DAVID HITCHCOCK INTERVIEW
David Hitchcock has been drawing comics for over 30 years. Mainly self publishing graphic novels such as Spirit of the Highwayman, Whitechapel Freak and his personal take on the penny dreadful myth, Springheeled Jack, which garnered an Eagle Award, the UK’s equivalent to the U.S. Eisner Award. He has also illustrated many short stories for various companies and publishers such as Rebellion (2000ad) and Heavy Metal magazine. He has worked with successful screenwriter GARY YOUNG on the two volumes of Madam Samurai, both books did the rounds at Cannes Film Festival. David once had a glowing review of one of his comics by industry legend STEVE DITKO. Recently, David has been producing commissions of many varied comic characters, and all things suitably gothic, as well as illustrating the Life and Death of Heracles, a novella by Professor Laurence Alison. David Hitchcock is a British freelance artist. One cannot resist his awesome Sherlock Holmes illustrations and stunning other works. We just love his Holmes-themed drawings. He perfectly embraces the world of Conan Doyle's hero, the objects and characters are harmonized as their environment is clasped by darkness and fear. It is a pleasure and a great honour that David Hitchcock accepted our interview request.
How did you got the idea to make Sherlock-themed illustrations?
I am mainly known for my victorian style artwork. Sherlock Holmes was a natural step down the
cobbled stone alleyways, following in the footsteps of my second self published comic,
Whitechapel Freak (my take on the Ripper murders) which was produced in a tabloid format like
Police News. I love the gothic tone of the time period, there is so much to have fun with visually,
including architecture, clothing, fog and much more.
Are you familiar with the original stories?
Although I’ve never actually sat down and read any Arthur Conan Doyle, I do feel very familiar
with the material, through films, TV and various comics and graphic novels.
Do you have a favourite adventure, adaptation or actor?
I must say, my favourite story has to be The Hound of the Baskervilles. I loved Peter Cushing, Basil
Rathbone and I also liked Robert Downey Jnr’s versions too.
What was the biggest challenge while drawing the Holmes pictures?
One of the hardest tasks whilst drawing a picture is devising a good composition, and also getting
the elements right. I have googled Baker Street on many occasions, drawing a convincing Holmes’
study is also elementary.
Are there any special reasons for the majority of your works are in black and white?
I mainly work in pencil and pen as I find that suits the time period. As a self publisher of comics it
is also the cheapest way of printing, I fell into producing black, white and grey art through
Could you name a few illustrators whose works affected your style? Do you have any role
I am primarily a comic artist, I have many favourite comic artists and painters. From the victorian
era, the golden age of children’s books my favourite illustrator is Arthur Rackham, I’m lucky
enough to own a couple of his original pen and ink drawings. On the modern day comic scene I like
so many artists, but my main stay favourite is Jack Kirby, one of the main architects of the Marvel
Would you tell us what are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on commissions, if you would like to contact me with any enquiries please
email firstname.lastname@example.org thanks you for inviting me on this interview.
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