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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Joshua W. Cotter

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Joshua W. Cotter splashed onto the small press comix scene in 2004, with his self published comic Skyscrapers of the Midwest. Cotter’s distinct “old-time-y” style of meticulously rendering his cartoons in black ink cross hatches, and little, scratchy lines hearkens to old underground comics of the 1960’s & 70’s.. His character’s are sometimes anthropomorphic, or humans with “cartoon animal” characteristics. Skyscrapers of the Midwest explores the trauma of childhood, and limitless imagination of two brothers growing up in the American Heartland .

After the collected edition hard-cover of Skyscrapers of the Midwest was published, Cotter would chronicle a difficult period of his life in his next book, Driven by Lemons, both published by AdHouse.

Today, you can follow updates of Cotter’s next comic, Nod Away, on the website, Study Group Comics. It’s a sci-fi drama/character study about a scientist working on a mysterious A.I. project up in a space station called USS Integrity. This story, and another that Cotter is currently working on will be the meat of his next book, also titled Nod Away.

You can learn more about Cotter’s process, and see more of his art on his tumblr site here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 12/18/14 under artists,cartoon,comic,illustrationfriday,Interviews,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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Fernando Leal

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Fernando Leal is an illustrator and animator based in Brazil. His clients include Computer Arts, New scientist and Businessweek to name a few. He graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Animation.

To see more from this great illustrator visit his website and Behance  

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Posted by Jessica Holden on 12/15/14 under artists
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Artist & Illustrator LOSTBOY

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Sometimes I feel like the wrong people are being boosted up and supported by their community. That may be a loaded thing to say–I simply mean that some of the art scene here in the Bay has become a bit homogenous and male-dominated. It’s no secret that the fine art world can often feel a closed door to many emerging artists as they continue to boost those who are already successful and well-known.

But obviously, there is room for everyone. My momentary pessimism was quelled when I stumbled across photos of LOSTBOY’s first solo show hosted at Betti Ono Gallery here in Oakland. To see an illustrator my age succeed in this way is incredibly motivating and empowering. Also, it doesn’t hurt that their work is wonderful to behold.

LOSTBOY is a first-generation Korean artist, illustrator, maker and a self-described “proud Aquarius.” They focus on visceral imagery and use the integrity of linework to draw attention to themes of identity, affirmation, consciousness and self-discovery. They are a graduate of the Portland Northwest College of Art’s Illustration program, and currently reside in Los Angeles, CA (yay hometown!).

After graduating from PNCA, LOSTBOY spent about 4 years in Oakland and recently moved back to their hometown to concentrate on preparing work for the aforementioned show, Core. LOSTBOY cites varied influences such as Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono, Ruth Asawa, and Antony and the Johnsons, in addition to fractals, oceanic imagery, and their own Asian-American heritage. In many ways, LOSTBOY’s work is about finding oneself and embracing one’s community, but it’s also about noticing and welcoming the unseen.

LOSTBOY’s solo show “Core” will be up at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland until February 15, 2015. I can’t wait to see it myself and highly suggest you all check it out as well.

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Posted by Rachel Frankel on 12/11/14 under artists
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Nathan Fox

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If Paul Pope and Brendan McCarthy had a love child it would be Nathan Fox. Rarely have I seen an illustrator who produces work that is equally as impressive in ink/brush mode, as it is in full colored/painted mode; each being perfectly realized pieces of art. After a short stint of focusing his career on editorial illustration, Fox moved onto comics in the early 2000’s, and further expanded his skill-set at The School of Visual Arts(New York), in the Illustration As Visual Essay Graduate Program.

Nathan Fox’s career in comics has been an eclectic one, including work on mainstream books like Harley Quinn, The Haunt, and Batman: Gotham Knights, along with indy projects such as Pigeons from Hell, Blue Estate, and Dogs of War. Currently, Fox is providing cover art for the DC/Vertigo series Federal Bureau of Physics AKA FBP(which was recently optioned for a film), drew a story in Vertigo Quarterly: CMYK, and is part of an impressive collection of artists reviving Jack Kirby’s Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers for Dynamite Entertainment.

