A snippet from S.J. Harris’ upcoming book, Eustace.
Another idea we’ve come up with is to feature the spaces in which our illustrators work… toiling away endlessly to create the graphic novels and comics we know and love - thaaaanks!
Well, I don’t know about you but at Cape we’re always fascinated to see photos of these spaces or studios, and we thought you might fancy a look too.
For our first studio feature, here’s a look at S.J. Harris’ portable studio and some words from him below.
Eustace was drawn in at least four locations thanks to my amazing portable studio, which contains everything I need for drawing (the paint brush is for brushing away grollings - those little bits of eraser detritus which seem to be a punishment for mistakes). It has a choice of ‘skins’ and is shown here with the Fortnum and Mason’s skin because I seem to have lost my preferred Foyles one. The light-box and Anglepoise are less portable parts of my more permanent studio or ‘bedroom’ as it is also known.
If you’ve ever had the words ‘It is now safe to turn off your computer’ branded onto your retina in orange type, or listened to the sound of a modem having a touchtone war with the telephone exchange and your ISP, then you’re probably no stranger to the work of S. J. Harris, a.k.a. Spimcoot. He was Captain Cartoon over at h2g2 from 2001–2003, which was a sort of Douglas-Adams-inspired proto-Wikipedia run by the BBC. His Paper Cuts cartoons, in that Hitchhiker’s mantra, attempted to illustrate life, the universe and everything. We think he did rather well.
S-Dot’s currently working on Eustace – which also featured on h2g2 – for us right now, but here’s a sneak peek of one of the characters. This drawing is titled ‘Mrs Perichief Concocts’. He’ll be dropping by our table at ELCAF on Sunday, so do say hello.