Saturday, 29 August 2015

Bournemouth Film & Comic Con 2015

Today is a special day! For today is not only the first day of the Bournemouth Film and Comic Con 2015. HOWEVER, it is also the day that you can pick up a limited signed copy of Kult Creations Octobriana: The Underground History at the convention at the Kult Creations table (You can find John and the Kult Creations table located right in front of the south facing window of the event - if you see John withering in the heat, please buy him a drink ;0) ).

Now for a bit of information about the Bournemouth Film & Comic Con;  Bournemouth Film & Comic Con is taking over the Bournemouth International Centre. Taking place right now and over the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday the 30th of August 2015, Film & Comic Con Bournemouth promises to bring you some of your favourite stars from TV, Film and Comics as well as a whole host of fun activities including photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls full of TV and Film memorabilia to browse and opens from 9am - 6pm on both days.

You can meet guys such as Colin Baker from Doctor Who to Dave Prowse from Star Wars, to Rickey Hatton and Paul Gascoigne. Don't forget you can also meet some awesome guys from the world of comics as well, such as John Wagner from 2000 AD and John A. Short from Kult Creations. Normally I would be all over a convention like this, however due to work commitments I'm unable to make it this year - though you can be sure I'll be there next year!

If you're going have a great time and don't forget to say hi to John over at the Kult Creations table and maybe pick up a comic or two.

Friday, 28 August 2015


It's here! Octobriana: The Underground History has arrived and is on sale now. You can find out all you need to know about this awesome book, and also pick up a copy from Kult Creations. So why am I so excited you ask? Well, I just so happen to have been the illustrator for the cover and this is the first time it has been exposed in all it's glory:

I'm planning a post very shortly to go into how the design came about, how I illustrated it and just why there are yeti's being led into battle by Octobriana. Until then, pick up a copy and enjoy!

Artwork ©Simon Breeze 2015

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Peace Through Superior Firepower!

I was meant to be designing a t-shirt to submit to Tee Fury this morning, however my brain just wouldn't let me focus! So I decided to invest the time working on a different idea for my own online shop with Redbubble. This one is inspired by my love of Warhammer 40,000 and military slogans and sayings:
The design is called, Peace Through Superior Firepower and is available now.
Artwork ©Simon Breeze 2015

Monday, 24 August 2015

Blast From The Past

This morning was more than a bit of a rush, wake-up, feed kids, feed pets, feed myself, try not to mix the dog food up with the coco-pops, get ready for work, switch on my PC... But what am I going to draw for my 'warm-up sketch'?

That's when it hit me, I haven't sketched this character in a long time, so I thought I'd take a stab at it. There is a good chance that you may not recognise this character unless you followed a webcomic that I wrote and illustrated many years ago called Jessie Kane. One of the characters was a seven foot tall gorilla called Kane, I thought it was time to revisit him:

You can find this sketch, along with all the sketches I do in the manic thirty minutes of my morning before I start my working day over on my Instagram  and while you're there, check out these awesome artists as well.

Artwork ©Simon Breeze 2015

Friday, 21 August 2015

How To Be A Happy Tomato

Okay, so working on art, or anything for that matter, under your own steam in isolation, freelance for example, you walk a fine line in most cases between getting distracted, or working to much. EVERYONE who works on their own in isolation for any period of time will fall foul of this to lesser or greater degrees. For me I hit both of these killer zones hard from time to time. If it is work I'm really into I can go an insane amount hours without a break, or completely swing the other way when it is work I'm not interested in and spend every second looking for something, anything, to do that is not what I should be doing - being a digital artist and having the internet at your finger tips is not your friend in these situations.     

So, how do you beat this problem? How do you keep engaged and productive with your work without negativity impacting the work or even your health or sanity? You become a happy tomato!!

A few years ago I was listening to a pod cast and one of the hosts was PJ Holden (I know him for his awesome comic work, namely in 2000AD). Pj Talked about this very issue and had discovered something called the Pomodoro Technique, which since this nugget of genius I now use to this very day to awesome positive impact - though I will add that there are still times when the pressure is on it all goes out the window and I spend too much time sat at my computer working. 

You can find out some details online about the Pomodoro Technique with a simple search, there is even a little bit here on Wikipedia.  In a nutshell though, the Pomodoro Technique (pomodoro mean tomato in Italian) is a very simple process and it encourages a more productive and greater quality of work - awesome, I know.  

The process is this:

Step 1. Figure out what you need to do, in my case paint an image.

Step 2. Next, set a timer for 25 minutes, this can be anything as long as it's a timer. Watching a clock wont work, it needs to go 'buzz' so you can focus only on your work during this period (I use an iPod). While the timer is running focus on the task until the timer goes off, and when the timer goes off take a short break (I usually take 5 minutes) - then rinse and repeat! 

Step 3. You go through this process about 4-5 times, and then take a longer break, usually a 30 or 15 minute break before going through the process again.

The principle is that you always know there is a break coming up soon, so you don't get distracted, the second part of the principle is that when you take a break (you MUST 'tools down' when that buzzer goes) you are keen to get back to it as you generally end up halfway through something. Over time you begin to work in very productive short bursts that always ends up generating a high amount of work without negativity impacting the quality. It is amazing the improvement you'll find in your work, and from personal experience this technique has made a huge impact on my work and life.  

Well I hope this helps and don't forget to share :0)