Posts Tagged ‘ABC Warriors’
I’ve just finished this commission of General Blackblood.
When I started working on it I had to do an image search to remind myself of what he looked like – I had a fair idea but I needed to check the details (well, it was a long time ago) – and a cover image came up that reminded me of just how fallible we are.
When I was a regular on 2000AD I got to draw quite a few covers. Sometimes I would be supplied with a rough and at other times I would be left to my own devices, but on one occasion I was invited to the office for a meeting to discuss a cover that would feature General Blackblood.
I had already drawn the ABC Warriors episode in question so, nothing loathe, and despite the fact that I would lose half a day’s work and have to pay train fare to boot, but also feeling excited and flattered, along I went.
Well, we all said our piece, a conclusion was reached, and we all went off to do our various bits.
And here it is, and a right dog’s breakfast we made of it and no mistake. There’s far too much going on, and it’s made even worse by the individual elements being so clumsy – there’s me using Pantone markers on Bristol Board and coming unstuck, and compounding the error with all that pink, then we have those horrible pasted in floating ABC Warriors (one of which isn’t even the right one), that gigantic topline, and the shoehorned logo.
They certainly don’t make ‘em like that anymore…
I’ve just mailed this rough for a commission off to a client, I’m quite pleased with it (so far).
The last time I drew Blackblood was in 2001, but my most vivid memories of the character go back to the first time I drew him, in 1979, a full colour headshot for the cover of Prog 125. The ABC Warriors were my first experience of producing full colour art and I remember wrestling with markers and gouache, trying to get them to work on Bristol Board, that most unsuitable of surfaces.
Here are a couple of pages from an ABC Warriors story I drew ten years ago. Around this period these characters were usually being drawn by the genius that is Henry Flint, but luckily for me I was unaware of what he’d done with the strip and so I was able to tell myself I was doing a pretty good job.
By this time I was using Photoshop and thought I’d hit on a plan that would finally end the tyranny of the blank sheet of paper – I’d do the inking on printouts of the pencils, if I made a mistake I’d just print it out again.
What could possibly go wrong…
I love Joe Pineapples, a real pleasure to draw. Wonderful piece of character design by Kev O’Neill.