Archive for the ‘comic’ Category

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Leslie Stein

eye494fd60866a07949619febae33a173e1

tumblr_nbt8ulVuHb1qe61kso1_r2_12801526641_10152097708618162_1260726647_n

tumblr_n2y2i6p4ZY1qzikspo1_500tumblr_mqgpdkNQ7J1qe61kso1_1280

L-Stein-interview-banner

il_570xN.2616381511501734_10152065771963162_1676380613_n

10676359_10152699729238162_1946333700719662859_ntumblr_n3b9k4zd8M1rwdxzqo1_1280

tumblr_ld3e0p6Qep1qdxchptumblr_n867tfio0o1qe61kso1_1280

tumblr_nc9uu327ZQ1qe61kso1_r1_1280tumblr_lpf50fPPoF1qdxchp

tumblr_mrjcruXJ1r1qe61kso1_128010005971_10152265003378162_233537178_o

tumblr_n954liN1k51qe61kso1_1280TheDesk450

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
No Comments

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Nimit Malavia

64_cvd01fables140nimitmalaviaFABL-Cv146-20832

66_cvc01janewarriorsoflovetypenimitmalavia65_edc02steelseraglioremnimitmalavia

malavia-Remus-and-Romulus81_edc04abelincolnvampirehuntergreatcalamitynimitmalavia

73_edp01divinationsandbutterfliesnimitmalavia

71_edc01canadianwildlifenimitmalavia

wolverinejubilee2c68_cvm01wolverinejubilee03nimitmalavia

64_cvd01fables142nimitmalaviaFables-145-preview

64_cvd01fables139nimitmalavia67_cvc01vcstepsofkrakadornimitmalavia

82_edc03shopifybettertobethestormthantheseainstallnimitmalavia

74_edp02bridalnimitmalavia79_edp01redsnownimitmalavia

FABL-Cv144-d953964_cvd01fables141nimitmalavia

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
1 Comment

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Cameron Stewart

tumblr_n8ijoiughu1qfd9cso1_1280BG-Cv36-ds-98511

tumblr_naatmsQDGD1qfd9cso1_1280cwsdccprint

Catwoman Wild RideSeaguy_Issue_1

tumblr_lk6bh3FEts1qfd9cso1_1280tumblr_mctanlaKoV1qfd9cso1_1280

tumblr_mkq3xfD5FR1qfd9cso1_1280tumblr_mu09veyHJh1qfd9cso1_1280

tumblr_n8rxveffzQ1tggwujo1_1280tumblr_n1nilscLi31qfd9cso1_1280

tumblr_n94rlpJQab1qfd9cso1_1280tumblr_m4t42r9LBF1qfd9cso1_1280

tumblr_n7hk8bwaRY1qfd9cso3_1280CAMERONSTEWARTSIGNING

Cameron_M_Stewarttumblr_lqcz34UPJK1qfd9cso1_1280

tumblr_lkoxj1pBUn1qfd9cso6_1280tumblr_lkoxj1pBUn1qfd9cso1_1280

tumblr_my8kr9sgkj1qfd9cso1_1280tumblr_mxepklx1Pv1qfd9cso1_1280tumblr_mjtpo4XcOx1qfd9cso1_1280

tumblr_lklcw6c6HD1qfd9cso1_1280tumblr_mxepnfRwfq1qfd9cso1_1280

tumblr_ne60quQzFV1qfd9cso1_1280

Change can take a long time to happen. The mainstream comics market is no exception, but there have been some recent encouraging signs. Case in point, the newly redesigned, Doc Marten/iPhone sporting Batgirl by forward thinking creator Cameron Stewart, who co-writes, and sketches story breakdowns for the series. Stewart, a Canadian native, has been drawing comics for over a decade, and has worked with some of the most celebrated comics writers out there, including Grant Morrison, Ed Brubaker, and Jason Aaron.

In addition to the monthly Batgirl, he’s currently working on a comics sequel to Fight Club with writer Chuck Palahniuk, which he’s described as a dream project to be a part of.

