Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Doodle Dojo Neatoshop Giveaway

Win yourself a free tee from my Neatoshop Store.
To celebrate me getting my Neatoshop Store up together, the very lovely guys there have let me run a giveaway. They will print and ship out free shirts to two lucky winners to anywhere in the world!

Entering couldn't be easier. All you need to do is visit my Neatoshop Store and pick your favourite design. Then head to my Facebook page, click like and leave a comment on the post I linked telling me which shirt you want to win. Share that post with your friends (you wouldn't want them to miss out would you?) and you are done. All that's left is to sit back and wait for me to pick a winner! You don't have long though, all entries must be in by July 8th (2014) so get yourself over there now.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sketching and New Stores

Howl's Moving Castle Sketches on Etsy.
Its been a long time since I updated this blog again. I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that I am rubbish at blogging. Luckily I'm much better at keeping social media sites up to date. So if you like my pics and want to see more of them you should probably follow me in some other place. I've got a newsletter that I send out around once a month and there's a whole bunch of other sites you can follow me on. Like Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and I'm even on Pinterest!

On to the art now though. I've been getting actual pens and paper out a bit more often recently. Its a nice change from a mouse and graphics tablet, you connect with the picture  in a whole different way. Not to mention the whole, get it right first time or live with your mistakes thing. There's no undo for a marker pen after all! Howl's Moving Castle is probably my favourite Studio Ghibli film. Everything in it is just beautifully drawn. If that doesn't inspire you when you are sitting with a sketchbook in your hand you have no chance. So I gave in to temptation and drew a few of my favourite scenes. I had to put them up on Etsy as there's only so much room for keeping things in my house. Which means you can head over there and check out, Howl and Sophie, the Moving Castle and Turnip Head in more detail.

I've got a store on Neatoshop now!
In other exciting news (for me at least!) I've been invited to open a store at Neatoshop. They are the geeky shop side of the Neatorama blog and they sell great quality T-shirts and other stuff at great prices. They even have free shipping in the US and you only have to spend $50 to get free shipping anywhere else in the world. I haven't got all my designs up there yet so keep checking!

Finally I have some good news coming up soon, so sign up to my newsletter to keep in the loop. The next one should be going out around June 6th 2014 so get signed up before then. There's a chance you could win an original sketch by me with absolutely no more effort than putting your email address and name in a form.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cornetto Anyone?

Anyone fancy a Cornetto? We've got Strawberry, Original and Mint.
The Cornetto Trilogy. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End. They are such a classic series of films that I just had to draw something about them. So here's my tribute. Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and Nick Frost really did a great job with these parodies of their (and my) favourite movie genres. Its hard to pick a favourite out of them, and if you have one, I think its probably because you have a favourite type of movie that matches up. In fact, just thinking about which is my favourite is making me want to go and watch them all again. Just for research purposes obviously!

Anyway if you want to pay tribute  to your favourite (or maybe all of them?) you can get your hands on these designs at my DesignByHumans Store (Strawberry, Original and Mint) as well as the usual suspects, Redbubble (Strawberry, Original and Mint) and Society6 (Strawberry, Original and Mint). All the details are on the Doodle Dojo Store (Strawberry, Original and Mint).

You can also find some of my original sketches and some stickers and stuff on the Doodle Dojo Etsy Store. Sign up to my Newsletter to keep up with all the latest Doodle Dojo news.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Camelot Dogs

On second thought, lets not go to Camelot. It's a silly place.
One of these days I'm going to remember to update this site more often. But today is (probably) not that day! Until then you are just going to have to put up with random updates when I  feel like it. And today is one of those days!

So here is a Monty Python design for you. King Arthur and his band of adventurers off on a mission to retrieve the Holy Grail. They aren't really as cool as the guys from Pulp Fiction, but regardless I thought they would look pretty good in this classic movie poster pose. They certainly are off on a mission that goes horribly wrong and has unexpected consequences for everyone involved though.

This isn't the only Python design I've done you know. You can find Bicycle Repairman, The Larch, Stop That It's Silly! and Basil's Fury over on Redbubble or Society6.

Camelot Dogs is available at Redbubble and Society 6 on a variety of cool stuff including T-shirts, phone cases, greeting cards, posters and even Mugs.

I also now have a Doodle Dojo Stores at Design By Humans and Teepublic where you can get a selection of my designs. I'll be adding more all the time, but do ask if you would like to see a particular design at a particular store.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Sending a very special hug your way, look out!
Its Valentines Day! I may be a little late but I'm here. I did this design especially for the most loving time of the year. A time when everyone needs a hug. And nobody give a better hug than the facehuggers from Aliens. They can be a bit too tight and might leave you with a lump in your chest, but doesn't that just make them extra special?

