Tuesday, August 24, 2021

#6 Modesty Blaise by Jim Holdaway

I always envy comics artists who can create seemingly random and out-of-control lines for perfect drawings. 

Two of them, Yaroslav Horak of James Bond, Jim Holdaway of Modesty Blaise are English. 
If you need any proof, just look at Jim Holdaway's signature. Of course, I also love Modesty Blaise comics because of his characters. But sometimes in the rush of lines and deadlines, artists lose track of some other aspects of the drawing. 
A good example is this strip of Modesty Blaise's episode "Galley Slaves" from 1968. Just look how small M-16 is in comparison to the person in the middle frame. It looks like he is holding a toy gun. But then, who cares. Just look at how simple and beautiful the drawing of Modesty's hand is in the last frame of the comic.
You can see more Modesty Blaise original strips here1, here2, here3, here4 and here5.


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