Cameron Stewart won both an Eisner(2010) & Shuster(2009) award for his web comic Sin Titulo. You can find a lot more artwork to drool over 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 11/14/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
No Comments

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: John Totleben

Comicartfans-Galleries-Malcolm Bourne-John-Totleben-John-Totleben-MiraclemanTotleben

de00861ea3807372f0a6b1eb35b24227MIRACLEMAN2014013-DC11-LR-1-6d671

ST29a

The Saga of the Swamp Thing #53 page 24 [art by John Totleben]The Saga of the Swamp Thing #34 cover [art by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben]

ST60Pg1819

26-147-1

miracleman-11-108549tumblr_mzx1g0PZfW1rhjbado1_500

totleben-hb-77cover-detailmm16

Comicartfans-Galleries-Richard Martines-Dream-Girls-Miraclewoman-by-John-TotlebenXJ3zgi0Z_0207141613261

The-Saga-of-the-Swamp-Thing-53-page-15-art-by-John-Totleben-540x765 John Tottleben Spidey Lizard

44tumblr_n1h24dHtrT1rv5690o6_r2_1280

UMTUMM2

 terrys_swampy_abby

John Totleben happens to be one of the finest illustrators to ever work in comics. His first published work was in the popular science fiction/fantasy magazine Heavy Metal in the late 70’s. He first became well known for his collaboration with artist Stephen R. Bissette, and writer Alan Moore on their ground breaking run on Swamp Thing for DC Comics in the early/mid 80’s. Their run also included the introduction of popular character John Constantine AKA Hellblazer. Totleben continued to impress with his distinct, ultra-detailed inks, and lush painted covers with his work on Eclipse Comics’ Miracleman. After many years in legal limbo, Marvel Comics secured the rights to re-publish issues of Miracleman, which is once again shining a light on Totleben’s timeless art.

Sadly, John Totleben has suffered from the eye disease retinitis pigmentosa for years now, so he’s had to slow down his output as an artist. Yet, he’s still capable of rendering some of the most beautiful scenes you can imagine albeit at a much slower rate.

John Totleben has won numerous Kirby & Inkpot awards throughout his career, and was the co-founder/editor of the famed Taboo horror anthology.

You can learn more about John Totleben’s life & career here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 11/07/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
No Comments

Illustrator Lize Meddings

Back in 2009 when I first decided that illustration was definitely the route for me, I was finally beginning to stumble on a lot of other illustrators that really governed my taste and aesthetic going forward. Interestingly, a lot of them happened to reside across the pond in Great Britain. Julia Pott, Lizzy Stewart and Gemma Correll are a few that come directly to mind when thinking of the geography, and are some of my favorite working artists to this date. Lize Meddings also happens to hail from the UK. I stumbled upon her work via Tumblr of all places, and am quite happy I did!

Lize Meddings is a Bristol-based fine artist and illustrator with a penchant for the color pink, animals, nature and all kinds of positive self-expression. She works in both analog and digital formats, showcasing wonderful brushwork and gestural figures. Since finishing up the Illustration program at Plymouth College of Art & Design, she’s become a self-publishing fiend–constantly working on the next comic, zine, print, bag or fine art commission. The idea of a creative block seems far and away from this one’s mind.

Lize is quite interested in the act of characterization, if that wasn’t obvious before. Her medium of comfort is a brush and some ink, but she also demonstrates a natural comfort around the use of color. I particularly love the way she draws eyes–very fairylike for some reason.

Something I’ve noticed about several British illustrators is the tendency towards a more “naive” aesthetic. While that might sound negative, it’s completely the opposite. There’s a unique youthfulness in Lize’s work that allows it to appeal to a wider, younger audience, all while the messages remain witty and cheeky. It takes a special person to turn reality into something appealing, and she does just that by focusing on the relatable, more beautiful aspects of life.

