2000AD artist Kev Crossley has been distracting himself during lockdown with a series of cover homages to various creators, replicating classic covers in his own superb style.
Posted to Facebook and elsewhere, his smashing “Lockdown Project” tips the hat to artists such as Mick McMahon, Ron Smith and others.
“I learned to draw as a teenager by reading, then copying 2000AD.,” explains Kev of the project. “During lockdown work has been.. patchy! I have a few commissions on the go, but I needed to make myself busy around this work.
“Thus, I thought I’d do something I’ve been thinking about doing for years… my versions of some of my favourite 2000AD covers!
“I love the originals,” he emphasises, “but with these I wanted to produce something that honoured the spirit of what those artists did, while giving myself license to go a bit nuts in my own fashion. Hope you like looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!”
After 15 years designing video games, Kev Crossley turned his hand to illustration, contributing to numerous D20 gaming books alongside work for comics including 2000AD, Mam Tor and Kiss4k. His first published comics work appeared in Event Horizon, back in 2005.
Also an accomplished nature artist, his art and writing has appeared in over twenty art books published by Quarto and Ilex among others, and he is the author and illustrator of three books of his own; Fantasy Clip Art (2006), 101 Top Tops From Professional Fantasy Painters (2011) and Character Design From The Ground Up (2014).
Kev also writes and illustrates regularly for Imagine FX magazine and affiliated publications, and in 2012 he illustrated Ian Livingstone’s 30th Anniversary FF title, Blood Of The Zombies. In 2015, he produced illustrations for Total Warhammer and Jonathan Green’s Alice’s Nightmare In Wonderland game book (available here digitally on AmazonUK).
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.