As visitors to the Cloud 109 blog are only too aware, your old Blogmeister has been conspicuous by his absence of late. Impervious to pangs of conscience, his keyboard has remained out of action at least as regards the cybernetic activity required to satiate the desires of some of his most loyal readers.
Has this man got no conscience?
actually he has and I have been feeling varying degrees of guilt but I
comfort myself with the thought that it's all for a good cause.
the good cause is nearly upon us as Illustrators Issue 1 along with The
Art of Denis McLoughlin are currently being printed and bound and will
be hitting these shores come August.
So here as a taster is the cover to The Art of Denis McLoughlin, plus the
cover and some interior spreads from issue 1 of Illustrators.
I think those of you who want to try this first issue out will agree
(well I am hoping fervently that you will agree) Illustrators is going
to be an ever better substitute for a daily blog - not to mention The
Art of Denis McLoughlin, which finally does this amazing artist the
justice he so richly deserves by providing a definitive collection of
his work with accompanying text by the late artist along with a
wonderful memoire and critical appreciation by his friend and biographer
book also includes check lists of all those killer diller Bloodhound
hardboiled fiction covers along with glowing reproductions of scores of
covers most of which have not been seen by more then a few of his most
devoted fans. Whilst his Buffalo Bill Annuals might well be reasonably
familiar to a lot of collectors, there are few who have seen all his TVB
noir paperback covers. Within the pages of this book you will see all
of the TVB Paperback covers painted by McLoughlin, along with some
really early Bloodhounds. There is discussion of his techniques and
reproductions including full size details of some truly stunning
is also the lead feature in the debut issue of Illustrators along with
an interview with Ian Kennedy looking back on his over half century of
working as one of this country's premier illustrators and comic strip
artists, with features on the Spanish artist and doyen of romantic
illustration Angel Badia Camps and Parisian artist Cheri Herouard adding
further luster to the proceedings. A beautifully instructive essay by
Mick Brownfield takes you behind the scenes of one of the artist's most
iconic Radio Times Christmas covers.
have got the most fantastic team of contributors on board and over
coming months you can look forward to features by the artist and writer
David Roach, writers David Ashford Norman Boyd and Gary Lovisi, ex Fleet
Street Art Editor Bryn Havord, the writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley
and host of the amazing Carol Day website and David Wright specialist
Roger Clark to name but a few.
All in all perhaps not such a bad trade off after all.
We hope you will join us for the ride.
We will be giving you a sneak preview of issue 2 shortly.