Thursday 2 January 2014

Henry Flint - Titanfall!

Welcome to the first post of 2014 and who better to kick us off than the Magnificent Henry Flint? The artist is delivering the goods on the first major Dredd story of the year, the eight part Titan!

Dredd fans will be aware that Titan, the sixth moon of Saturn, houses a penal colony for the very worst of the worst... bent judges. Notable inmates have included Judge Grice, who led an inmate revolt in Purgatory, Ex-Chief Judge Sinfield and, of course, Rico Dredd.
"You're damn right I'm dangerous!"

"He ain't heavy..."

It's a, it's a, it's aaaa... it's a Sin(field)

When contact is lost with the prison Hershey sends Dredd to find out why. Of course, she doesn't send him alone and Dredd is accompanied by a crack team of Space Marines supervised by their brash commander Austin (far left on the cover;) SJS Judge with a grudge Gerhart and disgraced ex-warder of the facility, ex-Judge Mcintosh. Sounds like a recipe for disaster!

Over to Henry to tell us about the cover "I tried a weird method on this, which was the same method I  used this years 2000ad free comicbook day cover..." Hopefully, I'll have more on this soon!

Mmmmm, munce!

"After inking the covers they were scanned. Then, I fully painted over the original inks in acrylics pretty much destroying them, deliberately going over the black lines. Once I'd scanned in the painted covers it was a matter of using photoshop to add the black inks as a separate layer over the top."

Out of Earth's jurisdiction, Dredd was able to urinate in public without reprisals.

"The acrylics didn't scan very well so they were livened up with various controls on Photoshop. The method proved to be very time consuming and destroyed the original so don't think I'll be doing it again in the future." Well, as a punter the colours are ace so it was worth the effort. I'm sad that the origin inks were sacrificed though!

"Pigs in Spaaaaaaace!" Sorry!

Long term fans will remember that this isn't Henry's first crack at Titan, he was cover artist for several of Big Finish's audio dramas, including number 6 - Trapped on Titan...

He wuz framed

And here's how it looks on your shelf, good punnage from Tharg there!

A Titanic battle awaits

HUGE thanks to the lovely droid that is Henry Flint, I'm really enjoying the story up to now and can't wait to see where it goes. I wonder if Sinfield is implicated?

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