No, I can’t tell the difference either

1 February 2013

I’ve been asked more than a few times to draw in one of my old styles but have always reckoned that it couldn’t be done. And going by this drawing I was right!
This was supposed to look like my Dredd art from the Judge Child serial, but it still looks the same as my recent Dredd posts. Hopeless.

Dredd_Old

11 Responses to “No, I can’t tell the difference either”


  1. ‘Gaze into the really, really wee fist of…etc’ Great stuff.

  2. David Rees Says:

    Well, as I learned from Father Ted, there’s ‘small’ and ‘far away’ :-) Maybe that fist will look a lot bigger when connected with the head of a perp…

    I can appreciate people wanting you to mimic your style from a particular period, but one of the things I most appreciate about your artwork is that it never sits still for too long. For me, your constantly evolving style is one of the artistic wonders of the world (along with the workings of the brains of Brendan McCarthy and Henry Flint).

  3. Iain Says:

    Yet another superb commission. These are ALL looking just incredible, Mick.

  4. Timothy Keable Says:

    It just shows there’s no going back! Beautiful though….


  5. I agree with David. Your style is always evolving, that’s what’s so interesting about it. I love how much your style has changed from your early ‘Carlos impression’ Dredd strips. It’s actually quite tricky to say how many different versions of him you’ve drawn. 3? …4? To be honest I’m not too keen on the more simplistic geometric ones (but hey,what do I know?) but your most recent Commission Dredd pictures are indeed very fine pieces. I love the scratchy linework and the dynamic bold blacks.

  6. Ian Fleming Says:

    Mike, when I think of your “style” my brain always defaults to your work on The Last American. I can’t help it, but I do.

  7. Alfie Says:

    The past is another country and all that, great pieces coming through


  8. I too agree with David Rees. I remember a lad at school piping up ‘The huge feet and hands’ when your name came up. That’s one reason I like the small hands now, you are going with the flow….and that morphic anatomy is just a blast. As far as I can tell it’s quite uncommon for an editorial dept to allow too much variation in treatment of a character between artists. They will show an artist an acceptable style and expect them to match it (as with yourself and Carlos Ezquerra on Prog 2). Not sure if it was intentional or just out of their control, but 2000AD hosted so many variations on the theme that it resulted in a much more entertaining collection. More importantly the constant comparison and contrast has probably broadened a number of young minds on the many approaches an artist can take. That freedom to be restless and find new ways is its energy. Personally thought Howler brilliant. But then I once tried a wild new technique on a client and was promptly told to xxxx xxx….so I’m perhaps not the best judge….yes, the ‘past is another country’ best not to go there, besides, who’s got the air miles?


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