The photo was taken by Jeffrey Jones, and I recognized the pose and lighting immediately! Very cool to see! To his credit, and to the great benefit of his painting, Jones didn’t succumb to the desire to spell everything out, to invent all of the forms that he couldn’t make out in his reference photo, but instead simply embraced the idea of lost edges.
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Jeffrey Jones’s “four seasons” portfolio, World without End, was published by S.Q. Productions in 1980 in a signed-and-numbered limited edition of 1000. The choppy but controlled hatching style here — the antithesis of conventional comic-book rendering/feathering — was typical of Jones’s work at the time; for more examples, see “I’m Age,” the wonderful one-page strip by Jones that appeared in Heavy Metal from 1981 to 1984.
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A cheaper, “unlimited,” unsigned edition of World without End was also published, but that one did not include the black-and-white plate displayed above.
Just a friendly note to let fans of Jeffrey Jones know that ebay seller intergalactic (Positive Feedback: 99.8%) has multiple copies of two vintage posters by Jeffrey Jones on sale right now: Chastity (9 available, as of today, for the “Buy It Now” price of US$10.95 each plus shipping) and Sleep (10 available, as of today, for the “Buy it Now” price of US$12.95 each plus shipping). I myself purchased one copy of each poster a short time ago, and was impressed both by the service and by the quality of the merchandise, though please keep in mind, if you decide to follow my lead, you buy at your own risk.
Here’s one of a signed-and-numbered edition of fifty prints, published by Idyl Impress in 1977, that were hand-coloured with watercolour by Jeffrey Jones. It is followed by the uncoloured version, which was published the same year by Idyl Impress in a signed-and-numbered edition of 1200: