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Modesty cover art by Loopydave Modesty cover art by Loopydave
Modesty Blaise artwork for an upcoming issue of the Swedish comic book magazine 'Agent X-9', who were generous enough to let me post this early as a tribute to Modesty's creator, Peter O'Donnel, who passed away on the 3rd of May, aged 90.

Pencil sketch on paper, painted in photoshop.

Details of Willie Garvins face [link]
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ggaler Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Fantastic.  Your whole collections is wonderful.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional
Cheers man, very nice of you to say!
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Such a beautiful piece!
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional
Thanks Ma'am!
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daxusx Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I DIDn't KNOW THIS comic , Cool series !! This is So realistic ...:iconcutemonkeyplz: You amazed me with the manage of light and shadow . excellent.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional
Thanks! Modesty Blaise is a character that appeared in a British newspaper strip starting in the late 60's - kind of a female James Bond, but much cooler if you ask me :D I was extremely fortunate to be asked to do some covers for a swedish comic that reprinted collections of the strips.
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daxusx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
i will pratise to give to my works just a bit of magic that you give to your works... I admire the art you do.Have drawn another comics the yankies ones most popular like batman superman x-man spiderman, punisher...?
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Inubus76 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
She reminds me of Famke Janssen.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional
Famke Janssen would make a pretty good Modesty!
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Karageorges Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
She's so lovely!
I would fall in love if she were real!
K.G
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional
She looks kind of dangerous though :D
Cheers!
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yankee30 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art imitating art imitating art

[link]

Either this picture happened by accident or some file producer cinamatogapher
descided to copy off you
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional
Sweet! Actually the art director asked me to base my painting somewhat on one of the panels from that particular story.... so that would make it art based on art imitating art imitating art... :D All a bit 'meta' for me :D
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Dear Loopydave
Your work is featured in
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become ART-PORTRAITS's member you are welcome!!! ...:heart:
regards
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional
:hug: Thanks my friend - always appreciate your support! :)
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Pleasure is shared
You're most welcome...!!!
best regards.....................:heart:
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celaoxxx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Awesome
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional
Thanks!
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SuikTwoPointOh Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Wonderful renditions of both Modesty and Willie. These are two fantastic characters that deserve a much wider exposure. Great work mate.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional
Thanks. Im a big Modesty fan so it was pretty exciting to get to do some covers!
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PaulMcCall Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Big Modesty fan myself! The Princess looks good. I think Willie could be a little rougher looking, a little more early Michael Caine, but overall, excellent!
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional
Thanks man! Always nice to run into a fellow Modesty fan. You are probably right about Willie - a young Michael Caine's name often pops up in discussion on who should play him in a movie, and I remember reading his name in an interview with Peter O'Donnel, so I probably shouldn't argue with him :D
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PaulMcCall Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the reply.

Have you seen the film "My Name is Modesty" it's not bad and the DVD also has a great interview with O'Donnell as well as one with Quentin Tarantino. I think he produced the film as a baby step toward a major Modesty movie, which of course, has never happened.

I reread the novels every few years. I like them better than the comic strips even though the strips are excellent.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional
I do know the movie - have a copy on DVD in fact. Such a pity the full on modesty movie seems to have died before it got started - 'My Name is Modesty' is fine, particularly seeing how quickly it was put together, but I would love to see one done with enough time, budget and an extensive casting net.
I'm with you on the books - I discovered them when I was a lad and didn't even know about the comics until years later. While I do enjoy the comic strips, its always been the novels for me too.
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Pockaru Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is lovely!
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional
Thanks Katie :)
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OctopusGames Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Awesome, one of my favorite reads. That's must be Willie behind her. :) O'Donnel had great stories and tight prose, a great writer that will be missed but not forgotten.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional
Indeed! Loved his books when I was young, and have gotten into the comics after doing a couple of covers. And yes, thats my take on Willie in the background.
Cheers man!
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yankee30 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this

your work is spread all over the Web
I'm happy I've found your base site here
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional
Cheers man! I'm happy you came by! :D
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firstmac Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
amazing
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional
Thank you sir :)
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KatarzynaKostecka Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
MODESTY!!!
:heart:

