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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Michael Del Mundo

 

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Michael Del Mundo is an artist who’s responsible for so many great comic book covers of late, but I didn’t realize, until recently, who he was. The new Marvel Now Elektra series features both cover art, and interiors by Del Mundo, and it’s received a ton of well deserved critical acclaim. In fact, he, and writer William H. Blackman have impressed Marvel so much with their work that they’ve been promised another project once Elektra ends.

Del Mundo has brought the same unconventional, and dynamic style to his interior artwork, that has made his covers so memorable. I’m looking forward to see what comes next for this exciting, young artist!

Michael Del Mundo is from the Philippines, and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can follow his blog here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 09/18/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
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Editorial Submission :: Jana Curll

Post by Natalie

Jana Curll is an icon obsessed, color hungry illustrator working from the rainy Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. She loves to create quirky work that engages and delights both the young and the young at heart.

See more of Jana’s work on her website.

 

Posted by Natalie on 09/16/14 under artists,editorial submissions
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Artist: Jean Haines

 

Although I have previously blogged about the beautiful work of Jean Haines on my personal blog (see original post here) I really felt that it was necessary to include her work on the Illustration Friday blog, I didn’t want you to miss out on this talented artist!

Haines traveled the world between 1989 and 2006, touring Asia, the Middle East, America and Europe. During this time she found many influences for her art career, in particular China taught her a lot about brush control which is evident in her work today. Currently, Haines resides in England where traveling is still a huge part of her career.

It is easy to be envious of Haines’ talent in watercolour; her style appears loose but we know there is an element of control which creates these vivid, unique pieces of art. The strongest elements in her work appear when the subject is subtly hinted at but we still know it is there. As many artists are aware, watercolour is arguably one of the hardest mediums to use yet Haines makes it look natural and effortless;  a rare talent that should be recognised by all.

More of Haines’ work can be found on her website.

 

Thanks for reading,

Carla

Posted by Carla Taylor on 09/15/14 under artists
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Farel Dalrymple

 

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Farel Dalrymple is a comics illustrator who’s been relentlessly chugging away at his craft for the last dozen years, or so.. His brand new graphic novel, The Wrenchies, takes place in the same post-apocalyptic future as his previous work, It Will All Hurt, and follows a group of kids who have to fight the evil shadowsmen to survive. Farel’s unique style reminds me a little of Maurice Sendak, and Tim Burton, but still wholly his own voice. The Wrenchies is an exciting work, in that it represents an artist reaching a new level of excellence in their craft.

Farel is also co-founder of the New York based Meathaus art collective, as well as a regular contributor to the Portland based Study Group Comics Magazine. He recently had a collection of early work, sketchbook art & rarities published by AdHouse Books, titled Delusional. He was recently a part of the stable of great artists that contributed their hand to the recent Prophet comic book relaunch, written & curated by Brandon Graham.

His early comics work, Pop Gun Warwas a Xeric Grant winner and won a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators.

You can follow the latest Farel Dalrymple 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 09/10/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,Interviews,weekly topics
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Illustrator Submission :: Rachel Frankel

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Rachel Frankel (also known as Speakeasy Illustrations) is an illustrator and graphic designer based in California. She has worked on a range of projects from editorial illustrations to surface pattern designs.
Rachel’s work is intricate, mysterious and focuses on the fragility of sheltered and wild existences. Her work is inspired by nature, music and emotional states.

If you love Rachel’s work as much as I do, please visit her portfolio here.

Posted by Chloe Baldwin on 09/10/14 under artists
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How to see creative potential in what you do

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Who said that starting out as an aspiring enthusiastic creative was going to be easy? If it was there’d be alot more of us doing it. Now I’m not saying its impossible because my belief is, if your determined and put in the work you’ll see the results from all your efforts.

Although whether your a photographer, graphic designer, illustrator, pattern designer and more, over time the enthusiasm you found in the beginning of your journey can sometimes begin to wither if you’re feeling you’re not achieving the results you’d hoped.

This can be anything from not receiving many commissions, few followers on your social media or blog. However,  there’s something you need to grasp and understand to avoid the negative taking over and embrace the postive.

The way to do that is by seeing the potential in what you do and here’s how you do just that :

Step one : Grab a piece of paper ( big or small depending how big your aspirations are and the projects your currently working on)

Step two : With a pen in hand write down all the things your currently doing on your journey for creative success . This can be anything from  running your own blog  to making a website, product and more.

Step three: Ask yourself ” Where could this lead” and what could your efforts doing that one thing achieve? So for example, you might realise that through starting a promotional illustration project could have the potential to  1. build your portfolio , 2. acquire you a commission, 3. create a series of mock products or 4. content for blog posts .

Step four : Visual the list of things you’ve written down.  You should by now have a list of bullet points under each heading for the projects you’ve started. If there’s fewer points as to where your efforts could lead with the project revaluate why your doing it. Is there something you aren’t doing that could be beneficial to your creative venture or is there something to change?

As long as you see the potential in yourself and all that you do I am sure you will achieve your creative aspirations and goals.  If  you give up now whose going to know you are and the talent you have to share?

