It’s great to see how much detail you put in at this stage, Mike. I recently read HOWLER (I’d seen part of it before…and also here). It’s simply brilliant. Knowing how your style has evolved over the years makes HOWLER quite a treat for the eye. I don’t know how you did the colouring but I really liked the slightly bruised or mottled appearance. I’m imagining you laid down darker tones that you then followed with lighter tonal -…oh hell knows..however you arrived at it, the end result is pure quality.
Not a bad guess, Stewart. I coloured the Howler with Pantone markers on cartridge paper. I’d go over the whole page with a dark blue/grey, then repeat with beige/stone. The beige/stone marker was one that leaked a lot of spirit and therefore lightened up and marbled the blue/grey base colour. This meant that all the subsequent colouring had this marbled texture. Finally, some Titanium White gouache for highlights and cleaning the edges. Not a recommended method due to the cost of the markers, especially nowadays when they could be as much as ten per cent of the page rate.
Wonderful to see more of these Dredd pencils, Mick. I’m extremely happy with the figure I picked up from you the other week, and even though all these are great, mine’s best! Hah! Amazingly detailed and precise pencils; a real joy to behold…
Thanks for explaining the process on Howler – and what a process! I don’t use markers at all but with HOWLER I would have guessed the colouring was all paint work. I did work with markers in the 80’s, I had a set of very expensive brush pens that I used to paint on reprographic paper. They were really good actually. But expensive and as you rightly put it – you have to have one eye on the % at all times !…BTW I hope these Dredd’s are a sign we’ll see you working on more of those stories at some point!