Ankhou Graphic Design

Web development, graphic design, and photography by Ian Houghton, based in Revelstoke, BC.

character illustration

0 Comments | posted 28/09/09

This was an attempt at drawing an original character without reference images. I don’t know about ‘original’, but I managed to keep the referencing purely to looking up the Kanji character for ‘death’ (which my friend informs me is actually ‘dead’ – this reflects my knowledge of the Japanese language). Thanks to Avarine for mentioning […]


0 Comments | posted 25/09/09

Gunface Facegun Gunbook Killspace?

mech sketch

0 Comments | posted 24/09/09

Concept for a small scout mech, funsies. I just bought a Wacom Graphire (only small, 4″x5″) and it’s improved my workflow as well as removed a lot of frustration in colouring. The pressure sensitivity is really fun. I called it the ‘Fennec Fox’ because that was what I was trying to base the shape of […]

more photoshop watercolours

0 Comments | posted 15/09/09

I’m really enjoying this colouring technique. Lots of clipping masked layers and liberal use of brushes and textures. Original document size is 4589x7100px, ~500mb. I’ve been using the excellent free hi-res brushes available from BittBox, which you can download here for set one and here for set two. There’s also a great list of free […]

photoshop watercolours

2 Comments | posted 14/09/09

I’ve been borrowing a Wacom tablet to try some digital painting, and I’ve decided I definitely need to buy one asap. I feel like I’m a two-year-old colouring in again (subject matter & ability)! Full-size image inside the post.