Derek Riggs

Derek Riggs (born 13 February 1958 in Portsmouth, England) is a contemporary British artist best known for creating the heavy metal music band Iron Maiden's mascot, "Eddie the Head". Riggs is self-taught in his art, both in his traditional painting and in his digital work. He also attended art school, but he was expelled, as they "didn't know much about illustration anyway". Riggs' most famous achievement is his work with Iron Maiden and his creation of Eddie, the band's mascot and subject of their album and single covers. Eddie was originally called Electric Matthew and was featured in a painting Riggs had designed in 1978, it was a symbolization of the rebellious punk subculture / movement of the late 1970s in the United Kingdom. Iron Maiden's management came across the painting and realised it could be adapted for their own use. They asked Riggs to add hair on the figure and the resulting picture was used on their first album cover for the debut Iron Maiden album, released in 1980. Riggs went on to work with Iron Maiden throughout the 1980s and into the 90s, creating many of the band's famous album covers.