Abby Boeh Illustrates Murder Mysteries, Baltimore Superheroes and More [Art]
What separates illustration from other types of graphic arts is the narrative quality of the work, how a single piece can suggest a setting, characters and emotions. Even without words, you can gather hints about the story and wonder what is coming next. Abby Boeh’s illustrations do just that, especially her murder mystery illustrations, each based on a single line from a non-existent tale of murder and mayhem. Even when there’s no blood to be seen, you can tell that something is amiss from the position of a hand or a sideways glance. Boeh also has more than a few character design tricks up her sleeve, drawing up the superheroes and supervillains of the rat-plagued city of Baltimore as well as the Hogwarts house Quidditch teams.
She spent the early part of the evening telling everyone who would listen that she hardly ever touched the stuff. She spent the rest of the evening touching it.
She also does her share of fan art, especially Harry Potter fan art. I love that, in her Quidditch team picture illustrations, she really makes the house teams look like hockey teams, while contrasting the characteristics of each house:
Boeh created this “Superheroes and Villains of Baltimore” series for the Baltimore Sun’s supplementary paper, b. Football fans will recognize Captain Raven as linebacker Ray Lewis, and fans of The Wire will recognize the Hitman as Omar Little. Other characters might be familiar if you follow Baltimore politics:
And here are a few of Boeh’s other fanarts. For the record, Red Sonja down there is wearing a Max Azria bikini with Christian Louboutin shoes, obviously the perfect complement to a pile of punctured skulls.