Thursday, 30 September 2010

Match me, Sydney

Sean Phillips pays tribute to Tony Curtis, who passed away yesterday aged 85.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

David Jablow

Here's a fabulous little project that's worth keeping an eye on. David Jablow is endeavouring to fill all 38 sheets of a 1960's doodle pad which features the same image of a partially drawn woman. Here's a small sample of some of David's inventive scenarios, you can catch up with the rest over on Flickr.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Bruce White

When I was a lad the only expanded Star Wars Universe I had was a dog-eared copy of 'Splinter', the Marvel UK weekly and the adventures of a puny collection of action figures that lived in a cardboard Death Star. North Carolina based artist Bruce White perfectly captures the nostalgia for those stiff-limbed lumps of plastic with these portraits in acrylic on black velvet.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Currently Reading

And finally, the most recent edition features this lovely design by Shannon Freshwater.

via flickr - here, here & here

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Ben LaFond & Dan Black

I've been catching up on my RSS feeds so if you've already seen this marvelous Arcade Fire gig poster, co-designed by Ben LaFond & Dan Black, then rejoice 'cos here it is again.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Faux Vintage Covers

Here's a couple of recent faux vintage book covers (a Photoshop technique I'm rather fond of) that also sport some lovely illustration.

Originally acrylic on board, Sean Phillips' variant cover for Incognito: Bad Influences #1.
Paul Conrad celebrates Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday with this terrific homage to "old school" science fiction book covers. Paul has posted an overview of this cover's creation at his blog, here.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Influence Map

I resisted the urge to do this meme when it popped up on DeviantArt about a month ago, but everybody's been having so much fun on Twitter today I couldn't abstain any longer. If you fancy spending way too much time than necessary on your own map the template is available here.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Wynn Ryder

Here's a couple of simply marvellous Batman sample pages by Derby based artist, Wynn Ryder. Expertly coloured and composed and rendered in a minimalist style reminiscent of Andi Watson and Darryl Cunningham, I heartily recommend that you check out the full 'story' at Wynn's blog here.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Tom Whalen

Sherlock Holmes miniprint, the first in a series of design exercises based on literary characters from vector illustrator supremo, Tom Whalen.

Friday, 3 September 2010

2000 AD Week: Alan Davis

We conclude our week long celebration of 2000 AD with a look at some rare artwork by Alan Davis. Davis' time on The Galaxy's Greatest Comic was rather short, contributing to just two series, Harry Twenty on the High Rock and D.R. & Quinch. It's testament to Davis' high regard as an artist that both of these series now form part of Rebellion's current move into the U.S. graphic novel market. All of the following images were taken from the British fanzine Arken Sword, #17/18 published in 1986.
Davis had already made his name on Captain Britain and Marvelman before his short stint at 2000 AD. D.R. & Quinch continued his successful partnership with writer Alan Moore.
The original, realistic version of D.R. & Quinch.

D.R. & Quinch T-Shirt design.

Harry Twenty proved to be a gritty departure for Davis after a couple of years of drawing sleek superheroes. When compared to his subsequent superhero work for Marvel and D.C. Davis' time at 2000 AD marks a distinct and unique period in his career.

After a memorable run on Batman and the Outsiders and Detective Comics Davis returned to 2000 AD in 1988 for his only Judge Dredd story, the mocking "Bat Mugger" published in Prog 585.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

2000 AD Week: Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is perhaps the most revered of all the artists to work on 2000 AD and it's a pleasure to present these rarely seen illustrations of his from BEM #29 published in 1980.
BEM's editor and publisher, Martin Lock, notes in his editorial that McMahon was forced to draw the cover artwork twice due to the first version disappearing in the post, a common occurrence in those pre-internet days.
The issue itself contained an interview with acting Mighty One Steve McManus and script droid Alan Grant. McMahon provided original artwork that, with the exception of Dredd, are to my knowledge the only examples of him drawing characters such as Dan Dare, Mach Zero and Blackhawk.