Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow Art small

My pals over at Rock Paper books, for whom I produced some Shakespeare covers got in touch and asked if I’d like to draw a cover for a reprint of Sleepy Hollow. It’s an American classic that I hadn’t read, which was quickly rectified (it really is different to the film!).

The brief was to try and evoke Ichabod Crane’s state of mind as he’s pursued by – what he believes to be – a headless horseman. I wanted to try and make a drawing with a reduced palette and no textures to give it a crisp, shadow-theatre feel.

A lot of fun.

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5 thoughts on “Sleepy Hollow

  1. Do you having any book recommendations for someone who wants to make their own comics? I’ve been in an art book buying frenzy and got two Andrew Loomis books. I’ve also been rewatching a ton of justice league. 😀

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    1. Hi, I love the Loomis books, a great place to start – particularly Figure Drawing for all it’s Worth. I’ve found online resources quite useful – Croquis Cafe on Youtube for life drawing, if you can’t get to a class. Griz and Norm’s book is really clear and easy to use – 100 Tuesday Tips and the Etherington Brothers’ book – How to Think When you Draw. There’s a limit to what you can get from books, however, and the only way through it is to draw and draw and draw and bloody draw. I’ve never seen a book that works as a guide to comics – the best thing really is to read a load of comics and just have a go – even if you don’t want to write a story you could convert a scene from a film, for instance, or use a story that’s in the public realm – I made an adaptation of the fairy tale BlueBeard once – and now I can’t bear to look at it! I hope that helps, and good luck!

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      1. You are the sweetest bean!! Thank you for the thoughtful advice!! I wrote down the books you mentioned and will check out those YouTubers . I bet the comic is that bad! I wanna see it!

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