Monday, 5 October 2015

RON EMBLETON'S CAPTAIN SCARLET...



Here's a nice piece of RON EMBLETON art, featuring CAPTAIN
SCARLET and his fellow SPECTRUM agents, along with some of the
craft used by them in their epic battle against the MYSTERONS.  It's the
combined image from the back of a set of cards produced by ANGLO,
which accompanied a particularly disgusting piece of confectionery
back in the '60s, when the puppet programme was on TV. 

10 comments:

DeadSpiderEye said...

Ron Embleton's technique has always puzzled me, never quite sure when he's working from light to dark or the other way round. Not sure what medium he's using either, acrylic, gouache or shellac inks. Whatever he was doing, he was the brilliant at rending texture and modelling in light and shade. He also did something quite unusual and difficult to accomplish by keeping the hue consistent over a modelled surface. It would be great to pick the brains of someone with insight into his technique.

Kid said...

DSE, you submitted your comment to the wrong post, so I've cut and pasted it to here, which is where you meant it for, I'm sure. I'm afraid that if I ever knew what Ron used in his painting, I've long forgotten. One thing's for sure 'though - no one can argue with the results.

DeadSpiderEye said...

Thanks kid, I've surprised I haven't done that more often. I did once read an account of his technique, didn't give many clues as to the crucial details though. Didn't he work through that Spanish agency (I forget the name) that used to provide a lot of illustrators to the English periodical trade? I wondered because a few illustrators working through that agent, had a similar look to their technique, could be something they picked up style wise. Jesus Blasco, is one of the guys I'm thinking of.

Kid said...

I'm not sure why he would work through a Spanish agency unless he was looking for work abroad, DSE. He wouldn't need them to get work in Britain I'd have thought. I'm got a book (True Brits), which has a chapter on him, but I'm not sure where it is at the moment. Doubtless it has at least some of the info you're looking for. I'll have to Google him and refresh my memory. I must be getting old (or I'm tired at the moment) because I know the name of Jesus Blasco, but no images of his work spring to mind, which is how my mind usually operates when I hear (or read) an artist's name.

DeadSpiderEye said...

To be honest Kid, I'm reaching a bit, it's just a vague recollection that someone mentioned he did some work through this agent. I can't even recall who exactly it would've been that mentioned it, I'm most likely wrong about it.

Kid said...

On the other hand, you could well be right. Wish I could find that book.

Philip Crawley said...

Big fan of Mr Embleton's work so good to see this. I've seen a lot of his work over the years (Look & Learn, TV 21, Countdown, Penthouse etc) but all those covers you ran a few posts back were new to me. Good to see them and thanks for sharing. Have you seen the digital print of True Brit? (which I think might be available over at Two Morrows?), they've added colour to some of the black and white work and added more samples of the various artists work. The digital edition is the only one I have, the print edition somewhat scarce and therefore expensive these day as far as I can tell.

Kid said...

I haven't seen the digital edition of True Brits (or whatever it's called), but there were a few things that disappointed me about the book version, PC. One of them being Q-Bikes being referred to as Cue Bikes, and Adam Eterno being called Adam Eternal. I may take a look at the the digital edition and see if these errors were corrected.

Norman Boyd said...

And the answer is this was the jigsaw backs of bubble gum cards....pleased to help.http://www.captainscarletcards.co.uk/

Kid said...

Thanks, Norman, I'd already revised the post after a pal told me where the image came from, but your input is always welcome. Thanks for the link - I'm off to investigate.

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