Monday, October 06, 2014
Illustrators #8 (Sept. 2014)
Johnny Mains interviews Les Edwards, who talks about (amongst other things) his influences, including Frank Bellamy's work on "Heros the Spartan" and Bruce Pennington. I'd forgotten that Edwards is himself a comic strip artist, having painted two graphic novels based on stories by Clive Barker: Son of Celluloid and Rawhead Rex. Edwards was pigeon-holed by some art directors as a horror artist in the 1990s, forcing him to reinvent himself as Edward Miller, who could paint pastoral landscapes without a single trickle of blood showing.
The selection of illustrations here is particularly interesting as many are private commissions undertaken by Edwards without deadline pressure or art director interference.
Walter's contribution was to be his brother's model for the detective—something that Doyle confirmed but which Walter himself denied.
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