Follow along with Lize’s illustrative adventures:

Tumblr

Etsy

Sad Ghost Club

Facebook

Posted by Rachel Frankel on 10/31/14 under artists,comic,design,digital,painterly,pen/brush and ink
No Comments

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Noah Van Sciver

noahvansciver-stcole-001blammo-009b

tumblr_m7jpypEx7l1qklb54o1_500shock

hypolarge

tumblr_mv1kycDhsZ1qklb54o1_500tumblr_mhh4gcvT0e1qklb54o1_500

VAN-SCIVER-interview-banner

blammo7.5frontcover

tumblr_mvo1gqtLgV1qklb54o1_500tumblr_mybx7xzazT1qklb54o1_500

tumblr_m8uvsalxQ61qklb54o1_500tumblr_mby9ldeUx31qklb54o1_500tumblr_mc5c89FKdS1qklb54o1_500

tumblr_m8eyzhMgMs1qklb54o1_500comcis-noah-van-sciver-cheer-up

tumblr_mvnzytq7qq1qklb54o1_500blammo4

1002910_10152163397112166_447286150_ntumblr_ncvnosZTUr1qklb54o1_500

tumblr_mkn8zdLYKo1qklb54o1_500tumblr_mu2jygezkQ1qklb54o1_500

tumblr_n73cqeVR0I1qklb54o1_500tumblr_n7adtbFapk1qklb54o1_500

0a185175639373aea86c09969810121e1070053_10152043904192166_1223992691_n

tumblr_micaw3dVjL1qklb54o1_500tumblr_nappwagHD31qklb54o1_500

tumblr_m7sgarfO7T1qklb54o1_500youthiswasted

Cartoonist Noah Van Sciver has been crafting his own special brand of throwback indy comix since the mid-2000’s. His one man anthology, Blammo, is up to issue #9, and it would fit quite comfortably between classic Eightball’s & Yummyfur’s on the funny book racks! It was with Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed anthology series, Mome, that Noah started to reach a wider audience, and soon after that his first graphic novel would be published; The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln. Van Sciver was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Denver, CO for most of his adult life, where his oft times publisher Kilgore Books & Comics is located.

AdHouse Books recently published a collection of his comics titled Youth is Wasted, and Fantagraphics has 2 more upcoming projects with Noah in 2015: Saint Cole & Fante Bukowski.

Noah has been nominated multiple times for an Ignatz Award(which is sort of like an Oscar for Small Press comics…), and has had his work featured in the prestigious Best American Comics annual.

You can check out more of Noah Van Sciver’s comics like his day-to-day “Diary Comics”, and other serialized stories 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 10/24/14 under artists,cartoon,comic,illustrationfriday,Interviews,pen/brush and ink,questions,weekly topics
2 Comments

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Jamie McKelvie

MSMARV2014009-DC11-0a878tumblr_n4hr0eUmm41ro4c5vo1_400

tumblr_n5xhqtGFRa1s9zg2co1_1280tumblr_inline_n9n0ab7OUr1r61u22

mckelvie-kamalakhantoucan_deconnick1_cm-design2

tumblr_n7wf8wNOKV1tvh8dxo3_400tumblr_n7bp4hUNrq1t0cxrao1_400

550w_comics_art_brut

YA Afterparty

yavengers1a

youngavengers-08Young-Avengers-7-Cover

phonogram_cov5643253-pg2issue1

pgteaser2tumblr_n8rghrQs3r1tuoa2wo2_400

tumblr_ncy6lsDeOp1qb0qmuo1_1280CS3backcover

129nightcrawler-cover

tumblr_n6ru46X2Ij1qa0vdoo1_400tumblr_n9mxkw4dUX1qb0qmuo1_400

tumblr_n63hzaXxTg1tuoa2wo1_1280tumblr_n7n85vsVNM1sr08kqo1_400

tumblr_n6eb9p4ZR21qb0qmuo1_400tumblr_n6eb9p4ZR21qb0qmuo2_400

If I was creating a new super-hero team, or relaunching an old super-hero comic book, the person I’d first think of to design/re-design my character’s costumes would be the great British artist Jamie McKelvie! He’s the one behind the excellent new costume designs of Captain Marvel, AKA Carol Danvers, and the wildly popular new version of Ms. Marvel, AKA Kamala Khan. You can see the design sheets posted above. McKelvie has been steadily producing some of the best conceived cover designs/art for many of Marvel Comics’ recent titles, including Ms. Marvel, Nightcrawler, and the recent(much too short-lived) Young Avengers re-launch.

