Saturday, 16 January 2016

AQUILA COLLECTION OUT NOW!!!!


Yup, after being serialised weekly in 2000AD, then later over a 5 issue american format mini series, AQUILA: BLOOD OF THE ICENI, is now collected in one 176 page volume! BOOM!!!!  You can find it in all good stores or digitally from the official 2000AD store here!

Written by Gordon Rennie, drawn by myself with an additional brilliant story drawn by Patrick Goddard, coloured by Dylan Teague and Gary Caldwell, lettered by Simon Bowland, Annie Parkhouse, Ellie De Ville, featuring an awesome cover by Karl Richardson!

It's a lovely package and there'll certainly be some pages in there which should make you go "PWHOOOOAAARRR...."

We've been getting great reviews, with Comics Alliance previously stating "Aquila is a smart choice for a standalone book, and the creative team is one of 2000AD's best."

The latest SFX magazine gave us a 4 out of 5 review.

My dad said "Do you get more money from this?"

There are very generous previews everywhere online, showcasing the first TEN pages-- the first COMPLETE story that we did, so here you go and enjoy! Those last two pages are still favourites of mine....

(Oh, and you can purchase original artwork from it HERE!)










Thursday, 3 December 2015

MAKING OF THE 2000AD PROG 1958 COVER!!!


 And so came the day when The Mighty Tharg did the unthinkable.... A SUPERHERO COVER ON 2000AD!!!

Utter madness you say, but hold those spanking paddles everyone. It's relevant to the issue's Defoe storyline where Defoe faces off against 17th century London's "pseudo heroes"!

Tharg sat alone in his chamber, and whispered to himself, "There's only one man who can do this.... The Most Handsome Man In Comics...."

And so I was teleported to The Nerve Centre where he demanded that I create a cover based on this panel I drew in the episode......


"Can I colour it mostly red like my other covers? Most people seem to like that, and it's piss easy!" I asked....

"NO, YOU LAZY FECKER! DO IT PROPERLY!!!" Tharg bellowed! His eyes burning like a thousand suns....

"Ahh bollocks." I said, before getting to work.

Here's my rough pencils. Quite a squeeze with 7 characters!


I then tightened up my pencils, swapping a couple of characters over to make the cooler ones more visible.

Iiiiiiiiiiiiiinks!

Colouring 7 characters took a while. Mainly the flatting which is always a ball ache. Slight grey wash layer added.


And then I added a cool sky background, with some extra photoshopped airbrushing and a hazy overlay added.


So then it was sent to 2000AD's production droids of which you can see the final cover at the top of this post!

You can find a preview of this prog 1958, featuring Defoe: The London Hanged episode 9, written by Pat Mills, drawn by me, and lettered by Annie Parkhouse, at CBR HERE!

And you can purchase it in all good comic stores or digitally at the 2000AD online store HERE!

See ya!

L

Thursday, 15 October 2015

MAKING OF THE 2000AD PROG 1952 COVER!!!!


So my alien editor, The Mighty Tharg says to me, "Leigh, you're the most handsome artist I have, and I need a cover for part 3 of Defoe:The London Hanged, but I know you're pretty pressed for time, so I was thinking of offering it to someone else..."

And I was like, "Nooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! I can fit it in honest! Don't get someone else to draw my baby! And thanks for calling me handsome!"

So he was like, "Ok, I was thinking of Defoe surrounded by the zombies like at the end of episode 2."

And I was like, "Cool! I had an image in my head of the leader of the zombies lurched over Defoe with zombies hanging from his fingertips, like a puppeteer. Goes with the theme of The London Hanged. How's this rough for you?"


Then Tharg was like, "That's brilliant Leigh! Not only are you really, really good looking, but you're also brainy to think of such a clever idea. Get to it!"

And then I shook his Gibbleschlong and got to work! First with some photo reference! Look at me all macho!


Then some pencils....

And look! Inks!

Then I whack it in Photoshop to colour! Due to having not much time, I went for a simple colour scheme, trying to pass it off as clever design.... sssshhhh, don't tell anyone....

But knowing that the glaring red may be too similar to a previous Defoe cover I did, as shown here, I thought I'd give Tharg an alternative, and so did this light blue version....



 Tharg was happy to use the red version , and you can see the final cover with text at the start of this post!

2000AD Prog 1952, featuring Defoe: The London Hanged, written by Pat Mills, drawn by me, and lettered by Annie Parkhouse,is now available in all good shops and digitally online at the 2000AD website here!!!

Buh Byyyyyeeeeeee!!!!


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

DEFOE: THE LONDON HANGED! COMING SOON......

Yup, Defoe's finally back in 2000AD soon this year in..... THE LONDON HANGED!!!!

Written by Pat Mills and drawn by myself, this will be our SIXTH book of Defoe! Can't wait for you to see it, so here's a few little teasers....




(And yes, Defoe has lost a little weight by staying away from 17th century Krispy Kremes...)

L

AQUILA FINAL ISSUE OUT NOW!!!!

Hellooooooooo....

 So yes, the final issue of the US format collected Aquila came out this month from 2000AD/Rebellion.

You can find the CBR preview here (with a gorgeously creepy Dave Kendall cover), but here's the interior pages written by Gordon Rennie, drawn by me, coloured by Dylan Teague and lettered by Annie Parkhouse....





I hope you enjoy it! I'll do some more Aquila "making of" features soon when the dust has settled.

Available in all good comics shops now, or digitally at the 2000AD online store!

