As if my recent post detailing the process behind my contributions to Zarjaz #21 wasn’t spoiling you enough, Dave Evans (aka BOLT-01) has now kindly allowed me to show off some of the finished artwork here, which I offer with a brief commentary. I must give thanks to both writers for giving me such great scripts to work with. Hopefully this will encourage people to buy the issue, rather than put them off…
JUDGE DREDD: TRUE BELIEVERS, written by LEE ROBSON.
This was a fun, if daunting, page to draw. I knew what the semi-painted style that I was going for looked like in my mind, but it took a little while to get it on the page convincingly. This was the first page I drew of the strip and, as such, some of the little signs of experimentation are still in there but I don’t mind. I particularly like the shot of Dredd, the aesthetics of which would influence how the rest of the strip turned out looking.
TALES OF MEGA-CITY ONE - SJS: FEAR & LOATHING, written by SANTIAGO MAYAUD Coming off the back of TRUE BELIEVERS, I itched to take what I’d learnt (ie that it’s incredibly difficult to hide your environmental weaknesses within an almost photo-realistic approach) and wrap it all back up in a nice line-art style. I much prefer the character design in this strip - in which the facial features and proportions are more exaggerated - but I think there’s a consistency between the two in terms of layouts, use of heavy blacks etc.
The last panel is a subtle homage to my favourite childhood cartoon - Ren & Stimpy - and the way that backgrounds would occasionally be replaced by blotchy ink stains during particularly traumatic moments. Nineties kid alert!