Monday, 30 March 2015

Christmas came late this year - and no dream crabs in sight!

Soooo...

Been a while since posting

The last 2 months have been a blur and I find myself in a position I've been working toward for some time.
It actually happened - I get the call from a major publisher and what's more it's to work on a major license and character.

I'm still smilling broadly while I type this ready to go and produce more pencils for the monthly strip!

The same smile that covered both my wifes face and mine as we read the email that turned up in my inbox at the end of January. Then we hugged and danced around the room - all the time not quite believing what we'd read on the screen in front of us!

I had already had the pleasure of working with Jason Quinn on of all things a reinterpretation of 'The Chronic Argonauts' for New Baby productions - an HG Wells short story famed for the first appearance of a TIME MACHINE in literature - it predated the 'Time Machine' novel by 7 years apparently.

We took a chance on the book - it was low budget and little return -  but I can certainly say that the story Jason put together was worthy of a box office outing - I loved every minute of it!

Anyway Jason moved on to greater things and late last year returned to the UK after his incredibly successful time in India as Head of Creative Content at Campfire Graphic Novels.

We'd spoken a few times about some bits and pieces but they hadn't come off for one reason or another. Of course I had my fix of QUINN by working with Tim - Jason's older brother who had kept me busy on a great project callled Street for the Endeavour charity.

Jason's return saw him becoming an Editor at PaniniUK presumably unnaware that fate was conspiring to get us to work together again!

So it transpired that Doctor Who Adventures was to have a change in publisher and Panini were to be the new guardians of the much loved magazine.

So in late January this year I got a belated Xmas pressie from Jason the new Editor of the mag as he asked me if I fancied a go... OF COURSE I exclaimed and we pushed on from there!

So now not only do I get to work on Dr Who (DR bloody Who Mum!!!!) - I get to work with a brilliant writer and Editor , with a fantastic production team and an excellent colourist (John Burns) to boot. To say nothing of becoming a most gratefull junior member of a band of creatives such as the magnificent Mike Collins, David Roach and Brian Williamson to name but a few, who have worked on this incredible character and property!




I'm propper excited :)

Below is the first page coloured beautifully by the brilliant John Burns as well as a work in progress and some early initial sketch work for character comcepts!















































 
 






















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....