Monday, 20 August 2012

Studio Visit










Photographer Toria Brightside  came over to my studio last week, interviewed me, took some lovely photos, then we went out and ate way too much pizza.... Tough life this....

XX Ruf - SGDM

Photos by Toria Brightside!

The Brightside

Always look on the Brightside of life!



The fabulous photographer Toria Brightside came over to my studio last week, to take photos, do an interview, and drink beer! An utter pleasure!

Photo by Toria’s sister!

XXX Rufus - SGDM

Toria’s TUMBLR

Monday, 13 August 2012

Joe Kubert

JOE KUBERT


Many artists have influenced me in my life...but Joe Kubert always has a special place in my heart.
I was obsessed with DC Comics war books as a kid, Sgt Rock, The Unknown Soldier, GI Combat, Men of War and Weird War Stories.



My favourite thing about all these books was the covers...invariably drawn by this incredible behemoth of an artist, Joe Kubert. His figures had such pathos, the weight of the world was on their shoulders, as they were raked by machine gun fire, attacked by Panzers, or dive bombed by screaming Stukas.



 Joe's best covers were his 'hidden enemy' ones...were some unsuspecting american patrol would enter a village with a caption like 'It's ok guys, the krauts have all gone!' while the SS actually are all hiding behing rubble and broken walls. It was a motif he did masterfully, and made his own.
Another 'Hidden enemy' it always works!!
 
'Hidden enemy' type cover!


Joe Kubert also ran the the Joe Kubert school of Comic Book Art, and I used to fill in the application form in every comic book I had... hoping I'd one day get there...and be taught by the great man himself. Sadly, this never happened, I couldn't afford it, and it was in the USA...
   I did study his drawings though, and spent hundreds of hours copying them, hoping something might rub off.

I was lucky enough to meet him briefly at UKCAC in 96 when Dave Gibbons interviewed him. I chatted to him in the bar, after he'd just signed for 3 hours. He was an absolute gentleman, and extremely open and kind. He was everything I'd hope as a kid. He made a huge impression, and I vowed if ever I managed to become a comic book professional, I'd always have time for people that might want to talk to me... If Joe could take time for me, I owed that to others too.

My Joe Kubert sketch


To hear that he's gone is heartbreaking. I wanted him to live forever.... dispensing his knowledge, his wide smile, and his huge handshake onto future generations.
My thoughts are with his family, all of whom are tremendously talented, and generous, as professionals and teachers. What a legacy.

I wish I could've met him properly again..to thank him, for those few moments when I awkwardly spoke to him as a young aspiring artist. (to embarrassed to show him my work)
   The best I can do is try and inspire others, the way he did me.

Thank you Mr Kubert, for your beautiful art, your stories, your lessons, and for taking a moment to speak to a fan whom really was awestruck. I'm actually crying as I write this.

I suppose I'd better go and finish my work...a little strip...for DC comics. Seems appropriate.

Thanks Joe,
Your Fan,
Rufus

Thursday, 9 August 2012

In the studio...

IN THE STUDIO



My studio could easily be mistaken for a junk shop...but I do honestly try and get some work done...occasionally.
 I like to surround myself with the stuff I collect and love... and judging from the photo... this has proved pretty successful.
Right...back to work!

XXX Ruf - SGDM

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM!

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM set!




When I was a little kid, my family lived in Japan. It's a pretty crazy place, and for a kid obsessed with robots and Star Wars, I was in Heaven.

  My favourite was Gundam, and I had this little set of simple diecast robots ( White Gundam, Green Zaku, Red Char Aznable Zaku, and a purple Dom). I played with them til they fell apart...and I've finally managed to find a set intact!

    It's lovely seeing these little guys again, sitting in their pretty box. CLOVER, the toy company were hugely under rated.

Well, I'm off to have a space battle!!
XXX Rufus - SGDM

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

RO-JAWS 1/6 scale - 3A toys!

Finally..... RO-JAWS has arrived!

Classic colour Scheme (Black Hole version available too)

Open and say...aaaaagh!

Real rubber tyre!


 1/6 scale. Classis colour scheme.
I tried to design him up as a cross between Mick McMahon and Kevin O'Neill's classic design!
I wanted him to look like he did in the comic when I was a kid.

He's a foulmouthed street cleaner/service robot... He even comes with a turd you can keep in his 'stomach' compartment!

XXX Rufus - SGDM/3A

BUTCHER BAKER - The righteous maker!

BUTCHER BAKER - The righteous maker!

DRINK, FIGHT and FUCK! My pin up for BUTCHER BAKER


 My friend, the amazing artist Mike Huddleston, asked me to do a pin up for the collection of BUTCHER BAKER - the Righteous Maker, his wonderful comic book he's done with Joe Casey. I can't recommend it highly enough!
       Mike's a real talent, and I'm so honoured he asked me.

ISSUE 1, FROM IMAGE COMICS....GO GET IT!

I'll get all the details about the trade paperback ASAP  so you can reorder it!

XXX Rufus - SGDM

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Ronald Searle

   When I was really young, my Dad gave me his copies of the Nigel Molesworth books by the extraordinary Ronald Searle. (My Dad has always had good taste...)
Apart from 2000ad, these probably had the biggest impact on my young brain... with their scratchy lines, brutal caricatures, vile children and and beastly teachers.
   I never got the opportunity to meet Mr Searle... but my love of his work has never diminished.

    This year at San Diego Comic Con, I chance by a booth that had an original Searle TV Guide cover for sale, a caricature of the stars of Bonanza, from the mid 1960s. I'd never seen a colour Searle before in the flesh...and I stood gaping at it... both lost in wonder, and wishing I had the money.

     My friend Ashley stepped in, and BOUGHT it for me... I was both utterly thrilled and deeply grateful... It's something I will cherish forever, made even more special coming from a good friend.

Anyway...enjoy the art... I am.

Thanks again Ashbot! XXX
Very gratefully,
Rufus