Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Jessica Rabbit - Partially-Inked Pencils

And here is a Jessica Rabbit for the same daily sketch challenge. I've been enjoying the @Sketch_Dailies twitter community a lot lately (tonnes of great artists who post work there), and I probably just got too ambitious on this one. Instead of a sketch, I started to draw a fully illustrated scene with a detailed background and everything. So I didn't get it finished by the time they'd posted the next challenge. That's okay, though, it means I can now take my time on it. And I can also post it in stages, so you can see some work as it progresses. Will probably post it again when I've finished inking.


Here's another attempt at one of the @Sketch_Dailies challenges. This time the subject posed was 'centaur'. As in the centaur of the universe.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014


Yesterday I discovered this Twitter account, @Sketch_Dailies, which is sort of like the Mystery Cave in that they feature different artists' takes on established pop culture characters.

I've always loved seeing various interpretations of the same subject matter, and the artists submitting to the Sketches Daily challenge seemed to be creating some totally amazing sketches. And they were putting drawings together quickly, too, which I also really admire.

I definitely found it inspiring so I thought that I might try to participate in today's Sketches Daily challenge, whatever the character was to be. As it turned out, it was Cleopatra (seen above).

If you draw or paint, maybe you might like to try it too? Just find @Sketch_Dailies on Twitter, find out the current theme and submit a drawing.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

January Santa!

My response to Henry's wicked awesome Iron Santa (see below). I imagine that, right about now, Santa is probably struggling with that same January feeling that a lot of us get when the winter weather has lost its Christmas magic. Let it snow? No, no - let it go, let it go, let it go.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Lord Vader 1.0 work in progress...

Hey Niall... I final work up the courage to answer the call... yes! it was him......
It looks like they are still "working " on him though : )

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Night Caller

Let's get this cave going again! If you'd like to see a Darth Vader from Henry, please go to his Facebook page and request - nay, DEMAND - a Mystery Cave Vader. 

The Mystery Cave needs your help!

Thank you,


Sunday, 10 March 2013


So, late last year, Henry and I kicked off The Mystery Cave as a fun challenge to ourselves and to each other, and, so far, we've had a blast posting various parodies, tributes and re-designs of various pop culture icons who have inspired us as artists. This year, however (2013), it has been a bit difficult to maintain a regular posting schedule with the Cave (work projects and other life commitments have to come first after all). But the thing is: we love doing this stuff and all these characters certainly do mean a lot to us, so we wanted to find a way to keep it going.

Here's the solution we've come up with: instead of waiting for each other to have finished a week's specified character before we post them on the blog together, we can now post ANY character we choose, any TIME we choose. The main idea is that the characters we post are intended as challenges to the other artist. For example... Henry, here's a new post: VADER.

That's LORD Vader to you.

Now, will Henry take up the challenge and show us his interpretation of the same character, or decide that Vader's just not his cup of tea (but I KNOW it's your cup of tea, Henry) and opt to post something else that's totally unrelated? OR... perhaps, y'know, he'll post NOTHING... letting us all down, letting the Mystery Cave down, letting himself down... Which way will it go? I guess we'll see!

Fingers crossed, everyone. Here's hoping the spirit of friendly competition will be the engine that kickstarts The Mystery Cave and keeps it going in 2013!

Vader, Henry. Vader.

Sunday, 16 December 2012


Roy's End

I love his speech, it could easily spin off to another cool film.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. [pause] Time to die." Roy Batty

Saturday, 8 December 2012


Bilbo Baggins

Who's planning on taking a hike through Middle Earth this week? I can recommend a good B & B near Mirkwood. Be sure to pack plenty of provisions -  and don't forget your hat, walking stick or money!

(Thanks to Sarah K for the idea of drawing Bilbo by NOT drawing Bilbo, and for linking me to the Hobbit soundtrack this week. It certainly stirred something Tookish inside me.)

Friday, 23 November 2012

Quick Sketch Challenge - Golden Girls

Quick Sketch Challenge - Golden Girls feat. Sophia

Mystery Cave Quick Sketch Challenge

Something new for The Mystery Cave and we need YOUR help to make it work!

Henry and I have been having a blast each week drawing characters that we think are cool or fun to interpret and we definitely thank you for taking the time to check them out. However, we also wanted to find a way to sometimes work in some characters that YOU would like to see drawn. So we've come up with The Mystery Cave Quick Sketch Challenge.

It's simply a one-hour sketch-off between Henry and me (Niall) with the character suggestion coming from someone other than ourselves. We're still going to be doing our more involved illustrations for the Cave, but from time to we'll thrown in one of these Quick Sketch Challenges. It's a way for us to challenge ourselves (and each other) and for you to be involved in helping us choose a character to draw.

We're going to be doing the first Quick Sketch Challenge tonight: Friday, November 23, 2012  at 11pm. If you have a (fairly) well-known pop culture character in mind that you'd like to see us interpret, well, all you have to do is be the first person to leave your character suggestion as a comment on THIS post, here on the Mystery Cave blog (NOT Facebook), timestamped 11:00pm tonight or after, and we'll try to draw the character you've chosen. Our posts will go up by 12:00am. If either of us go past that deadline, well, that will simply be an excruciatingly heavy and infinitely embarrassing burden of shame for that artist to bear.

Well? Are you up for it? If so, see you tonight at 11pm!

Niall and Henry