Saturday 21 January 2012

Prog 1767 - The Great Cover of London.

London's burning thanks to this astounding cover by the always brilliant Tiernen Trevallion. The image depicts Inspector Absalom on his mobile phone in Pudding Lane circa 1666 (I bet he still gets a better reception than mine) as London's past begins to haunt the present.

Below is Tiernen's initial roughs to help him get his composition spot on. Note the child in the bottom left-hand corner who didn't make the final cut and the surprise appearance of Freddie Mercury on the bottom right...

Next, the wonderful, wonderful inks. I think I say it with every post but for me, Tiernen is one of the most exciting artists to emerge in years. While I hate to compare artists, I can definitely see shades of Kev O'Neill, Mick McMahon and a little bit of Jock in the image below. His style is absolutely magnificent, the suggestion of fire is brilliant and the whole piece has a suitably woodcut feel...

Finally, the wonderful colours, simply stunning.

This cover really is a work of genius. From the excellent use of complementary colours, the superb, almost xylographic inking and clever little touches such as the ripples in the puddle and little orange sparks. The artist, if you excuse the pun, was certainly on fire here!

If you haven't already, please visit Tiernen's site, I promise you won't be sorry!

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