Jayne[y]’s got a gun (and it’s called Vera…)

It was Marvellous Dave’s birthday last weekend and, following a serious drought of illustrative, er, juice, I decided (at the very latest minute, of course…) to rustle up something Firefly for the occasion:

Jayne's looking a little under-nourished here - and his left hand looks slightly odd not gripping the gun, but I was, in fact, following a photo so (unlikely though it might appear) it is *all true*...

Jayne’s looking a little under-nourished here – and his left hand looks slightly odd not gripping the gun, but I was, in fact, following a photo so (unlikely though it might appear) it is *all true*…

This also dovetailed nicely with one of my presents to him, purchased from the always-brilliant Etsy and the awesome talents of Southampton-based graphic designer, Ben Smith, whose online shop, Bensmind, is well worth a gander if you’re of the sci-fi-appreciating persuasion (or know/live with/are married to someone who, emphatically, is…):

Full cast of Firefly - Serenity. Check out his other brilliant work on his Etsy shop page(s), which includes loads more Firefly designs, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Star Trek and an impressive array of other sci-fi-themed poster illustration.

Full cast of Firefly – Serenity. Check out his other brilliant work on his Etsy shop page(s), which includes loads more Firefly designs, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Star Trek and an impressive array of other sci-fi-themed poster illustration.

On an entirely unrelated note, it has mainly been raining since yesterday, so I thought I’d also share the following, as this is – as we are constantly reminded by the wits from TV weather forecasting school – lovely weather for them:

duckling1 duckling2

coquettish...

coquettish…

ducklings4

This one is a very rough preparatory sketch – that rather fell of the right-hand-side of the page – for a new little commission I’m working on, although I think the duckling currently suspended upside down by his little webbed feet will need to be amended somewhat, lest I be accused of gratuitous cruelty to small, sketched water birds… (I thought it might look a bit funny and sweet, but feel the end result is mainly just mean…)

ducklingR1 ducklingR2 ducklingR3‘Til next time, whensoever that may be… 😉

Have a fab weekend, AP x

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