Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Moving to

Hi folks,

First of all, thanks for even reading this. I'm glad you're here.

Secondly, I'm doing the (probably ill-advised) move of switching my Blog over to the newly bells-and-whistle-enhanced,

And I would love it if you could join me over there. It will be fun. We'll have a raffle on thursdays. Please, update your links, and sign in as a follower right here. That would make me grateful. And to show my gratitude for you going through the tedium of numerous, potentially dull mouse clicks, I will send you a little something small, and unique to you, when I see you pop up over there.

Does that sound wierd? Hm.

Thanks again,


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Late night painting

I need a new painting for the bedroom wall....

Working on a new oil landscape... on Twitpic

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Website up together

Ahh, Christmas is coming. I would feel christmassy if it was a big deal over here, but it's a regular work day, which in some ways is actually pretty refreshing. I can only handle so much schmaltz and consumerism. We'll make do with a walk on the beach and friends over for mulled wine in the evening :)

As usual, boarding my behind off for Aardman, and still having fun with it.

And: my website has been overhauled and filled with new work lately.

Please check it out, I'd be happy to hear any feedback.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Le monkey

I should go to bed because I know there's an insane amount of boards to draw tomorrow. Ah well. a warm-down monkey before bed....

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shaun book in print


Got my hands on a preproduction Shaun book. Mmm. New print smell...
See more panels here.




Thursday, December 10, 2009

Me, apparently

Me doing 'The Storyboarding face'. Drawn by my annoyingly young and talented workmate Ashley Boddy.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Beat it baby

It's late at the studio.

All quiet, apart from Daft Punk blaring in my headphones. I can't tell you anything about the sets they are building next door, apart from the fact that they are gorgeous. Can't wait to see the animation coming through.

As for me, I'm preparing Beatboards for our personal feature project, getting ready for pitches. Wish me luck:)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

15 minute wakeup bird

...before I start the dreary task of assembling another portfolio.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm in print- finally!

I worked like a fevered chimp over the summer on a bunch of projects, one of which was this where's Waldo-style Shaun the Sheep book. And it's on sale now! er- in Germany. But, there are no words, and if you like this kind of thing, it's here on Amazon.

The very simple premise was that Shaun and his buddies bust out of the farm and go on holiday, while Bitzer tries to restrain them. The readers are supposed to find just Shaun, but I had to entertain myself with a few easter eggs, like a UFO breakdown, and extensive bike race, a duck party. That kind of thing.

First I sent the client roughity-roughs like this:
Just to get their buy-in to the angle and subjects.
Once that was done I penciled the illustration at full size. This was important because in Illustrator I would be zooming in so close, I would lose sense of scale pretty fast.
Then into Illustrator; first time I used this programme, and I really enjoyed it. The fun part about using the brush is that it can fill your strokes instantly. Which meant I could ink AND colour at the same time. I had only 2 days for each image, so time saving was crucial. My kids loved how fast a full colour character would appear on screen.

So I made layers in illustrator. The program would often complain due to the amount of vectors. My computer cried.

And finally, comped it in photoshop, added shadows, maybe texture and a bit of lighting. And onto the next one. The question is, where is he?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Edit: sketches

I can't seem to get blogger to play nice with my images lately, so I've reposted the sketches if you want a closer look. :)

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Grecian 2000

My friend Kris calls from Greece. He's on a round the world trip with his wife, and has taken some time to hang out in greece and volunteer with the salvation army in Thessaloniki. I've been having a crazy summer and his invite to come on a wee adventure proves irresistible.

So we met up, and took a boys road trip. Of course, he's going round europe in a classic convertible. No other way to do it, right? So we headed for a town called Meteora, famous for it's absurdly mystical monasteries, all teetering on rock pinnacles. I have a thing for things built on the tops of mountains, and it's nigh impossible to do an unappealing sketch of these places :)

I'm a real spiritual guy, you know?

And here are the wheels:

Of course- A little beach time was in order too.

The director in me demanded a decent 'road' shot. This one almost involved rolling off the back when the car changed gear. Clever
Fluffy dice an absolute necessity.

Heading through sheep country. Picture by Kris

Thursday, October 15, 2009


A Collaborative Shark with my six year old. He's just keeping the blog warm while I prepare an awesome post for you.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Issue 2 in the works

Hey folks- I'm working on the cover of issue 2 of Duck and Cover, hopefully the last late night before I nip off on holiday. First up- camping with the family on the shores of Galilee, and then a few days in Greece with an old, dubious friend.

Here it is, after colour in photoshop:

And here's how it looked in inky form. The layout/sketch was done by my talented compadre Mysh. I took the sketch and figured out how the light would work in photoshop beforehand. I like this approach because you can play with light and get it figured out before you start throwing paint around.

