More England Trading Cards and Well Played Anthony Watson

More England Trading Cards and Well Played Anthony Watson

Well I’m still working my way through these blessed England trading cards and I’ve just completed Calum Clark, Joe Launchbury and the brace grabbing try scorer from last weekends World Cup warm up between England and France.


Just for a change I’m going to show a WIP photos and quickly describe the well worn process of how I work.

Stage 1:
Nothing to clever or fancy, but I like to draw the image as complete as is possible just to get the tonal values as correct as possible. I normally use a 6B pencil to get some nice blacks and a prismacolor pencil for the other tones.


Stage 2:
Swear at dirty airbrush nozzle.

Stage 3:
Once the nozzle is clean I can lay down a nice layer of colour.  The airbrushed image does have a tendency to look a bit flat so from here I start to paint
the image with watercolours and opaque gouache for highlights


Stage 4:
By now I have broken the back of the work so I go back into the image with coloured pencils for more texture and occasionally a transparent acrylic tint.



Gary Schofield Hits 50

Gary Schofield Hits 50

Gary Schofield is an English retired professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s and is a member of the British Rugby League Hall of Fame, which comprises the greatest 21 Rugby League players this country has ever seen, having been inducted in November 2013.


At the time of his retirement he was the most-capped Great Britain player of all time along with Mick Sullivan, with 46 appearances. He also won three England caps. He won the 1990 Rugby League World Golden Boot Award as the greatest player on the planet, largely due to his exceptional performances in Great Britain’s backs-against-the-wall Test-series win in New Zealand and his remarkable display as Great Britain beat Australia at Wembley 19–12. The award to Schofield was made retrospectively in 2011 by Rugby League World magazine. Schofield has since coached Barrow Raiders in Rugby League’s Championship.




Hammer Horror Poster


Hammer Horror Poster

Here’s another attempt at a piece of nostalgic poster illustration. Having always been a fan of the Hammer/Amicus type films and the accompanying posters that were painted to such great effect i wanted to give it a go, although to be fair the stills from the films are so atmospheric that you can’t really go wrong.


hammer film sketches


A couple of colour sketches of Hammer films iconic actors Christopher Lee and Madeline Smith. Unusually I have used a rough cartridge paper instead of my preferred Bristol board for a little bit of surface textured used topic markers for tonal values.

Lee’s first film for Hammer was The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), in which he played Frankenstein’s monster, with Peter Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein.

Lee returned to the role of Dracula in Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness in 1965. Lee’s performance is notable in that he has no lines, merely hissing his way through the film. Stories vary as to the reason for this: Lee states he refused to speak the poor dialogue he was given, but screenwriter Jimmy Sangster claims that the script did not contain any lines for the character. This film set the standard for most of the Dracula sequels in the sense that half the film’s running time was spent on telling the story of Dracula’s resurrection and the character’s appearances were brief. Lee has gone on record to state that he was virtually “blackmailed” by Hammer into starring in the subsequent films; unable or unwilling to pay him his going rate, they would resort to reminding him of how many people he would put out of work if he did not take part.

Smith first worked for Hammer Film Productions in Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), billed as ‘Maddy Smith’ and playing an East End prostitute. Among her other film appearances, she played opposite Ava Gardner in Tam-Lin, Peter Cushing in The Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Diana Dors in The Amazing Mr Blunden, Frankie Howerd in Up Pompeii and Up the Front, and Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood. In 1973 she played the Bond girl Miss Caruso in the post-titles sequence of Live and Let Die.