Smile, it's Chris Weston

Smile, it's Chris Weston

Sun, 2019-08-04 13:52

Seen a few comics this week.
Only one made me smile. That was 2000AD.
Ii was the Judge Dredd strip, ‘Control’ that did it. Not for the humour of the story ( which featured un-chuckle-worthy piles of dead bodies, an insane murderer in law-enforccr uniform, and the titular hero blinded and buried up to his neck) but for the sheer pleasure of looking at Chris Weston’s artwork.
He does so much and with such authority it is a joy to see him at work.

I picture Chris in the purpose built Norwegian-pine shed he uses as a studio, on his ergonomic stool. afront his drawing board, coffee cup steaming beside a bowl of fresh-picked raspberries, his faithful red setter sleeping at his feet. There is a statue of Buddha on a crowded bookshelf. A Bruce Springsteen disc is playing softly on the music centre. Outside in the verdant garden the birds sing and squirrels gambol.
Chris studies the script before him.
Thinks “ How many bodies do we really need draw? Let’s double, no, triple, that.
Do they all need distinctive clothing? Pretty much.
Indentations on the sole of this minor character’s boot? Yes.
And pockets and seams on his and everyone else’s costumes? I should say so.
Main characters clearly defined and expressive? Yep.
Any cheating or shortcuts to take? Nah.
Convincing technological architecture? Natch.”

The smile inducing pleasure comes from seeing such a proficient professional doing his thing. Rather like watching a trapeze artist. No obvious sign of effort but you know only diligence and practice made it possible. There is a sense of satisfaction in seeing a fellow human do that stuff.

NB.The reproduction here does not do justice to the clarity of the artwork.

"Control' script by Rob Williams. Art Chris Weston. Copyright Rebellion

Read Marvel’s ‘The Twelve’ drawn by Chris recently and that deserves a mention,- but then so does whatever he has done.

Seen a few comics this week.
Only one made me smile. That was 2000AD.
Ii was the Judge Dredd strip, ‘Control’ that did it. Not for the humour of the story ( which featured un-chuckle-worthy piles of dead bodies, an insane murderer in law-enforccr uniform, and the titular hero blinded and buried up to his neck) but for the sheer pleasure of looking at Chris Weston’s artwork.
He does so much and with such authority it is a joy to see him at work.

I picture Chris in the purpose built Norwegian-pine shed he uses as a studio, on his ergonomic stool. afront his drawing board, coffee cup steaming beside a bowl of fresh-picked raspberries, his faithful red setter sleeping at his feet. There is a statue of Buddha on a crowded bookshelf. A Bruce Springsteen disc is playing softly on the music centre. Outside in the verdant garden the birds sing and squirrels gambol.
Chris studies the script before him.
Thinks “ How many bodies do we really need draw? Let’s double, no, triple, that.
Do they all need distinctive clothing? Pretty much.
Indentations on the sole of this minor character’s boot? Yes.
And pockets and seams on his and everyone else’s costumes? I should say so.
Main characters clearly defined and expressive? Yep.
Any cheating or shortcuts to take? Nah.
Convincing technological architecture? Natch.”

The smile inducing pleasure comes from seeing such a proficient professional doing his thing. Rather like watching a trapeze artist. No obvious sign of effort but you know only diligence and practice made it possible. There is a sense of satisfaction in seeing a fellow human do that stuff.

NB.The reproduction here does not do justice to the clarity of the artwork.

"Control' script by Rob Williams. Art Chris Weston. Copyright Rebellion

Read Marvel’s ‘The Twelve’ drawn by Chris recently and that deserves a mention,- but then so does whatever he has done.

Comments

He's unbelievably good. Anything he and Henry Flint touch is gold, as far as I'm concerned.

I was blown away by this page in particular, but next week's cover isn't too shabby either. A modern master.

Hullo Chris,

you are right about Chris Weston.
After I had posted this I remembered that a while back I had praised him for a 2000AAD cover that took my fancy. Great stuff.

Sorry I couldn't manage a better reproduction. here

Best,
Arthur

Arthur, your comments remind me of the Satan page (that I am lucky enough to own) with Anderson and Dredd on their lawmasters herding a crowd of people. Every person in that crowd drawn as an individual for whom can be imagined a personality and the beginnings of a life story. Your thoughts on Chris's work makes me think of the effort that went into that page.

Graham

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