RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s

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PostRIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by jawafour » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:53 pm





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Bob Wakelin produced brilliant videogame box artwork for Ocean and Imagine software publishers. For me, their colour, vibrancy and structure always caught the eye. Today I was sad to hear that this legendary artist had passed away.

Thanks for helping to make videogaming that bit more exciting, Bob :wub: .

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Gemini73 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:35 am

Not heard the name before, but the artwork is very recognisable.

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Saint of Killers » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:05 am

Yeah, I didn't know the man behind the art but his art is often what drew me to a game in the first place. I think the Mikie art is my favourite. (Wasn't a bad game either!)

| (•_•)| S: This is the best date I've been on since my last date. PB: This is not a date.
S: Neither was the last one. It was a robbery. M: Really? S: Yeah. She stole my heart. And my crown. (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Rex Kramer » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:14 am

The man directly responsible for me buying so many half arsed movie tie in games in the 80s. Yeah, thanks Bob.

RIP really. :wub:

Like his comment here (https://www.exotica.org.uk/wiki/Bob_Wakelin) on Mikie

A generic cartoon banged out as quickly as possible.

My mate Floyd was visiting again, so I got him to draw the background characters for me to paint, thus enabling us to spend more time in the pub.

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Johnny Jalfrezi » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:14 am

The guy responsible for painting the landscape of my youth and a phenomenal artist in his own right. A genuine icon and legend.

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by jawafour » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:46 am

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Bob always made the covers exciting; I love the action and detailing that he put into the Renegade artwork!

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Gemini73 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:30 am

jawafour wrote:Image

Bob always made the covers exciting; I love the action and detailing that he put into the Renegade artwork!


Yes, remember seeing the Renegade pic on the back of Crash magazine. Sold me the game completely.

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Moggy » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:23 pm

I never knew he was behind them, but I remember those covers well. If anything they were too good, the games rarely lived up to the awesome artwork!

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Dual » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:03 pm

Is the game bottom right of the OP called GAYZOR?

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Brerlappin » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:53 pm

Dual wrote:Is the game bottom right of the OP called GAYZOR?


I thought that too :lol: Its "Gryzor"

I absolutely adored this guys art when i was a kid. I didn't know anything about him personally really, but its still saddened me to hear he died. Those box covers were almost as important as the game itself back in those days, its probably something younger gamers wont understand, but back then graphics were so primitive that the Box art kind helped bridge the gap between the actual graphics and what the game looked like in your mind. I loved the art for Cabal, New Zealand Story, and others. He was super talented and his artwork was a huge part of my childhood. RIP

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by andythevillan » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:47 pm

Oh no that's really sad as he was so talented. Him and Oliver Frey from the Newsfield mags were a huge part of people's memories of 80's gaming in the UK for due to their fantastic illustrations. RIP

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by KjGarly » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:49 pm

Dual wrote:Is the game bottom right of the OP called GAYZOR?


It's basically the Predator poster/cover with Arnie's face changed :slol:

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Depredator mon.

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Ad7 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:58 pm

I love those old covers, there's something so evocative about them, like a real sense of the world and characters.

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Rex Kramer » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:11 pm

Ad7 wrote:I love those old covers, there's something so evocative about them, like a real sense of the world and characters.

Which was good because the games very rarely managed to convey that.

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Gemini73 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:11 pm

KjGarly wrote:
Dual wrote:Is the game bottom right of the OP called GAYZOR?


It's basically the Predator poster/cover with Arnie's face changed :slol:

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Depredator mon.


It's not uncommon for an artist to use another pic as a template. The Renegade one, for example, is clearly based on a selection of Bruce Lee poses, right down to the finger placement.

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Venom » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:22 am

Johnny Jalfrezi wrote:The guy responsible for painting the landscape of my youth and a phenomenal artist in his own right. A genuine icon and legend.


Ad7 wrote:I love those old covers, there's something so evocative about them, like a real sense of the world and characters.


I agree with so many of the comments in this thread! Back in the day I bought so many computer and video game magazines and used to gaze adoringly at pictures for games I knew I would never be able to play - one cover would promise so much! All this great artwork brings back so many memories. I didn't realise they were the work of one man but looking at them now there seems to be some kind of commonality. RIP Bob Wakelin.

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PostRe: RIP Bob Wakelin - spectacular videogame artist of the 80s and 90s
by Brerlappin » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:29 am

Venom wrote:
Johnny Jalfrezi wrote:The guy responsible for painting the landscape of my youth and a phenomenal artist in his own right. A genuine icon and legend.


Ad7 wrote:I love those old covers, there's something so evocative about them, like a real sense of the world and characters.


I agree with so many of the comments in this thread! Back in the day I bought so many computer and video game magazines and used to gaze adoringly at pictures for games I knew I would never be able to play - one cover would promise so much! All this great artwork brings back so many memories. I didn't realise they were the work of one man but looking at them now there seems to be some kind of commonality. RIP Bob Wakelin.


Yeah i remember seeing "Wakelin" in a few of the pictures (its written on the solders glove in the "Cabal" cover for example), so i didnt cop on that it was the artists name, and as a kid just thought this was some secret code id stumbled across on all these covers :lol: For years i wondered what "Wakelin" was!!
I used to do the same tho, just pore over those fold outs that came with Kixx games looking at all these games id (probably) never get to play, imagining what they were like, and Bob Wakelins art helped bring them to life in my head. Its sad when you think about it haha, poor broke kids in the 90s sitting around imagining what games are like cause they cant afford to play them! Or more often than not, just cant find them in shops, jesus it was hard to buy ST games in the mid 90s. Nowhere stocked them at all.


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