Saturday, February 21, 2015

THE END

As of today, I'm retiring the blog. It's served me well - since 2006! - but it just isn't fit for purpose any more. From now on, you can find my art on my tumblr:

danmcdaid.tumblr.com

And on my instagram page:

Instagram.com/danmcdaidart

That's it! Thanks for following, guys. LOVE YOU

Dan

Sunday, February 08, 2015

CITY OF THE APES

Today's Best Panel, loves. Hope yez like it.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

BANE WEEK DAY TWO



This is *breathes heavily through ridiculous mask* "Nolan Bane". 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

BANE WEEK DAY ONE

*Breathes heavily through mask* WELCOME MY FRIENDS. I AM COCKNEY ROMANY POSH BOY BOXER BANE. YOU CANNOT SEE ME, BUT I AM CLUTCHING MY LAPELS AS I TYPE THIS. I AM TYPING THIS WITH MY FACE. SOON I WILL TAKE GOTHAM AND BREAK THE BAT

*clears throat*





This is the Knightfall/early 90s model of Bane, drawn from memory. I think I’ve always been fascinated by Bane, though he’s patently an absurd character: an all in luchadore style wrestler with a Very Special Episode/Just Say No message tacked on for some reason. He’s not just bad for Batman, kids, he’s bad for YOU. Just say no. To Venom. If there was a drug called Venom, no one would touch it, let’s be honest. And head for the streets of any provincial British town you’ll be see a horde of would-be Banes, all henched up on creatine and determined to “smash” a “bat”. That’s the key, call it Venom in the labs if you want, but when it’s out on the streets call it something positive like “Make Be Strong” (MBS for short)

Where was I?

It’s Bane Week on the blog! I’ll draw a Bane a day, a different version a day. I think there’s at least five or six extant Banes running around, and if I’ve got time I’ll draw them all. We’ll start with this guy – Prime Bane – and go from there.

BANE WEEK

Monday, February 02, 2015

WATCHING




Pope's eyes from issue four of Apes. Pencils and inks


Sunday, February 01, 2015

UH OH



From Apes issue four - something worrying has just happened off panel

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ACTION PACKED




A panel from Apes four - girl punches man. HARD.

THE FIRE RISES




Pope and his apes from issue four of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This is from a page that I didn't have time to rough beforehand, so I just went straight to the page with pencil then ink. It was quite a fun, instinctive way to work, not entirely recommended as it was also very stressful, but it came out nice for the lack of over-thinking.

You can see some of the changes I made during the ink stage, removing some figures, adding others and a few extra details. This is going to be an interesting panel to colour, I think.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WILD-CAT



Absolutely love drawing this guy. I don't think he "exists" at the moment, which is a shame. 

SNAPSHOT

A little look at what's on my drawing board today. Spoiler: it's Apes

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

STRETCHING CREDIBILITY

To my astonishment, that new Fantastic Four trailer looks incredible. A genuinely unexpected take on the classic Marvel family. It's portentous, ponderous and bloviated, but undeniably rich and intriguing, with surprising horror overtones. Similar in style to X-Men Days of Future Past. So similar, in fact,  I'm expecting a post credits teaser featuring Magneto.

This is all just preamble for me to post this, of course:

FFF



Cora, from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes issue four


APE RAGE




From today's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - ruthlessly inked while listening to Generation Terrorists on a loop


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Apes

Really pleased with my inks in this one.



Constant(ine) craving

Quick John "Hellblazer" Constantine sketch from a while back. Not altogether sure if the colour approach works here, but I like it well enough.

Flash and substance

I drew it, then Ferocious Nathan Fairbairn coloured it. Fairbairn's subtle, sympathetic approach takes my breath away - love it.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hot Ape Chat



A panel from today's Planet of the Apes work. Into the ink phase of the issue now - my actual favourite.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Head to Head

One of my favourite scenes from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes issue four. A quiet, sad moment between Malcom and his missus. Much as I love drawing bombast, action and asplosions, I like the quieter stuff too.

PS.

Can't wait till they do Gorilla Grodd

Flash! AAAAAAAHHHHH

How much am I enjoying the Flash on Sky One? The answer is: SO MUCH. There are minor flaws - the girl who plays Iris West is insanely annoying and it's often a bit too neat/cute. But it's also well acted, exciting and occasionally even kind of scary (their version of the Reverse Flash is a real terror)
So, I like it a lot. And I drew the lead guy from it. Whatshisname. The Streak.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Sketch of t'day: MARTIAN MANHUNTER

I have a whole pitch worked out for this guy - how he's a superhero on Earth, an orphan on Mars, and in the deep dark of space he's a tough as nails PI. No corner of the cosmos is safe from the watchful eyes of J'onn J'onnz, and no one crosses the MANHUNTER FROM MARS.
Cool character.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

HEAD SHOTS: Black Widow

ART ATTACK - Catalyst Comix

Did you enjoy mine and Joe Casey's "The Ballad of Frank Wells" from Catalyst Comix? You did? Then you're in luck, cuz here's ALL the art from part one. ++ENJOY++














Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mini-sketches: THOR


Do you even Dredd, bro?

Warning, this one contains LANGUAGE

Day of Judgement!

Some recent Judge Dredd fan art. Drawn very small on cartridge paper then tarted up in photoshop. I was going for a sort of gnarly 70s movie poster look. It works! Kinda.

Maaaaaarv!

This is Marv from Sin City, a recent commission piece. Not bad, not bad.

BIG TROUBLE!

My variant cover for Boom Studios' terrific Big Trouble in Little China book. A total thrill to be involved with this thing - we're big Jack Burton fans in my house.

Two Docs

Doctors Sloan and Strange in... DIAGNOSIS: MAGIC!

ENVELOPE ART: Tom Baker

Looks more like James Franco in a scarf, but it's a nice wee sketch anyway. Just had this mad idea that James Franco would be a great Doctor Who...?!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Supplies supplies!

A little look at what's on my art table at the moment, namely zipatone, comic art, mysterious bottles of black liquid.

ENVELOPE ART: The Cybermen

Thursday, November 27, 2014

GONE APE!

So where have I been for the last month plus change? I've been drawing the DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES comic for Boom! Issue one came out yester (26/11/14) and I juuuuuust finished issue 2. It's earthy, heartbreaking stuff, just as you'd expect a Planet of the Apes thing to be.

If you haven't read issue one, go and do that now. If you have, click below to see ALL the roughs for issue one, get a look at my behind-the-scenes process... that sorta thing.