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It’s the return of art-droid Toby Willsmer for 2000 AD Prog 2258, with only his second Prog cover, following his debut with Prog 2240 this year. And it’s another classic-looking Dredd cover that’s on shelves and available from the 2000 AD webshop now. Now… over to Toby for the rundown on making the cover…

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TOBY WILLSMER: I had an idea for a Dredd montage piece and ran the idea past Matt. My usual route is to just scribble some ideas in the sketchbook until something emerges from the mess that I like...

The Willsmer method – ‘scribble some ideas in the sketchbook until something emerges from the mess’

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From that, I made an initial rough idea and sent it to Matt, who pointed out that it looked like Dredd was being chased and not doing the chasing.

Okay then, so that meant I needed to switch it up with Matt’s edit and came up with the rough for the layout...

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I’d removed the smoking gun in the background at this point and made Dredd’s head smaller as I had decided to add in some sort of building shapes at the linework stage.

Once Matt is happy with the layout I’ll do the linework, add shadows and some textures to start out.

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Then from there I’ll add base colours and more textures until I’m happy they all work together. At this stage I’ll flatten the image off as I like to paint on one or two layers.

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Then it’s all about the details and bits flying around to try and add as much movement as possible to end up with the final cover…

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And that’s your lot – the making of Toby Willsmer’s second cover – but we’ll put good money down that it won’t be his last, oh no, not when they look that good!

You can find 2000 AD Prog 2258 from the 2000 AD web shop and wherever thrill-power is sold from 17 November.