2000 AD Covers Uncovered - Rushing Paradox!
The making of Alex Ronald's cover of Prog 2016
4 months ago
Prog 2016 saw the introduction of a fascinating new character in Dredd's world, the super speedy, super resourceful mutant Paradox Vega. It was obvious that in the recent Dredd arc 'Deep in the Heart' that Dredd and Paradox have previous, but writer Mike Carroll isn't ready to tell us how they met just yet...
Who better to bring Dredd's capture of Paradox to life than fan favourite cover droid Alex Ronald? Alex, who was trying out a new, looser style, was instructed to call upon Robin Smith's iconic cover of Prog 495 for reference...
"Oh no you don't!"
Alex said "Since the summer last year I'd been trying to change my style a bit starting with a couple of covers I did for the Walter Hill crime book Trigger Man..."
Water way to go.
"Hey Love, I finished work earl..."
Alex continues, "I've been keeping it a bit more loose than usual and leaving in pencil lines, etc." Below we see Alex's gorgeous roughs which have almost as much energy as Paradox herself!
If you have to get shot, you should get shot by the best!
As soon as I saw this cover, I thought the Ronald droid's software had been given the MacNeil92.exe patch, to channel the painterly style of Colin MacNeil. Alex said "When I did this Dredd cover I tried out painting it with a colour palette along the lines of Colin MacNeil circa early 90's Mechanismo era. This was to help me get a more painterly feel and bring up my colours to a more vibrant level than the usual dark blue tones I've used in the past..." Mission accomplished Alex, it's glorious!
"Stop or I fire, Crazylegs!"
Alex was also kind enough to send his roughs and finished version of his recent Anderson cover of Megazine 379. Thrill buffers at maximum Earthlets!
She looks ready...
Huge thanks to Alex for sending the covers, we can't wait to see his next one! Be sure to check out Alex's amazing blog here for more eyepopping artwork!