Gordon Livingstone, I Presume – An Art Gallery

When I created my Comic Creator Spotlight for Gordon Livingstone, I had more pictures than I could shake a stick at and as a result, I have pictures that I did not use in the main article.

I want to make it clear that the pictures were not used due to lack of space and once you see them, you will understand why I will vehemently deny that these pictures are rejects. Believe me, they are anything but!

I would again like to thank Gordon and his family for their indulgence and allowing me to see these beautiful pieces. I would also like to thank Peter Richardson who generously allowed me to use his interview transcript with Gordon from 12 years ago to fill in some blanks.

So without further ado, allow me the pleasure of putting up some of Gordon’s art for your viewing pleasure…

Pencils from an old sketchbook

Lady - Pencil Sketch. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Lady – Pencil Sketch

Man At Rest - Pencil Sketch. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Man At Rest – Pencil Sketch

A Selection of Pictures From the Romance Weeklies Secrets and Red Letter

Art by Gordon Livingstone

Careless Whispers

It Takes Two. Art by Gordon Livingstone

It Takes Two

Jennifer and the Brooch. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Jennifer and the Brooch

Art for Red Letter, cover dated 13th September 1986. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Art for Red Letter, cover dated 13th September 1986

Art for Secrets 2667, cover dated 17th January 1987. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Art for Secrets 2667, cover dated 17th January 1987

Art for Secrets 2695, cover dated 22nd November 1986. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Art for Secrets 2695, cover dated 22nd November 1986.

The cover of Secrets 2695, cover dated 22nd November 1986. Art by Gordon Livingstone

The cover of Secrets 2695, cover dated 22nd November 1986

The cover of Secrets 2733, cover dated 23rd April 1988. Art by Gordon Livingstone

The cover of Secrets 2733, cover dated 23rd April 1988

If you liked those, then you are now in for a real treat, as it is my privilege to present to you some original art of Gordon’s that has never been seen by his fans. These illustrations were originally produced for publication in Secrets.

"House of Fear" Part 2 for Secrets magazine. Art by Gordon Livingstone

“House of Fear” Part 2 for Secrets magazine

"House of Fear" Part 5 for Secrets magazine. Art by Gordon Livingstone

“House of Fear” Part 5 for Secrets magazine

Unidentified piece for another serial for DC Thomson. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Unidentified piece for another serial for DC Thomson.

And if that was not enough, here is some original art from Gordon’s personal collection

Blue jacket. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Blue jacket

Daddys Girl. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Daddy’s Girl

This is a lovely portrait of Gordon’s daughter from the age of three. And it is a striking likeness. In fact, the more I see this piece, the more I appreciate it.

Elegance in Gloves. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Elegance in Gloves

This piece is so gorgeous, it looks like it should be on a stained glass window. I love the look of the blonde hair in comparison with the gloves. And the eyes are just stunning.

Going Our Own Way. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Going Our Own Way

Jeep. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Jeep

Looking Right. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Looking Right

Lost In Thought. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Lost In Thought

Messerschmit 109 vs Spitfire. Art by Gordon Livingstone

Messerschmit 109 vs Spitfire

Psst! Art by Gordon Livingstone

Psst!

Umbrella. Art by Gordon Livingstone

This final one is a wee bit interesting, due to the chunks cut off at the bottom. I think it has more than a passing resemblance to his earliest painting style, as evidenced by the lovely painting of the blonde, but his daughter is not convinced. I just wonder if this was done to illustrate an advert in one of the DC Thomson papers of the time.

BOAC. Art by Gordon Livingstone

BOAC

I feel sorry for you all that you have to rely on my meagre photographic skills as these were so beautiful to be up close and personal with.

Gordon, thank you for bringing so much beauty into our lives.



Categories: British Comics, Comic Creator Spotlight, Commando, Cover Art, Creating Comics, DC Thomson, Features, Girls Comics

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1 reply

  1. Great article Colin, about a vastly underestimated pro who, for countless years, has probably been my greatest pal. His decision to lay down his tools on retiral was something I could never understand – but then that is Gordon – a wee bit of an enigma ! Sincerely, Ian Kennedy.

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