Planet of the Apes cover for Starburst Magazine
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I have just fulfilled an ambition: illustrating the front cover of Starburst Magazine (out now!) It is the UK’s longest running magazine of “cult” entertainment, which began with a Star Wars issue back in the 70’s. Speaking as someone who likes science fiction films, comics, and several other things of that nature then this is a big deal for me.

Little over half a year ago I did a Rocket Raccoon (Guardians of the Galaxy) poster for the very same mag, so I must have done well with my scribbling for them to call me back for something more prominent. The cover in question is the alternative Planet of the Apes cover. Which I like to think of as the “retro” apes cover; there is another cover which acknowledges the new movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

To make this image, I used traditional media such as ink as well as digital means for the colouring. I also created the Apes as separate images and compiled them on my computer (see black and white line drawing).

Paul Loudon
Manchester, United Kingdom
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My name is Paul Loudon, I am a Manchester-based (UK) freelance illustrator and comic artist. I have been freelancing since 2006 when me and my mighty pencils completed our first… Show more.

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Paul Loudon created approximately 90 artworks for me for a series of children’s reading books. The brief was to create a set of characters in a naturalistic style to complement a more graphic approach within the books. We were extremely happy with the work Paul carried out and how well he hit the marks of the brief. His approach was considered and sympathetic to the series style and age-appropriate. His work was well-timed and amends were carried out promptly. I would definitely work with Paul again.
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