Saturday, 28 December 2013


                                                                 Size: 22 x 12 cms
                                                                 Media:Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Boxing Percy

                                                                  Size: 13 x 19 cms
                                                                  Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                  Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Bloody Patterns


                                                                Size: 16 x 21 cms
                                                                Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                Pens: Sailor Sapporo &
                                                                Copic Marker

Thursday, 5 December 2013


                                                                  Size: 16 x 19 cms
                                                                  Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                  Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Been a bit AWOL (commercial Artworld called!...busy,busy!)...But I'm back! Oh....... so is Gerard again! He meant to buy a G-string but went into the wrong department.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Super Portrait (Selfie)

                                                               Size: 12 x 15cms
                                                               Media: ink & crayons
                                                               Pens: Rotring and Sailor

This started off as a self portrait.

Monday, 11 November 2013

IF Energy

                                                                Size: 17 x 15 cms
                                                                Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Friday, 1 November 2013

Elvis (IF Secret)

                                                                  Size: 24 x 34 cms
                                                                  Media: Acrylic and Gouache
                                                                  on cardboard box side
                                                                  Brushes :Various

"When I get married, it will be no secret." Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977)
Elvis also recorded a song called 'It is no Secret (What God can do)'...It must have been hard to be Elvis and have secrets.

I expect this will be up for sale when The Pen Mover Etsy shop opens.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

My Sweet Lord GH

                                                              Size: 21 x 29 cms
                                                              Media: Pen and Ink
                                                              Pen: Uniball Eye

Friday, 25 October 2013

Frankenstein on Cardboard (IF Creature)

                                                               Size: 24 x 37 cms
                                                               Media: Gouache on
                                                               Tools: Various brushes

Thought I'd make some art work to sell on my Etsy shop...(soon to open). This is a freehand painting that I did by eye (no tracing) on a bit of an old cardboard box. It took me quite a bit longer than I thought (7 or 8 hours probably). Painting in gouache, for the unaccustomed, is quite a task. You put some paint on and seem to lift an equal amount off. Its a balancing act...but one which you either love or hate, The good thing is that it dries quickly allowing fast(ish) production. The fact that its on cardboard means that I will let it go at a reasonable rate...It will also be cheaper to post. I'll also be printing out some of my pen work (cartoons) onto greetings cards made out of recycled brown kraft paper. I'm looking after the planet!!!..recycled everything!! If anyone is interested in buying this before the shop opens...send me an email for more details!

It is unframed and comes in the typical gouache matt finish...Varnishing ruins gouache. (its not a brilliant painting and lacks skills of good painters, but it is a Pen Mover original and will sell for a very fair price )... If it sells I'll post an edit here marking it as Sold!!!!

I am guessing that this weeks Illustration Friday theme will be Halloween on Friday I'll probably link this there..(unless the word is pretty).

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Poet (Henry Reed)

                                                               Size: 23 x 21 cms
                                                               Media: Ink on paper
                                                               Pen: Uniball Eye

I didn't like any of his poetry or quotes so I used my imagination in the speech bubble. (Edit: Some of his poetry is quite good actually...I just wrote this for effect!)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Random Naked Woman

                                                           Size: 18 x 20 cms
                                                           Media: mixed
                                                           Pen: Uniball eye micro
                                                           & Prismacolor pencils

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Random Writers

                                                                 Size: 16 x 19 cms
                                                                 Media: Ink & watercolour
                                                                 Pens: Hero M86 &
                                                                 Pentel waterbush

"Which came first the intestine or the tape worm?"...  "Perhaps all pleasure is only relief."   William S.Burroughs

Sunday, 29 September 2013

IF Onomatopoeia


                                                                 Size: 14 x 25 cms
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Friday, 20 September 2013

Poet (Robert Frost)

                                                               Size: 17 x 17 cms
                                                               Media: Pen & Ink
                                                               Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Saw this quote and thought I'd try and do a caricature of the guy who said it...The American poet, Robert Frost ( 1874-1963). I always get lost in poetry...which is good. I never try and translate.I think the same goes for all Art....Maybe its best left unquestioned. I remember at Art school being told something like: 'objects lose their aesthetic value when given a name.' I think poets use their words for their aesthetic value.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Three studies for figures in an office

                                                                 Size:  25 x 15 cms
                                                                 Media: Mixed
                                                                 Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

IF Hidden

                                                                   Size: 10 x 18 cms
                                                                   Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                   Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Was the interview for the job just a normal one? It wasn't a normal job after all. Did he keep anything hidden? Its always best to tell the truth in an interview. They will find out in the end. How did he handle the questions. I'm wondering how it all went....The Vatican: "You tell us why you think you should get the job, Francis."....Francis: "I used to be a bouncer!" The Vatican: "You got da job Franky."