It marks my final trip into the world of Aquila. Drawing two separate historical fantasy strips (this and Defoe) for 2000AD can get a bit much sometimes with all the research involved, so I'm aching to do some sci-fi!!!!

L

Thursday, 7 May 2015

AQUILA MINI SERIES OUT NOW!!!

OK, time to get back on this bloggy thing!!!

So y'know Aquila, the series I draw for 2000AD written by Gordon Rennie, coloured by Dylan Teague, Gary Caldwell and lettered by Simon Bowland? Well it's time to don your loin cloth once more as the entire sage is being repackaged as a 5 issue US format series, OUT NOW!


Issue 1 came out last month that you can still get in stores or digitally from the 2000AD online shop!

I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had a really nice quality glossy cover that feels so nice on my face, and reviews have been great! Comics Alliance say, " Aquila is a smart choice for a standalone book, and the creative team is one of 2000AD's best."


Issue 2 will be out 20th May. Later on in the series I take a break and my nemesis Patrick Goddard takes over for a storyline, but then I return!!!

By the way, if you'd like to take a step into my time machine and check out this early post on the creation of Aquila, and what was used for the first issue cover, head HERE!

Friday, 5 December 2014

LILLE COMICS FESTIVAL!!!!!


We're off to France!!!!

Hey guys, just letting you know that the lovely folk at the LILLE COMICS FESTIVAL were kind enough to invite me to their show this weekend, where I shall be sketching, selling original art and prints!

I'll be joined by a host of fellow 20000AD droids!

They asked us each to draw a limited print for them, depicting a mashup of a movie poster and comics characters. Here's my Ghostbusters/ Judge Death!

See you there!

L

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

MALTA COMICS EXPO!!!!!


Hey guys, I have a couple of exciting convention appearances coming up before the end of the year! 

For my first one, myself and PR droid Michael Molcher have kindly been invited and will be representing 2000AD at this week's MALTA COMICS EXPO on Friday 31st October till November 2nd!

I'm guessing I'll be sketching most of the time, as well as providing the eye candy for the 2000AD booth.... I'll bring along some original art to sell as well from Dredd, Defoe and Aquila. Have to remember bring my mankini...

Should be a great show! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

AQUILA PREVIEW OF TOMORROW'S 2000AD PROG 1897!!!


Well, I finished drawing the final part 10 of Aquila: Carnifex just in time, and tomorrow in 2000AD prog 1897 you can read episode 8! Here's a 2 page preview written by Gordon Rennie, drawn by me, coloured by Dylan Teague and lettered by Annie Parkhouse, with a preview of the rest of the prog on the 2000AD Tumbler HERE....

As ever, you can buy 2000AD from your local comic shop, newsagent, or digitally from the 2000AD online shop every Wednesday!

Now...back to drawing DEFOE!!! ;)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A PAIN IN THE ASS DOUBLE SPREAD IN 2000AD PROG 1891!!!

Y'know what, I'm just gonna come out and say it: I %*&$£"$%!$ HATED drawing this double page spread! But, it just goes to show you what we 2000AD droids go through in order to bring you quality THRILL POWER every week!

2000AD prog 1891, featuring AQUILA:CARNIFEX episode two is out in all good stores and digitally from the 2000AD online store, tomorrow!

AND, as a bonus, it also features a brilliant new story called BLACK SHUCK, written by my old university buddy Leah Moore and her beardy hubby John Reppion, drawn by   Steve Yeowell, coloured by Chris Blythe, and lettered by my buddy Simon Bowland! 


Anyway.... onto the making of this pain in the ass double spread! First, script by Gordon Rennie....



Afraid I can't find my pencil files, so here's my inks...

Then onto Dylan Teague for colouring....

And finally Annie Parkhouse for lettering!
So yeah, this took me a bloody long time to do, but it worked out nicely in the end, and we have some even nicer pages to show off in the coming weeks,,,,, right, I'm off for a chicken fillet burger.....

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

AQUILA RETURNS TO 2000AD IN "CARNIFEX"!!!!

I'M BACK!!!! Did ya miss me??! No? WELL FINE!!! SEE IF I CARE!!! (Sniff...)

So yeah, sorry for the blog silence. Having a baby kind of side tracked a lot of things, but I've been working hard in the background and in tomorrow's 2000AD prog 1890 you can find the return of AQUILA in "CARNIFEX", written by Gordon Rennie, drawn by me, coloured by Dylan Teague and lettered by Annie Parkhouse!!!!

There's a preview of all the stories in the prog from a wealth of talented fellow droids on the CBR site HERE.

Here's the lovely cover digitally painted by Karl Richardson (with a making of it on 2000AD UNCOVERED here!). Always fantastic to see another artist's take on a character you've co-created, and he did us proud!


And speaking of a "making of", I've not done one for a while, so here's how the first not one, but TWO pages of the first episode were put together, starting with a brilliant script from Gordon Rennie....


After scratching my head a lot, not because of a rash or anything, but because I have to get back into Roman research mode, I created these loose pencilled pages. I was pretty happy with the layout of the first page with a nice dramatic opening for our hero. It's just a shame that the ferocious man-goat kills Aquila on the third page, making it the shortest series ever.... ;)



Inks....



Next up, we have Dylan Teague's gorgeous colouring. Particularly happy with the sense of depth on the splash page.


And then finally it goes to the marvelous, and recent True Believer Comic Award winning Annie Parkhouse, to letter!


So that's it! It's bloody good to be back in 2000AD! You can find this in all good comic shops, newsagents and digitally at the 2000AD shop, every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks!

Right, now I just need to finish the last few episodes....

BYYYYYEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!