Image by designer Emmanuelle Colin  you can find out more about their work here.

Posted by Kate Leonard on 09/07/14 under artists
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Artist: Christine Heyworth


After attending and being part of the Cloud 9 craft fair in West Yorkshire a few weeks ago, I met the lovely Christine Heyworth and was delighted to view her beautifully delicate work. I must say that Christine was extremely friendly and was happy to talk about and show me her work. The primary media she uses is acrylic, but sometimes watercolour and oil can be found among her pieces.

The main inspirations of the environment and nature are clear in Heyworth’s paintings, with the vibrancy and colour bringing a new sense of life to the subjects in her work. Currently working as a soft furnishing designer, Heyworth keeps up with her artwork in her spare time using both photographic reference and her imagination.

More of Heyworth’s work can be viewed on her website or Facebook page.

 

Thanks for reading,

Carla

Posted by Carla Taylor on 09/05/14 under artists
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Arthur Adams

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Modern Master of Mainstream Comics, Arthur Adams, has been contributing variant cover art for each issue of marvel’s big Summer event, Original Sin. Actually, each cover is a piece of the overall gigantic illustration featuring what looks like literally every Marvel Super Hero ever created!(…don’t quote me on that..but, it’s certainly a lot of characters!) The piece is stunning in it’s scope, and detail, which is really just another day for the likes of Arthur Adams.

Arthur Adams is a self taught artist, and he blew comics fans away early on with his distinct, highly detailed pencils & inks. He began working on such titles as Longshot, and New Mutants Special Edition for Marvel Comics back in the mid-80’s. Adams created his own comic, Monkeyman & O’Brien, published by Dark Horse in the 90’s, and his mainstream comics work has continued to increase in demand, especially with the recent explosion of special variant covers.

You can read more about Arthur Adams illustrious career, and see more of his art on his website here. His Facebook fan page is very active, and perhaps the best place for the latest news.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 09/03/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
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Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Malachi Ward

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Malachi Ward has been building up steam in the small press comics world the last few years. His latest release, Ritual 3: Vile Decay, has been met with critical acclaim, and he continues his strong creative collaboration with writer/artist/friend Matt Sheean on their self-published title, Expansion, and Prophet from Image Comics. His earliest works, Utu & Scout, introduced his distinctive character-driven, surreal, sci-fi stories to readers, and you can find similar themes explored in his paintings, as well.

Malachi Ward was raised in Yucaipa, California, and studied drawing & painting in college. Some of his biggest influences growing up included Calvin and Hobbes, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Spider-man comics. He currently lives in South Pasadena, CA with his wife Keiko.

Malachi will be attending the San Francisco Zine Fest this coming Labor Day weekend, Small Press Expo in North Bethesda, MD on September 13th & 14th, and Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco on October 4th & 5th. His work with Matt Sheean continues in Prophet Strikefile, hitting comics shops in the next few weeks.

You can order a copy of Ritual 3: Vile Decay at the Alternative Comics website.

You can follow Malachi Ward 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 08/27/14 under artists,illustrationfriday,Interviews,weekly topics
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Pretty Flyers: The Art of Ben Foot

Article by Oli Rogers
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Before we begin, a quick disclaimer: you’ve already missed all of these gigs. Sorry about that.

But never mind, you were probably busy anyways, right? However, had you been there in the crowd, it would in all likelihood have been because your eyes eager eyes once alit upon a flyer whose unique style could be described as “mid-Century comic book meets etching inside a disarranged psychonaut’s brain”: a flyer that was the work of illustrator Ben Foot. And today, Illustration Friday is here to save you all the bother of rescuing one of his aesthetically outstanding yet probably somewhat trampled pieces of art from of a post-mosh puddle of beer, because you can admire them all from behind a nice, clean screen of your choice.

Music and illustration are two disciplines that have a rich shared history; they’ve probably been complementing one another in some form or another since the first time someone opened their mouth to sing, thereby unleashing an avalanche of images on the inside of someone else’s skull. Indeed, there’s definitely something synesthetic about Ben’s work, with its behind-the-eyelids glow of candied violets and emeralds – and although there may not be any lyrical reference to moons with whimsical cat faces in the songs they complement, these images certainly hail from the same dimension of inspiration that informs the work of the musically innovative. In fact, this is artwork that at times strays into the sublime realms of true psychedelia, where image breaks down and the pure geometry of the universe, unfettered by mere human perception breaks through, spewing bubbles of energy and shards of celestial light through the rift and into the viewer’s consciousness. Yeah, you heard. At other times though, it’s as wistful and human as the work of Daniel Clowes.

Besides creating musical ephemera par excellence, Ben’s work has also adorned t-shirts from purveyor of illustrated fashions, threadless.com, and appeared in self-penned comics effervescing with his trademark surrealism and wry humour, such as the outstandingly-named Sparkly Sparkly Chew.

If you’d like to see more of Ben’s artwork (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to his website.

Posted by Oli Rogers on 08/27/14 under artists
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