Sunday, 9 October 2016

RIP-ROARING RE-POST: NOT JUST A LETTERER...


'Homage' to cover of IRON MAN #150.  Hand drawn, no tracing or graph
paper or projectors involved.  Characters copyright MARVEL COMICS

It's not generally known, but although I was primarily a lettering
artist throughout my 15 year career in comics, my original ambition
was to be an adventure comic strip artist.  I started lettering simply
to get my size 9s in the door, but when I saw that I could earn more
as a letterer than as an artist (on account of being faster at the
former than the latter), I stuck mainly with the lettering.

However, I did a bit of drawing as well, adding to panels when
re-sizing IPC comic libraries, and doing occasional spot illos when
the opportunity presented itself.  I also worked as a restoration artist
on some MARVEL MASTERWORK volumes, re-inking and even
re-creating JACK KIRBY art, which was a huge thrill for me.

However, my frank and forthright views on this blog on the
state of the British comics 'industry' (hah!) has brought me in for
criticism from some quarters, with a few disgruntled individuals dis-
missing me as "only a letterer" and a "Kirby tracer".  Thing is, I got
my first paying gig as a cartoonist when I was still at school, and have
produced artwork for publication (for which I was paid) since even
before (during and after) I started freelancing for IPC/FLEET-
WAY, MARVEL COMICS (and others).

So here are a few examples of my artwork ranging from my
teenage years right up to adulthood.  Quite a few are professional
pieces I was paid for, some were freebies for people I know, and the
remainder were done for my own amusement.  I've shown them all
before at various times, but it can't hurt to remind people that I'm
certainly more than "only a letterer".  Funny how some people
who work in comics mistakenly imagine that it's the only
legitimate outlet for an artist's work, eh?


"If you don't like a certain cartoonist's version of DESPERATE
DAN,
 then why not try drawing it yourself?" 
someone dared me.
So I did!  Characters copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

B&W copy of colour ad for a local restaurant.  I was going
to be paid £100 for it, but decided against it in the end

2000 A.D. pin-up.  I was paid for it, but don't know
if it was ever published.  Characters copyright
REBELLION PUBLISHING

One of the lettering samples which got me the promise of work from
IPC.  Pencils by me.  Characters copyright MARVEL COMICS




Set of 4 cartoons (sans captions) for Equestrian event programme

Cartoon illustration for local business

Acrylic ink caricature of a friend's son

Pencil caricature done as a gift for someone

Parody of AMAZING FANTASY #15 splash page

Cartoon strip for local business

Proposed strip (at the request of BOB PAYNTER) for OINK!
comic while at the preparation stage.  Never got any feedback,
but a similar character appeared a few months later

William Hartnell Doctor figure and Tardis drawn in
1983, background completed 30 years later, in 2013

Acrylic ink portrait done as a gift for someone
after much badgering.  Yeah, you can see my
heart wasn't really  in it

Inked drawing done as a gift for someone.  Characters
copyright KING FEATURES SYNDICATE, INC

Newspaper ad drawn as a teenager for local business

Photocopy of pencil drawing done for my own amusement


Instruction leaflet for local business's delivery drivers

Newspaper ad for Glasgow hairdressers


Acrylic ink caricature done as a gift for someone

Logo for The ILLUSTRATED COMIC JOURNAL


Pair of flyers for local business

Proposed logo for Glasgow Con.  Don't know if it was used or not


Cartoons for two camping posters done in my late teens/early 20s

Logo for local business

Acrylic ink caricature done as a gift for someone

Quick caricature done as a gift for someone



Fun & Activity booklet produced for local business

Acrylic ink caricature done as a gift for someone

Unfinished pencil caricature


Comic strip drawn for The BOOTS NEWS when I was 17

Pencil drawing done as a teenager

Unpublished strip for local paper.  Others were published 'though


Cartoon strip drawn for my own amusement



And finally - a couple of pages of JK artwork I inked.  The FF
one appeared in an issue of The JACK KIRBY Collector

8 comments:

Phil S said...

Very good!

Kid said...

As bad as that, eh?

Colin Jones said...

Very interesting. You used that Jinksy Jill strip in a caption competition a couple of years ago - and after all our efforts you decided to use your own caption in the end !!

Kid said...

Very interesting. You've reminded me of that fact at least twice now, CJ. I picked mine 'cos I thought it was the funniest. You were offered the same prize that you'd have received if I'd picked your submission as the winner - but you knocked it back. Hold a grudge much?

Colin Jones said...

No, of course not. I didn't remember mentioning it before :D

Kid said...

Then you obviously remember saying that my artwork was absolutely amazing and that I'm immensely talented, which is why you didn't repeat yourself in that respect, eh? (Hey, I'm not shy about nudging people in the direction I want them to go.)

Graham said...

Great stuff, Kid! Absolutely amazing and immensely talented. :)

Kid said...

Finally! Someone who knows talent when he sees it. Ta much G.

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