Artist Ian Ashcroft’s character studies and title page for Hellbreaker, one of six stunning stories featured in Pat Mills’ Space Warp
In HELLBREAKER, Infernals (the Dead sentenced to eternal punishment in Hell) have broken out of their prison and returned to Earth to exact vengeance on the Living.
The first Infernal to escape is our protagonist DE LA RUE, with his sidekick, a lawyer called RICHTER.
HELLBREAKER title page
DE LA RUE the first Infernal to escape from Hell
RICHTER De La Rue’s laywer
DETECTIVE INSPECTOR MCNEAL
BERTRAM CAMPBELL The Archbishop
SIR CHARLES RAYNER The Judge
STEPHANIE an Infidel still in Hell
AN ULTOR A Hell prison guard
Read more about Space Warp, including the story summaries for Hellbreaker, Futant, Xecutioners, Jurassic Man, SF1 and Slayer, and the ethos behind the comic here.
Nice. Stylistically unique too. The atmospheric qualities of a wash, complimented (not dominated) by the definition of the outlines. The title page has it all. Brooding menace, regret, resignation and hope. And lots of depth. Or more depth than you usually see with just tones of grey. Gotta mention that shady Priest. I don’t trust him, he’s got a very unwholesome look that smells of last night’s sour brandy and shame. More than anything though, this art has a consistently organic feel to it all that just flows really well.
I just wanted to say thank you for these kind words they are much appreciated.
These character designs look great Ian, and I love the title page too. Excellent work, looking forward to reading the finished episode. 🙂
Thanks so much Ade I really appreciate that😀
I am soooo proud of you xx
So proud of my hubby!!! You are so talented. X