The odds are pretty good that you're already familiar with the art of Les McClaine, whether it's as the creator of the webcomic an artist for the Axe Cop TV show, the co-creator of The Middleman, the artist of The Tick: New Series, or any of his other work as a comic artist and illustrator. If that's the case, you're no doubt already aware that he's one of the most talented artists around, able to shift between multiple styles with each being as fantastic as the last.
But you know what? It's never the wrong time to take a look at some of his amazing work, and if you're one of the poor souls who doesn't already know how beautiful his work is, you're in luck! Check out a few selections from his portfolio below!
Avengers artist Jerome Opeña took to his Instagram account to wish his followers a Happy Valentine's Day in the best way possible: he recorded himself drawing Starfox, a.k.a Eros, a.k.a. The Sexiest Avenger. Also, there's music. It's pretty great, you guys.
With Batman's gallery of foes being as iconic and adaptable as it is, it's not exactly rare to see an artist take a shot at doing their own interpretation of characters like the Joker and Two-Face. It is, however, a pretty uncommon treat to see them done as well, and with as much thought, as artist M.S. Corley has put into his take the Dark Knight's deadliest foes.
To be honest, the best work that Corley has done with these is in the accessorizing. That might sound weird, but the idea of the Joker wearing a straitjacket as a jaunty cloak, putting the Scarecrow in a Plague Doctor mask or giving Mr. Freeze his wife's scarf to add a touch of humanity is a really cool idea. Check 'em out, along with a few of Corley's notes, below!
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
Whether he's drawing Clint Eastwood's empty chair or art for every Breaking Bad episode, Francesco Francavilla's blog is always worth checking in on. In addition to his work on The Black Beetle, as well providing covers for several other comics, the almost impossibly prolific cartoonist is consistently posting fun art on his blog that's inspired by current events. This time he's getting into the Winter Olympics spirit, illustrating various Marvel and DC characters participating in Winter Olympics events.
Some are too obvious not to do, like Death the Black Racer cross-country skiing, but others are a bit more surprising, and you can check a few out below.
The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.
It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
Afua Richardson has worked in comics for years including at Marvel, DC, and Image under her own name and pseudonyms Lakota Sioux and Docta Foo. Her comic Genius with writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman won Top Cow's 2007 Pilot Season and will be published this year as a miniseries.
Since its launch in 2012, IDW's Judge Dredd series has served as a great introduction to the character for new readers, while also expanding on the story of Mega-City One's most notable protector in a way longtime readers can enjoy. That can be a difficult balance to maintain, but creators Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel have been up to the task so far, with new stories in the universe of what writer Swierczynski recently described to ComicsAlliance as "the ultimate police procedural."
And the creative team isn't done yet. Far from it, in fact. The upcoming story may be their most ambitious yet, as the two are set to reintroduce the Dark Judges into their series. Further, in addition to Judge Death, Mortis, Fire and Fear, the duo are introducing new Dark Judges in next month's Judge Dredd #17.
One such character is the as-yet-unrevealed Judge Burroughs. IDW has provided ComicsAlliance with a first look at the new Dredd antagonist, which you can check out below.
On sale March 5, Day Men #3 will be the first issue of the BOOM! Studios vampire noir to be released since December. The reason for the delay is of course the uncommonly intricate nature of Brian Stelfreeze's artwork, which is rarely seen in serial projects at all, much less in an ongoing series. Co-writer and BOOM! Editor in Chief Matt Gagnon has referenced the "insane amount of effort" Stelfreeze brings to each issue, some of which is certainly apparent in these Day Men #3 images you're seeing here for the very first time.
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before, but as far as I'm concerned, doing art is basically like magic. It blows my mind whenever I see someone drawing at a convention, that they can take a pencil and a blank piece of paper and a pencil and focus their skills to create something beautiful. That everyone who does a sketch doesn't finish it off with a big "ta-daa!" is a testament to their restraint (and if you're an artist, I encourage you to start doing this immediately).
I bring this up because in her amazing art, Andrea Fernandez captures exactly that sense of amazement. Whether it's a sketch of Audrey Hepburn or a beautifully colored drawing of the Wicked Witch of the West, Fernandez brings an incredible sense of storybook wonder to everything she draws. Check out a few of our favorites below!
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