Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Judge Dredd by Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is probably best known to most of us for providing the art for the first published Judge Dredd story.  
Judge Dredd was created for 2000ad in 1977 by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, but problems in pre-publication led to both creators walking out, and the first published story was written by Peter Harris and Pat Mills, and drawn by the inexperienced and young artist, Mike McMahon. Mike was chosen by Pat Mills, who was editor at the time, because he could do a passable imitation of Ezquerra's style, but the more he drew the more his own style emerged. Before long he became one of the character's most regular artists.
Mike has also provided art for characters such as Sláine and ABC Warriors, and the mini-series The Last American.

Thanks to Jonathan for this.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Sláine by Mike Collins

Mike Collins is a comic book artist and writer, from Wales. In the mid to late 1980's, Mike both wrote and drew strips for the UK division of Marvel Comics, including Spider-Man, Transformers, Dr. Who and Zoids. He also worked for 2000ad drawing Judge Dredd, Sláine and Rogue Trooper, as well as writing several Future Shocks
In 2001 Mick wrote and designed the first ever Welsh language graphic novel Mabinogi in association with Cartwyn Cymru.

Thanks to Dave Evans for sending me this.

Judge Anderson by Brian Bolland and Gary Martin

Judge Anderson sketch, with original pencils by Brian Bolland  and inks by Gary Martin, who also expanded on the sketch. 

Thanks to Matthew Ellis for sending me this sketch. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Nort AtmoCraft by Cam Kennedy

Campbell "Cam" Kennedy is a Scottish artist who is best known for his work on Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper and the Star Wars spin-off, Dark Empire. His work is very recognisable because of its gritty, energetic and raw look. Following work in commercial art in Glasgow, Cam went freelance and worked as an illustrator on D.C. Thomson's Commando, between 1967 and 1972, before leaving comics to become a professional fine artist. In 1978 he was lured back to comics again, beginning by drawing the Fighting Mann in Battle. As Battle started to wind down, Kennedy started to work for 2000ad. 

Cam was instrumental in the creation of several well-known stories and characters for 2000ad. These included the V.C.s, Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper. John Wagner has also written several stories about Kenny Who?, a  character based on Cam and his early problems getting work in America. 
In America, Kennedy started to work with Tom Veitch, producing the creator owned Vietnam War inspired science fiction fantasy, The Light and Darkness War. This led to the pair working on a Star Wars spin-off, Dark Empire for Dark Horse Comics. Cam has also worked on other Star Wars comics, including a few Boba Fett stories with writer John Wagner. 

Thanks very much to, Paul Glasswell for sending me this sketch. Paul also said "The Cam Kennedy one was done in the pub at Moniaive.  I just left my sketch book and pens and pencils on the table and Cam couldn’t resist. I had a huge grin on my face when I opened the book to reveal it in it’s full glory.  Let’s face it, it isn’t a sketch, it’s a piece of full comic art."

Judge Anderson by Dylan Teague

Thanks to John Burdis for allowing me to use this sketch. 

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Marshal Law by Dylan Teague

Thanks to Strontium71 for allowing me to use this sketch.

Judge Anderson by Dylan Teague

Thanks to Strontium71 for allowing me to use this sketch.

Johnny Alpha by Dylan Teague

Thanks to Strontium71 for allowing me to use this sketch.

Thermozero Comics Cover by David Daza

I knew it's usually Pete Wells who dose the covers on his blog, but I recently received an email from David Daza, a Spanish artist, who was commissioned to do a cover for the first issue of  Thermozero Comics and I taught some of ye might be interested. The new magazine features an interview Carlos Ezquerra in its first issue and David was asked to draw some of his characters for the cover, he happily accepted as he taught it would be a perfect opportunity to draw Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson. So lets see how he got to the final cover.
The initial layout and design.

The pencils and we can start to see the cover taking shape.

The strong inks and the cover is nearly finished just requiring some colour.

The cover is now finished. 

Thanks very much, David, for the email and allowing me to post it on the blog.  

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Finnigan Sinister by Simon Davis

Thanks to Dave Evans for e-mailing me this sketch.

Sinister Dexter by Simon Davis

Thanks to John Burdis for allowing me to use this sketch. 