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Men in white coats

                                                                  Size: 14 x 10cms
                                                                  Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                  Pen: Noodlers Flex

I drew this work of art in my little sketch book this morning whilst waiting in a hospital corridor for somebody else's appointment. The only pen I had was running out of ink and I didn't for some reason have my normal 3 or 4 fountain pens with me..With little ink I had one chance of making this thing work!!.It was a small work and various people passed me in my seat trying to see what I was inspired me to draw mad faces with my pen...But these guys were the doctors and not the patients. All in a days insanity...

Sunday, 1 September 2013

VonHotch Picks!


                                                                   Size: 18 x 22 cms.
                                                                   Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                   Pen: Sailor Sapporo

I know a guy called Vonhotch....He makes guitar picks from aircraft alluminium. We agreed, I'll send him a little drawing...if he sends me a few of his fantastic guitar picks!! See his picks here!! I haven't shown him this yet...I hope he likes it! (Or its back to the old drawing board!!!!) ....It does look like him, trust me!

Edit: Quote "This is so AWESOME. I love it! Can't wait to get it. Thanks!!!!" (Vonhotch 1st Sept.2013)

That's always a relief!!!! :)

Monday, 26 August 2013

IF Rescue


                                                                   Size: 14 x 25 cms
                                                                   Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                   Pen: Lamy

Monday, 19 August 2013

IF Power

    Size: small           
                                                                   Media: Pen & Ink
      Pen: Sailor Sapporo

                                                                 Size: 10 x 8 cms                                                            
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pen: Noodlers flex        

                                                                 Size: 8 x 9cms
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pen: Hero

Size: 14 x 14cms
 Media: Pen & Ink
     Pen: Sailor Sapporo 

                                                                    Size: 14 x 12 cms
                                                                    Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                    Pen: Lamy

Some vague drawings about power. Some of this stuff was drawn whilst I sat next to a swimming pool in a small sketchbook. The power of the Spanish Sun.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Patrik Berg at GMC


                                                                Size: 13 x 18cms
                                                                Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                Pen: Sailor Sapporo

As some of you may know all ready, I love guitars and have spent a lot of my life trying to learn how to play them. To try and help my quest I go to a site called Guitar Master Class. The place is full of amazing guitar instructors (some of the World's Best) and people trying to get better like kidding, if I had a place like this to learn 23 years ago, I'd have been playing like Jimi Hendrix a lot better by now. Some of the students, are guitar teachers who teach real (non virtual) students from their own studios...anyone can improve, on anything...learning never stops.
Patrik Berg from Australia is one of those teachers, with 70 students a week, who also studies guitar at GMC. Last week, Patrik, who claimed to be drunk at the time, offered to make GMC'ers their very own personal musical 'Jingle' via the forums there. I was very quick off the mark and told Patrik that if he made me a 'Jingle', I would draw him something. My GMC member name is 'Headbanger' and he wrote this piece of music dedicated to me called ' Headbangers Unite'.  Thanks Patrik, I love it!!
My drawing for him (above) is based on his forum signature quote :  "When your fingers bleed, you're getting somewhere." ... Hahaha...somehow, I feel sorry for his students!!

Edit: 27th August 2013 ... Patrik Berg sent me this photo of him with his drawing:

Framed and ready to hang on his Guitar Classroom wall!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

IF Hybrid

                                                                    Size: 17 x 19cms
                                                                    Media: Pen & ink
                                                                    Pen: Sailor

There must be a story behind each Hybrid. How did the parents get together?... is a good question.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

IF Jungle

                                                               Size: 30 x 18 cms
                                                               Media: Pen & Ink
                                                               Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Sunday, 21 July 2013

IF Robot

                                                                Size: 21 x 30 cms
                                                                Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                Pen: Sailor Sapporo

I dedicate this to my good friend, fellow blogger and great artist Roberto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

IF Travel


                                                                  Size: 14 x 25 cms
                                                                  Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                  Pen: Lamy FP

Sunday, 7 July 2013

IF Protest

                                                                 Size: 14 x 18 cms
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Sunday, 30 June 2013

IF Equality

                                                                Size: 17 x 17cms
                                                                Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Doodlers Anonymous

The Guys over at Doodlers Anonymous wrote about my illustrations on their blog...which was very decent of them. Take a look at their site its pretty cool!!! Thanks OKAT (the founder of DA)...I'm very honoured!!

