I had so much fun drawing Simpsons characters for the Bartkira project that when James Howard announced that his new #Draw challenge was going to honour the recently departed Futurama, I couldn't resist.
I recently took part in James Harvey's Bartkira project (from an original idea by Ryan Humphrey). Over 450 artists have each tackled 5 pages of the mammoth 6-volumeAkiracomic and recreated them with Simpsons characters. It's a weird idea, but it works. There's some great people taking part, like Jack Teagle and Chris Doherty. At the moment this project only exists on Tumblr, but once everyone has submitted James is looking to put them all together on a website to be read for free.
My five pages fall towards middle of the second volume. Everyone has had a different idea of how to approach this. I went for a sort of loose sketching of the original backgrounds and character bodies, with fairly traditional interpretations of the Simpson heads. It was also an opportunity to develop the pencil shading I've been playing with. I think it works really well in some places. In others, not so much. However, I intended this as a fun sort of palette cleanser between projects, so for that it worked well.
I had the huge honour of doing the poster artwork for the live show of legendary British comedy producer John Lloyd (QI, Blackadder, Spitting Image, Not The Nine O’Clock News, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).