Thanks for following my slightly odd ramblings and drawings, I love you all. Not in that way though, I just don't know you well enough for that!

As usual this one is available at Redbubble and Society6, all the details are on the Doodle Dojo Store. Sign up for my email newsletter and you can get special offers and all my latest designs delivered to your inbox. Its only once a month (ish) so you won't get spammed to death either.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Why Did it Have to be Snake?

You can find some unexpected things in ancient tombs.
Indiana Jones finds some unexpected puzzles in most of the tomb he explores, but none as dastardly as the 90's phone classic, Snake. He hates Snake.

Sometimes you get a pun stuck in your head and it just won't go away. In cases like that I always think its best to give in and just draw it. Sometimes the result can be a bit more fun than you thought. I imagine Indy would hate this game just as much as the creature. There's probably more reason to dislike the game thinking about it. Its just so frustrating! It never reaches a conclusion which always makes you want to play again. My finger slipped off the key, I got distracted at the wrong moment, there are a million reasons you failed and they all make you want to have one more go.

Anyway, if you love snake (and Indiana Jones) as much as I do, you might like this design hanging on your wall, or on your phone. Or something else. I don't know! Just check it out at Redbubble and Society6 or get all the info at the Doodle Dojo Store. And if you like designs like this and want to hear about new stuff and special offers from me, sign up to my newsletter.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dancing Sherlock

The adventure of the Dancing Sherlock
Everyone loves a bit of Sherlock right? Well I do anyway so there! Its well known that Sherlock gets restless between cases and its also well known that he loves a puzzle. While flicking through my Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I came across The Adventure of the Dancing Men, and it gave me this idea. I can just imagine Sherlock leaving puzzles for Watson to figure out. He would probably take some photos of himself in these poses and then text them to John. Much to his own amusement and John's total confusion. Figured out the message yet?

This design is available at Redbubble and Society6 on phone cases, cards, T-shirts, posters and lots of other stuff. Find all the details on the Doodle Dojo store.

If you want to keep up with new designs, special offers and even be entered in the occasional giveaway, sign up to the Doodle Dojo Newsletter. You won't get more than two emails a month and I promise I won't sell your email address to spammers.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Doodle Dojo Newsletter

Sign up to the Doodle Dojo Newsletter for a chance to win!
I've been looking at new ways to keep everyone updated with what's going on here at Doodle Dojo and I came up with the idea of an email newsletter. I don't want to scare anyone into thinking that you are going to get lots of spam, so I promise that you won't get more than 2 emails in a month. What you will get is news about new designs, interesting stuff and new places you can find my work, special offers and maybe even a giveaway now and then.

Yes giveaways! When shirt-a-day sites print one of my designs I usually do a sketch on the theme of the design and give it away on my Facebook page. This time I'm going to open it up a bit and enter anyone who subscribes to my newsletter. The even better news is that my next print is on Saturday January 18th, so if you subscribe before then you get entered, easy! So if you would like a chance to win the Shaggy & Scooby sketch in the picture up there, get on and sign up!

There's other news too, but I won't spoil it by telling you all here. You just going to have to subscribe to find out what it is.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Green Demon

The Green Demon, wildfire!
Its been a long time since I poster here! That's something I really should fix for the new year. I haven't been doing nothing since I did last post though, lots of drawings and doodles and all sorts of other art related stuff. But more about that later.

Game of Thrones has been one of my big obsessions last year. A great show full of intrigue, drama, violence, partial nudity and dragons. It doesn't get a lot better than that. Unless of course you fill it with British actors. One of the best bits for me was the Battle of Blackwater Bay where Tyrion proved himself a formidable general by using wildfire to fight off Stannis Baratheon's forces. In the books wildfire is described as 'the green demon'. That reminded me of Absinthe, or as it is sometimes known, the green fairy. So I had a quick look around at Absinthe labels and found one that I thought would serve as a good starting place. After that I only needed a few of my own tweaks to make it look right as a label for wildfire.

As usual this one is available at Redbubble and Society6 and you can find all the details on the new look Doodle Dojo Store.

Speaking of the new look Doodle Dojo Store (and taking the opportunity to add a gratuitous link again) I've made some changes over there to bring the place up to date for the new year. I also thought it might be fun to start up an email newsletter. I'm going to be telling you all about my latest designs and upcoming prints at shirt-a-day sites. I might even throw in a few exclusive giveaways to subscribers and special offers when they are available. Don't worry, I won't be spamming you every day! There will probably be one email a month and maybe the odd special for when there is something that just can't wait.

Sign-up here for the Doodle Dojo email newsletter.