Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Biz is Back

Well, it's been almost 20 years but Simon Bisley is back in top form.

When I first encountered Bisleys work in Slaine the Horned God in 2000AD I was blown away. I couldn't get enough of him I bought up as much of his stuff I found and tried to copy his painting style. Nothing popped off the page like Bisley did. Judgement on Gotham was another fantastic work: I don't think anyone had seen Batman like this:

After this though Biz got caught up with Kevin Eastman of Ninja Turtle fame and went down the gurgler. Kevin Eastman is the worst thing that ever happened to Simon Bisley. Melting Pot, Body Count, FAKK2, Fistfull of Blood, Simon Coldwater and countless poorly proportioned pinups have, in my opinion, been a stain on what started off a fabulous career. Images like these blow me away.

I still have kept up with what Biz has been doing for the past 2 decades and it took me a long time to stop buying his work. I have since sold or given away everything from this time but I have now come across his recent work on Hell Blazer and am about to open up my wallet again.

As far I can tell the reason that things are looking up again is that he's been given a script with some substance and characters that aren't all tits and muscle. His new style may have something to do with his return to form, I'm not sure but I'm looking forward (almost drooling) to getting my hot little mits on the collected trade of Biz's run on Hell Blazer.

Monday, September 5, 2011


Some of you may know that I've been doing illustrations for a D&D rpg for the past few years. The descriptive art (images that help you locate your possition) are finished and now I'm onto incidental art. With the incidental I've been given a lot more freedom and can choose the perspective, angle and size of the work. Consequently I'm having a lot of fun with these. Here are the first 5 out 15.

A dead elf.

A gibbering mouther.

A mushroom man

A rat vender.                                                     

A tree man (or ent, though I could get sued for saying such stuff).