Hi, my name is Matt Soffe, and I'd be honoured if you'd consider this effort for your Sunday guest post. I'm currently trying to hone my skills with contributions to a few small press publications, as well as regular entries in the 2000AD forum art competitions. This year I have been fortunate enough to have work published in Dogbreath and The End is Nigh, plus I contributed art & letters to a strip that appears in 'Back From The Depths' #1 - a tribute to the short-lived but essential 80's horror comic 'Scream'.
This image started out as a simple doodle in my sketchbook - I literally began drawing without any planning or forethought. I soon found this rather Stalinesque character staring anxiously out at me, then the robot guards appeared and ideas for a possible story began to form. Sketched in pencil, then inked and scanned with colours added in photoshop.
Upcoming projects include further Strontium Dog adventures, a strip for the next issue of Zarjaz (which I'm very excited about), plus I'm about to embark on a collaborative project with a number of up and coming comic artists called 'Fractal Friction'.
As for my Scottish heritage - well, my mum's maiden name was Ferguson, plus I inherited her prominent grey streak at the age of 18 (probably more of an Irish attribute, but is that close enough?!)