Congratulations to new(ish) artdroid and friend of the 2000AD Messageboard, Jake Lynch for landing his first cover for the mighty Prog! Over at the Multiversity Comics website, Jake takes us through the creation of this Jarjaz cover, sharing his inks, design sketches and the odd interesting tip. It's a cracking read!
"Drokk! I've left the iron on!"
You may well recognise Jake's style as he has contributed a fair bit to the Prog. He got his break with this stunning star scan in the prestigious 35th birthday issue, Prog 1771, which also happened to be his first ever entry to the 2000AD art comp, more on that later...
Judge, Jury, Executioner, Grumpy Bastard.
Following this Jake, cut his teeth on the obligatory Future Shock (Pro 1862), as well as providing fantastically dark art for Tales of the Black Museum in Meg 348, Orlok for the Summer Special and, of course, the recent Sinister Dexter tale, Congo.
However, before he was assimilated as an official artdroid, Jake contributed to Zarjaz and Dogbreath, providing, amongst other things, this rather wonderful cover for Dogbreath 26:
Mr Creosote had eaten too much spaghetti again.
As mentioned previously, Jake first came to my attention with his dazzling 'Movie Poster' entry to the 2000AD message board art competition, shown above. Going under the name of JTPegg (that's Jake Tiberius Pegg, not to be confused with Rolf Harris' creation of course!) he absolutely walked the first compo then continued to blow our socks off with each subsequent entry. Here are a selection of some of my favourites, firstly, what Dredd did in his Summer holidays...
Dredd in Bognor City 2
Followed by what an unfortunate cit did in his visit to MC-1. What a fantastic study of a Pat Wagon!
"Pat? Paaaat? Why did you leave me gal?"
Dredd gets shirty in a no camera zone...
"Get that drokking camera out of my face!"
The epitome of cool with this wonderful Pineapples drawing...
Joe showed off his blowing-a-balloon-up-using-his-farts trick again.
A salmon leap from Slaine!
You've got red on you.
Rico nearly finds Joe in the cupboard during a game of hide and seek
Finally, here's my all time favourite image by Jake, a beautiful trio of Christmas Angels for the 2000AD Advent Calendar. Amazing!
"No one harks less'n I says they can!"
You can see the process behind most of these pictures on Jake's old site here (in the Re-Education section) and it's well worth checking out his Deviantart page too!
So hat's off to Mr Lynch, it's always great when one of the 2000AD faithful make it. Here's to loads more from his talented droid in our prog!