Ron Tiner

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Born (1940-05-08) May 8, 1940 (age 83)
Borden near Sittingbourne Kent
  • Author
  • Illustrator of Books Comics
Known forBook Figure Drawing Without A Model

Ron Tiner (born Ronald Charles Tickner, 8 May 1940) is a British author and illustrator of books and comics, known for the book Figure Drawing Without A Model (published by F&W Media International), sequential narrative illustration work such as Hellblazer and 2000 AD (comics), and illustrations for a number of classic fictions:[1][2]. He was born in Borden, near Sittingbourne, Kent.


Ron Tiner's first regularly published work was for the DC Thompson publication The Hotspur from 1976 to 1980 and the IPC publication Battle Action. He went on to become a prolific illustrator of sequential narrative artwork (or graphic storytelling) for comics and magazines for children and adults, throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.[2]

He provided illustrations for books in the 1990s and early 2000s, including work for classic texts for both Oxford University Press and Penguin.[3]

He has also authored his own books on illustrating, including Figure Drawing Without a Model, Drawing From Your Imagination, one on fellow artist John Harris (artist) Mass: The Art of John Harris[3] and The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy & Science Fiction Art Techniques (co-authored with John Grant (author).

He also lectured in illustration and sequential narrative and for Swindon College from 1997 to 2005[2].

Comic Illustration

Ron Tiner's comic illustration (a significant portion of which was uncredited[2]) included work for:

  • The Hotspur
    • Spring-heeled Jack (1976-1977)
    • Black Jack the Footpad (1978-1979)
    • The Red Sands of Roga (1978-1979)
    • Slaves of Vasala (1980)
  • Action
    • School for Survivors (1976)
  • Battle Action
    • Major Eazy (1978)
    • HMS Nightshade (1979 – 1981) (In collaboration with Mike Western)
    • Rat Pack (1979)
    • Dispatch Rider (1980)
    • Clash of the Guards (1982)
  • Powerman
    • The Black Star (1976-1977)
    • Powerman (1978)
  • Judy
    • Mary Doone's Diary (1982-1983)
  • Peretti Publications
    • The Pickle at Trafalgar - 2005
  • Tammy
    • Linda’s Fox (1981)
  • Jinty
  • Suzy
    • Star of the Silver Pool (1983)
    • The House on Witch Hill (1982-1983)
  • Oink!
    • The Hog of the Baskervilles (1989)
    • King Solomon’s Swines (1989)
  • Fiesta Comic STRIP
    • Fanny Hill (1988-1990)
    • Arabian Nights (1990)
  • Brain Damage
    • The Striker Wore Pink Knickers (1989)
  • Match Weekly
    • Canon (1983-1985)
  • 2000AD
    • Future Shocks (1979, 1980 & 1981)
  • Starlord
  • Hellblazer
    • Nos. 24, 25, 27, 28 & 29 (1989)

Other publications in which illustrations have been published include:

  • Punch (magazine) (1996-1997)
  • Rex (1995)
  • Financial Times (1994)
  • The Daily Telegraph (2009)

During his career he has worked with a number of other British and European comic artists and writers such as Alan Moore, Jamie Delano[4][1], Kev Walker and Mark Buckingham, and the late author John Grant [5][2].

Book Illustration

Aside from sequential narrative illustration, Tiner received commissions for book illustrations, increasing in number during the decline of the British comic industry[2]. These included contrasting styles of work for Usborne's abridged illustrated versions of The Tales of Robin Hood and Dr Jeckyll And Mr Hyde (both 1995).

For Oxford University Press his work has included further classics such as:

  • John Buchan's The 39 Steps (2000)
  • Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd (2002)
  • C.S. Forester's The African Queen (2004)
  • Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim (1997)
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes & the Duke's Son, 2002).
  • Operation Terror

Published by Penguin:

  • Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal (1999)
  • Washington Irving's Rip van Winkle (2000)

Published by Smith Settle

  • Gumboot Practice (1989)
  • Dales Law (1990)
  • A Haunt of Rare souls (1990)
  • Behind the Brass Plate (1993)

He also adapted six of Enid Blyton's Secret Seven stories in the 1980s as graphic narratives for Gutenburghus's Enid Blyton's Adventure Magazine[3]. He also provided illustrations for Grant's The Far Enough Window, published by Bewrite Books in 2002 (ISBN 978-1904224792).


As sole author his works include[6]

  • Figure Drawing Without a Model (published by David and Charles ISBN 978-0715329320)
  • Drawing From Your Imagination (published by David and Charles ISBN 978-0715329252)
  • Mass: The Art of John Harris, about fellow artist John Harris (published by Paper Tiger, ISBN 978-1855858312)

He has worked on a number of projects with the author John Grant[7][8], including as a contributing editor on The Encycolpaedia of Fantasy[9] and The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction[10] (both published by Orbit Publications), and The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction & Fantasy Art Techniques[11] (published by Quarto Publishing.


In 1997 Ron Tiner developed a course on the theory and practice of "Narrative & Sequential Illustration" for The University of Swindon, which he delivered from 1997 to 2005[2]. Of that, Tiner said, I’d always wanted to be a film-maker as a boy and I think I saw comics in that way – like films on paper, where you ‘see’ the story as much as hear it. To achieve this, films use all sorts of visual devices to draw you in and maintain the narrative, a judicious use of close-ups and longshots, varied “camera” angles, high and low viewpoints and so forth. I wanted to achieve that effect in my comics[2].


With no initial formal qualification[12] Tiner was initially emboldened by contemporaries and friends such as Dave Gibbons[2].

In an interview with Paper Tiger magazine, Ron Tiner cited his first major influence was Frank Brangwyn, stating "His powerful drawings of workmen and warriors were a tremendous inspiration". He also cites Burne Hogarth's Tarzan work, as well as British artists Peter Jackson, Frank Bellamy and Ron Embleton. He also states admiration for European artists Ortiz, Luis Bermejo, Ferdinando Tacconi and Enrique Breccia. Of American artists he sites Howard Pyle, N.C Wyeth, Robert Fawcett, Bob Peak and Robert McGinnis[12].

Current Projects

He is currently working on the completion of a new illustrated book with the working title "Investigating Sherlock Holmes"[2] which will be published in Autumn 2021 by Sheldrake Press.

Hellblazer Artists
Preceeded by Ron Tiner Succeeded by
Mark Buckingham 23-24, 28-30 David Lloyd


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ron Tiner".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 O'Brien, Jim (August 2019). "Story Teller". Illustration, Published by Cello Press (61): 28–38.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Science Fiction Encyclopaedia
  4. "Hellblazer de Jamie Delano #3".
  5. "Ron Tiner". Open Library.
  6. "Results for Ron Tiner".
  7. "Authors : Tiner, Ron : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia".
  8. Grant, John; Tiner, Ron (1996). The encyclopedia of fantasy and science fiction art techniques (Book, 1996) []. ISBN 9781852867027. OCLC 60267994.
  9. The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy (title page)
  10. The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction (title page)
  11. The Encyclopaedia of Fantasy and Science Fiction Art Techniques
  12. 12.0 12.1 Barnett, Paul (2002). "Let The Good Tiner Roll". Paper Tiger Fantasy Art Gallery: 125–129.

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