would be not putting Brian in the ****in' ground...

08-04-2009, 10:35 PM
Hey man, just found your thread and started from the beginning... WHOA!! Your work has so much personality, humor and utter talent that i'm floored. I so envy your ability to draw women with such ease....both the skinny and big-boned types =). Very inspiring

05-31-2010, 07:33 AM
Samurai- extreme coolness since the 12th century.

06-03-2010, 03:53 AM
time on the field for the bench-warmer

06-03-2010, 07:15 AM
from the DSG: 'Metal Leaves'

06-04-2010, 02:19 AM
Red, dead, no redemption to speak of.

06-04-2010, 02:53 PM
There are some brilliant illos here mate. So much dynamism, cool angles, ferocity and humour, all captured in rich atmospheric colour. Quite painterly. Awesome.

06-04-2010, 09:17 PM
You too Dave, that cover you did for Decay totally effin' rocks.

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