The only compensation I can think of in this sad situation is that he started so well so young that even at his untimely death of 54 he'd produced an incredible body of work already for generations to read and admire. For me particularly his first 10 years were his best before he swapped his brush for a pen and started paring things down - no doubt in response to increasing deadline pressure. He was a heavy drinker and smoker which is never a good combination for such a sendentary career as drawing comics. His work never struck me as artistically pretentious or particularly interested in art with a capital A.He drew in an uncomplicated natural way - telling stories clearly but with plenty of gusto and drama that appealed directly to the common man which I think was ultimately his secret of success. Everybody loved Steve Dillon and that's a rare thing for an artist.I'm glad that I saw his work when I did as it directed my path probably more than I've acknowledged before. Death brings thoughts to the fore quite acutely.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
I was invited to contribute a back cover for the latest issue of that august Hammer film journal LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS #37 out at Halloween 2016. Roy Skeggs who produced the Hammer television series Hammer House of Horror is one of the interviewees in the issue so I chose to paint an image based on my favourite episode The Carpathian Eagle which starred the lovely Suzanne Danielle. She plays a serial killer writer who takes on the persona of various murderers and in this case a legendary Carpathian Countess. She then lures men to their doom tearing out their hearts!
Monday, 18 July 2016
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Artist and top 50 DWM cover finalist.
The Cybermen team reunited!
" How long has it been?"
Cartoonist Lew Stringer ( left) and Writer/Editor Scott Gray (right).
DWM editor Tom Spilsbury accepts the Guinness Book of Records award for DWM - longest running tv tie-in magazine!
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
I'll be attending as a guest but won't be there until 2.00 PM and will be on a Dr Who comics panel at 3.30 PM. Come along and see me at my table if you can - I'll have artwork etc for sale too! https://lancastercomicsday.wordpress.com/lancaster-comics-day-2016-guests/comic-artistadrian-salmon/