Thursday, 15 October 2009

Green Lantern, Magneto

I'm a massive fan of comics, especially anything superhero related by Stan Lee, Alan Moore, Alex Ross and many many others. I have a real soft spot for heroes wearing the costumes they are famous for, I'm not keen on the 'Matrix-ising' of everyone into boring black leather/ PVC outfits (yes, X-Men, I'm talking about you) - yawn!

I've always liked Magnetos purple and red costume, it's so ridiculous for a man planning to rule the world... and yet it always looked really cool - the studs on his shoulders, holes in his gloves and boots and that spikey helmet, so silly yet sooooo cool.

So I tried rendering him out in a realistic manner using 3DSMax and Photoshop - here was the result:

I think he looks great, I certainly wouldn't mess with him.

The Green Lantern is a character I've been getting back into recently - before all the 'Blackest Night' and Green Lantern movie stuff kicked off - I liked the idea of an interplanetary police force staffed by a variety of aliens, I'm a sci-fi fan at heart, after all!

Here's the Green Lantern in a realistic style:

I think these characters hold up really well when interpreted literally into a realistic style, if only Hollywood thought the same. They could always use me to develop projects for them ;)

I take some of that back - some films stay faithful to their source, cases in point: Superman (1978), Batman Begins (2005), Spider Man (2002) and Iron Man (2007) - some of the best and most fun superhero films I've seen (and they're all called ---man, weird).

Zarjaz #7: Return of the Visible Man

Here's a fun little gag strip that was published in Zarjaz #7 called 'Return of the Visible Man', written by Al Ewing with art and lettering by me:

It's based on the classic/ old (depending on your point of view) 2000AD strip called, obviously, 'The Visible Man' by Pat Mills and Trigo/ Montero. To get the full lettered version, you'll have to buy yourself a good old copy of Zarjaz #7.

Pencilled in Photoshop and inked in Manga Studio.

Marvelman 2009

Here's a portfolio piece of Marvelman, a character who, by rights of being un-reprinted for so long has gained something of mythological status for comic fans - I wanted to make him more athletic (think Michael Phelps) than the usual beefcake heroes (Wolverine/ Superman) you find in all the regular books:

Also, I'm a huuuuge fan of old sci-fi posters, a great example being Bob Peaks' Star Trek: The Motion Picture - which ticks all the boxes for me: colour, layout and exciting content - it's a pity the film didn't live up to the posters promise:

I was trying to go for that kind of retro, epic-vibe with a hint of the modern. Although trying to make Marvelmans crazy quiff look acceptable was the hardest part.

2000AD Cover: Prog 1656

Hello All!

Heres' the cover from the recent issue of 2000AD (Prog 1656) - "Morked for Death" of Johnny Alpha (Strontium Dogs) riding on a Mork:

It was a childhood dream come true to be on the cover of the Galaxies Greatest Comic™. I've got a 2000AD Dredd cover coming out in the next few weeks so I'm really looking forward to that!

2000AD sample

Here's a sample script I completed for Tharg at 2000AD. With this strip I was going for a more linear approach so it could be coloured at some point. Here we are:

Tharg seemed to like it, making comparisons with the sublime Mike Austin in terms of drawing style. Here's hoping a suitable script comes Thargs' way and I can get inside the pages of 2000AD!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Judge Dredd Megazine 288

Here's my painted cover from the Judge Dredd Megazine 288:

It was completed in 3DSMax and Photoshop. It was great using such bold colours - I'm a real stickler for the four-colour days; I love comics that are gaudy, well written, well drawn and exciting, the subject matter doesn't really matter so much.

My inner fanboy was totally freaking out when I saw this on the shelves in my local newsagents!

Murky Depths: Finger

Here's a strip I've recently completed for Terry Martin at the superb Murky Depths, it's called 'Finger' and is written by Lavie Tidhar:

The art and lettering was done in Photoshop and Manga Studio, with loads of period costume reference to get the details as accurate as possible.

To get the full lettered version, you'll have to keep an eye out for a future copy of Murky Depths.

Lavie and I had such a blast on this we're developing a piece which, for me, covers all bases. Exciting times...!

Kneel, Robots!

This is the first post where I'll be blogging any comic, pen and ink and other miscellaneous work I do, some of it you might have seen before, some you might not. Feel free to leave comments.

Here's a few pages from an old strip for Zarjaz (the tremendous 2000AD fanzine), written by Kevin McHugh, art and lettering by me:

Art and lettering done in Photoshop and Manga Studio. For the final lettered version, you'll have to buy Zarjaz #6, Vol. 2 from the lovely people at Futurequake.