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This week’s cover comes from the team of Patrick Goddard and colourist Dylan Teague. With Prog 2185, Patrick’s given us a look into the showdown between Dredd and that mystery cowboy (shhh… spoilers if you haven’t caught up yet!) currently featuring in the End Of Days epic unfolding from Rob Williams and Colin MacNeil. You can find Prog 2185 in the 2000 AD web shop and comic shops from 10 June.

Over to Patrick to tell us about putting together the cover… first the ideas after a commission from Tharg…

I had just finished Aquila and Matt offered me a cover to tide me over until my next scripts so it was great to draw Dredd again!

Initially, I thought there was going to be Mega-City 1 in the background but it wasn’t needed in the end so went with the simple face-off, and with a profile like Dredd’s, how can you not want to draw that?!!

First things first, cover design in blue roughs…

Are you dancing? Are you asking?

Next up, those wonderfully tight Goddard pencils…

With any large figure work I do, I tend to draw small and then enlarge it on my scanner, it helps me, for the most part, get the scale right.

It was a very quick cover to do, nothing too tricky to draw and probably had it all done in a day.

When the Law meets the Outlaw, we all know who’s going to come out the winner.
This town ‘aint big enough for the both of us!

Then I just hand it over to the colour maestro that is Dylan Teague and he works his magic, all done!

And here’s the magic added by Dylan Teague!

Thanks to Patrick for letting us inside the making of his latest 2000 AD cover. Follow him on Twitter and pick up Prog 2185 from the shelves or in the 2000 AD web store!