Just nicked this from Drokk and Stomm.
I have no memory of drawing this at all, which is all the more annoying because I like it a lot, especially Ratty’s tail.
I’m assuming the background was originally white, which I’m sure wouldn’t work half as well as that creamy weathered look.
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Just nicked this from Drokk and Stomm.
Believe it or not, I have a link with Jim Lee! This is a trading card I drew for the first Gen¹³ set. Still not sure why they asked me, I would have thought that my work at the time would have been totally at odds with the Wildstorm universe.
I was underwhelmed by the result, and still am. Once again the expression ‘he says it, but he doesn’t mean it’ comes to mind. And thinking about it now, it does seem unfair that I should get this job instead of the artists who worked on these characters at the coal face. But the money…
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…
Outbreaks of Violets was the title of the 1995 MTV Music Awards booklet, a beautifully designed package from Rian Hughes. I was invited to contribute to a collection of one page strips which would be linked by the theme of kindness.
The result confirmed for me that a writer I was not, but it does have a nice shot of our old watering can. Not sure why I signed it, I’ve never liked it – must have been a temporary delusion of grandeur, what with mixing with some of the best artists in Europe and the MTV thing.
There was a set of postcards that was also part of this booklet, written by Alan Moore. At some point I’ll dig out the postcard that I drew, my only collaboration with the great man.
I’ve had to scan this from a print, the original was loaned to an exhibition and never seen again, certainly not by me anyway. But probably for the best.
This page is the only piece of original art I still have from The Last American series. I’ve held on to it as it was the page I was drawing when me and my wife got together. Bizarrely, it is also the page where Pilgrim meets his future wife. Never been sure who to get in touch with, the Fortean Times or Danny Baker.
Not a great page – two of the panels feature bicycles (my bête noire), and there is a terrible piece of bodging in the fourth panel, not to mention the unfortunate colour scheme I used for the flashback scenes which turns up in panel two. Panel five is almost good, I’m still impressed with the perspective on Pilgrim’s legs, but the red sky colour being misapplied to a rock rather takes the shine off it.
But out of all the pages I’ve drawn it’s still my favourite.
I’d always liked the Alien Legion comics, I’d been especially taken with the logo, and in 1992 was delighted to accept Carl Potts kind offer when he asked me to draw this one-off book, to be scripted by Chuck Dixon.
I struggled a bit early on with the regular characters but once the story left them behind I was in hog heaven, so much so that I wasn’t too disappointed that they didn’t use the regular logo.
Usually my forays into American publishing have sunk without trace, but this one did at least come up for air once when it was reprinted a few years later. I even received a royalty cheque – I think it just about stretched to going out for a curry.
A slight regret I have about work from this period is having that thick black line separating the panels, which can make things a tad confusing on occasion. I’d like to be able to claim that there was some high falutin’ reason but it was actually to save me time – you can see on these pages that I’ve gone around the outside of the art with white paint, this was to clean up where the pantone markers have bled beyond the line. This task, though initially mindless and relaxing, would soon have become more than tedious if I’d used regular panel borders.
The pen lines all being the same weight doesn’t look too clever now, either. In fact, now I come to think about it, it’s all a bit rubbish really. Especially those pointy feet, not sure what was going on there. Still like the colouring though.
Drawing speed lines and the like has never been my forté, so you would imagine that this might have been a drawback when I had a turn at drawing the lead strip in Sonic the Comic. And you’d be right!
As well as drawing a lot of strip pages for Sonic I also drew quite a lot of covers. A fair few of these covers were painted by John Burns Jr over my pencil drawing, but here is a selection of those I inked and coloured myself.
Covers are generally much better paid and a lot less work than strip pages. This is fine if you get to do the covers that go with your strip, but can be a tad harsh if the assignment goes to another artist, especially if that artist merely lifts a scene from your strip. Grrrrr…