Spencer Hill - Management Consultant & Cartoonist

Spencer Hill - Management Consultant & Cartoonist


Stuff I've been doing

25 May 2014

Doodle of the day. Sometimes your mind wanders and the drawing draws itself. This is one of those moments drawn in Adobe Ideas using my finger. No productive purpose, just a line arranging itself on the screen.

24 May 2014

Doodle of the day. I am now developing my ideas for the equine gag cartoons into a strip as my head is bursting with ideas, and I need to get them out before my head is full and I forget where I live.

For me all great strips revolve around the characters, so that is where I have started. This is one of a cast of emerging possible characters I have started work on....
23 May 2014

Doodle of the day.  I used to draw everything on my Motion Computing LE1600 tablet PC using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, but more recently I have acquired an iPad, and i am doing a lot of my doodling there.

This was doodled in the app Adobe Ideas, which as any of my students on my Digital Illustration for IPads course at the London Art College will know, I absolutely love.  It produces the effect of vector drawing in an easily accessible interface, and enables simple doodles like this to be produced in a few minutes.
22 May 2014

Doodle of the day.  Yes yes, horses again. A cartoon strip is forming in my mind, and the characters are delivering their punchlines and revealing their personalities every day. So with the aid of my equine expert I took one horse doodle and then tweaked it to produce different colours (bay, piebald, dappled grey etc), genders, ages and characters and eventually breeds too.

This is my first attempt. It is a good example how with just a few lines a standard character can completely transform in look or expression.

21 May 2014

I have adopted a different style and approach to my cartooning recently as I wanted the horse cartoons I keep talking about to be looser and more expressive.  I also decided they needed different eyes, and to that end I have been drawing with more of a Jim Davis of Garfield fame style.

This page of doodles started with one or two horses, and then I decided to see how a few more animals would look in the same style. It is good to be able to mix it up a bit as often a clients needs require a different approach. I am enjoying this new way of working and I believe it is showing in my cartoons :)
20 May 2014

Doodle of the day. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood, or the day is getting in the way of my creative process, or I'm in the mood for drawing anything but what I should be drawing. To overcome this I will sit and aimlessly doodle to warm myself up. This is the result of one of those moments earlier today. It isn't working yet :0

19 May 2014

Doodle of the day.  I keep posting sketches and doodles here, but I thought it was time to show the cartoons I have been working on lately. Here is one from a growing collection of over fifty equine themed cartoons. They are predominantly 'in' jokes, so if you don't know about meadow fescue, perennial ryegrass or meadow grass this isn't going to be that funny. Horsey people should love it though :)

18 May 2014

Doodles of the day. As I said earlier in the week, my sketchbook is currently filled with cartoon horses.  I figured I should share a few more of them. As with all good doodles these three had no plan, they just evolved, although I can totally associate with that poor guy in the middle there....I hate flies.

17 May 2014

Doodle of the day. I started with the cat, and that expression came with him. Then he ended up seated on a cloud.....and then he was in the sky. Who knows. If you think of an explanation or a caption I'd love to hear from you :)

16 May 2014

Doodle of the day.  I am working on some illustrations for another book relating to Chinese medicine.  This guy is just a fun sketch, but I quite liked the way he turned out. He was drawn on my iPad using Adobe Ideas.

15 May 2014

Doodle of the day. My sketchbook seems to be filled with horses at the moment. Here is one I drew earlier.....no gag or caption yet, but I don't think he's that well!

14 May 2014

Publishers Singing Dragon have announced the forthcoming release of The Four Dragons by Damo Mitchell. This internal martial arts book aims to provide the reader with instruction on clearing the meridians and awakening the spine within Nei Gong. That last bit either means something to you or it doesn't!

I produced hundreds of instructional illustrations for the book, and I am looking forward to seeing them in print when the book is released in August. It should be available from all the usual places if you are interested :)

11 May 2014

Fifteen Minutes of Fame!

Well, if you have a television and were watching on Thursday afternoon you may have seen me on Draw It!

If you really want to watch it you can catch it on 4OD Catchup

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