Back I n 1962, the film Dr No introduced cinema-goers to the world of James Bond starring Sean Connery as the British spy with a licence to kill. The film adapted one of Ian Fleming’s popular spy novels and struck a chord with the public excited by the charisma of the character and the danger and excitement of the world of spies and cold war espionage.
56 years and 25 films later the Bond film franchise is once again booming, thanks to the 2006 reboot of the series. This month, artist Graeme Neil Reid has gone back to the beginning for his monthly art raffle with a painting of 007 in his first film adventure against the notorious SPECTRE agent with the metal hands.
Graeme is a Scottish artist who now works primarily in traditional mediums of watercolour and acrylic. His work has graced many different areas including books (The Dangerous Book of Heroes), television (World’s Strongest Man), gaming (Need for Speed), magazines (Radio Times), comics (2000AD and Commando), online and apps (Doctor Who).
One lucky supporter will win this original gouache painting depicting Bond and Dr No in the midst of some heated action, painted onto Arches watercolour art board the painting measures 24cm by 20cm.
And Graeme has also created a film poster from the art which all of his supporters will be able to download. The poster includes three new paintings of Bond ‘Girls’ Sylvia Trench, Miss Taro and Honey Ryder and from the 1st October it will be available to download as a high resolution A3 print.
Entering couldn’t be easier, by pledging just $1 a month on Graeme’s Patreon site you get entered into the Art Raffle plus rewards including Work in Progress posts, Art Club with first chance to buy his art, ‘High Res’ art files to print, postcards, stickers, PDF books to download and a range of discounts at his Etsy Store. You can read more information about the raffle and see all the previous winners and prizes over at his blog.
The competition will run until midnight (GMT) of 30th September 2018, and the winner will be notified shortly afterwards.
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.