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: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 16 November, 2013, 04:44:59 PM
I've had a little something in the works for a while now and, although it's far from complete, it's now far enough along that it's now worth sharing with you lovely lot.  A few people here are aware of this to some degree and a number of people have helped out one way or another.

Someone very kindly sent me a couple of the official 2000AD 35th anniversary sketchbooks from SDCC last year and, as I'm living in Norway these days, with young kids and zero chance to get to any conventions any time soon, I decided to try and get these sent out to artists for contributions.

This is a long-term labour of love and entails the books going from artist to artist for a couple of years (at least) before finally coming back to me.  The two books are bouncing around, crossing counties, countries, continents and hemispheres…  It's been great fun and hugely rewarding so far and, if there's one thing I've discovered, it's that 2000AD creators are an incredibly nice and generous bunch, as well as being immeasurably talented and ridiculously modest.

Anyway, I'll share some of the sketches here (I won’t dump them all at once and some even I haven’t seen yet) and add more as and when they show up.  As I say, this is likely to go on for another year or two before completion.  Varying image quality / size is a result of dependence on artists to send pics or scans of what they or others have done, but I’ll scan everything properly when it’s all done and dusted.


(http://i.imgur.com/VysSt5A.jpg)


Are you sitting comfortably?  Then I'll begin...
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: Colin YNWA 16 November, 2013, 04:46:34 PM
Great to hear this is ready to be shared. Can't wait to see the results of your labours.
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: hippynumber1 16 November, 2013, 04:51:29 PM
Get on with it man!  :lol:
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: ming 16 November, 2013, 05:01:58 PM
Heh, you lot will have to have patience... :lol:


Ian Kennedy - Himmel!

(http://i.imgur.com/30Rbc5x.jpg)

I’ll start off not with the sketch that started the ball rolling, but with one that probably means the most to me.  I started reading Starlord before switching over to 2000AD and some of my earliest and fondest comics memories are tied up with Ian Kennedy’s stunning work on Ro-Busters.  Despite a modest page-count within 2000AD, Ian is one of those artists I can’t get enough of; an instantly recognisable, completely solid style coupled with great storytelling skills.  Ian’s now in his eighties, so you can understand me being blown away by the pic he did - referencing the classic ’Himmel!  This isn’t Stalingrad! cover from Prog 446.
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: Spikes 16 November, 2013, 05:41:47 PM
Ah, so it begins  :thumbsup:

Lovely stuff by Ian Kennedy, and like you im a huge admirer of his work.
And seeing anything by him, it instantly takes me back in time to when I was a comics hungry nipper.

I never really bought Starlord (think I maybe bought the first couple), but Ian's work was a pretty much constant presence in the WWII comics I devoured in the years before 2000ad launched.

And this sketch is just wonderful. Great to see this.
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: pauljholden 16 November, 2013, 05:46:55 PM
THAT is beautiful. Imma tweet this link...!
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: ming 16 November, 2013, 05:55:37 PM
Henry Flint - Blackblood

(http://i.imgur.com/OSldUNv.jpg)

There’s another sketch from Henry in the book as well as this one; if this sketchbook was a diplomatic function, Henry Flint’s contributions would be the Ferrero Rocher served up to astonish guests and make them feel slightly ill due to overexposure to art godliness.
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: Judge Nutmeg 16 November, 2013, 07:57:52 PM
awesome pic of blackblood , looking suitably evil
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: ming 16 November, 2013, 10:11:12 PM
Brendan McCarthy - The Zaucer & Co.

(http://i.imgur.com/EbIeJvl.jpg)

Especially fitting since his classic Dredd pic was used for the cover of the sketchbook, Brendan kindly agreed to do the first sketch in the first book I sent out.  As a huge fan of Brendan’s many and varied talents it was great that he was willing to put something in here; a lovely selection of a few of his 2000AD creations (plus Martin 'Atchet from Skin and Captain Cracking’s floating head from Freakwave).
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: Bolt-01 16 November, 2013, 10:46:49 PM
Holy flurking schnitt!

Ming, your evil knows no bounds. Awesome all ready
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: maryanddavid 17 November, 2013, 12:28:05 AM
Great to see it Ming, great idea, how long before you will have it finished, or is it kind of an open ended project?
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: ming 17 November, 2013, 09:52:29 AM
Thanks, folks!  It's been running for just under a year and is about a third done (2 x 24 page books), so maybe two more years to go?  If I get can get a sketch every couple of months (occasionally more frequently) I'll be more than happy.  Once I've posted pics of all the sketches I've seen so far, updates to the thread will be irregular!  There's a fair bit of organisation and juggling of schedules to do but mainly it's an exercise in patience.  Still, there's a lot of goodwill helping this along and it'll get there in the end.

A couple more...


Colin Wilson

(http://i.imgur.com/aOzNxbw.jpg)

Colin Wilson has been a favourite artist of mine since I first clapped eyes on his work on Dredd in the 1981 Sci-Fi special.  No-one beats Colin when it comes to future tech and he was a perfect fit for Rogue Trooper - his hoppers and atmocraft always blew me away.  I suggested a downed hopper with a teeny Rogue in the distance and he seemed to like the idea…  Colin definitely pulled out all the stops and the end result is phenomenal.


Dave Gibbons

(http://i.imgur.com/Hdh4yro.jpg)

What can I say?  Another legendary artist, another amazing contribution.  I got particularly lucky with the timing for this one as I suggested that Dave Gibbons might take the book after Colin, and Colin was able to hand it to him in person while they were both at Supanova in Sydney…

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: hippynumber1 17 November, 2013, 11:07:51 AM
The Wilson Rogue is amazing...
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: Fungus 17 November, 2013, 11:30:11 AM
Just wonderful stuff  :)
Everything about the Colin Wilson is... perfect.
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: Spikes 17 November, 2013, 12:07:27 PM
Wow! Both those Wilson and Gibbons piece's are simply knockout. Mightily impressive stuff!
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: Colin YNWA 17 November, 2013, 12:43:32 PM
Yeah both those Rogue Pictures are stunning but have to say the Colin Wilson one is just sublime. So glad the project is working out so well for you and looking forward to seeing more.
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: Link Prime 17 November, 2013, 12:47:02 PM
Fantastic Ming.
My personal fav so far is Blackblood- Flint's stint on the Warriors was great.
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: ming 17 November, 2013, 06:29:20 PM
D'Israeli - Big Jobs!

(http://i.imgur.com/bXy3qXY.jpg)

Although I love D'Israeli's more recent contributions to Low Life, Stickleback, Leviathan, etc., I was really curious to seem him apply his prodigious talent to something a little unexpected; a mutual love for early Ro-Busters led to this little gem...  Always a pleasure to see physical art from D’Israeli!
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: blackmocco 17 November, 2013, 06:34:45 PM
This is the greatest thread ever...
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: Pete Wells 17 November, 2013, 08:11:22 PM
I've known about this book for quite a while now but bloody hell, I didn't expect it to be so amazing!
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: Fatboydale 17 November, 2013, 11:49:08 PM
Lovely book ..... well done and now get it filled .... ;)
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: Steven Sterlacchini 18 November, 2013, 12:05:57 AM
Superb.

A real treasure!
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: Skullmo 18 November, 2013, 12:31:00 AM
What a book!

The contributions are outstanding!
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: ming 18 November, 2013, 08:29:06 AM
Thanks, folks.  Everyone's going way above and beyond the call of duty of this...

Steve Yeowell - The Blue Wizard

(http://i.imgur.com/RYcOYpV.jpg)

Steve did a sketch for me once before but patience has never been my strong suit so I hurried back 25 years later for a second helping.  Something Zenith-related seemed like an obvious choice but I was keen to get away from Zenith himself and requested one of the relatively minor characters from Phase III; after umming and ahhing for a bit I eventually opted for The Blue Wizard.
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: Colin YNWA 18 November, 2013, 08:32:53 AM
What's great about that Blue Wizard picture is it looks like it could have been lifted straight out of Phase III. The character choice has allowed the Mighty Yeowell to go for those solid, contrasting blocks of black and white that so defined his art of that time.

Fantastic... but then you knew I'd say that!
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: chiefy2shoes 18 November, 2013, 08:38:57 AM
Amazing book. Very jealous
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: ming 18 November, 2013, 06:21:54 PM
Chris Weston

(http://i.imgur.com/mp1t5Op.jpg)

The endpapers of the sketchbook feature Chris Weston’s phenomenal who’s who of 2000AD; I loved his take on Kano in this and Chris humoured me and produced this beauty.
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: maryanddavid 18 November, 2013, 07:24:00 PM
That's class, I really like D'Isreali's contribution too.
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: o1s1n 18 November, 2013, 08:39:13 PM
When I first clicked the thread I thought I was going to see comic con type sketches - by jaysus was I wrong. These are all gorgeous and to such a high finish! Not a bad one in the lot!

I also especially love that Colin Wilson Rogue page. There's something really spectacular about it. I think it's the incredible variation between the loose foliage and the hard lines of the machinery. Just breathtaking.
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: blackmocco 18 November, 2013, 09:41:14 PM
The best part is that now everyone Ming asks to contribute is going to try to outdo everyone else. By the time he's finished, Brian Bolland will have contributed a three-mile long foldout...
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: ming 18 November, 2013, 09:56:12 PM
The best part is that now everyone Ming asks to contribute is going to try to outdo everyone else. By the time he's finished, Brian Bolland will have contributed a three-mile long foldout...

Hah!   :lol:

Actually, I really don't want anyone to feel under any pressure to spend too much time on this.  I'll be as happy with fairly simple sketches as with more elaborate contributions, and when this started I really had no idea that it would develop into a veritable portable art collection.  Anyway, the contributions are all fantastic but by far the most rewarding aspect is the personal involvement of so many outstanding artists - Tharg's droids really are such a nice bunch of people.  Er, droids.

 :)


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: ming 19 November, 2013, 03:03:55 PM
Frazer Irving

(http://i.imgur.com/DxubfeW.jpg)

Ssssinnerrr…  Frazer’s run on Judge Death was a real return to form for everybody’s favourite undead superfiend; a perfect fit for Frazer’s haunting style.


Staz Johnson

(http://i.imgur.com/77zxiLl.jpg)

I don't think Nick Stone ever looked so good.  A great choice of character by Staz - I really love this one.


No more to add for now; if I can get scans of a few more (Jock, Arthur Ranson, more Henry Flint) I'll add them when I can. 
Meanwhile, it's back to the waiting game :)
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: Colin YNWA 19 November, 2013, 03:11:25 PM

Staz Johnson

I don't think Nick Stone ever looked so good.  A great choice of character by Staz - I really love this one.


Ain't that the truth. I've never really thought much about wanting Nick Stone back but that picture makes me crave a return to the character. He just looks so hard, proper hard not 'The Rock' hard but you now run away if you spilled his pint hard. Fantastic!
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: Recrewt 19 November, 2013, 03:55:47 PM
Wow, what a fantastic idea Ming.  The quality of those sketches is amazing - particularly like that Colin Wilson Rogue.  Also love hearing about the contributors passing the book on at conventions and stuff - you should try and map out the journey that each book has taken. 
 
Top stuff!
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: malak brood 21 November, 2013, 12:30:41 AM
I love this thread! Ming, it's a great and worthy endeavour and you are reaping wonderful rewards!!!
The Ian Kennedy piece is such as stunner, the work on the plane's undercarriage...... The composition.... Very classy...... Lucky lucky boy !!
And the Colin Wilson RT page, so atmospheric. Instant classic ....

Love this thread ( I know I said that already but I love this thread.....)
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: Trout 21 November, 2013, 01:09:22 AM
How did I miss this thread? Love it, Ming, especially that piece of beauty from Ian Kennedy. Well done!
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: PhreakAD 21 November, 2013, 09:56:20 AM

Thanks, folks!  It's been running for just under a year and is about a third done (2 x 24 page books), so maybe two more years to go?  If I get can get a sketch every couple of months (occasionally more frequently) I'll be more than happy.  Once I've posted pics of all the sketches I've seen so far, updates to the thread will be irregular!  There's a fair bit of organisation and juggling of schedules to do but mainly it's an exercise in patience.  Still, there's a lot of goodwill helping this along and it'll get there in the end.

A couple more...


Colin Wilson

(http://i.imgur.com/aOzNxbw.jpg)

Colin Wilson has been a favourite artist of mine since I first clapped eyes on his work on Dredd in the 1981 Sci-Fi special.  No-one beats Colin when it comes to future tech and he was a perfect fit for Rogue Trooper - his hoppers and atmocraft always blew me away.  I suggested a downed hopper with a teeny Rogue in the distance and he seemed to like the idea…  Colin definitely pulled out all the stops and the end result is phenomenal.


Dave Gibbons

(http://i.imgur.com/Hdh4yro.jpg)

What can I say?  Another legendary artist, another amazing contribution.  I got particularly lucky with the timing for this one as I suggested that Dave Gibbons might take the book after Colin, and Colin was able to hand it to him in person while they were both at Supanova in Sydney…

I have the privilege of hanging out with Colin once a month, and he's such a nice guy too! Great stuff.
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: ming 21 November, 2013, 10:13:43 AM
How did I miss this thread? Love it, Ming, especially that piece of beauty from Ian Kennedy. Well done!

Thanks, Trout - Ian's a gent through and through (as you well know) and it's incredible to see the work he's still capable of producing despite being no spring chicken.  It's been a privilege to have been in contact with him, and I know there's a huge amount of appreciation for his talent among his fellow artists so it's great to have been able to include him in this.  I hope that, as the books travel around and artists get to look at the various contributions, there's a little resonance with the days when artists crowded around in the Command Module to see the latest efforts from Bolland, McMahon, etc.  A little professional curiosity is probably helping to drive this forward, I think.


I have the privilege of hanging out with Colin once a month, and he's such a nice guy too! Great stuff.

I've only met Colin once (25 years ago) but occasional email chats with him over the past few years have never been anything less than a delight.  If he doesn't have a reputation as one of the Nicest Guys in Comics, he should.

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: ming 21 December, 2013, 04:47:33 PM
This just in from Edmund Bagwell...  I can first remember seeing Edmund's work in BLAAAM! (as E.C. Perriman) back in the late 80's and his style immediately made a big impression on me.  We've not seen nearly enough of him in the Prog but I'm sure his Indigo Prime work alone won him a lot of new admirers.  I'd love to see him take on Nemesis in strip form but as that's unfortunately unlikely, I'll settle for this beauty:

(http://i.imgur.com/OQ6BU6N.jpg)

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: Colin YNWA 21 December, 2013, 04:49:31 PM
That is exquisite!
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: hippynumber1 21 December, 2013, 04:56:18 PM
That's lovely!
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: IronGraham 21 December, 2013, 06:10:24 PM
Awesome Nemisis
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: Fungus 22 December, 2013, 02:15:34 AM
This rivals the Colin Wilson.Thanks for posting  :)
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: Mikey 22 December, 2013, 02:02:48 PM
Wowzers! That's brilliant!

M.
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: Link Prime 26 December, 2013, 10:39:26 PM
Brilliant Nemesis by Bagwell.
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: ming 01 April, 2014, 01:03:10 PM
Project Sketchbook continues to trundle on...  The one below was an early contribution from quiet genius Henry Flint, although I was only sent a scan of this the other day.  Bloomin' marvelous.

(http://i.imgur.com/e87koVn.jpg)

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: Hawkmumbler 01 April, 2014, 01:25:26 PM
WTF I can't even......my brain's gonna burn out staring at that Flint Death piece ming. :o
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: Skullmo 01 April, 2014, 01:56:58 PM
That is a cracking Judge Death!
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: Spikes 03 April, 2014, 06:12:51 PM
Indeed. Very nice that!
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: Link Prime 03 April, 2014, 07:48:17 PM
Great Flint there Ming.
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: Andrew_J 03 April, 2014, 08:19:42 PM
This has to be the most epic project ever.
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: ming 22 April, 2014, 05:49:45 PM
The epic continues...

(http://i.imgur.com/9LGB3fC.jpg)

 :)
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: Frank 22 April, 2014, 06:01:13 PM

That is top quality, ming. There's something odd going on when the quality of line and finish of the stuff Ezquerra's knocking out for commissions and fan sketches is even better than his strip work in 2000ad. Hopefully the El Mestizo reboot Carlos is doing with Gordon Rennie in The Megazine will be up to the mark of your fantastic pages.

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: Spikes 22 April, 2014, 06:30:43 PM
The epic continues...

Very nice indeed, and always a joy to see more from Mr Carlos.
Johnny, in this, is very reminiscent of that old Starlord back cover(?), which was an early design concept reused, I think..
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: ming 22 April, 2014, 06:58:02 PM
Johnny, in this, is very reminiscent of that old Starlord back cover(?), which was an early design concept reused, I think..

Good eye!  I mentioned to Carlos that that pin-up has always been a huge favourite of mine and he seemed to take that on board.  That pin-up is pretty much the best standalone SD image for me, even though the character evolved away from that look fairly quickly.  (The ice-like proto-electronux was amazing...)
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: Fungus 22 April, 2014, 11:13:02 PM
That Carlos Ezquerra "sketch" is just beautiful.
And I've just realised part of the appeal is the black & whiteness.... I just think there's something about Carlos - and Brian and Kevin... - that looks better in mono.
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: maryanddavid 22 April, 2014, 11:16:15 PM
Looks great, Its ticking along nicely, isint it. Do you have an idea of when it will be finished, or is it an open ended sort of thing? And yes I'd love to see more B&W Carlos in the prog too.
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: Skullmo 22 April, 2014, 11:38:50 PM
Wow that is wonderful!
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: ming 07 May, 2014, 01:17:34 PM
This just in from the awesome talent that is Fay Dalton.  Jaw - meet floor.

(http://i.imgur.com/tBSZKgK.jpg)
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: James Stacey 07 May, 2014, 01:47:35 PM
wow!
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: Fungus 07 May, 2014, 02:19:56 PM
For goodness sake, that's great. Favourite thread.
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: hippynumber1 07 May, 2014, 02:55:27 PM
She's good isn't she!
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: Link Prime 07 May, 2014, 03:37:42 PM
That's just shockingly good Ming.
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: JamesC 07 May, 2014, 04:25:02 PM
Wonderful. I'd pay good money for a facsimile copy of this book.
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: Frank 07 May, 2014, 05:13:52 PM

Do we need to start a dedicated thread or some kind of facebook page to force Tharg to get more Fay Dalton in his comics?

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: hippynumber1 07 May, 2014, 07:13:12 PM
Imagine, if you will, an Anderson strip illustrated by Fay Dalton...  :o
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: o1s1n 07 May, 2014, 11:53:45 PM
There's nothing quite like forgetting about the existence of this sketchbook and being reminded a month or two down the line with another fantastic drawing.

Great stuff! The content in this thing now is just incredible!
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: Fungus 08 May, 2014, 01:03:42 AM
Imagine, if you will, an Anderson strip illustrated by Fay Dalton...  :o

The thought I had earlier was that she could draw... anything. Especially Dredd. Think about it.

Make her an offer, Tharg.
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: IronGraham 11 May, 2014, 01:37:39 PM
love that Lulu
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: ming 21 May, 2014, 09:48:59 AM
Very glad to see everyone so appreciative of Fay's talents!  She very kindly did another for the book; a wonderful take on Angelina.

(http://i.imgur.com/cwD9ZaE.jpg)

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: Hawkmumbler 21 May, 2014, 10:23:45 AM
Gre....great scott!  :o
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: IronGraham 21 May, 2014, 10:43:37 AM
I would love to get a Fay Dalton sketch
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: Andrew_J 21 May, 2014, 11:38:07 AM
a wonderful take on Angelina.

Gorgeous. This makes me more smitten with Angelina now than I was at 15.

Where's the link to the Fay Daldon for 2000AD petition? I need to sign.
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: Graff Vynda K 21 May, 2014, 01:42:29 PM
That is fabulous!
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: Fungus 21 May, 2014, 02:10:31 PM
Another beauty. A very Carlosy shooter, too.
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: ming 25 May, 2014, 01:04:11 PM
Yaaarrrgh!  Craven Mongrels!  You have not heard the last of Anthrax Ghoulshadow, B.A.*!


(http://i.imgur.com/9mpP0JZ.jpg)



* B.A. - Bachelor of Awfulness
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: Colin YNWA 25 May, 2014, 07:24:39 PM
Fantastic choice!
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: Proudhuff 26 May, 2014, 05:47:13 PM
great thread, wonderful artwork  :sick: I must get my Dreddhead sketchbook scanned...
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: ming 07 July, 2014, 05:13:53 PM
A great contribution from a while back from Jock and a more recent one from none other than Brett Ewins!  Knowing that Brett’s been through the wringer lately makes this one all the more special and it means a great deal to have been able to include him in this loony scheme of mine.  Wake gets a very special mention as without his patience this one would never have come off. Cheers, Wake! :)

(http://i.imgur.com/1EoclWg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Sh9WpjL.jpg)
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: CrazyFoxMachine 07 July, 2014, 07:28:57 PM
"Brett Ewins 2014" is a tremendously awe-inspiring thing to see on a drawing after everything that happened with him. Remarkable and amazing. To own it must be incredible!
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: ming 07 July, 2014, 07:51:08 PM
"Brett Ewins 2014" is a tremendously awe-inspiring thing to see on a drawing after everything that happened with him. Remarkable and amazing. To own it must be incredible!

Absolutely spot on.  I know this wasn't easy for Brett to take on but the fact that he was able to contribute at all makes this so special and it really means a great deal to me.
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: Woolly 07 July, 2014, 09:23:30 PM
"Brett Ewins 2014" is a tremendously awe-inspiring thing to see on a drawing after everything that happened with him. Remarkable and amazing. To own it must be incredible!

Seconded. Truly warms the heart to see this, thanks for sharing Ming  :)

Really wish tharg would give Brett a one-off or a 3riller to do, with no deadline. Let him work on it when he's ready and able, and at his own speed, and print it at the best opportunity. Im sure it'd mean alot, to alot of people.

<edit> Assuming Brett wants to, of course!
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: ming 17 July, 2014, 11:49:18 AM
Just in from Clint Langley - his ink work is just amazing and Slaine has never looked better… 

(http://i.imgur.com/IdjrO3Z.jpg)
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: Link Prime 17 July, 2014, 12:18:48 PM
Slaine has never looked better… 


This just might be true.
Stunning stuff from Clint!
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: Graff Vynda K 18 July, 2014, 03:41:54 AM
I'm not really a Langley Fan, but that is one sweet sketch. It's got almost a Ian Miller vibe to it...and I love the way that it interacts with the shadow of the Fay Dalton, providing some cheeky definition to her lady area...!
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: Skullmo 18 July, 2014, 10:08:47 AM
That could be my favrourite sketch so far!
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: ming 01 August, 2014, 07:27:37 PM
A fantastic contribution from Dave Taylor; I really love this one.  Psi Division's Exorcist Judge Lamia from High Spirits (Prog 1640-16343).

(http://i.imgur.com/TIcMsIR.jpg)
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: Colin YNWA 02 August, 2014, 07:11:45 AM
Does anyone draw Mega City One as well as Dave Taylor?
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: ming 02 August, 2014, 04:33:26 PM
Does anyone draw Mega City One as well as Dave Taylor?

No!  It always looks like a living, breathing place; an insane, organic place with a mind of its own.  I'd love to see a series of artists' interpretations of the Big Meg, or just their favourite aspect of it.  Maybe when Project Sketchbook is all wrapped up...
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: Spikes 06 August, 2014, 05:51:06 PM
Nice to see these posts popping up at (fairly) regular intervals, now. Some cracking pieces, and yes, its all kinds of lovely to see 'Ewins 2014', as others have said. But my..... that Langley Slaine is nice!
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: ming 06 August, 2014, 08:06:16 PM
Nice to see these posts popping up at (fairly) regular intervals, now. Some cracking pieces, and yes, its all kinds of lovely to see 'Ewins 2014', as others have said. But my..... that Langley Slaine is nice!

Thanks, Iain!

That reminds me, I neglected to add this fine Mean Machine, also by Clint.

(http://i.imgur.com/n0DwozM.jpg)
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: Woolly 06 August, 2014, 09:31:32 PM
Those Clint sketches are a sight to behold!  :o

Although i've come to appreciate his photoshop skills (books of invasion vol1 is particularly beautiful in retrospect), i still wish he'd do more inked work for the prog.

Edit: Clint *Langley*. I don't want anyone thinking I'm on first-name terms or anything  ;)
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: Fungus 06 August, 2014, 09:36:24 PM
Yep, he needs to draw more and log off  :) Lovely art.

Ol' Mean may have a bit of bother going up from 1 to 2 to... oh wait, 4 - no I meant 3!
If that's artistic licence, I like it  :P

: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Judge Nutmeg 11 August, 2014, 07:46:14 PM
fantastic mean machine image
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 17 September, 2014, 09:23:40 AM
Jesús Redondo kindly agreed to do something for Project Sketchbook and suddenly produced a handful of images all at once.  I'll drip-freed these in here while I wait for a couple of other things to materialise.

Anyway, the whole thing seems to be going well and there's an astounding roll-call of talent involved now.  I'm particularly Thrilled by the inclusion of Jesús, Carlos and Ian Kennedy as my association with their work goes all the way back to Star Lord, but the overall list of contributors is brain-meltingly wonderful.

(http://i.imgur.com/xcmXlpZ.jpg)

More to follow...

Meanwhile, if you fancy getting something drawn by Jesús, get yourselves here: http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,41137.0.html
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Wiggz 17 September, 2014, 09:30:08 AM
Lovely work as always Ming! - Look forward to seeing what you get next... =).
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 17 September, 2014, 09:32:28 AM
Lovely work as always Ming! - Look forward to seeing what you get next... =).

Thanks - me too!  Hopefully a couple more contributions will materialise in the next few weeks...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 17 September, 2014, 09:54:13 AM
One day I really hope to see these in the flesh. Quite fantastic.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 17 September, 2014, 09:57:57 AM
One day I really hope to see these in the flesh. Quite fantastic.

Brother, you and me both...  The only people to see these first-hand so far are the various artists involved, but then that's part of the fun.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 30 September, 2014, 08:52:20 AM
Another contribution from Jesús...

(http://i.imgur.com/YCriSMH.jpg)

 :)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: hippynumber1 30 September, 2014, 09:23:25 AM
Now that's incredible!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 30 September, 2014, 09:51:40 AM
Now that's incredible!

Thanks, Mark - it's great to see Jesús revisiting Return to Armageddon, especially as it was out in the wilderness without a reprint for so long...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 30 September, 2014, 01:03:27 PM
I saw this over at the Facebook group but will spurt my love for it here.

That is just fantastic. From a fantastic series I'm so glad has finally seen the light of day again.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: hippynumber1 30 September, 2014, 01:06:55 PM
I saw this over at the Facebook group but will spurt my love for it here.

Urgh! :-\
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Proudhuff 30 September, 2014, 01:34:49 PM
that book is gonna need a splashguard!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 30 September, 2014, 01:36:58 PM
Don't worry, I'll make sure Colin is equipped with the genital cuff before he's allowed to get his grubby mitts on it.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: IronGraham 30 September, 2014, 04:49:27 PM
Sooooooooooooo pretty
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 30 September, 2014, 04:55:40 PM
Truth be told I fear if I ever saw this book in reality I'd simple lose the ability to speak, shuffle nervously before making an excuse and run away giggling to myself, flushed a terrible crimson colour.

Later I'd be a mess of self recrimination and loathing - reflecting on the fact that this way we could still be friends (me and the book) and its probably for the best
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: StrontiumFish 01 October, 2014, 08:34:06 AM
I'm speechless!
Luckily I can still type so I can say what a brilliant collection this is - amazing stuff
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Hawkmumbler 01 October, 2014, 10:57:13 AM
Litearaly, JESUS christ!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Wiggz 01 October, 2014, 12:41:26 PM
lovely project! Some really cool stuff in there Ming.Looking forward to seeing who you get next.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 10 December, 2014, 04:40:21 PM
Happily, Chris Weston was up for round two; Don Uggie Apelino goes ape.

(http://i.imgur.com/GMg0sIe.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 10 December, 2014, 07:47:22 PM
This popped into my in tray earlier today and I span around in my office car in giddy delight. The I realised it wasn't mine and threw some books at some student while screaming nonsensical expletives...

You live in Sweden right, we have reason to travel to Sweden can I come and see your book!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: hippynumber1 10 December, 2014, 08:19:11 PM
This sketchbook is already an amazing collection and Chris' Don Uggie is a worthy addition.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: The Enigmatic Dr X 10 December, 2014, 08:53:04 PM
That is an awesome Uggie!

(Wonder how the Meg's apes are getting on?)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 25 May, 2015, 02:06:17 PM
Slowly but surely, Project Sketchbook rumbles onwards to glory…  These came in a while ago but I forgot to post them here until now.  Apologies for the dodgy pics but as I’ve yet to see any of these in person I’m relying on whatever images I can get.  Anyway, a trio from Ian Gibson.

(http://i.imgur.com/hlEfVIT.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GUAG4ER.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uSNngBt.jpg)

There's a long way to go but the Project Sketchbook roll-call so far is embarrassingly awesome: Brendan McCarthy, D'Israeli, Steve Yeowell, Jock, Brett Ewins, Ian Kennedy, Chris Weston, Henry Flint, Arthur Ranson, Colin Wilson, Dave Gibbons, Staz Johnson, Dave Taylor, Frazer Irving, Simon Davis, Bryan Talbot, Edmund Bagwell, Carlos Ezquerra, Clint Langley, Fay Dalton, Jesus Redondo and Ian Gibson…

And there's one more just in that I’ll post up in due course...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 25 May, 2015, 02:22:34 PM
Arh lovely to have an update on this great project and what a wonderful way to return. That Halo is devastatingly attractive.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Judge Nutmeg 25 May, 2015, 02:30:56 PM
Jammy drokker   :lol:  , always like seeing an update to this post
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: maryanddavid 25 May, 2015, 11:05:08 PM
Looking great Ming!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Hawkmumbler 26 May, 2015, 09:06:49 AM
The elusive Ian Gibson! Glad to know he's not completely shut himself out of the community. You lucky man, ming!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 26 May, 2015, 09:18:24 AM
Thanks, folks!  Yeah, it was great to be able to include Ian in this - a real gent and a legendary talent.  Project Sketchbook is slow progress at times (silly me, I originally thought this might take a year or two) but entirely worth all the effort.

I have another pic to post up later but I'm worried that it's so good you're all going to hate me.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Dredd Head 26 May, 2015, 09:25:21 AM
Wonderful Sketchbook Ming so many great pieces, That Slaine one by Clint Langley is jaw dropping
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Greg M. 26 May, 2015, 09:33:07 AM
I have another pic to post up later but I'm worried that it's so good you're all going to hate me.

I wouldn't worry - we all hate you already, so nothing'll change. ;)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 26 May, 2015, 09:50:15 AM
I have another pic to post up later but I'm worried that it's so good you're all going to hate me.

I wouldn't worry - we all hate you already, so nothing'll change. ;)

Hah!  Well in that case...

(http://i.imgur.com/J6PLzaU.jpg)

: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Jim_Campbell 26 May, 2015, 09:56:32 AM
Holy. Shit.

Cheers

Jim
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Hawkmumbler 26 May, 2015, 09:58:24 AM
God fucking dammit Ming!!!!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 26 May, 2015, 10:03:54 AM
Bloody hell that is quite fantastic! Simply killin'.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: I, Cosh 26 May, 2015, 10:04:06 AM
Holy. Shit.
Very much this.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Fungus 26 May, 2015, 10:13:39 AM
Very fantastic. Love it.

Hide the paints though next time, or all these clever forgeries will find you out!!!  ;)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 26 May, 2015, 10:23:22 AM
Hide the paints though next time, or all these clever forgeries will find you out!!!  ;)

Heh, if I was that clever I'd be working for the House of Tharg.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Link Prime 26 May, 2015, 10:26:29 AM
The most coveted tome in all of Thrill-dom.

Very impressed Ming.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Dash Decent 26 May, 2015, 12:00:49 PM
That's beautiful, Ming - all of it.

Now all you need is a Buttonman original to really set it off.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Bolt-01 26 May, 2015, 02:23:02 PM
Ming- that's astounding-
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Woolly 26 May, 2015, 05:50:14 PM
May as well poke my eyes out now, I doubt they'll ever see any better sights than this thread!
That sketchbook is the definition of Thrill-Power!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Spikes 26 May, 2015, 09:02:30 PM
That is quite something. Quite something indeed.
The only droid to make Slaine interesting for me. Mr Davis is most definitely a bit special.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 20 October, 2015, 11:45:09 AM
Back from beyond the grave... Project Sketchbook creaks back into life courtesy of the lovely Simon Fraser.

Angelina diGriz
(http://i.imgur.com/8kaFvOp.jpg)

Artie Gruber
(http://i.imgur.com/jsqeEab.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Jim_Campbell 20 October, 2015, 11:48:02 AM
He's a bit handy, that Fraser lad. I know the prog's loss is Dr Who's gain, but I really miss Simon's contributions to the Galaxy's Greatest…

Cheers!

Jim
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 20 October, 2015, 12:02:20 PM
He's a bit handy, that Fraser lad. I know the prog's loss is Dr Who's gain, but I really miss Simon's contributions to the Galaxy's Greatest…

This is correct on just about ever level. While I'm enjoying his Doctor Who quite a bit (by far the best of Titan's offerings that I've read) I do miss him in the Prog. Those sketches are both brilliant and I'm very happy to see the book back.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 20 October, 2015, 12:08:49 PM
Simon did manage to sneak this one in as well...

(http://i.imgur.com/BFS9nEP.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Proudhuff 20 October, 2015, 12:53:36 PM
Its threads like this that make this place the best around...  :D

Now all we need is for this sketchbook to 'disappear' and legions of Squaxx will be off on a quest following the clues laid out on this very thread!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 20 October, 2015, 01:31:45 PM
Now all we need is for this sketchbook to 'disappear' and legions of Squaxx will be off on a quest following the clues laid out on this very thread!

There are four of these official 2000AD sketchbooks doing the rounds now, the main reason for that being to reduce the risk of the whole enterprise grinding to a halt if someone sits on one for a year (as has happened).  Books bounce from artist to artist and, three years in, I still haven't seen any of these in person*.  Recorded delivery helps me sleep at night but if anything ever does get lost in the post I'll go bananas.  Or postal; whichever seems more appropriate at the time.



* Apart from Ed Bagwell's Nemesis, which he sent in direct as he's even more wary of the postal system than I am.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Mikey 20 October, 2015, 01:37:13 PM
Stunning contributions from Fraser there - hard not to love a bit of Gruber!

Recorded delivery helps me sleep at night but if anything ever does get lost in the post I'll go bananas.

If they go missing, I imagine this very message board would go very quiet as the assembled Squaxx started breaking into sorting offices up and down the country...I'd send it back to you of course, but I expect a few pages would have been stolen by posties. Yes, posties.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: IronGraham 20 October, 2015, 05:29:05 PM
Do you ask for specific things or is it up to the artists'?
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Richmond Clements 20 October, 2015, 06:16:14 PM
Fucking hell.
To my eternal shame, as a squaxx and a moderator*, this is the first time I have seen this thread... (I know!)
I now have a severe case of TPO after looking at the past 10 pages. Outstanding work!



*I'm aware that you all now think you can sneak stuff on in the dark corners of the forum thinking I am not omnipresent...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 20 October, 2015, 07:08:01 PM
Do you ask for specific things or is it up to the artists'?

A bit of both.  Sometimes I'm asked what I'd like, other times I offer a suggestion or two but quite often it'll just be pot luck and artists draw whatever they feel like at the time.  Whichever way it goes there are no complaints from me, obviously :)

Fucking hell.
To my eternal shame, as a squaxx and a moderator*, this is the first time I have seen this thread... (I know!)
I now have a severe case of TPO after looking at the past 10 pages. Outstanding work!

Better late than never!  You probably could have waited another year or two before stumbling on this, I think - there's a looooong way to go.  When I started this loony scheme I had very modest intentions and thought I could get it all wrapped up in a year or so.  More fool me.  This has developed a life of its own and I'm as much a passenger as the rest of you, really.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 02 December, 2015, 09:44:02 AM
Here's one from a while back that I neglected to post.  Thrilled doesn't begin to cover how I felt when Arthur Ranson agreed to contribute; such a fantastic talent and a real core 2000AD artist for so many years.

(http://i.imgur.com/h051WnJ.jpg)

Hopefully there'll be a few new things to post before long.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Link Prime 03 December, 2015, 10:38:59 AM
Hopefully there'll be a few new things to post before long.

Keep 'em coming!

Great to see a new piece of work from The Ranson Droid.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: I, Cosh 03 December, 2015, 10:39:32 AM
Wow. That's delightful.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 08 January, 2016, 05:25:57 PM
Oooh...

(http://i.imgur.com/DZ2T4Ph.jpg)

Inks to follow shortly I'm told.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Timothy 08 January, 2016, 06:19:16 PM
I'll echo that ooh.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 08 January, 2016, 06:22:09 PM
I'll see your oooh and raise you a whoosh.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Fungus 08 January, 2016, 06:22:28 PM
I feel like ol' Uncle Ump when new sketches appear in this thing! Stick McMahon on the cover!  :o
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Spikes 09 January, 2016, 11:51:08 AM
Always great to see more new art from Mick pop up, and good call on asking (or did you leave it to Mick to decide what to draw?) for Uncle Ump.

Just lovely at any rate.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 10 January, 2016, 07:27:32 PM
Always great to see more new art from Mick pop up, and good call on asking (or did you leave it to Mick to decide what to draw?) for Uncle Ump.

Just lovely at any rate.

Thanks, Iain (and the rest of you).  I asked Mick for Uncle Ump and he was kind enough to go along with it - not a major character but one I've always had a soft spot for.  I think Project Sketchbook is a nice place to revisit some lesser-seen characters so hopefully I'll fill a few more spots with relative obscurities.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Geoff 11 January, 2016, 08:32:29 PM
Great choice with Uncle Ump - that's going to be a lovely piece.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 14 January, 2016, 06:59:30 PM
All done - really happy with this one!  Mick really is one in a million.

(http://i.imgur.com/as5bbSE.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Geoff 14 January, 2016, 07:07:06 PM
Great choice with Uncle Ump - that's going to be a lovely piece.

I was right, it is!  :D
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Timothy 14 January, 2016, 07:42:23 PM
Ho yus.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 09 February, 2016, 08:35:19 AM
Cat Sullivan kindly agreed to do a little something for Project Sketchbook...  He seemed a bit surprised to be asked to participate alongside the 'regular' 2000AD artists but, for me, Droid Life is a wonderful staple of the modern Golden Era Prog.  Anyway, I'm really happy he was up for this (and he seemed particularly impressed by Ian Gibson's contributions).

(http://i.imgur.com/t9B52hx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/d0X8SJV.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Hawkmumbler 09 February, 2016, 08:49:31 AM
Thats glorious! I'm with you in your love for Droid Life, Ming. Genius stuff.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Spikes 13 February, 2016, 10:52:01 AM
Indeed. Another cracker. Tharg and Ming should get together and make copies of these sketchbooks once completed...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: jannerboyuk 13 February, 2016, 11:27:26 AM
Come on Thargy, get this printed and just take my money gruddamit!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Tjm86 13 February, 2016, 12:06:36 PM
This site needs a petition option!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 14 February, 2016, 05:51:21 PM
Hah, thanks for the kind words folks but there are no plans for wider dissemination of Project Sketchbook beyond a compilation .pdf to send out to all contributing artists once it's all done and dusted.

If Tharg wants to put contents from the completed books out there to raise money for charity or something I'd be up for it but to be honest this is just a (slightly mad) personal project and a love letter of sorts to the Galaxy's Greatest Comic.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 23 February, 2016, 07:14:19 PM
Liam Sharp did a fantastic Chopper sketch for me at UKCAC '88 and, being a greedy bugger, I shamelessly hurried back 28 years later for a second sketch for Project Sketchbook.  Cheers, Liam!

(http://i.imgur.com/VPUJgIw.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Fungus 23 February, 2016, 07:54:28 PM
The perfect sketch. Lovely  :)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 29 April, 2016, 12:43:24 PM
This was done a while back but I've just got sent a pic (I had no idea what he'd done until about 10 minutes ago) - fantastic work by the lovely Phil Winslade.

Going for some months without seeing a finished contribution is slightly maddening but now you all know how to keep an idiot in suspense.

(http://i.imgur.com/MtPS2Vw.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Bolt-01 29 April, 2016, 12:50:53 PM
splutter! That's astounding. Thanks for Sharing, Ming.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Hawkmumbler 29 April, 2016, 12:54:41 PM
Drokk me! :o

That Phil Winslade can draw a bit good!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: I, Cosh 29 April, 2016, 01:02:30 PM
Blimey!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 29 April, 2016, 01:10:55 PM
Blimey!

That was exactly my reaction on seeing this.  A lot of people are putting far too much time and effort into this and I feel terrible, almost.  The 'labour of love' aspect of this is infectious, it seems.

I have another sketch to show as well but I'll wait a bit so heads don't explode through overexposure to Thrill Power.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Andy Lambert 29 April, 2016, 01:17:46 PM
That's some seriously amazing drawing there...! Wow!!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 29 April, 2016, 01:39:50 PM
Always a delight to see this thread back and Phil Winslade pic is quite something, even when you think about what has gone before.

Very much looking forward to seeing what else is new. So how long is it until you expect it back in your lucky ole mits Ming?
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 29 April, 2016, 01:50:14 PM
So how long is it until you expect it back in your lucky ole mits Ming?

I have no clue, Colin - but it's likely to be at least a couple more years before this is done (realistically, three years or more :o).  It's developed a life of its own and some things are done pretty quickly while others take a year or more to appear.  Not that I'm complaining; it's a labour of love and I'm hugely appreciative of the time and effort that artists are putting into this loony scheme of mine.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 03 May, 2016, 11:17:30 AM
This time, something a little different...  Pete Fowler.  Soon after I started this sketchbook thing I decided it might be nice to try and include a few artists who, while not strictly 2000AD artists, are a good fit one way or another.  Pete did a lovely Nemesis design for the Zarjaz! exhibition many moons ago and, more recently, designed a similar figure for Unbox, so I took a gamble and asked if he'd be interested in doing something for the book.  He was incredibly supportive and enthusiastic - it's really very humbling to see how people react to this stupid scheme of mine.

(http://i.imgur.com/H6KOEp5.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: I, Cosh 03 May, 2016, 12:05:42 PM
....!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 03 May, 2016, 07:20:28 PM
....!


....!!!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 14 September, 2016, 01:35:04 PM
Ian Culbard has worked his magic on Project Sketchbook...  I was sent the first image which I absolutely loved but when the second one came through I was floored.  I've got a real soft spot for Brink so it's great to have this in the book.

(http://i.imgur.com/jWwzfmb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pSYlKhA.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Hawkmumbler 14 September, 2016, 01:38:33 PM
Jeeezuuus!!! INJC, man, that's some serious talent right there. Phenomenal sketch of Bridge!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Fungus 14 September, 2016, 01:47:17 PM
Terrific. Don't leave it 4 months next time  :)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 14 September, 2016, 01:53:21 PM
Terrific. Don't leave it 4 months next time  :)

You cant' rush genius (trust me, I've tried!).  Pieces come in at their own sweet pace (i.e. not rapidly) and as artists are being extremely kind in agreeing to join in the madness in the first place I'm definitely not complaining.  I'd love to get all this wrapped up in the next year or so but I'd be living in cloud cuckoo land if I imagined that was going to happen.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Fungus 14 September, 2016, 02:05:41 PM
But of course. Keep up the good work!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Theblazeuk 15 September, 2016, 10:16:49 AM
Forgot all about this for months, enjoyable hour or so pouring over all the sketches again :)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 15 September, 2016, 09:52:45 PM
One day I will track you down and beg you to let me see this, one day. That is YET another beaut!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Trout 16 September, 2016, 07:18:49 AM
Hello. I love this thread.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Spikes 16 September, 2016, 12:32:32 PM
Ian Culbard has worked his magic on Project Sketchbook...  I was sent the first image which I absolutely loved but when the second one came through I was floored.  I've got a real soft spot for Brink so it's great to have this in the book.

(http://i.imgur.com/jWwzfmb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pSYlKhA.jpg)

Always great to see updates on this thread. And another cracker.
I'd very much like to commission the INJC chap. Does he take on these, do you know?
(A Brass Sun piece would receive a loving home in my collection, if he happens to reads this....  :))
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 16 September, 2016, 01:05:30 PM
Always great to see updates on this thread. And another cracker.
I'd very much like to commission the INJC chap. Does he take on these, do you know?
(A Brass Sun piece would receive a loving home in my collection, if he happens to reads this....  :))

Thanks, Iain - glad you like it!  I'm not sure how open Ian is to commissions to be honest.  He didn't seem to take that much persuading (or maybe I'm just good at schmoozing) but indicated that this would be the first Brink sketch so I'm not sure how much work of this kind he takes on outside more regular paying gigs.  Drop me a line and I'll help if I can, though.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Rogue Judge 24 September, 2016, 07:19:31 AM
This thread is incredible! I just spent the last 45 minutes pouring over your sketchbook. Drokk! You are a very lucky individual - Thanks for sharing!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 04 November, 2016, 01:15:03 PM
The latest contribution, from Tiernen Trevallion - a cracking take on my favourite Strontium Dog villains, the Weerd Brothers.  I've never seen Silent Weerd looking so happy!

(http://i.imgur.com/yGGFjhT.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Bolt-01 04 November, 2016, 02:21:27 PM
Aye, that's lovely.

Silent Weerd features in a strip in the latest Dogbreath (https://futurequake.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/dogbreath-32/), don'cha know?
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Eme 08 November, 2016, 11:39:51 AM
DROKK ! that sketchbook is a thing of beauty. Many positive swear out loud moments looking at all those pages
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Hawkmumbler 08 November, 2016, 12:17:56 PM
TT is the absolute best, and thats another beauty, Ming!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Paul Moore 09 November, 2016, 07:16:35 PM
That last one is a beauty
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Spikes 10 November, 2016, 08:19:43 PM
Going back a few posts, but I see via FB that the Culbard droid is keen to attend Thought Bubble next year.

Grand news.  :thumbsup:
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 24 November, 2016, 09:18:32 PM
Nothing new to post just yet but if you want a flick through Book One (Brendan McCarthy, D'Israeli, Steve Yeowell, Jock, Frazer Irving, Brett Ewins, Chris Weston, Phil Winslade, Pete Fowler, Dave Taylor) then you can (hopefully) do so via the link below.  Quite excited to see this - still the closest I've got to seeing it myself!

Dan Lish* (very much worth a Google if you're not familiar with his work) is currently in possession of this one... :)

https://www.pixgram.me/danlish1/media/1383968455502171161_12954716
 (https://www.pixgram.me/danlish1/media/1383968455502171161_12954716)

* Like Pete Fowler, Dan contributed to the Zarjaz! exhibition some years back...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Trent 24 November, 2016, 10:29:26 PM
Ming, that is just stunning.
Best collection of comic art I have ever seen, the vibrancy and energy in those sketches is also some of the best work I have ever seen from the respective artists, particularly the likes of Colin Wilson and even Ian Kennedy.
I truly hope this reaches the masses in a suitably deluxe form (a la Zenith Book 1) to really show the brushwork etc to its fullest.
A magnificent, ongoing, achievement - my jealousy knows no bounds.
I may have missed it but is this purely a personal collection or are there plans to reproduce it for some good cause perhaps?
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 25 November, 2016, 10:33:34 AM
Thanks, Trent!  I'll get good scans and pics online when it's all done (still some years away I imagine) but I don't think this will get published in any other form (Tharg put out a sketchbook of his own recently anyway).  I'll be happy when it's all over as will the artists since I'll finally stop nagging them all the bloody time.

Page 11:
Hah, thanks for the kind words folks but there are no plans for wider dissemination of Project Sketchbook beyond a compilation .pdf to send out to all contributing artists once it's all done and dusted.

If Tharg wants to put contents from the completed books out there to raise money for charity or something I'd be up for it but to be honest this is just a (slightly mad) personal project and a love letter of sorts to the Galaxy's Greatest Comic.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 25 November, 2016, 09:12:56 PM
Aside from the fact that that video REALLY wants me to stay in a Premier Inn its quite fantastic. To know that exists and not have your mitts on it you must have the patience of a saint!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Trent 26 November, 2016, 10:08:57 AM
Ming, picked up the official sketchbook which had some brilliant images and was worth every penny but I have to say, your collection beats it hands down.
If Rebellion can't think of a way to utilise it (charitable contribution while covering their costs) then it would be a crying shame - it would sell like hotcakes imho.
Of course, you could self publish and profiteer yourself which would be entirely reasonable given the lengths you have gone to.

I just want it...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Jim_Campbell 26 November, 2016, 10:22:57 AM
Of course, you could self publish and profiteer yourself which would be entirely reasonable a clear breach of copyright tempting a potential legal shitstorm that could threaten the effort of any fan who might want to do something similar in future given the lengths you have gone to.

FTFY.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 26 November, 2016, 01:52:56 PM
Of course, you could self publish and profiteer yourself which would be entirely reasonable a clear breach of copyright tempting a potential legal shitstorm that could threaten the effort of any fan who might want to do something similar in future given the lengths you have gone to.

FTFY.

Yup.  I'd never seek to profit from this in any way.  I'm happy to put images online to share the love but the thought of selling copies of this has never crossed my mind.  Artists have given up valuable time to contribute to this (and often refused offers of payment) and I very much doubt I'd have encountered so much goodwill and support along the way if I'd been planning to repackage the artwork and sell it on in any form.  It's a very personal project anyway so why would I?
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Trent 26 November, 2016, 02:59:30 PM
Good point, my overenthusiasm clouding my mind.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 07 December, 2016, 07:15:36 PM
Four years of effort so far.  30 artists*, 45 contributions.  The latest comes from the singular talent that is Shaky Kane.

(http://i.imgur.com/Udz50Qp.jpg)


*
Brendan McCarthy
D’Israeli
Steve Yeowell
Jock
Frazer Irving
Edmund Bagwell
Brett Ewins
Dave Taylor
Phil Winslade
Pete Fowler
Tiernen Trevallion
Ian Kennedy
Henry Flint
Colin Wilson
Dave Gibbons
Arthur Ranson
Staz Johnson
Bryan Talbot
Carlos Ezquerra
Fay Dalton
Clint Langley
Mick McMahon
INJ Culbard
Jesús Redondo
Ian Gibson
Simon Davis
Simon Fraser
Cat Sullivan
Liam Sharp
Shaky Kane

…and those currently babysitting books
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: blackmocco 08 December, 2016, 01:41:59 AM
No Kev O'Neill yet, Ming...? The holy grail...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Trout 08 December, 2016, 05:17:49 AM
I love Shaky Kane's stuff. It's just so weird.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 08 December, 2016, 01:43:15 PM
No Kev O'Neill yet, Ming...? The holy grail...

No, Ive tried and failed up to now but I'll give it another go at some point.  Hopefully just a matter of right time, right place and being able to get a book in front of him somewhere...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Spikes 08 December, 2016, 10:56:36 PM
Again, another cracking piece.

And that's certainly a mouth watering list of droids that have contributed to PSB so far.  :thumbsup:


You're off to the 40th bash? Will a few more sketches be added to those books at that event?
I'm probably going to be taking my own (more modest) sketchbook along, and hopefully try to get a few.

: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 05 January, 2017, 02:59:59 PM
You're off to the 40th bash? Will a few more sketches be added to those books at that event?

I will be over for the 40th bash, yes - not sure if there'll be any of the sketchbooks attending though.  However, if I can persuade those currently in possession to bring them along, I will.  If there's the smallest chance of getting a book in from of say, Kevin O'Neill or Brian Bolland, I'd be over the moon.  Unlikely, I know...

Anyway, in the meantime, this DPS popped up today - from the pen of the previously-mentioned Dan Lish: Reptilian Royal unmasked by Johnny Alpha!  (Dan had a pic published back in Prog 373 but I think you'll agree that he's come on a bit since then.)

(http://i.imgur.com/dA6dV7z.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 14 February, 2017, 12:58:59 PM
Fresh from the 40th - huge thanks to Simon Coleby for this one!  It was a huge treat to hug the books (my, how they've grown) and whisper sweet nothings to them at the weekend but now it's time for them to move on once again...

(http://i.imgur.com/eB2zhVU.png)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 14 February, 2017, 07:23:15 PM
Wow it must have been something special to seem them in the flesh.

That is a doozy by Mr Coleby.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 11 March, 2017, 01:18:32 PM
Wow it must have been something special to seem them in the flesh.

That is a doozy by Mr Coleby.

Thanks, Colin - yeah it was an amazing treat to see three of the four books in person (for the first time since they started their global travels four years ago); shame I missed you on the day.  Project Sketchbook will hopefully be all over and done with by the time the 50th event rolls around so I'll try and catch you at that one!

No Lego plans for this weekend (busy with other stuff) but this just came in from Simon Harrison...

(http://i.imgur.com/AjxGOVZ.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Jim_Campbell 11 March, 2017, 07:55:13 PM
Fucking hell. I'm not an uncritical praiser of Harrison's time in the prog, but that's great.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 12 March, 2017, 11:08:11 AM
Fucking hell. I'm not an uncritical praiser of Harrison's time in the prog, but that's great.

Thanks, Jim!  I'm really happy that Simon was up for this; Project Simon now includes Messrs Davis, Fraser, Coleby and Harrison; just Bisley and Jacob to go...  :lol:
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 12 March, 2017, 11:53:49 AM
Yep always been a big fan of Simon Harrison and it would certainly appear he still has it!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Mute77 12 March, 2017, 01:47:21 PM
Love that strontium dog! I really liked Harrison's strontium dog back in the day too..
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Mardroid 12 March, 2017, 02:50:36 PM
Love that strontium dog! I really liked Harrison's strontium dog back in the day too..

Yes. I found the stuff he drew ... unsettling*.. to read, but his art was always interesting and dynamic, and his depiction of Johnny Alpha was very good.

*This isn't necessarily a bad thing, concerning the subject matter and the resolution to that arc. It gave me a real sense of depression. Strangely, the artwork of Colin MacNeil on the same arc did not make me feel that way despite the writer being the same, and the ending being even more depressing if anything. This is not a criticism of Mr. MacNeil's work at all, as his artwork was just as beautiful and I actually found it easier to read, because it felt less oppressive, despite the dark story matter.

Both artists worked in their own way, but it really brought home to me how the artwork can alter the tone of the story, even though the writer is the same.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 15 April, 2017, 11:04:14 AM
Illustrator extraordinaire and Deadline alumnus Jonathan Edwards is a big 2000AD fan (his previous takes on Strontium Dog and Dredd are worth checking out) and I'm really, really happy he was up for doing a little something for Project Sketchbook...

(http://i.imgur.com/xdiFGaT.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Jim_Campbell 15 April, 2017, 11:11:04 AM
That's brilliant. I follow Jonathan on Twitter and every image he posts is just a delight, as is this.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 15 April, 2017, 11:17:11 AM
Just spend a very pleasent 20 minutes with a cup of tea and this thread.

What could be better... well aside from the book being yours that is of course!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Dash Decent 16 April, 2017, 12:24:11 AM
Lovely stuff, ming.  Thanks for continuing to share all the thrill-power goodness.

I read the Kingdom: Aux Drift trade yesterday and was reflecting on some of the similarities between Rogue and Gene the Hackman.  That fantastic image by Jonathan Edwards, with it's square shapes and thick muscular neck (and even the colouring) really reinforces the thought in my head.

: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 18 April, 2017, 10:00:02 AM
Glad you're liking these - I'll keep dusting off the thread and sharing contributions as they come in.

I read the Kingdom: Aux Drift trade yesterday and was reflecting on some of the similarities between Rogue and Gene the Hackman.  That fantastic image by Jonathan Edwards, with it's square shapes and thick muscular neck (and even the colouring) really reinforces the thought in my head.

Definitely; the whole 'bred for war' thing together with the current rebellious turn Gene-dog's taking... I love Kingdom to bits.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: JoFox2108 22 April, 2017, 12:28:27 PM
The Wilson Rogue is amazing...

Absolutely!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: JoFox2108 22 April, 2017, 12:31:25 PM
Nice to see these posts popping up at (fairly) regular intervals, now. Some cracking pieces, and yes, its all kinds of lovely to see 'Ewins 2014', as others have said. But my..... that Langley Slaine is nice!

Thanks, Iain!

That reminds me, I neglected to add this fine Mean Machine, also by Clint.

(http://i.imgur.com/n0DwozM.jpg)

I love the detail in this!

Sent from my HUAWEI M2-A01W using Tapatalk

: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 18 July, 2017, 10:34:03 AM
Dan Lish has just blown my mind again...  I love this to bits.

(http://i.imgur.com/ebjbw5i.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Eamonn Clarke 18 July, 2017, 11:49:43 AM
 :o
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: SuperSurfer 18 July, 2017, 12:28:55 PM
Dan Lish has just blown my mind again...  I love this to bits.
How did he manage to make an engraving in your sketchbook? :o
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 18 July, 2017, 05:58:24 PM
Have to be honest don't know the name at all but heavens to Betsy that is astonishing!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Spikes 18 July, 2017, 07:26:48 PM
That is just frickin' lovely.  :thumbsup:

It was this thread, and the tales within, that got me to pull my finger out, and start up my own (much more modest) Sketchbook quest. So much fun.

Are all your 3(?) Sketchbooks back in play now?

(I wonder when Tharg will treat us to a new sketchbook. I mean, the last one is 5 years old and counting now...)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 19 July, 2017, 12:42:00 PM
Thanks Iain (and the rest of you).  It's great to see you get started on your own sketchbook - it's a fantastic way to go and, personally, more rewarding even than collecting original (published) artwork.

There are four books doing the rounds now (two got tied up for over a year so I put two more out there just to prevent the whole thing grinding to a halt).  The book Dan had is hopefully moving on this week, as is another (moving on from Sean Philips); I'm not used to such rapid progress! (But not complaining!)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Timothy 19 July, 2017, 03:32:10 PM
I think Mr Phillips has just posted his on Twitter, and it's a doozy.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 19 July, 2017, 03:50:38 PM
I think Mr Phillips has just posted his on Twitter, and it's a doozy.

Yeah, he sent me a pic earlier and it is, indeed, a doozy.  49 images now and this is only the second Dredd...

(http://i.imgur.com/GOx0eaB.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Jim_Campbell 19 July, 2017, 03:57:19 PM
YIKES.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Bolt-01 19 July, 2017, 04:11:30 PM
Indeed. That's stunning.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Spikes 19 July, 2017, 04:29:32 PM
Sean will be attending Thought Bubble this year.

I'll be making a beeline straight to his table now  :o :thumbsup:
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 19 July, 2017, 04:44:17 PM
YIKES! Indeed. Love that fact. It just goes to show the depth of fantastic charcaters beyond Dredd in The Galaxy's Greatest.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Fungus 19 July, 2017, 05:46:11 PM
Seems to have just crossed over to the next page too.

Fantastic!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Clarkie1971 20 July, 2017, 09:37:40 PM
Amazing sketches! All 3 of mine got filled through the various cons that I have been too. Can I ask how you managed to get the sketches?  If you post them out how secure is it?
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 20 July, 2017, 11:08:09 PM
Can I ask how you managed to get the sketches?  If you post them out how secure is it?

The books go from artist to artist; recorded delivery is the way to go for (relative) peace of mind.  As they bounce between counties, countries and continents I try not to think about it too much to be honest.  It'll all be done and dusted in a few more years I guess - then the books will finally come home!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Dash Decent 21 July, 2017, 03:48:17 PM
Dan Lish has just blown my mind again...

D. Lish, that's d'lish!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Woolly 21 July, 2017, 08:58:15 PM
That Sean Phillips Dredd is the business, but to see this particular droid draw Armitage and Devlin again?
Sheer bliss!

If only he would return to Armitage full-time. It might make Tharg care about the character again...  :'(
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: JoFox2108 26 July, 2017, 10:12:31 AM


Yeah, he sent me a pic earlier and it is, indeed, a doozy.  49 images now and this is only the second Dredd...

(http://i.imgur.com/GOx0eaB.jpg)

I love this image - amazing!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 09 August, 2017, 02:01:48 PM
Nothing new to report just yet but I don't think I ever posted what Ian Kennedy sent me when I first asked him to do something for Project Sketchbook.

The books are small, just A5; Ian proposed doing this as a full-colour, double-page piece - I thought I'd been clear that all I was asking for was a sketch but apparently not  :o

(http://i.imgur.com/FFGUZ7q.jpg)


I explained that having this tucked away in the pages of a small sketchbook would be crazy and we settled on something less insane (see page 1 of this thread).  Anyway, it's a lovely drawing and a real treasure.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: I, Cosh 09 August, 2017, 02:55:00 PM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 09 August, 2017, 08:51:20 PM
Astonishing!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 10 August, 2017, 10:50:57 AM
Astonishing!

Isn't it just?  He was 82 when he did that...  When I first wrote to him he had little recollection of his contributions to 2000AD so I posted various photocopies to him, mentioning that that 'Himmel!' cover was a huge favourite of mine.  The next thing I new was when a letter and this accompanying prelim arrived in the post.  It would have been amazing to have followed through with his initial idea but I don't think any subsequent contributors to Project Sketchbook would have remained sane.  Anyway, I'm very happy to see Ian back on Tharg's radar these days and that he's now supplying a steady stream of 2000AD commissions to eager fans.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 14 August, 2017, 02:23:52 PM
Something new to share and too excited not to do so - a pair of wonders from the pen of Mark Sexton…  As happy as I am that Mark is in such demand in Hollywood I’d sooner have him chained down properly and slaving away for Tharg full-time.


(http://i.imgur.com/s71jCDN.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/cbumpMQ.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 14 August, 2017, 03:23:02 PM
Well without wishing to repeat myself.

Astonishing.

I love the fact that even his signature is elaborate!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Dr Feeley Good 14 August, 2017, 05:05:58 PM
Some amazing pieces there.... :D
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Spikes 14 August, 2017, 07:24:36 PM
Superb stuff once again, Ming.  :thumbsup:
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 09 November, 2017, 12:17:36 PM
Fresh from the dazzling brainspace of Mr. Leigh Gallagher...  I can't wait for more Kingmaker in the Prog!

(https://i.imgur.com/JqdZTcG.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 09 November, 2017, 10:26:40 PM
Yep that has me hackering for more. Of the story and this thread!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Bolt-01 10 November, 2017, 08:33:49 AM
That's a stunner. love Leigh's work- he's got a wonderful sense of immediacy and movement.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 10 November, 2017, 11:28:13 AM
That's a stunner. love Leigh's work- he's got a wonderful sense of immediacy and movement.

Yeah, the energy just crackles off the page on this one.  The book has already moved on and I'm very excited to see what the next (non art-droid) artist comes up with... Watch this space.

I think the first book that went out is pretty much full now (a couple of pages lost to bleed-through by Jock's markers but there we are).  One more sketch and it's done, maybe.  Six years since that first went off to Brendan McCarthy... The time has flown by and this loony scheme continues to be an absolute joy.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 25 November, 2017, 03:54:38 PM
This is a nice one…  Listening to the Space Spinner podcast a while back, there was a mention of a drawing in the Nerve Centre of Prog 143 by one Craig Davison; Conrad idly speculated whether this might be the now-rather-well-known artist Craig Davison.  He didn’t follow that up, but, having been an admirer of Craig’s work for some years, I did.  And it turned out that yes, that Cosmic Samurai was his and he’d been reading since Prog 1.  I asked him whether he might be up for doing a small something for Project Sketchbook and I’m very happy to be able to share this beauty.  Involving some artists who are long-time fans of the Prog is great - and I’m humbled by the enthusiasm and generosity being bestowed on this loony scheme.

(https://i.imgur.com/5dinbue.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: I, Cosh 25 November, 2017, 04:23:53 PM
I'll have to confess my ignorance of Mr Davison's work but that's yet another beauty!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 25 November, 2017, 04:33:55 PM
I'll have to confess my ignorance of Mr Davison's work but that's yet another beauty!

He's worth a quick Google, Cosh!  You'll see one of the main themes he works with straight off (and he's done a Dredd pic in that vein); a lot of warmth and humour in his work, as well as yer basic talent.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 29 November, 2017, 01:59:54 PM
There's been a veritable flurry of activity at Project Sketchbook lately…  Well, two new things in a short time, which is not what I'm used to!

This one just came in from Ian McQue.  If that name’s not familiar, he’s a legendary concept artist and fan of the Prog (and well worth checking out).  This pic wrapped up the first book I sent out (to Brendan McCarthy, at the end of 2011) and now this book is home at last.  The boys and I had a great time ogling the various contributions in the book last night - such a treat to see these in person after all the time spent bouncing between artists.  With Ed Bagwell and Brett Ewins in there it's bittersweet though - both much missed.

(https://i.imgur.com/gr5GkuJ.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Jim_Campbell 29 November, 2017, 02:49:14 PM
This one just came in from Ian McQue.

McQue is brilliant. Following him on twitter delivers more or less daily delight and his sketchbooks are well worth picking up.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Dandontdare 29 November, 2017, 04:34:03 PM
I'll have to confess my ignorance of Mr Davison's work but that's yet another beauty!

He's worth a quick Google, Cosh!  You'll see one of the main themes he works with straight off (and he's done a Dredd pic in that vein); a lot of warmth and humour in his work, as well as yer basic talent.

Didn't know the name, but I've seen his work for sale in a Manchester gallery at quite hefty prices, and now that you mention I do recall that Dredd pic.

Sadly I can't comment on the images you've posted in the last few pages because my drokkin' work systems don't like your image host, but from descriptions and reactions, I'm sure they're great  - must remember to check back at home!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Woolly 29 November, 2017, 05:57:11 PM
That is astonishingly good  :o
Got a feeling I'll be staring at this one for days...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 28 July, 2018, 12:59:15 PM
Post pending...  :)

Just need to sort a better image out (the one I have isn't great and the uploaded version seems to be blown up to giant size, despite me resizing it, which makes it look even worse).  It'll be worth the wait.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 28 July, 2018, 05:15:00 PM
Might have seen a hint of this on Facebook. Very excited to see this in ongoing.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 28 July, 2018, 07:04:52 PM
Might have seen a hint of this on Facebook. Very excited to see this in ongoing.

You and me both, Colin!  I've asked the current artist-with-the-book for a proper scan but in the meantime you can hopefully see it here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bke-clPHPMD/?taken-by=danlish1
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: TordelBack 28 July, 2018, 07:17:28 PM
GET THAT CAT AWAY FROM THE PRECIOUS!  Bloody hell, Ming, that's unbelievable, each and every page, wonder after wonder...  Jayzus. I think I need a lie down after that...
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Tjm86 28 July, 2018, 08:31:19 PM
That Light and Darkness sketch by Kennedy is a thing of beauty.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 30 July, 2018, 11:41:07 AM
GET THAT CAT AWAY FROM THE PRECIOUS!  Bloody hell, Ming, that's unbelievable, each and every page, wonder after wonder...  Jayzus. I think I need a lie down after that...

It's great that Dan posts little videos when he gets a book - it's a reminder that these really do exist on the physical plane.  In the six and a half years since I started this loony scheme I've only briefly held three of the four books (at the 2000AD 40th bash).  I think one book is actually full now, though - I just have to prise it loose from the artist currently in possession...

Anyway, I'll post up a decent pic of Cam's contribution as soon as I get one.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 28 September, 2018, 09:59:06 AM
No good pic of Cam's contribution yet but this one recently came in from the lovely Dom Reardon:

(https://i.imgur.com/BzkG7SX.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Bolt-01 28 September, 2018, 11:15:16 AM
lovely brushwork on those trees!

I'd like to see Dom take on a short Sinister Dexter. Think he's vastly unerused.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 28 September, 2018, 12:50:10 PM
lovely brushwork on those trees!

I'd like to see Dom take on a short Sinister Dexter. Think he's vastly unerused.

I'd be more than happy to see that.

Always nice to see the books chugging along too.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 04 January, 2019, 12:53:57 PM
This one just in from the mighty Dan Lish; Great Uncle Baal about to transport his Warlock gourd to another dimension:
 
(https://i.imgur.com/4UfLy5N.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Colin YNWA 04 January, 2019, 01:37:00 PM
Wow just WOW!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: norton canes 04 January, 2019, 02:54:39 PM
No good pic of Cam's contribution yet but this one recently came in from the lovely Dom Reardon:

(https://i.imgur.com/BzkG7SX.jpg)


That's Hannah-mazing illustration :)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 22 March, 2019, 09:34:36 AM
A recent contribution from Colin MacNeil - so, so good.  This emerged around the time that Harvey popped his metal clogs and brought a tear to many an eye.

(https://i.imgur.com/6mLvliB.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Fungus 22 March, 2019, 09:56:28 AM
A double-page spread. The cheek   :)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Bolt-01 22 March, 2019, 10:15:12 AM
I love the weathering on that. Colin is just an astounding artist. We are so lucky to have him.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 22 March, 2019, 10:29:30 AM
I love the weathering on that. Colin is just an astounding artist. We are so lucky to have him.

Yeah, Colin is an outstanding artist and seeing his less-is-more approach first-hand is just a joy.  Deceptively simple and I love it to bits.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Wiggz 26 March, 2019, 07:56:16 PM
Thats so cool! Nice one Ming!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 23 April, 2019, 10:42:11 AM
Thats so cool! Nice one Ming!

Thanks, Wiggz - I know you'll love this latest one from Chris W as well - would look great side-by-side with your Blitzspears piece...  I'd love to see a one-off Nemesis story rendered in glorious B&W Weston-vision.

(https://i.imgur.com/WazrHCd.jpg)
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Rogue Judge 24 April, 2019, 02:57:52 AM
Wow, two incredible double splash pages in a row, nice! MacNeil's blocks of black and white create a powerful image and Weston's art is so creepy and detailed, both amazing. Congrats!
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: ming 24 April, 2019, 01:03:35 PM
Wow, two incredible double splash pages in a row, nice! MacNeil's blocks of black and white create a powerful image and Weston's art is so creepy and detailed, both amazing. Congrats!

Thanks!  Chris W has done three pieces for the sketchbooks (Kano in 2013, Don Uggie in 2014 and now this) and they're all absolutely glorious.
: Re: 2000AD: Project Sketchbook
: Wiggz 05 May, 2019, 04:20:16 PM
That Weston Piece is beautiful - another great addition to your amazing books Ming! As always - thanx for sharing.