Saturday, 31 August 2013

Lawmaster vs Rad-Sweeper!

Today's cupboard discovery; the production art for 2000AD prog #254, 6th March 1982 by Carlos Ezquerra. Colours by Tom Frame. Click the 2000AD Production Art link for more classic covers.

Friday, 30 August 2013

My First Doctor #4

Scanned from my copy of Radio Times, April 21st 1966.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

August 1958

From 55 years ago; simplicity and a refreshing absence of cover lines. Another nicely conceived Playboy cover from art director Arthur Paul. Design and Photography by Jerry White with collage by Bea Paul.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Rian's Burlesque #2

I wrote about Rian's forthcoming book, 'Soho Dives, Soho Divas' in March last year, which you can read about here. The book is now up online for pre-order on Amazon in Paperback or Hardcover and below are a few more of his excellent illustrations to whet your appetite.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Judge Anderson: Shamballa

Preliminary sketch #2 by Arthur Ranson
When I was asked to design the Judge AndersonShamballa Graphic Novel for Fleetway back in 1991, I thought it would be good to get away from the usual full-figure leather-clad Judge Anderson images that Titan had on their book covers. Not that I had anything against them; they were beautifully rendered by Garry Leach and they looked terrific, but I just thought it would be interesting to have a cover that showed Anderson using her psychic powers and quietly thinking. I spoke to Arthur Ranson about this and he sent me a couple of sketches, one which nailed it perfectly. With that approved he went on to complete the full artwork and I set about designing the cover itself. For some reason, I couldn't find any type styles that seemed interesting enough for the 'Shamballa' main title, so I hand drew it based on something I'd seen in a book of Russian typography. The rest was typeset, as was everything in those pre-computer days; either typset or rubbed down from sheets of Letraset anyway. The symbols were taken from a set of Zener cards that I owned. These are used to conduct experiments for extra-sensory perception, so I thought they'd be relevant as well as being graphically interesting.
Not long after I'd completed the camera-ready artwork, Arthur's finished art arrived in the post and looked absolutely stunning as it always did; in fact I liked it so much he agreed to let me buy the original from him. I also kept photocopies of his original sketches which I present here, so you can see the process from preliminary sketch to the final beautifully rendered artwork.

Preliminary sketch #1 by Arthur Ranson

Monday, 26 August 2013

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Naughty Corner

From the debut album 'Smile That Won't Go Down'.

Sense And Sensibility

Every now and then I discover a fashion editorial by a photographer who's work I was unaware of but absolutely love. This editorial is by the photographer, Koray Birand for Elle Russia September 2013 and Modelled by Britt Maren. Разум и чувства = Sense And Sensibility.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Digital Cupboard: DREDD

I just found a scanned photocopy of this great Dredd cover by Trevor Hairsine for The Megazine #41 - May, 1998. It's nice to see it without any cover lines, and if I remember correctly it was used as a cut-out without the red background.

Coffin Hill

I've enjoyed working for Vertigo over the summer, designing logos for their new titles and feature pages. One that I'm particularly happy with is the Coffin Hill logo, seen here alongside cover art by Dave Johnson (above) and Gene Ha (below).

Written by: Caitlin Kittredge
Art by: Inaki Miranda

COFFIN HILL stars Eve Coffin, a rebellious, teenage lowlife from a high-society family with a curse that goes back to the Salem Witch trials.

Following a night of sex, drugs and witchcraft in the woods, Eve wakes up naked, covered in blood and unable to remember how she got there. One friend is missing, one is in a mental ward—and one knows that Eve is responsible.

For more, click here: 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Commercial Break #32

LeRoy Neiman's Femlins. An advertisement from May 1963.

Catch It While You Can!

If you're in the vicinity, the last showing of the Search Engine dome show is on this Thursday at Birmingham's Think Tank and well worth the 'trip'!

Monday, 19 August 2013

J.J. Abrams and the Mystery Trailer

Thanks to Ben Eshmade for the heads up!

Sophie's World - SFX #2

Here's another shot of Sophie Aldred that was previously published in SFX Collection - Doctor Who, 2006 and was part of the first batch of negatives I'd recovered. This is already on the web, most likely scanned from the magazine; so here it is for the first time in decent quality, scanned from the negative.

Largin' it #79

Close-ups from 2000AD Prog #213 23rd May, 1981. Art by Brian Bolland. Colours by Tom FrameFor the whole cover, click here.

Life Between Films

Some observations between screenings yesterday... Firstly, while trying to navigate from one cinema to the next we got no help from this extremely useless signpost.

Above: I don't really know what to say about this one...
Lastly, a bizarre but cleverly executed sand sculpture, despite the lack of beach.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

1 Day, 3 Films

Spending most of the day in the cinema is a bit extravagant, I know.
First up, About Time a preview screening.

Next up, Kick-Ass 2 followed by The Conjuring.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Largin' it #78

From The Amazing Spider-Man King-Size Special #4, Nov 1967
Script: Stan The Man
Pencils: Larry Lieber
Inks: Mickey Demeo
Letters: Jerry Feldman
Full page here.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Far-Out Images From The Seventies #8

Jane Fonda as Bree Daniels in Alan J. Pakula's Klute, 1971.

Largin' it #77

From my graphics back-up archive. The Prog box for 2000AD c. 2001.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Doctor Who Companions #5

Peter Purves - London, 1986.

Peter Purves played Steven Taylor alongside Maureen O'Brien as Vicki; both were companions to the first Doctor, William Hartnell. Here they are in The Time Meddler, 1965.

21st Century Girl #12

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Arctic Circle Radio

The Digital Cupboard: THARG

From the cover of 2000AD prog #2001 - December 13, 2000/January 2, 2001 and the second to last Year End Prog that I worked on. Tharg the Mighty by Henry Flint and Chris Blythe.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Final Frontier

Seek out this great SF inspired fashion editorial by Photographer Steven Klein in the September edition of US Vogue. Featuring, Raquel Zimmermann, Toni Garrn and Niklas Garrn.

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