Monday, 24 June 2013

IF Surveillance


                                                                 Size: 21 x 12 cms
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pen: Rotring Artpen

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Stuff 1

                                                                Size: 15 x 11cms
                                                                Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                Pen: Sailor Sapporo

                                                                 Size: 15 x 11cms
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pen: Lamy FP

                                                                 Size: 11 x 15 cms
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pens: Gillott 404 &
                                                                 Gillott 170,dip pens


Just some stuff I have drawn in sketch books and on paper recently..I can see some characters entering my work lately and for some reason have their mouths open...It's just a phase I'm going through. More stuff soon. I hope no one gets offended at anything...but in the name of showing my personal stuff...I showed it as it was.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

IF Worn

                                                                 Size: 15 x 11cms
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pen: Lamy FP

The birth of Cyrils' first child had worn him out......This blog is definitely deteriorating quickly!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

IF Children (A Word Game)

                                                                Size: 15 x 22 cms
                                                                Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                Pen: Lamy Al Star

Children love comics. Children love it even more if you give them speech bubbles to fill in. Please feel free to print this out for your kids and let them fill in the empty speech bubbles. I would like it if you posted a link below in the comments where you uploaded the comic with words added. Please link back to this page, even from FaceBook! Adults please feel free to join in...Have fun with your work mates, slag someone off, tell someone you love them! We are all Children  at heart! The prize is taking part...everyone is a winner! This cartoon remains the copyright of Rod MacGregor under any circumstances!!

Print a larger size from here if you like: Flickr

Edit (12th June 2013): This is what Hedwig did.....I Love it Witchy woman!!!!

If anyone else posts a good one...It will go below!!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Ad Infinitum (IF Sweet)

                                                                 Size: 19 x 16 cms
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pen: Sailor Sapporo

                                                                  Size: 18 x 20cms
                                                                  Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                  Pen: Gillott 404

Friday, 31 May 2013

Dream XV

                                                                  Size: 21 x 21 cms
                                                                  Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                  Pens: Gillott 404 &
                                                                  Pentel brush pen

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Koosje Koene - Inspiration Station

Koosje Koene is an illustrator who works out of Amsterdam in Holland and has written a post about The Pen mover, aka me and my work here. She wrote some nice things about me and deserves a mention or two about her. Please have a look at her site..she is an artist of many talents and uses different media and methods each week to share her experiences with others on her blog, aptly named Koosje Koene Illustrations. She also runs an on line drawing course which can be accessed from  her blog....its called Just draw It! Thanks are a great inspiration yourself!

Koosje Koene other links.. Facebook   Flickr

Sunday, 26 May 2013

IF Tension

                                                                 Size: 14 x 36 cms
                                                                 Media: Ink, Gouache
                                                                 paint and paper on
                                                                 old cardboard
                                                                 Pens: Gillott 404 &
                                                                 Pentel waterbrush

Sunday, 19 May 2013

IF Liquid (Fluid)

                                                                Size: 36 x 23 cms
                                                                Media: Gouache , ink,
                                                                charcoal on cardboard
                                                                Pens: Markers, crayons

                                             "I see music as fluid architecture" Joni Mitchell

Edit: I thought I remembered the Illustration Friday word correctly, I even wrote it down correctly I thought...'Fluid', I wrote on my notepad. So of course I made my drawing sort of fit. The problem was that after posting this as 'IF Fluid'...I had noticed on the IF site that the word was actually Liquid....Maybe it fits better it doesn't. OK so who cares? I don't. Its a bald guitarist with a long cable where the electric signals flow down towards the amplifier like liquid......OK?? OK NOW????

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

IF Future

                                                                 Size: 14 x 11cms
                                                                 Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                 Pens: Lamy Fountain

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

IF Tribute

                                                                 Size: 13 x 16cms
                                                                 Media: Pen and Ink
                                                                 Pens: Sailor Sapporo

A Tribute to all men who carry on working when the chips are down. They triumph in the face of adversity. Well done chaps!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

IF Farewell

                                                                  Size: 19 x 20 cms
                                                                  Media: Pen & Ink
                                                                  Pen: Sailor Sapporo

Farewell Penelope Dullaghan and good luck with your new ventures...Thanks.... The Pen Mover..

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

IF Train

                                                                   Size: 14 x 24 cms
                                                                   Media: Pen and Ink
                                                                   Pen: Sailor Sapporo

These cartoons are just getting worse.....the jokes are getting worse...things can only get better in the desert.