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Gary Mackean also known as The Boy Who Draws Monsters. The creator of weekly webcomic- Barnaby and Loaker, The Scottish superhero Angus the Haggis Slayer and other characters and designs which are all subject to Copyright. Gary Mackean has been published in The Scotsman On Sunday newspaper, Edinburgh Review Journal, London's Open Doors Gallery's online ArtZine and several others and is always looking for more work and commissions...

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Ba-boom the Giant Baboon God.

After working on my web comic "Barnaby and Loaker"- http://barnabyloaker.blogspot.co.uk/ over the last fifty weeks or so, I've finally got some spare time to work on a few older projects that I've had in the pipeline for sometime now.

 Here is a fully coloured and resolved painting of the character Ba-Boom, An ancient but forgotten animal god. Ba-Boom is a character I've had for a while now and providing I get enough time in the near future, I hope to use him in a book or two.

Although Ba-Boom has physical aspects of a both a Mandrill and a Baboon, He is a God that has the physical appearance and behaviour of the whole Baboon family (Also known as Cercopithecidae)

Ba-Boom is pictured alongside an ancient stone tribute depicting himself and some of the other elder gods during the time when he was still believed in and worshiped.

Here is the original sketch of the stone tribute-

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Haggis Character design- Scab

Character design for a Haggis named Scab that will feature in the redesigned Angus the Haggis Slayer book which is simply entitled- The Haggis Slayers.

Scab is a particularly vicious haggis that has sustained severe burns to one side of his face. This leads to him being called Scab or "The Hawf Burnt Haggis"....

Monday, 21 October 2013

Cornelius the Unicorn Lad

Cornelius the Unicorn Boy

Cornelius the Unicorn Boy also known as Charles Chufflechuck was originally from a family of ranch handlers in the Midwest. He was born with albino coloured skin, pink eyes and a large spiral horn on his head. Due to these deformities, He was soon sold off to the owners of the world famous R.B Farrel Carnival Show. It was there that he finally found a home and fame as the headline act of the freak show- Cornelius the Unicorn Boy. However as much as he had grown used to the show, He always longed to be as accepted as a normal looking boy.

After the collapse and tragic burning down of the R.B. Farrel Carnival, Cornelius traveled with one or two low rent freak shows before settling on the West Coast with his wife and Carer. In later years he filed down his horn and soon grew very ill with pneumonia like symptoms. His white translucent skin was said to have developed into a subtle shade of grey. He died in his home at the age of 64, He is survived by three children and four grandchildren- None of which possess his trademark “unicorn” frontal horn. However his youngest grandchild has a tail.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Babooom coloured version

BABOOOM! sketch

An early character sketch/re-design. Finding Baboons quite difficult to sketch so may end up changing the species to an Orangutan....

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Zeus the Robot Boy


For Illustration Friday's word "Robot" I created a character named Zeus the Robot Boy, A humanoid machine capable of sentient thought while also wielding the unstable and explosive power of electricity.

Zeus simply wants to survive and discover the meaning of his creation.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Editions: A quarterly digital exhibition and publication

Editions: A quarterly digital exhibition and publication

Featuring a lot of great artists and me....