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Dredd by Robert-Shane Dredd by Robert-Shane
It's been a while since I drew Judge Dredd - but @2000AD on twitter is holding a contest - and this is my entry. I drew this pretty quickly - and from memory - so I went for a mix of the comic and movie styles for the costume. (The new movie is excellent by the way - highly recommended!)

I've been concentrating on drawing Star Wars characters recently - but I grew up reading Judge Dredd in 2000AD (the galaxy's greatest comic) and would love to have an opportunity to draw something to appear in it. Who knows - maybe one day!?
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Sweet.
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ColonialGentleman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
awesome!!! he's like one of my fav law badasses!! :)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They don't come badder than Dredd! :)
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ColonialGentleman Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
yes quite so :D
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Xanadu7 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I wish my stuff that I draw quickly and from memory would come out half as well as this. Seriously. The hybrid uniform looks so nice and deliciously sleek. I wanna touch it...
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Naomi. I see you're a big Dredd fan - so I'm pleased you approve of me taking liberties with his sacred costume! :lol:
And don't feel too bad if how you draw doesn't come out how you want it to - yet. I usually feel the same way too - but there's an easy way to get better... just keep drawing! :thumbsup:
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Xanadu7 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sacred costume to the fans, certainly. Although I reckon changing it towards the 2012 style would reel in the non-initiated, who get turned off by the more garish costume!

I confess that my crime is not drawing enough at the moment. I appreciate your encouragement :)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very perceptive comment about the costume. I do like the original and can see why they keep it though - it tells you a lot about the character and the society he lives in. Its over-the-top imperialistic, militaristic accessories let you know that the Judges are in charge and they're not trying to be approachable... but it's just so time-consuming to draw! ;)
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Xanadu7 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, all those golden eagles dangling everywhere really shouts "AMERICA! F*** YEAH!" in your face, doesn't it? :) It is a sodding tough one to draw, though.... damn you Ezquerra, damn you! *shakes fist*
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dikiminster Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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Narcisticthinker Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great Job bro! Best of luck on the contest! Ive never been a huge Dredd fan minus his Batman teamups but I would love to see you do something in 2000AD!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Jean! hope all's good with you? I remember those team ups! - I think the most interesting thing was they really showed how much Dredd's character isn't like other 'superheroes'. I get the impression he's very much a 'take him or leave him' kind of character.
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Jhannuzs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hope you win, excelent work!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks - very kind of you. I hope so too! :lol:
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very, very cool man.
I remember reading the 2000AD comics when I was a young fella and I really enjoyed Dredd then. The new movie surprised me with how much I really enjoyed it as well.

Top work as per usual.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers Simon. I visited Oz once, a long time ago, great place AND they sold 2000AD in the newsagents... I was amazed to find that this little British comic had an audience in Australia!

I was well impressed with the movie too - such a relief that it was light-years better than the Stallone effort :)
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, they still do man. That and I think it's the Beano comics are quite common still.
I haven't bought one in years though :P

I was initially hesitant with the movie, the Stallone one left a bad taste in my mouth years ago... but damn did it rock!
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Bryson-C Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Have you ever posted a tutorial of your painting technique, RS? If not, would you ever considering doing so?
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I've posted this before: [link]
... is that the kind of thing you mean?
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Bryson-C Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
D'oh! Should have noticed that. Thanks for the link, that's exactly what I meant.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: no problem - hope it's of some interest!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he certainly is awesome - one of my all-time favs!
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
This is some amazing work you have done :D
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks - very kind of you :)
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
never really a dredd fan, but i thought the new movie was pretty good too. this piece came out dope rob!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Dredd has always had trouble transferring to the US - even though he's modeled on Dirty Harry and his story is set in (future) America. I may be over-analyzing here but I wonder if, from an American perspective, he comes over as a fascist and maybe even a kind of piss-take of that Dirty Harry 'shoot first, ask questions later' attitude?
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
i can talk for myself in this and tell you i've always thought he was a fascist and somewhat an asshole lol, although that may be in part to my nwa way of thinking about police haha. having said that this new movie was cool.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thing about this is that I think the fascist part is intended to be satirical. Dredd was created in the '70s when we had all those dystopian ideas about the future - and Dredd's character was supposed to symbolize where America might be headed (from a British point of view)...
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
sad thing is we're almost there.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
same goes for the UK!
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cwadeh76 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
He probably hates Judas Priest.. *breaking the law.. breaking the law!*
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just think of Beavis and Butthead whenever I hear that song [link]
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dkenreeks Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Writer
"Respect the badge!
He earned it with his blood!

"Fear the gun!
His sentence may death!

Because...I AM THE LAW!"

--from "I AM THE LAW" by Anthrax

Cool!
--RKJ
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They must be Dredd fans! :)
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dkenreeks Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Writer
As you could probably guess, the song is about Mr. Judge Dredd, and is my favorite Anthrax song. You can find a live version (recorded in Dallas in the late 1980's with Joey Belladonna on vox) on the EP of "I'm The Man."
--RKJ
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Respect the badge! Awesome work here
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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FireballStardraco Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
"I am the law!" I bloody love that line from the film and Judge Dredd is one of those character that is awesome.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he certainly is awesome - one of my all-time favs!
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