The insanely talented Edmund Bagwell, much in the news this week due to a scandalous swipe of his iconic Cradlegrave cover by an unscrupulous film company, has returned to the prog with this awe-inspiring cover. The image is for a new Young Anderson strip by Alan Grant and Steve Yeowell.
Edmund's brief sounds simple, he explains "Tharg wanted a cool shot of Anderson on her Lawmaster." Naturally, the Indigo Prime artist took this idea and added a beautiful, jaw-droppingly intricate vista of Mega-City One.
Below, we see his roughs, with the chosen image looking like a cross between numbers 1 and 3 to my highly trained (GCSE grade D in art) eyeballs...
With the composition decided, below we see Edmund's beautiful pencils for the image. I have to say, I'm absolutely loving his block designs. The architecture is fantastically original but still recognisably Mega-City One. I love the glimpse of the Mega-City congestion on the road too...
And here's the image inked up and tightened up. It's a good job Edmund colours his own work as I'm sure any colourist would have been extremely intimidated by this job!
And here is the beautiful final image. I love the muted colour palette of the city scape, broken up by splashes of colour form Anderson, the citizens and the Mega-City Traffic. It's an incredible cover which would make for a brilliant poster.
The name Roddy Piper made me chuckle; 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper is a WWE wrestler so I wonder if this block is a nod to the famous Rowdy Yates Block. If anyone can decipher the other block name, I'd be interested to know what it is. (EDIT - Edmund got in touch to say it's none other than Rufus Dayglo Block, of course it is!)