My latest big project due out on 29th June is DR WHO MYTHS @ LEGENDS. 14 stories by author Richard Dinnick accompanied by 28 b/w illustrations I drew. I can't show any of them yet but here's the cover produced by the cover artist. https://richarddinnick.com/2017/03/29/my-new-doctor-who-book-myths-legends-announced-by-bbc/#prettyPhoto
Sunday 19 March 2017
It isn't hyperbole when I say that without seeing Bernie Wrightson's art at age 14 I wouldn't be doing what I do. I absolutely wanted to be Berni ( which is how he spelt his name back then so as not to be confused with Bernie Wrightson the American swimmer). I yearned to draw exactly like him before I'd heard of Graham Ingels who was perhaps his biggest influence with Frazetta.My very first comic strips were rawly drawn tales of terror in my approximation of his style and I loved trying to be him.They say you shouldn't meet your heroes and I never did . My heart and condolences go out to his family - God knows what they must be feeling today.
Tuesday 7 March 2017
All my textured paintings lead back to my 2005 graphic novel called THE FACELESS : A Terry Sharp Story. I re-invented myself into a moody colour artist that the book required. The offshoot was various commissions in the same popular style. Here's one that ran in the Judge Dredd Megazine. Written by Dr Who comics writer Cavan Scott it tells the story of illegal werewolf fights! I've included the initial pencil drawing that acted as the framework for the colour lychanthro-technics!
The Jeffery Jones Sketchbook arrived this morning. For some reason I was expecting a bigger book but this is about A4 and exactly the size it should be. It's chock full of sketches in pencil and ink printed on a delicate paper stock but what delighted me also was the continuing monologue between Jones and George Pratt throughout the book talking about their journey in art and painting. Frankly I'd of been happy with a book full of pretty pictures but this is so much better! I want to read this in sequence but can't help reading snippets and it's GOLD I tell you!
Monday 6 March 2017
Today I received a copy of the BOYS' WORLD 1964 Annual which to my surprise and utter delight included illustrations by the great Charles Keeping for a story called BEEN FISHING. Keeping is best known for his book illustrations so to find an illustrator of this pedigree in a boys yearly annual was unexpected. For your enjoyment I've scanned them and the cover should you wish to get one yourself. Also for comic art fans there is a comic strip by Brian Lewis and other illustrated features. Christmas 1964 must of been a visual feast for BOYS' WORLD fans!