"Drinkers of Dust," drawn by the legendary Alex Nino (Philippines 1940 - ) and written by Jan Strnad, was published as a backup feature in Richard Corben's Den #8 in 1989. Nino is well known for his striking black and white ink work, but "Dust" shows off his highly individualistic approach to color as well. Nino has a wild, impressionistic palette here, and rather than using his trademark black ink at all times, he leaves a surprising amount of the rendering and modelling to the color work.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
In 1986, Charles Vess (American 1951 - ) wrote and drew an unusual backup feature for Amazing Spiderman #277 (maybe most unusual was that this backup was 2 pages longer than the main story. I'm assuming there was a deadline glitch that led to its existence). Vess was more a part of the Heavy Metal/Epic Illustrated scene, and his mainstream superhero interior work is rare. Stylistically, Vess' work here stands out among the other Marvel artists of the time with his delicate lines and the dynamics of Spiderman's black suit against the stark white snowy background. This story led to Vess' fully painted Spiderman: Spirits of the Earth graphic novel in 1990.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Here is an early story from Kent Williams (American 1962- ) from the pages of Epic Illustrated in 1983. Williams was still a student at Pratt Institute when he drew "Lost Bones," and there is little if any trace of his signature painting style that would soon dominate his future work. Here, a young Williams is still feeling his way, experimenting with mixing pen and ink with bold painted backgrounds in a style reminiscent of Arthur Suydam. Within a few years, Williams would team up with J.M. DeMatteis in Epic Illustrated with Blood: A Tale where his fully painted art would establish him as one of the most original illustrators in comics.