When I shared a studio with Dave Gibbons he was of the opinion that, as regards my attitude to my own work, I was either at the top of the dung heap or right at the very bottom. Sadly true, and this Angel gang cover for the Megazine is a perfect example.
In my own defence I should point out that I did this right after parting company with the games industry, and was feeling a tad apprehensive.
This is the first rough I did for the cover. I can’t remember why I discarded it, looks much better than what I went with I think, but, true to form, I know that the first idea can’t possibly be any good.
On I went, and this seemed to fit the bill. No Pa Angel of course, so…
…in he goes, and I remember being very pleased with, it seemed so much better than I’d hoped. Bloody brilliant, actually!
The next step is the pencil drawing, which will be scanned and messed about with so I don’t have to ink it, which I think will save time.
I draw it in bits and assemble it in Photoshop. Obviously the idea that not inking it saves time is ludicrous as a whole other layer of nonsense takes its place.
So here are the finished pencils and even though they have departed somewhat from the rough I remember thinking ‘Oh, it’ll be alright. Still looking good!’
But as I was doing the colouring it became more and more apparent that I’d lost whatever it was that had made the rough so pleasing to my eye. That ghastly background colour thingy. The general rubbishness of almost all of it, so depressing. The only bit I now liked was Pa’s bit of string – any port in a storm!
It’s now a salvage job. Maybe a new head for Pa will make everything alright.
But it didn’t.