Every week, 2000 AD brings you the galaxy’s greatest artwork and 2000 AD Covers Uncovered takes you behind-the-scenes with the headline artists responsible for our top cover art – join bloggers Richard Bruton and Pete Wells as they uncover the greatest covers from 2000 AD!

This week – it’s Dylan Teague with the scrotnig cover for 2000 AD Prog 2236, with a damn serious looking Dredd packing a little bit of hardware… you can get hold of the cover when it hits the shelves and the 2000 AD web shop on 16 June!

For quite a while, Dylan’s been appearing on the cover as his lush colours have been making Cliff Robinson’s stunning covers look as good as they do, but it’s great to see his own brilliant work getting the attention it deserves there on the cover, especially when it’s a perfect Dredd.

Dylan’s artwork hasn’t just been gracing the cover of 2000 AD though, he’s also recently been on the inside pages with the art duties for last week’s Judge Dredd strip, Brief Encounter, written by Ken Niemand, a perfect little tale of love blossoming amongst the perps on the holding posts… looking something like this…

Dylan Teague art from Judge Dredd: Brief Encounter – 2000 AD Prog 2235


Now, over to Dylan for the breakdown of putting the cover together for Prog 2236… it’s a quick one this week, but that doesn’t mean the artwork’s any less wonderful!

I asked Tharg if he was looking for any covers and he said he could do with a backup Dredd cover. These type of covers are always useful to have in the drawer.

I’d done a sketch of Dredd that I was quite pleased with and I thought I could use it as a basis for the cover…

I scanned it in and used it as a base to start drawing the cover in Clip Studio. I added in a background using the ever helpful perspective rulers and sent a black and white rough to Tharg.

He was happy with the rough so I went ahead and finished it all up. I’ve always loved drawing Mega City one so I had a great time on the background of this.

And that’s it from Dylan – simple sketch, quick email, add a background, finish it up… and that’s it. Except, when I try and do that, Tharg ends up first splitting his sides laughing and then sends me back down to the lower levels of the Nerve Centre!

Thanks to Dylan Teague for that – a fabulous cover from a great artist. It’s one of the great Dredd images of the year so far!

Like Dylan says, it all starts off with the sketch he did, although frankly calling it a sketch is underselling it all just that little bit…

The original sketch from Dylan Teague’s files… sketch!!!
Another ridiculously good concept sketch for the cover from Dylan – perspective lines on the attack!
Dylan’s mocked up cover ready for Tharg’s approval
Final b&w version of the cover – move along citizen… nothing to see here.
And the final coloured version – a perfect Dredd cover!