I'll admit that I'm not as familiar with European comics artists as I'd like to be. I mean, I've read my share of Tintin, I think Blacksad's great and I've seen my share of stuff by Moebius, but it's not the sort of thing I usually actively seek out, and I really should. Because if I did, I probably would've found out about Nicolas Bannister a lot sooner.
Bannister, a French artist and illustrator, has been doing amazing stuff for the past few years, with a friendly, cartoony style that's appealing on every level. Check out some of my favorites from his online portfolio, including his take on the cast of Harry Potter, below!
The Batmobile. Kaneda's Bike. Doctor Brown's DeLorean. Nicolas Bannister recognizes that, even if it doesn't play a starring role in a story, an iconic vehicle can be an important supporting character. In his Banncars poster series, he illustrates those vehicles with their tails facing toward us, ready to drive away at any moment.
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’s awesome.
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