Jamie McKelvie, and his frequent collaborator, Kieron Gillen, have recently launched a new, creator-owned series for Image Comics called The Wicked + The Devine. Their unique new-Mod take on super powered folks is a fresh addition to the usual, over-saturated fare.

You can see more art and follow Jamie McKelvie on his Twitter page here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 10/17/14 under artists,comic,conceptual,design,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
No Comments

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Bill Sienkiewicz

wytches-000Daredevil_End_of_Days_Vol_1_8_Bill_Sienkiewicz_Variant

BillDD

elektra

2596_4_33dazzler 031 00c

BbvTTbsCEAAQNoS.jpg-largebabysitting-uxm195

Hulk 296-00fcinc_hulk_v1_297_00_rougher

SienkiewiczNM

tumblr_m9268s2MOb1qdr9tjo8_1280tumblr_ma7xgf4fwf1r93mfqo1_1280

04-23-2010-125522PM-620x408

StrayToasters_2011200491irv+GkimL

tumblr_m42r88KCar1r344y9o1_1280bill_sienkiewicz_01

4jOph

marty-for-bryan-flat-copybill-sienkiewicz_vampyres_blackthorne-1985_plate02

IMG_4530tumblr_l3a2fqiPgx1qbno3ao1_500

60905_sienkiewicz_voodoo_child_1

VOODOOCHILD-BDSC02179

3432517-bill+sienkiewicz_thulsa+doom+in+armor_1984+conan+calendarconan

marvel_preview_21_inside_cover_bill_sienkiewicz_moon_knight_marvel_march_1980fc3a33afa031e09a12186a4f1636d7cb

tumblr_n8xmh1AiXR1szfy48o1_1280tumblr_n8xmh1AiXR1szfy48o3_1280

Marvel_SSv1n36_DUNE_43Sting as Feyd-Rautha from David Lynch’s Dune

01moonknight2402nickfury

mcginnis

tumblr_mdcsymYXoI1rwyqmxo1_50000historydcuniverse1986sienkiewiczcv

sw-super_special_27_supertransformers_1

Shadow2_02tumblr_m9hf9c138H1rx5px6o1_500

tumblr_mv0pzg2wSr1r89a2ho1_1280tumblr_n5dl7oeMrp1r7p67qo1_1280

BN00comics-1

bill art 7

I had to post a lot of images for this week’s Comics Illustrator of the Week, because Bill Sienkiewicz has so many amazing pieces of art to share. I only just scraped the surface of his body of work! One of the first comic books I ever read was Dune, the Marvel comics adaptation of the David Lynch film. I didn’t really read it, so much as I absorbed the dynamic art by Sienkiewicz within those pages. It was the first time I’d really seen an example of comic book art crossing over into the “respectable” fine arts realm.

Bill Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is best known for his magnum opus, Stray Toasters, and his work on Elektra: Assassin for Marvel. He incorporates a combination of oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed-media, collage and mimeograph into his art, which is very rare in comics. Sienkiewicz has done a lot of work for Hollywood, including The Dark Knight, The Grinch, and The Green Mile just to name a few.

He recently worked on the critically acclaimed Daredevil:End of Days series with friends, and fellow comics legends, Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Alex Maleev, and Klaus Janson. His variant cover for Wytches #1, the highly anticipated new Image series, is truly disturbing, and shows a master artist at the peak of his craft.

Other works of note are Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix, Santa: My Life & Times (An Illustrated Autobiography), and a stint designing multimedia stage productions for Roger Waters’ 2006 Dark Side of the Moon Tour.

