Thornton Reed (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace)

Digital artwork based on the character of Thornton Reed from Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

About a month ago I found a pretty funny black comedy series called Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, a very funny but short lived series that’s more interesting than today’s offerings on TV. Out of all of the cast my favourite character was Thornton Reed, he knew the crunch.

So inspired by this character, I did a digital artwork in tribute to this mans genius and bad acting (seriously, he’s pretty bad).

Wait a minute, where’s the cable for the telephone?

Until next time,

-Bjorn

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A.B.C Warriors tribute art, part 4: General Black Blood in the style of Carlos Ezquerra

Drawing in Line Marker and Sharpies Black permanent marker pen.

Today’s post carries on my tribute art series, this time being one of my favourite A.B.C Warrior/ Volgan/ traitor, General Black Blood of the Straw Dogs.

I did this tribute artwork in the style of the late Carlos Ezquerra, who did some artwork for one of the A.B.C Warriors stories. Like many of his work Carlos’s is really talented at creating emotion and action in his own style without too much detail or complexity visually.

I’ve tried to recreate Black Blood in the style of Carlos Ezquerra, but it’s really difficult in practice to capture the look of Black Blood in that style.

Next up an A.B.C Warrior who’s been fighting since the Volgan war, the opposite side of Black Blood, a bot by the rules and born to fight, it can only be Hammerstein. But the question is, which artist inspiration will I use to recreate Hammerstein?

-Bjorn

A.B.C Warriors tribute art, part 3: Ro-Jaws in the style of Kevin O’Neill

Line Marker sketch

Digital art clean up and changes

Light grey shading

Colour version using digital art app Procreate

Today I have a third tribute artwork based on the creation of Pat Mills A.B.C Warriors, this time I’ve done everyone’s favourite loud mouth, Ro-Jaws.

I did Ro-Jaws in the style of Kevin O’Neil because I liked how Ro-Jaws looked In Kevin’s artwork in Nemesis the Warlock (also created by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neil). The style is simple yet full of character for characters like Nemesis, Torquemada, Ro-Jaws and many others.

Next up, a tribute artwork for both the late Carlos Ezquerra and one of the A.B.C Warriors most sickest monster, it can only be General Black Blood.

Until next time,

-Bjorn

A.B.C Warriors tribute art, part 2: Joe Pineapples in the style of Simon Bisley

Rough sketch using one of Simon Bisley’s artwork of Joe as a reference (the one where he’s holding his badass rifle!)

Using Line Markers (0.3/ 0.8) to trace over the pencil sketch, then erasing the pencil marks to clean up the drawing.

Originally I was going to use a black pen marker to fill in the shadows, but I didn’t have any to spare and my line markers won’t be good enough for the job. So I used Procreate digital art app to fill in the shading areas in an oriental brush.

Continuing on with my A.B.C Warriors tribute art series, I’ve done my second artwork in the style of Simon Bisley for the best assassin bot, Joe Pineapples.

Joe Pineapples is a A.B.C Warrior who first appeared in the the series first prog, written by Pat Mills for 2000AD back in 1979 in prog #119. It wasn’t until Simons art run that Joe had a redesign to make him look more punk and sleeker, emphasising on his assassin qualities.

I wanted to recreate the scene where Joe uses his sniper rifle, but I’ve cropped my recreation as I’m terribly bad at full body anatomy composition. Originally I was going to use pen and black ink, but I didn’t have any black ink to spare, so I used digital art to cover the bigger shaded areas.

Next up, should I do Ro-Jaws or retired version of the A.B.C Warriors leader, Hammerstein? I think going for the Ro-Busters era would be awesome to try out!

Until next time,

-Bjorn

A.B.C Warriors tribute art part 1: Mongrol in the style of Mike McMahon

Original inked artwork using fine ink pens, ink colour pens, inks and blue glaze.

Photo editing version

Final artwork using Procreate art app

This blog post series is a tribute to 2000AD’s Sci-fi war series, The A.B.C Warriors written by Pat Mills and various artist who have illustrated the team over many decades.