And for you Tel Aviv folks:

We'll be presenting the project and doing some live painting at the ICON festival, Tel Aviv,
5 oct, 4 pm. Hope to see you there.

I'm off. Take care,


Thursday, September 10, 2009


I like the freelance life. Means I stop when my brain is fuzz (4 in the afternoon) and do what afternoons are good for. Doodlin with a kid. (-mine, of course).

Music: Hello chanel from Imogen Heap's speak for yourself

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Painting and arranging

Here's a WIP for our comic Duck and Cover. I love painting on paper- The way it takes the paint, and shows the history of brushwork. I always enjoy others artists work when I can see their hand moving across the piece. This is on Hot Pressed watercolor paper. I've done a blue underpainting here, in acrylic, then I'll move on to oils for the colour and finish.

Talking of art materials, I've finally got them organised. I wanted to set up a kind of chef's station-style area, because I often stand when I'm working and want to be able to grab any materials that take my fancy for the piece, but also keep the clutter off my workspace.

Yikes. I'm boring myself.

Have a great day. Don't take anything too seriously,


Sunday, August 23, 2009

It's in our hands....

It's in our hands...., originally uploaded by jpvine.

It's a lot of fun holding something I worked on in print- and I can imagine it will get dangerously addictive. I enjoyed an evening selling them with mycomrade Oren at the Tel Aviv animation festival yesterday. Trying to decribe the story arc of this series in Hebrew was something of a challenge, but after a couple of hours and a beer it got easier.

Big plans for the series, future editions and live painting demos. So I'll keep you posted. :)

About the comic;

Only animals have survived the last nuclear conflict, but they have been mutated by the devasting effects of the war. Duck and cover roam the chaotic earth in a mysterious mechanical egg. They are pursued by the cohorts of -er- a megalomaniac chicken, desperate to lay his hands on the egg- a miracle of human engineering. But they are yet to discover what it is capable of...

It's epic. And needless to say, a bit silly.

Concept/Script: Oren and Mysh
Interior art: Mysh
Cover: Me

Got to get back to boarding. Have a great day, jp

Monday, August 17, 2009

Something Fishy

Ink, charcoal, and Photoshop. My book 'glum, defeated creatures'will be published soon ;)

I'm loving indian ink, and think I prefer the directness of the the black and white raw painting before the colour work. As usual.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

dispatches from the UK

At Aardman, where amazingly for the UK, the sun is wafting through the windows. A big break from Israel where the sun hammers incessantly on your head. Miss the family though.

Here's a work in progress for a comic, due to debut at the Israeli Animation festival. I'm fighting with this one a bit, but hopefully she'll come through in the end. :)

Watercolour and digital.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Of sheep, aliens and cyber cities

I'm enjoying a celebratory gin and tonic. Finally completed 8 huge illustrations for a book involving a lot of sheep, which I'll show you as soon as I'm allowed: maybe I'll give you a peek:

Why draw just sheep when you can have aliens? I thought if would be fun to work in a few different storylines into the illustrations. Some of you from the UK might remember the 'What-a-mess' books, about an afghan hound getting up to no good- but the most fun part were the tiny little backstory characters in the background.

In other news, my other business venture The Missing link is making another online commercial short, which I'll have on here soon. Here's a Bg for you:

More to come soon. Back to the Uk tomorrow, Rain, family, and a decent pint and a curry. :)

Friday, July 24, 2009


A little doodle in progress. I'm halfway through my children's book....1 week to go before the deadline strikes. This one's a marathon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The days of curly sheep

THIS IS A SCREENGRAB from last night, a little sneak preview of my current project- I hope I can tell you more soon. I think I'm going nuts with drawing tiny little sheep.

On that note; My story crew has finally wrapped on 20 episodes of storyboards for shaun the sheep. Phew! I think I can call the period of my life between ages 30-33 the 'sheep period'. I can't wait for the 'chicken', soon to be followed by the 'toucan' which should take me to retirement.

Got to go draw some more.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Non kosher

Piggy, Ink, charcoal, PS.

What's not to love about pigs? Good to draw and good to eat.

This is in honour of my 3 year old. Last night I told the kids to choose the books they wanted me to read. My son chose a children's book, whereas my daughter chose Muybridge's 'Horses and other animals in motion'.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Earnest, Chicken of the tropics.

Stop, stop, stop drawing chickens and do some bl@*dy work, jp.

Ink and photoshop.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wierdness before bedtime no2


I'm off to Jerusalem for dinner. Have a good one, folks!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Warmup sketch 1

I love the smell of indian ink in the morning.