Bill Sienkiewicz has recieved numerous awards, and nominations, but one of the biggest honors was a  2004 Eisner Award for DC Comics’ The Sandman: Endless Nights.

You can read more about Bill Sienkiewicz’s illustrious career, and see more examples of his art on his official website here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 10/09/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,pen/brush and ink,weekly topics
3 Comments

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Jae Lee

0U3sJB6batman-superman-3

Wolverine-8-Wolverine-vs-the-X-Men-Cover-by-Jae-Leewolverine-4-cover-art

ff-vol-31

urlJaeLeeNamor35p4JaeLeeWildcatsTr1p21Splash

batman-superman-wide

DTOWER2Dark Tower - The Battle of Jericho Hill 05 fc

jae-lee-wolverine-6-feb-16-2011EARTH2_Cv20

comic-crazy0771_full

HellshockCVRDI03-Cov-Lee

I was introduced to Jae Lee’s artwork when he took over on Marvel’s Namor back in the early 90’s. He was one of the talented young artists that joined Image Comics in the mid 90’s, working on such titles as WildC.A.T.S. Trilogy and Youngblood Strikefile, before launching his creator-owned comic, Hellshock. Jae Lee returned to Marvel in 1998, when he collaborated with writer Paul Jenkins on a new 12 issue Inhumans series. His work on the Inhumans ushered in a new level of depth, and maturity to his work that would only grow, and grow into the next decade.

Other notable works are Stephen King’s Dark Tower comics adaptation, Fantastic Four 1234 with Grant Morrison, and The Sentry for Marvel. In addition to that, Jae Lee has become a highly sought after, and prolific cover artist; notably his recent string of covers for DC’s  New 52 Batman/Superman series, and the Jason Aaron Wolverine relaunch a few years ago.

Jae Lee was born in South Korea in 1972 and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1977. He started his professional comics career at the age of 19, drawing short stories for Marvel’s anthology Marvel Comics Presents.

Jae Lee won an Eisner in 1999 for his work on the Inhumans, and was nominated for Best Cover Artist in 2002.

You can catch up with the latest news, and see more of Jae Lee’s art on this website.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 10/02/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,weekly topics
No Comments

Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Julia Gfrörer

blackisthecovertumblr_na9hjdUHG01qzw6fqo1_400

              tumblr_mfh4qmYxff1qzw6fqo1_1280

toodarktoseecoverlargetoodarktoseepg3

pelvis-mmk-001

gfrorer-interview-banner

black-001black-002

10433062_763772447016576_8522511002021231187_n

BLACK-017-cdfd41129_hair_Final1

gfrorer_flesh_3fabcoverlarge

the-eye-001amargaret_10

tumblr_m7io4z9OmS1qzw6fqo1_1280phosphorous00-299x444

Julia Gfrörer studied illustration at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts before graduating with a double major in printmaking and painting. She was encouraged to get into making comics by her good friend, the late comics historian, publisher & cartoonist ,Dylan Williams. She started off making a few hand made zines like Ariadne auf Naxos, and Stupid Tales of Wolverine, but then found great critical success with her comic Flesh and Bone, published by Sparkplug Books. Tonally, her work is deeply rooted in Victorian gothic horror, and classic Medieval romances. I see a lot of David Lynch rubbing off in her stories, and a little Larry Clark in her raw approach to sex.

Her graphic novel, Black is the Color, was published by Fantagraphics in 2013. Her work has also appeared in The Thickness comics anthology, Arthur Magazine, Study Group Magazine, Black Eye, and The Best American Comics collection.

Julia Gfrörer also writes a regular comics analysis column for the Comics Journal called Symbol Reader. You can follow that here.

You can order Julia Gfrörer’s latest zine, Palm Ash, and get the latest news on her website here.

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

Posted by Andy Yates on 09/24/14 under artists,comic,illustrationfriday,Interviews,pen/brush and ink,questions,weekly topics
No Comments

 

Submit your illustration:

 
Select an image on your computer:
Choose File no file selected
 
Google+