Judge Dredd by Simon Davis

Simon Davis is a comic artist best known for his fully painted art work on Sinester Dexter, Black Siddha and Stone Island. However, he is also a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and has produced prize-winning art. After graduating from Swindon Collage of Art in 1988, Simon worked as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator of books and magazines for the next five years before moving into comics work in 1993. 
Since starting in comics, Davis has largely worked for 2000ad and has been a major contributor to Sinister Dexter. He painted the its first full-length story, Gunshark Vacation, which was described by the then editor David Bishop as a big fat hit. He has also been the co-creator on several recent stories including Ampney Crucis Investigates, Black Siddha and Stone Island. 

Thanks to John Burdis for allowing me to use this sketch. 

Judge Dredd by Boo Cook

Thanks to John Burdis for allowing me to use this sketch. 

Asylum by Boo Cook

Thanks to Dave Evans for e-mailing me this sketch.

Judge Hershey by Boo Cook

Thanks to Eric Moore for e-mailing this to me.

Judge Dredd by Boo Cook

Boo Cook is an artist who's work has been seen in 2000ad, Elephantmen and the X-Men spin-off X-Factor. He began working for 2000ad in 2000 providing artwork for several Future Shocks. Since then Boo's art has appeared in ABC Warriors, Judge Dredd and Damnation Station. He has also co-created several characters  including Harry Kipling and Asylum. He has recently become the regular artist for Judge Anderson in the Judge Dredd: The Megazine. 

Thanks to John Burdis for allowing me to use this sketch. 

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Judge Guthrie by PJ Holden

Thanks to John Burdis for letting me use this sketch.

Zenith by PJ Holden

Paul Jason Holden is a Northern Ireland artist from Belfast. He started working for 2000AD in 2001 with the Judge Dredd story Sino-Cit and has been working professionally for them since. This work has included further Judge Dredd stories and the main artist on The 86ers, taking over for Karl Richardson on the third instalment of the first story. His currently has a creator-owned series, Numbercruncher, with writer Si Spurrierappearing in the Judge Dredd Megazine.
PJ got his break into the American comic book market with the Image Comics, mini-series Fearless, which he co-created with writers Mark Sable and Dave Roth in 2007. He has recently drawn the three issue story Happy Valley, about an Australian RAF bomber crew in 1942, in Garth Ennis' Battlefields series for Dynamite Entertainment.

Thanks to Matthew Ellis for e-mailing me this sketch.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Joe Pineapples by Kev Walker

Thanks to Eric Moore for e-mailing this to me.

Hammerstein by Kev Walker

Kev Walker is an artist and illustrator, who started work on 2000ad, but now works primarily  for Marvel Comics. Kev's career began in 1987 working on Future Shocks for 2000 AD, and this was followed up with work on some of the most popular stories in 2000ad, including Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, ABC Warriors and Judge Anderson. Originally known for a glossy, painted style and the fine detail of his inked work, he has since changed the way he works, using a high contrast black line style with heavy shadows coupled with flat computer colouring. 
From 2002 onwards Kev has largely worked for Marvel comics including the third and forth books in the Marvel Zombies series and the Thunderbolts. But during this time he also found time to work on several Judge Dredd stories including the excellent Mandroid. 

Thanks to Eric Moore for e-mailing this to me.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Cannon Fodder by Chris Weston

Thanks to chiefy2shoes from the forum for letting me use this.

Tomás de Torquemada by Chris Weston

Having started drawing for 2000ad in 1988 doing Future Shock and an occasional Dredd, Chris Weston really got peoples attention when he teamed up with, John Smith, this was where his artwork developed a much weirder style. There  teamwork culminated in the ten-part Indigo Prime story, Killing Time, which has gone done as one of the all time best stories in 2000ad. After this he worked with  Mark Millar for the much underrated Canon Fodder story. From this partnership, Mark went on to champion his artwork and introduced him to the editors at D.C. 

Chris has since gone on to work on The Invisibles, Starman, JLA Lucifer and The Authority. He has also worked on the film Book of Eli where he provided the story-boards for the film.

Thanks to Eric  Moore for e-mailing this to me.

Judge Dredd by Charlie Adlard

Thanks to John Burdis for providing this sketch. 

Judge Hershey by Charlie Adlard

Thanks to Eric  Moore for e-mailing this to me. 

Judge Anderson by Charlie Adlard

Another fantastic Judge Anderson by Charlie Adlard.

Judge Anderson by Charlie Adlard

Charlie Adlard is an artist and pencilled who started working for 2000 AD with the series Armitage. At this time his artwork was fully painted, but he has evolved over time to the point where his most recent work uses large blocks of black ink on the page to create bold shadow effects and thus makes his work very distinctive. Charlie also worked on series including Judge Dredd, Nikolai Dante, Rogue Trooper and most most notably Savage for 2000ad.

