Thursday, April 09, 2009


There's a new Huzzah in town, this one's Huzzahnoir, and I think the title's a fair clue to the subject matter.
Crime is one of my favourite genres (the other is horror), and I lean towards the hard boiled crime of Hammett and Chandler (although my favourite crime writer is Jim Thompson), although there's plenty of later authors I like very much, Ross Macdonald springs to mind, and Richard (Donald E. Westlake) Stark. And I've mentioned a fair bit of the Hard Case Crime line in this blog before.
Anyway, Huzzahnoir is right up the lonely street that this man must walk.
I wanted something that combined loose brush solid black inky areas with lines picking out and implying detail.
Here's the rough sketches of three of the plates, as usual I prefer them to the finished art, sadly they were too rough to use.


Ade Salmon said...

This is my favourite stuff of yours I've seen Paul. I also liked you recent coloured Huzzah piece alot. I like the rawness of your work and I mean that as a compliment - it's brave stuff. Gotta add those layouts are pretty damn cool ,,,


paulhd said...

Thanks Ade, definitely take it as a compliment. I spent ages trying to be as slick as possible and not liking it so much, it just wasn't me.

Gary Crutchley said...

A big fan of Noir meself Paul.
And I gotta say you nailed the look, spot on.
First rate.
Layout, design, the look, everything works.

paulhd said...

Cheers, Gary, gotta new one going in a day or so.

Gary Crutchley said...

And I look forward to seeing it.