Babushka

I habe been fascinated with the old ladies who remained near Chenobyl when everyone else left and lived these independent lives in the wilderness doing everything themselves. Looking at the source pictures their faces  are so weathered and strong and determined, their bodies sturdy under no-nonsense dresses.

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Town Hall(s)

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Town Hall(s)

Things you might see in Luton:
If, whilst passing the current, imposing marble town hall with the verdigris roof and tasteful neon blue glowing clock, you happened to see a hooded figure with the power to open portals into the past.. you might be priviledged to watch the gentle townsfolk of Luton burning down their old town hall on 19th July 1919, to celebrate “Peace Day”. (Or rather, to protest against the apalling living standards returning soldiers and their families were subjected to)

Not satisfied with burning down the hall and chasing the cowardly councillors, some enterprising soul dragged a piano into the street and played “keep the home fires burning”.

You can say what you like about Luton folk, but they certainly have a sense of humour.

When the town hall was rebuild 20 years later, they made it out of stone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Town_Hall

Zombie Shopper

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Zombie Shopper

Continuing the theme “people you might see in Luton” is this delightful zombie shopper. You almost certainly will see more than one Zombie Shopper in Luton Mall, formerly known and still fondly referred to as the “Arndale Centre”. For some reason, you’re more likely to encounter a Zombie Shopper when you’re in a rush. You can see the bruises where people have been ramming them with their trolleys to get past.

Rescue!

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Rescue!

Continuing my series of “People you might see in Luton”.. I’ve got a bit carried away. You won’t often see a girl in a short purple dress racing to save her dreadlocked friend from a shadow. I’m not saying it never happens though.

Lila Louche

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Lila Louche

Continuing my series of “people you might meet in Luton”

Meet Lila, who likes the good things in life.

Patriotic Pete

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Patriotic Pete

Continuing my series of “people you might meet in Luton”, here is Patriotic Pete. Is he a member of the BNP or just a cheery enthusiast of middle England? We might never know.

Lillith nouveau

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Lillith nouveau

I coloured in the picture of my daughter I did yesterday. She will be extremely unimpressed about the overuse of lilac.

Nice couple

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Nice couple

Still playing with a graphic novel/comic style.. number two in my series of “peope you might meet in Luton”

Pencil, scanned and touched up, printed and coloured with alcohol felt pens.

Running girl

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Running girl

I’m toying with an idea for a graphic novel. It would be based in Luton.
I’ve sketched out one of the characters (the street is from bury park near the football ground)

My current technique is to sketch in pencil, scan in, whack the threshold up so the lines are black, and print out so I can experiment with different ways of colouring using the alcohol pens.

This is looking a bit more fluid and comic-y than trying to go over everything in ink..

Octopus Nouveau

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Octopus Nouveau