May 302011
 

Also known as Joe Dredd, and Old Stoney Face.

I’ve read comics regularly since I was three or four, and as much as I love the DC Comics characters I grew up with, my weekly thrill power hit came from 2000 AD and nothing was more eagerly awaited than the latest half dozen pages of Judge Dredd.

I was one of those kids that trudged down to the newsagent in Feb 1977 and picked up issue one. I never stopped after that. Though living in Seattle these days has certainly made it harder to get hold of new issues. I could buy them in a digital format but I’m not so sure I want to say goodbye to the physical artifact (though my groaning bookshelves would certainly thank me).

I actually did a couple of episodes of Judge Dredd for the Judge Dredd Megazine way back in 1993 and I bought my first ticket to the U.S. with those earnings and that’s where I met WotC. So I owe the old fascist curmudgeon big time.

And occasionally I like to sketch him and think idly about asking the guys at Rebellion if I could do another Dredd episode…

Judge Dredd pencil sketch

Such a grumpy old bastard! And such fun to draw.

P.S. My favorite story was Block Mania and the subsequent Sov Apocalypse. I always thought Block Wars were the coolest damn idea (Narratively. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to see one in real life).

P.P.S. Brian Bolland is the Man.

P.P.P.S. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the new Dredd movie starring Karl Urban. I try not to think of the Stallone version which was a squandered opportunity.

May 252011
 

…This time it’s personal!

Like most anyone with an internet presence I will occasionally search my own name to see what comes up. Tucked in between the pages (and pages!) of card lists there’s the occasional mention in a forum (and it’s 50/50 on whether the mention is complimentary) and once in a blue moon I find something really surprising.

This would be one of those latter occasions because I found a picture I know is my handiwork, but have no recollection of ever painting. The shock was sufficient that when I first saw it my immediate reaction was “WTF?” rather than “oh hey, haven’t seen that in forever”.

Madness!

That’s the Lhurgoyf, carrying a Rocket Launcher (from Antiquities) which seems to be powered by the Souls of the Damned (Ice Age) while rampaging across a fields of skulls from Spoils of War (also Ice Age). There also appears to be a Nevinyrral’s Disk in the background, and ole Lhurgy is wearing armor, but I have no idea which card that’s referencing. Maybe WTF was the correct response after all.

Yeah, I got nothing. I suspect the image was painted for a Duelist article and I guess it was painted during a VERY busy time which is why I don’t remember it. Possibly as long ago as 1995.

Gotta tell you it’s a weird feeling being (re)introduced to one of your own paintings.

I wonder where the original painting is? If it’s in my studio, it’s really well hidden.

It’s Been Quiet, Have a Sketch…

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May 032011
 

2011 has been a rough year for us so far; my wife’s mother and grandmother have died and in mid April I had to have my favorite – and very young – kitty put to sleep. Needless to say things have been a bit of a struggle.

I’m getting around to some personal projects that need some time, and learning a couple of programs. I’m still trying to get comfortable with Dreamweaver and I’m dipping my toe into zBrush. I’d like more time to tackle zBrush as it’s kind of the coolest digital toy box around.

Anyway, while that’s all happening, here’s a final nod to the Lhurgoyf. It’s a sketch done for an aborted Duelist article. I doubt it’ll ever get painted now, but I like the image so I thought I’d share.

Lhurgoyf Sketch.

Hmm. I might ink it though. This sketch is about 4 inches high. If you’re interested in buying it, drop me a line with an offer to peteventers@gmail.com