This week we celebrate the great Kyle Baker for Comics Illustrator of the Week! Baker contributed the variant cover to this week’s Bizarro Comics #1. I first saw Kyle Baker’s work gracing the covers of Web of Spider-Man and Marvel Age when I was a kid. The first full interior work I saw by him was DC’s excellent Mature Reader’s version of The Shadow with writer Andy Helfer.
After working as an intern for Marvel Comics during his senior year of high school and then working on art assists for a period of time, Baker started to pick up penciling & inking assignments for The Big 2, including drawing the Howard the Duck movie adaptation for Marvel. Not being satisfied with just doing work that others wanted him to do or drawing in the style that was considered popular & marketable for the time, Baker decided to write & draw his own comics. This led to the publication of The Cowboy Wally Show graphic novel. Although, it was a low-printed indy book, it was enough to get the attention of editors looking for new original voices. So, 2 years later DC Comics published Baker’s next original comic Why I Hate Saturn, which would go on to win an Eisner Award and help solidify Kyle Baker as a creative force in the industry.
During the 1990’s Baker began to branch out, contributing regular comic strips for major magazines & newspapers, as well as work on animation projects, including an animated music-video with KRS-One in 1994.
Kyle Baker, to this day, continues to be a diverse artist, working on films, games, music, comics, illustration, etc. You can see what he’s been working on, including animation storyboards and preview comics pages on his Quality Jollity website here.
Other notable works by Kyle Baker: Nat Turner, Plastic Man, Instant Piano, Deadpool MAX, Justice INC, King David, You Are Here, Special Forces, and Truth: Red, White & Black.
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Submitted by Ben J Hutch for the Illustration Friday topic MONSTER.
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Check out this beautiful portrait illustration of Taylor Swift by Alice Zhang.
Good news! You can even get this illustration as a print or tons of other products here!
Submitted by Michael Robertson for the Illustration Friday topic MONSTER.
Sanna Annukka is a British designer with a heavy Finnish influence in her work. Having spent a lot of time with family in Finland growing up, she even calls it her spiritual home. It’s very fitting, then, that she has done quite a bit of work for Marimekko (surface design royalty). There is something so very charming and playful in each of her prints, that are unapologetically graphic and colorful. Her passion for pattern and decoration infuses her work with an energy that jumps out at those who take in her work. Sanna’s illustrations have appeared on tea towels, pillow cases, calendars, plates and tins.
Little doodles are the creations of London based Illustrator Kate Wilson. Her clients include Marc Jacobs, The Guardian and Selfridges to name a few. You can also purchase prints and cards online through Paper chase, The V&A shop and John Lewis. I think Kate Wilson’s work is so lovely! Her collection entitled “The little Birds” has a beautiful vintage feel. The style and tone give them a quirky fun vibe, which definitely make you giggle.
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Posted by Jessica Holden on 06/01/15 under artists
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It’s Illustration Friday!
We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Mariana Yatsuda Ikuta, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of PET. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!
You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here.
And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:
Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).
Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.
Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).
Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!