Now I've had a few done, you've all seen the one for this blog by PJ Holden but I've also had one done by Dave Evans (also known as Bolt-01), of my family (as Judges) in a shootout and I also have a set nearing completion by Staz Johnson, again of the Burdis clan.
Anyway back to the Cliff Robinson commission. I emailed Cliff about doing a piece for me and he quickly got back to me with all the details for completing such a project. I didn't really need to read much, as it was always going to be a get go from the start! Now the main thing was, should I go colour or should I go black & white, in the end I went black & white, mainly due to the amazing amount of detail that Cliff puts into his work!
What to have, that was the easy part. My brief for Cliff was as follows, Dredd injured, my wife tending to him and me covering them. I know, I can't help myself, I have to be a Judge! Cliff got back and mentioned putting in a Lawmaster as well, who was I to argue against his artistic eye!
Next I sent him some pics of me pulling my 'war face', so he could get the expression correct instead of trying to figure the expression from a holiday snap, so it was off to the bathroom mirror with my camera and to commence pulling faces. I didn't tell Carolyn what I was up to, so I had to use a happy snap for her.
Here is one of the pics he copied, I also stipulated that my good food chin should be back to my military day -
The next email I received was of two ideas that he had come up with and now the hardest part for me was to choose which and bloody hard it was too! First up is the page, with the two pieces on it, followed by them pictured separately...
Cliff back and awaited the next stage of the process! Soon after a more comprehensive sketch came my way. Straight away I could see that I had made the right choice, this was still a rough but the details were already starting to come through.
Cliff and he placed the new stance into the picture. The next email came and the excitement level went up another notch, not only had he added the new stance but Carolyn's face was now on the female Judge and it was spot on.
I was blown away with it, I mean just look at it! All those extra little pieces all over the picture that draw your eye in, for instance the boot knives, the intricate details on the robots, well I could go on but I'm sure you can see what I mean. Along with the finished piece Cliff had enclosed many of his sketches and here are some of those laid out!
Finally after a few days I had to let this out of my sight, as I needed to get it framed and this was a killer. After all those months I had to pack it up and take it down the town, aaaargh! I decided to go for a non reflective finish just so that the picture would be easier to see as it was going up in the front hall of the house.
I must say a massive thanyou to Cliff for doing this, as he's a busy man.
Finally, I would put him in the top 5 Dredd artists of all time, so how lucky am I!
One extra final thing, if you have ever thought about asking one of your favourite artists to do a commission. Stop waiting and bloody well ask! Of course it's gonna cost, depending on what you want but it is a one off and it's going to be something for you! Now how often will that happen.