magnificient work
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional
Thanks! I love the Modesty character, so it was a great honour to paint this cover. Just finished a second cover and its at the printers now, so I'll post it when the magazine hits the streets.
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GhettOtter Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I applaud this. Even more because we used to subscribe to that magazine. You made Garvie instantly recognizable :)
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional
Thanks! Just finished doing another one too - hopefully it will be out in a few months time.
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GhettOtter Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
For Agent X-9? :) I'll pick it up if so.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional
Yup, for Agent X-9:)
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GhettOtter Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Nice :)
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markdraws Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
This is crazy good. The level of detail you achieve with Photoshop makes me want to hang up my Wacom tablet.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional
Dont do that - I enjoy your work!
Cheers man! Appreciate you checking out my work and faving stuff!
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MayFong Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I recently 'discovered' Modesty Blaise. I love their faces, realistic and expressive. Also, her hands are beautifully rendered. This is a fabulous book cover! :clap:
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional
Thanks ma'am! :) Struggled a little to capture her face right, but pretty happy with how it turned out. Working on another Modesty cover right now, so hope to improve it some more. Cheers!
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Bikerbloke Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Great painting there. I'm a big fan of the books, but didn't know Peter O'Donnel had died. He left a great legacy in his books though.
Is it me, or have you made Willie look like a young James Coburn? hehehehe
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Professional
His passing was sad, but yes, he did leave a great legacy. Good eyes on the James Coburn - I did add a bit of James to my depiction of Willie - always felt Willie had a bit of that weathered toughness to him
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Bikerbloke Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Sorry for the late response, been busy elsewhere on the net.
Funny you should mention Willie having a weathered toughness about him. I used to belong to a Yahoo group devoted to Modesty Blaise and there was a thread, of sorts, devoted to who would be your wish list choice for the roles of the characters IF a film were ever made. I didn't submit my choice but they were:

Daniel Craig as Willie Garvin (this was before he got the role of James Bond)
Robert Hardy for the role of Tarrant
David Jason for the role of Fraser
Edward Norton for Stephen Collier
Meg Ryan for Dinah
Bruce Spence for Giles PennyFeather (at least as he was back in the early 80's)

I never did pin down the actress to play Modesty. Too big a role to fill, and the Tarrantino produced film was OK but the actress was a bit too limp. Not a bad film though.

One of my choices was Demi Moore, so long as she could be trusted to follow the script and the character persona and not branch out with her own interpretation and balls it up. Which given the current stock of Hollywood actors they'd have a tantrum and try to do just that.

Anyway thought you might find my choices of some interest.

Keep up the superb work.

Biker
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional
Cool! Some interesting and laudable actor slections there! Probably not the right age now but I always felt that Claudie Black (she of Farscape fame) certainly could carry the kick-ass aspect of being Modesty. Andrea Parker was another one who I imagined could handle the role - really important that whoever played her came across as intelligent and lethal - the action in the recent Tarrantino produced film was far from convincing (still enjoyed it - at this stage I'll take any modesty stuff I can get! :D)
Anyway, its a fun game to play and I do hope they do a movie that does the character justice one day!
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Bikerbloke Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
Just ran a google image search for those actresses. Hmmm yeah good possibles. Claudia certainly has the persona, sort of cool and aloof, based on her role in Farscape but I haven't seen her in Stargate. Never bothered watching that series. She'd be good but that tin opener nose would put me off believing her portrayal of Modesty.

Haven't seen anything of Andrea Parker. We don't get much TV here on the backside of the Moon. LOL!

I'm with you about getting any Modesty Blaise I can get when it's offered.

I have to say the girl on the cover of the paperbacks was an inspired casting See The Silver Mistress Pan Paperback 1975. (with the silver cover)
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skart2005 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist
Wonderful!

I love everything about this! I think its a great cover as well as a piece of art in itself...lol cannot stop staring at it ^_^
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional
Thanks ma'am. :) Working on another Modesty cover right now, though probably wont be able to post it for another 4 months or so.
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