There are artists that I’m amazed are bigger names in the industry, but with Marvel’s current variety of artists and DC’s new direction, we’re getting a departure from the hyper-realistic style that’s evolved from Wildstorm, and starting to get guys like Ben Caldwell. You may have already seen his work most recently on Prez. Ben
Part of this gig is getting to expose you guys to some really great stuff that you might be overlooking, or have forgotten. I've mentioned Dean Trippe in a few articles, starting with naming his self-published You'll Be Safe Here as the best Batman story not published by DC. You most recently might have noticed his work on the cover of the CBLDF giveaway for Free Comic Book Day this year, Defend Comics. His work keeps popping up as often as Dean himself does at various conventions. Seriously, if he's at a convention, stop and talk to him and look through his stuff. Chances are you'll find something to purchase, and most likely, hang on your wall. I personally love his Supergirl in a yellow sky.
The under-appreciated artists in comics are the colorists. A bad one can ruin a book, a good one will most likely go unnoticed. There is one colorist that has been setting himself apart from others with his unique color choices that always seem to work. His covers that he has colored get noticed and talked about. Self-taught, he tends to be very selective in the work that he takes on, but his breakthrough work has been on Spider-Gwen, although he can also be spotted on Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck, series where he adds a lot to already stunning artwork.
Mike Maihack is a great artist with a fantastic style that’s open to fans of all ages. Coming from Tampa, Florida, Maihack has been at this a while, first making my notice with his webcomic, Cow and Buffalo. Since then his work has appeared in various places, always shining, and his hilarious series of Batgirl
Josh Hood is the artist on Black Mask's We Can Never Go Home, but has more of a history in comics than you think. Beginning in 1995, he quickly found work at both Marvel and DC before leaving comics in 2003. Then he read Old Man Logan and was hooked again.(Source) Check out some of the great stuff we found at his website, and then hopefully, you can catch him at a convention this summer!
Sorry for the lack recently of an Artist Of The Week feature, but it's back and this week with the fantastic artist of Jem & The Holograms, Sophie Campbell!
This week's artist came from my daughter, who has fallen in love with the Transformers artwork of Sarah Stone. Living in San Francisco, Sarah's work on Transformers comics and covers for many other comics has gotten her noticed. Her style has a very distinct Manga feel, but retains a sense of composition and color balance that shows how much skill she has.
In reviewing Infinite Loop #1 this week, I really got to study the artwork of French artist Elsa Charretier. Elsa came to notice with the Kickstarter campaign that initially funded Infinite Loop, but Internet coverage, specifically of Elsa's artwork got the attention of IDW, who saw the potential in the story and offered to publish it in the U.S. Her artwork emphasizes perspective, keeps all characters true to their specific look, and honors their inspirations.
Last week I had trouble coming up with an artist and I quickly came up with one. Then this week’s artist came to mind while writing about the Frank Cho controversy. Nope, it’s not Robbi Rodriguez, but it is someone associated with Spider Gwen. This week’s artist is Jason Latour. What’s that? Jason Latour is
This week was a little tough to think of an Artist to highlight, and at one point, I even considered using the feature to highlight the Frank Cho controversy that sprung up on the Internet. Then I remembered the fantastic series by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclaire, Rocketgirl. Then I remembered her work on Batwoman, which made the absence of J.H. Williams III easier to take in the early days of the title. Amy Reeder is especially open about her process, between her Tumblr, the initial source for all of the images in the gallery, and her podcast with Brandon Montclaire, Podcorn. Just check out the gallery below.
I struggled a little to come up with this week's Artist of the Week until I noticed that Spider Gwen #3 came out this week. It became clear to me that I should consider making it Robbi Rodriguez, an idea that gelled when I went to look at his work outside of Spider Gwen.
In my review for Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return last week, I mentioned that I wish that back-up artist Ian McGinty had drawn the entire issue. That almost guaranteed that he'd be Artist of the Week sometime, and since I had the feature on Joëlle Jones already planned, Ian McGinty made it to this Friday's Artist of the Week.