I wanted to try this art project for two reasons, 1) I haven’t done an art project since my Kray Twins art project a year ago, I’m getting rusty from a lack of consistent art work. My break from art is long overdue. 2) I’ve always wanted to try and recreate the A.B.C Warriors ever since I first read them back in 2013, the first work of Pat Mills that I’ve enjoyed reading and got me into reading more of his 2000ad work. I liked how unique each character looked that suited their personality, like Hammerstein for example having a masculine and heroic physic wielding his heavy hammer. The members of the A.B.C Warriors personalities really adds weight to the story, and how each of them has a story to tell (well Blackblood is the least sympathetic bot of the lot).

The artists like Kevin O’Neil, Mike McMahon, Carlos Ezquerra, Simon Bisley, Clint Langley and many more have always made fantastic artworks for the A.B.C Warriors. Whilst the group have had big visual changes of the years stylistically, they still however retain their personalities and design over the past decades. From Bisley’s punk 80’s comic book art to Langley’s blockbuster Sci-Fi digital art, the A.B.C Warriors have a refreshing appeal for every decade and artist interpretation.

Inspired by the original cover art for A.B.C Warriors book one by Mike Mchaon, I wanted to recreate Mongrol in a similar style to Mikes work. I’ve gone for inks as I like the different effects it has when applied. Like the colour ink pens are great for covering big areas in a flat colour, and ink paints to shade areas like shadows and background. Sort of like old comic book art, but using more modern tools for the job.

The photo edit and digital art is used to refine the artwork and add a finishing touch. Hopefully this artwork will be at least a good enough tribute to the brilliant artwork of Mike McMahon.

My next subject is Joe Pineapples, one of the coolest and deadliest members of the A.B.C Warriors. I might do him in the style of Simon Bisley’s Black and White ink work, or try the deep end and go digital art like Clint Langley’s version of Joe.

Until next time!

-Bjorn

Justice, a tribute artwork to the late Carlos Esquerra

Inspired by Carlos Esquerra and John Wagner’s creation of Judge Dredd, part of 2000AD comic publication. I do not own the character or anything that’s part of its respective creators.

The other day I’ve found a touch screen ballpoint pen, which I needed for a long time. As you can see above it’s really helped me create better accurate drawings compared to my older works. I’ve decided to do a crop drawing of Judge Dredd in memory of the late Carlos Esquerra, who sadly passed away last year.

R.I.P Carlos

What Is New Grim?

What Is New Grim?

Apologies for not getting this post out on the 31st of December last year as promised, due to my lazy timing in getting it done and wanting to have more time to finalise it to my liking.

I’ve been doing this in a few blog posts throughout the months of last year, each post hinting about the world of New Grim. Ever since the first post there has been one big question, what would happen if 1999’s last second was the dawn of a new dark age in Grimsby?

Yeah Grimsby, not the world, not New York and certainly not some blockbuster cliche city. Instead my whole creative story focuses on a city that’s largely had a bad reputation in the media as a run down city past its golden days. Wether it’s true or not, Grimsby does however offer an opportunity as great place to photograph post apocalyptic scenes (if you know where to find them!).

After leaving college last year I needed a long break from doing art work, as my motivation and energy was spent up on getting my final project done. I felt that I needed to give some time to do other things whilst my imagination and creativity had time to recover. Then after a few months I saw one of the few tower blocks in Grimsby were being demolished, they looked like post apocalyptic carcass’s.

That’s when it hit me that I’ve found my inspiration, a photography/ digital art series on a fictional divergent timeline in 1999. What better place to do that than Grimsby! Why 1999? Well I liked the idea of doing a divergent timeline where today’s technology, lifestyle and even history in nearly twenty years had been taken away by war and massacre.

But what should I call this new art series? I didn’t want a silly Sci-Fi name, nor something too cliche with “apocalyptic” or “Atomic” to name it. Then I decided why not New Grim? Shorten Grimsby to ‘Grim’ as a more grim (ha) and disturbing title.

Set in what was once called Grimsby, New Grim is an art and literature series that explores many horrific and alternative world subjects from the New Grim Cult, to the reorganised British military.

I don’t want this creative project to be just another post apocalyptic world that’s similar to the likes of Fallout, Mad Max, Metro and so on. The series is mainly focusing on the city of Grimsby and it’s changes through the decades, as its culture and identity will be explored through the eyes of those that inhabit the dead city.

My posting schedule for New Grim will be as of when I’m ready to post, as the art and photography (as well as planning) will take time to create and post. But I at least intend to post at least one or two New Grim posts a month.

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Thank you for reading this post! If you have any questions or suggestions on what you’d like to see, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn