Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas Greetings!

So the season to be Jolly is here and things are winding down... at least that's what they tell me!

I'm manically inking the final pages of Cy Dethan's wonderfully written "The Indifference Engine 2" as well as dipping in and out of Unstoppable comics' "Interceptor" series.

I've had my days filled with all kinds of interesting projects this year and below are a few images from three of them.

I can't show or tell of the work I have been doing with the brilliant Kevin Gill (2000AD) or the projects to be embarked upon in the new year with the magnificent Tim Quinn (Marvel UK) but when the ball and dice get rolling I'll be sure to put up some samples.

I have been able to work on the brilliant Aces Weekly with David Lloyd (V fo Vendetta) with the talented Ant Jones and fingers crossed that I'll be able to return to the publication again sometime soon.

So back to it - or I won't get a mince pie

Merry Christmas (or whatever it is you do this time of year) to all :)


















By The Sword - from Aces Weekly Vol 13
























An inked page from Interceptor : Genesis - issue 2 - written by Brandon easton and published by Unstoppable Comics
























An inked page from Cy Dethan's Indifference Engine 2 - to be published by Markosia in 2015 and released at the LSCC 2015




Friday, 31 October 2014

A day in the life!!

Weird week really.

A job I was hoping would come off this month has been delayed by a few months - hoping it will pick up again in the new year - fingers crossed!

On the plus side I got a great response from the editor involved and have always enjoyed my work with him... you know who you are J!

And then straight after I get some agency work and a continuation of the online game work I have been doing recently - so ended up a great week overall!

I've also been invited to Essex's first ever ComicCon and will be in attendance next August.

I was also pleased this week to get 500 likes on my facebook art page for which Jason Thacker was randomly chosen as the recipient of a copy of Terminus At Fenton's Green!

The next target is 1000 likes which will provide a randomly chosen liker with a 30x30 cm canvas of Captain America!

links and art below!!

The-Art-of-Russ-Leach
https://www.facebook.com/comiconessex
http://comiconessex.co.uk/





























































more soon!!


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Terminus makes the British Comic Awards long list!!!

I know that it's in a LONG LIST

I know that it's surrounded by HUGE names and talent

I know the odds are LONG

But you have to be in it to win it.... RIGHT?


Imagine my surprise when I clicked randomly on a link to the British Comic Awards in FB and found Terminus At Fenton's Green in a list populated by huge British talents.

http://britishcomicawards.com/previous-years/longlists-201314/

I know there is probably zero chance of even making a nominee spot but seeing it there in that list made my day :)

And so for this post - pages from the book I think...



















































































































































































































































































fingers crossed :)




Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Indifference Engine 2

Well... this week has been a blur!

Got some great projects going on and one that just might make me smile for a long time to come!!

More of that should it come off.

In the meantime, some sample pages from Part 1 and 2 of the Indifference Engine 2 by Cy Dethan and to be published by Markosia in 2015!

Mike Summers has provided the colours and we are hitting the back end of production in readiness for print!

so here goes...














































































































































































































more soon!!




Monday, 6 October 2014

Some Fantastic Four goodness...

Bearing in mind the recent events surrounding renumbering and cinematic FF casting tom foolery, I thought I'd pop up some FF related images...

here goes























followed by their old mate Silver Surfer...

























and some Galactus Surfer combo

























all finished off with some Ben Grimm!!
























and... relax


Thursday, 2 October 2014

More pinups!!!

Some more pinup art in this entry....

First off I have some roaring Hulk and additionally some retro Captain Britain.



























































































more soon....








Saturday, 27 September 2014

And now a short break!

I'll continue posting some pinup art next week.

I thought that for this post I'd show a production process from a page of Interceptor : Genesis -  from Unstoppable Comics.

I work with JayDee the publisher at Unstoppable on several books and we have tight budgets! So in order to keep things flowing and get pages out as quickly as we can I ink digitally on to pencil roughs.

I do sometimes produce full finished pencils for these pages but time is a luxury and so getting the page done as expressly as possible is the focus. Because I am pencilling and inking, I don't have to convey all the visual aspects of the page to another person (the inker). After that the colorist (Mike Summers) adds his creativity to the page. Mike and I work well together and have collaborated regularly for a couple of years now!

So here is the pencil rough for page 11





































So, not much in the way of shade and lighting! That comes with the inks and Mikes colours.
Time wise I can produce between 3 and 5 of these types of page a day.

Next the ink stage...





































Both of these pencils and inks were done digitally. This speeds the process up a lot for us. Of course if we are giving away a page in say a kickstarter, I will produce 'real world ' A3 pencils. These digital ink pages I can produce at between 2-3 a day.

and now the colour...



































The lettering is applied after this stage - often as seen above I will drop in sound effects at an early stage to work around the visuals.