Most people will recognise him from his work on The Walking Dead. In 2004 he replaced the original artist Tony Moore and together with the writer Robert Kirkman, they have had one of the longest and most successful uninterrupted runs in modern comics.

Thanks to John Burdis for providing me with the sketch. 

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Judge Beeny by Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren has done lots of work for several of the British small press comics, especially Dogbreath and Something Wicked.

Orlok by Bolt-01

Thanks to John Burdis for allowing me to use this.

Orlok by Bolt-01

Bolt-01, aka. Dave Evans, is a very talented writer, artist, letterer and editor. He is responsible for FutureQuake, Dogbreath, Zarjaz and Something Wicked, all of which are fantastic. 

Mechanismo by Kevin Levell

Thanks once again to, John Burdis for sending me this. 

Fink Angel by Kevin Levell

Thanks to John Burdis for letting me use this sketch. 

Galen DeMarco by Kevin Levell

Kevin Levell is a freelance illustrator, comic artist and designer. His work has been seen in SciFi Art Now and the Strontium Dog fanzine, Dogbreath, in which he illustrated the Origin story for Wulf Sternhammer in a story called Teen Wulf.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Judge Burdis by Colin MacNeil

Thanks to John Burdis for sending me the sketch.

Judge Dredd by Colin MacNeil

Thanks to John Burdis for sending me the sketch.

Judge Dredd by Steve Yeowell

Thanks to John Burdis for sending me the sketch.

Zenith by Steve Yeowell

Steve Yeowell began drawing comics purely for pleasure and had no  intention of becoming a professional artist. But, after showing his portfolio to Bryan Talbot, he quickly found himself given work by Swiftsure. This resulted in him working with Grant Morrison, who then picked Yeowell to be the sole artist on his new superhero strip Zenith. Zenith started in 2000 AD in 1987 and became extremely popular, running to four full-length series. 

Yeowell's work is noted for delicate penmanship and lifelike facial expressions, with a notable economy of style that means that his work suits both colour and monochrome treatment.

Thanks to Dave Evans for sending me the sketch.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Mayor Ambrose/PJ Maybe by John Higgins

Judge Dredd by John Higgins

Thanks to Jonathan for this.

Judge Dredd by John Higgins

John Higgins is an English artistwriter and colourist, who is probably best known for his colouring work on Watchman and Killing Joke. His first work for 2000ad was providing a cover to prog. 43 and soon after he started getting regular work in 2000ad. He has continued to provide work for 2000ad, Judge Dredd in particular. Letter From a Democrat, Johns second Dredd story, for 2000ad is still possibly the most important one parter in Dredds history. Most recently John has created, written and illustrated Razorjack, which was originally supposed to be part of  Higgins' self-published anthology comic Razorjack, but ended up being published by Com.x as a two-issue comic.

This sketch is provided by John Burdis.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Purity Brown by Bryan Talbot

Another fantastic sketch sent to me by Dave Evans from 1988 when he worked at Odyssey 7.

Hammerstein by Bryan Talbot

Dave Evans sent me this amazing Hammerstein by Bryan Talbot which he got in 1988 when he worked at Odyssey 7.

Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot

Bryan Talbot is considered to be the "godfather" of modern British underground comics and is probably best known for The Adventures of Luther Arkwright which was one of the first British graphic novels. He started working for 2000AD in 1983, for which he produced three books of the Nemesis the Warlock with Pat Mills. He will be soon be returning to the pages of  2000ad with a new Dredd story digitally inked and painted by his son, Alwyn Talbot and written by Michael Carroll.
Eric Moore provided this sketch of Luther Arkwright his favourite character of Bryan's work.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Johnny Alpha by Carlos Ezquerra

Another Johnny Alpha by Carlos Ezquerra.

Thanks to Eric "Mangamax"  Moore for e-mailing this to me. 

Johnny Alpha by Carlos Ezquerra

Carlos Ezquerra is Spanish comics artist who works mainly in British comics and is responsible for some of the most important characters in the history of 2000ad. Not only is he the co-creator of both Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, he has also provided work for Just a Pilgrim, Preacher and The Boys. Carlos is currently recovering from having a cancerous  lung removed and chemotherapy, but this has by no means  stopped him working. 

Thanks to Dave "Bolt-01" Evans for sending me the sketch which he got at the 2003 Dreddcon.