Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On the Cover: Jock

Often considered a superstar in the comics industry, Mark Simpson, AKA Jock, began his professional career on the british weekly comics anthology 2000AD. It was there he began working with Andy Diggle, who gave him his big break , working on Veritgo's The Losers. His versatility as an artist and his eye for design makes his covers leap out off the stands. His cover work on the Losers earned him an Eisner nomination, and his cover of Detective comics #880 was considered by many the best cover of 2011. Check out some of his work after the jump!

The design of this cover is glorious. The curve of the main figure, the texture of the inner image,
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The symmetry gives it a great balance, but Batman's dynamic pose mixes things up enough to keep it visually exciting.

Widely considered one of the best covers of 2011, The design on this cover is phenomenal. The water colour inks, the half-tone shading, the bats flying from his eyes - Amazing.
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The muted palette contrasts really well with the red 'chalk' outline, and the broken handles are very evocative.

I love how Nightwing's silhouette pops out from the sparse background, and the cityscape beautifully frames the cover.

The grave stones over the character's mouth is so evocative.
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This cover is probably my favourite - the shading, the inks, the splashes of colour - everything is about it is amazing.

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