I’ve been trawling through cobweb-encrusted areas of computer hard drives and come across the cover artwork for the last-ever issue of Commodore Format. Featuring Roger Frames and his dog Debit doing the classic walk into the sunset.
The sun set on the C64 in 1995. Ah, but did it ever, really?
Uniquely, this Roger Frames artwork was produced in Adobe Illustrator instead of the usual ink and watercolour on board. I can’t remember the reason for this.
It might have been my reluctance to get out the inks to airbrush all that background area: my home studio in 1995 was a very small room in which most of it was taken up by a computer system!
I’ve been scanning in old art commissioned by Commodore Format magazine in the early 1990s. At the time, Future Publishing was probably my best client and I was producing artwork for many of its magazines.
The regular project that I enjoyed the most was illustrating the pages where the low-cost (Budjit) computer games were reviewed by the fictitious young, accident-prone kid - Roger Frames.
Issue #1 of the magazine saw Roger in basic black and white line but very soon – by issue #4 – a couple of full colour illustrations of Roger’s antics appeared every month. This increased to as much as four illustrations in some issues.
I’ve chosen a few of my favourites: some are scans from the printed magazine because the artwork was either not returned or been lost.
Roger Frames: Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside
Roger Frames: Computer Sand Sculpture
Roger Frames: All at seaRoger Frames: Hospital Visit
Roger Frames: Roger and Debit watch the Chancellor’s Budget Speech