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Artist feature – Kev Harper (Scheme Comix)

We recently put out a call for submissions from local artists, designers and other creative types to get in touch with us with examples of the work they make using the products they buy at Artstore. We have had an overwhelming response, and are happy to say without a shadow of a doubt that our city, and Scotland in general is teeming with creative talent. At Artstore we are keen to support the community, by providing great products at fair prices, a great selection of materials as well as our legendary advice and customer service.  We plan to take this a step further and feature different artists, and provide an insight into what they use to make their work and how they do it.

First up we have Comic Artist & Illustrator Kev Harper who operates under the name Scheme Comix.

His work is bold, vibrant and occasionally offensive and thought provoking, which is the remit for a fair chunk of the most famous comic artists out there. His process from sketch to final digitised artwork is interesting and he uses plenty of our lovely products along the way, so enjoy this snapshot of his workflow.

The Process

  1. I sketch out a rough idea based on the brief given to me by the client (the idea behind this was for the clients to be in a Zombie/Army of Darkness style pose). I use an A5 Seawhite Spiral Bound Sketchbook and Pilot V5 Hi-Tec Extra-Fine Point Pens which are great because the tip is hard wearing which is good because I tend to be quite heavy handed especially while sketching
  2. Once the idea has been aproved I draw the illustration out on A3 Daler Rowney Cartridge Paper (although I sometimes use Winsor and Newton Bristol Board) using a Berol Verithin Light Blue (No.7) Pencil(Available in store). I use this because although the No.7 isn’t a true non-photo blue (which are available) the pencil lines can still be removed easily using Photoshop which means no erasing over the inked lines.
  3. I then ink over the blue pencils again using the Pilot V5 which isn’t usually used for finishing but I like the rough edge it gives to the line which I think fits my style of illustration. For detailing I’ll use Staedtler Pigment Liners and Letraset Promarkers (also Sharpies) for larger black areas.
  4. After inking I’ll scan the image then clean it up and colour it in Photoshop making changes as and when the client requests it. Click Images to enlarge.

Contact The Artist

You can view Kev’s work at the Scheme Comix Deviantart page here: Scheme Comix on Deviantart
and contact him for commissions here: Scheme Comix on Facebook or by email at

To buy some of the products Kev uses simply click their name in the text above.
More brilliant local artists work coming in the next few weeks so be on the lookout!



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