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    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2010 edited
    I'm rescheduling this one so you have the weekend.


    No pen-portraits. This is ART ONLY. Posting just a bunch of text, or a scribble and a vast number of words, will get the thread closed and your account banned.

    NO MORE PHOTO-MANIPULATION "art". I'll just delete them. People have been drenching recent threads with several pieces at a time that they've knocked out in photoshop in 2 minutes with no thought at all. I consider this to be taking the piss.

    I will allow original photography.

    No more than ONE submission by any one person in any one REMAKE/REMODEL.


    At first Jeff Hawke, presented as an ex-R.A.F. pilot (just like Jordan) was a rather ordinary, Flash Gordon-like heroic character... In 1956 William Patterson joined his childhood friend Jordan, (and) Patterson made Jeff Hawke the first science fiction (newspaper) comic strip for adults.

    Gorgeous, contrasty black-and-white stuff. Like much comics sf of this era, no matter how they try to suggest it's in Teh Future, it all looks like the mid-Fifties in Britain, just with zappier cars.

    The three frames format of the daily strip made it hard to create vivid action scenes, so the stories centred more on dialogue than on action and violence (although these do occur).

    But mostly it was about really pretty images. Even the insides of spaceships tended to become smoky gothic interiors.

    The Jeff Hawke character himself became more and more focused on reasoning, diplomacy and moral virtues instead of brute force and bravery, and he is frequently forced by circumstances to be the ambassador of mankind in front of alien species. There are many circumstances in which Jeff Hawke is more an observer than a participant.

    Some of it is actually incredibly smart, witty and complex stuff.

    The real main characters in Jeff Hawke were the aliens. The universe of Jeff Hawke was highly populated with strange alien species that came in contact with humans for various reasons – accidental contact, commercial interests, and so on, but hardly ever for invasion. The plots of Jeff Hawke turned around the seemingly endless, baroque diversity of aliens and their worlds, their contacts with humans, and the ability of Hawke and his friends to manage relationships with so many different entities.

    Also he was once accosted in a Cornish pub by aliens.

    Jeff Hawke: A well-educated, ex-pilot, with an outstanding scientific and archaeological knowledge and a seraphic, ironic attitude. He usually wears a sober suit and a necktie, unless when he's forced to use a spacesuit (which happens quite often).

    He does get to fly spaceships, yes.

    YOUR JOB: taking what you now know from the above, design the cover for a book of JEFF HAWKE stories, called JEFF HAWKE.

    It's a bit tougher than it sounds. Impress me.

    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2010 edited

    Jeff Hawke bookcover (illo)
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    I'm so glad it's back! Count me in.
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2010
    Cool. I will watch, and hopefully get to play too.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2010
    Nice one Warren, should be fun to see what surfaces...
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    Just something quick before I get to today's comic work.
    I got kind of stuck on the idea of him as a diplomat in a spacesuit.
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    I'm working on something. I think I may have tried to cram too many of the ideas into one page. He's wearing a spacesuit... AND a tie. Madness.
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    Everything I used to make this image I was using for the first time (except my blue markers). It's uh... pretty rough, but it gets the idea across I think.
    Spaceships! Aliens! Suits! Buttresses!
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2010 edited
    @runcibleshaw: If this were a cover I'd buy it.
    Nice raw lines & composition, interesting yet not distracting bg. The image has all that Warren mentioned in there.
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    And, the original illustration, a bit larger...
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2010
    ...and once again, the frickin' bar gets set mighty high right off the bat! Thanks (and curse you) Art, you talented bastard! : )

    BTW, did you see that I dressed like that sketch you did of me for Halloween, with big hoodie and my kilt? You thought of it first, sir!
  6.  (9137.12)
    I so want to buy that comic by Art.

    • CommentAuthorkmcleod
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2010
    jeff hawke
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    While it's hard to follow Art's gorgeous cover, this image popped into my mind literally the instant after I was done reading the description. So I had to draw it, and consequently spend longer than I'd intended on it. So here's my contribution... Yeah, there's no necktie, but I figured I'd try to do him just out of full spacesuit:

    Jeff Hawke by MrP
    • CommentAuthorpayno
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2010
    I thought I would combine Jeff Hawke's suit/space-suit so that he is dressed for any situation. Perfect for space exploration and formal occassions.

    Jeff Hawke
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    ^Hah love the pipe!

    Anyway this took me ages, and now my arm hurts:
    Amalgamated Biscuit
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2010
    Art, yours is so fun that I want to turn in to an alien just so they let me live with them.

    Here's mine.

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    @Art Grafunkel & payno - very nice stuff!
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2010
    I pray I get my iMac back before this closes.
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    Whitechapel is the most epic place on the internet.


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