Nathan Fox has also done illustration work for Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Mad Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly, just to name a few. His work has been featured in art galleries across the U.S. and he teaches Visual Narrative at The School of Visual Arts in New York City.

You can get the latest news, and explore more of Nathan’s work at his website here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 12/11/14 under artists,comic,design,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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Editorial Submission :: Greg Wilson

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Greg Wilson is an illustrator from the Chicago area who has relocated to Savannah, Georgia to complete his MFA in Illustration. He creates his images with ink and then applies digital color. Above all he loves drawing, collaboration, and visual problem solving and he hopes to work with a variety of clients to fulfill their illustration needs. See more of Greg’s work on his website.

 

 

 

Posted by Natalie on 12/09/14 under artists,editorial submissions
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Darwyn Cooke

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Darwyn Cooke is another great cartoonist from Canada to grace the pages of mainstream comics. Cooke’s current career in comics began when he wrote, and drew the memorable DC Elseworlds special Batman: Ego. After a short stint in comics in the mid-late 80’s, he found success as an animator/storyboard artist for Batman: The Animated Series & Superman: The Animated Series in the 1990’s, including creating the main title design for Batman Beyond.

Notable works from Darwyn are DC: The New Frontier(which told the tale of DC Superheroes during the dormant period of the 1950’s), Catwoman’s reboot/redesign in 2001 with writer Ed Brubaker(this run of comics is proving to be ahead of it’s time since we’re seeing a new trend of rethinking/redesigning superhero style & character; i.e. Ms. Marvel, Batgirl, etc.) , the comics adaptations of Donald E. Westlake’s classic crime thriller series Parker, and a recent spate of cover art, including a whole month’s worth of variant covers for many of DC’s flagship titles, and the first issues of IDW’s King Features line.

You can keep up with all things Darwyn Cooke on his website here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 12/05/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Leslie Stein

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Artist/musician/bartender/comics brew-master Leslie Stein has been making comics since the early 2000’s. She started making her comics by cutting & pasting construction paper into colorful silhouettes. Her work has continued to morph, and evolve over the years. Today, you can see how she’s broken down her characters, and stories into minimal line work, expressive colors, and animated typography!

Leslie Stein began self-publishing her personal anthology Eye of the Majestic Creature in 2004. The series stars her cartoon alter ego Larrybear(along with a colorful cast of characters based off of real life friends), and has transformed over the years from mostly fictional stories to semi-autobiographical stories, today.

Fantagraphics Books has published two collections of Stein’s comics, and is publishing a collection of her Diary Comics in 2015.

You can read new, regularly updated Diary Comics on Leslie’s tumblr site here, and VICE features a weekly comic by her, as well.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 11/26/14 under artists,cartoon,comic,illustrationfriday,Interviews,papercuts/silhouettes,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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Matthew Richardson

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Matthew Richardson is an Illustrator represented by Heart Illustration Agency. He is inspired by folk art, 1930s studio photography and secondhand bookshops. His clients include; Penguin, Creative Review, Radio Times and The New York Times to name a few.

To see more of this great illustrators work: Visit his website and blog

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Posted by Jessica Holden on 11/25/14 under artists
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Nimit Malavia

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DC/Vertigo’s long running title Fables has been a showcase for some of the top illustrators working in comics, today. One of the shining stars to contribute covers to the series(as well as a recent interior story) is artist Nimit Malavia. His dynamic yet delicate illustrations portray a strong sense of mood/color existing in a deep field of depth. While looking at them, you literally feel like you could fall into the page(or screen, if you prefer digital)!

Nimit’s work graces the walls of Shopify’s offices(as pictured above), and he’s done commercial work for high profile clients like 20th Century Fox, DC, and Marvel Comics, just to name a few.

Iam8bit in Los Angeles, CA is currently featuring Nimit’s art, along with 39 other artists, for a show called Sequel, where artists create movie poster art for imaginary sequels(Cowboy Bebop:The Movie was Nimit’s contribution).

You can explore more of Nimit Malavia’s art, and keep up with the latest news on his website here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com - Andy Yates

Posted by Andy Yates on 11/21/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
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Illustrator Maja Wronska

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Posted by Wendy Schiller on 11/17/14 under artists,Wendy
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