GOD, I know it's been bloody ages since Defoe's been in 2000AD! Well there's no need to cry into your pillow every night now, as Pat Mills and I are back baby!!!!
You can find a very generous preview of each of the cool stories featured in this 2000AD at CBR here!
Above you can see the cover that I did, that is now on the shelves of all good comic stores, newsagents, and digitally at the 2000AD store, and the Apple app store! Here's how I created it....
I'll admit now that I was thinking of an idea that wasn't too much work as I was, quite frankly, knackered after drawing the first episode (you'll see why soon). My first idea was the silhouette of a zombie hand, with the shadowy figures of Defoe and his Brethren inside.
Unfortunately, before I submitted it to Tharg, I came across a similar design elsewhere online, so scrapped it!
This was my next idea, and approved by my boss Tharg. Notice how from the beginning, I just coloured it red: knackered, remember...? But hey, it also looked cool and designy.... that's my excuse....
HERE and HERE, that I've become quite partial to doing washes over my inks before I colour to give it a nice texture. Here it is on a separate layer done over a lightbox.
One shade of red added with some extra digital bits falling off, and it was done!
(Next post will feature the making of the opening double page spread!)