Saturday, July 18, 2009

My Favorite Hits Vol.1

Hey everybody-

I am in the process of getting a lot of stuff ready, so it may be a bit before I can get some more work up on the blog (more to come, I promise)! In the meantime, I wanted to post some links on the blog.

I was talking to my friend Louise Smythe the other day and mentioned to her my admiration for the illustrator Carlos Nine. She told me she had never heard of him, so I sent her some images and she was, like myself, blown away by the work. I was surprised by this- apparently a lot of Americans still haven’t heard of this awesome artist. This set me to thinking- how many other artists are out there that are amazing but not known across the spectrum of fans.

After thinking about this for a bit (and some inspiration from fellow bloggers posting their favorites) I decided to start posting some of my inspirations, starting with this group here. I will continue this list from time to time, and hope to present a wide variety of folks for you all!

Hope you like them!

Lets start with the amazing Carlos Nine:

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An amazing South American Artist, it’s a shame he’s less well known in the US than in Europe. One of the most-inspiring figure morphing artists around.

Eric Powell

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One of my comics heroes. If you have never read the goon, do yourself a favor and go buy one of the TPBs. NOW. It is incredible work, and Mr. Powell’s story in itself is incredibly inspiring. He worked his way into comics the hard way, and you can see his hard work and determination in the incredible paintings and drawings he produces.

Ryan Sook

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I first saw Ryan Sook’s work in the Arkham Asylum mini-series form the early 2000s. Absolutely incredible line work and distortion. Do yourself a favor and check out his AMAZING SITE.

Guy Davis

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A self-trained artist who does amazing work! Possibly one of my favorite character designers, and a brilliant pen and ink man.

Coconino (not exactly one artist, but an incredible collection!)


An excellent European resource for European illustrators and cartoonists. Be sure to check out the classics sections:

A treasure trove of work from Winsor McCay to Grandville to Simpliccissimus.

And finally, a less traditional source of inspiration:


A Silent black and white film created by Paul Wegener in 1920. While it does contain various stereotypes form the era, the film itself is an archetype of the horror film genre, and features a distinct and inspiring sense of design in black and white, similar to other amazing films from the era. I believe the film is in the public domain and can be found online, or DVD. Well worth your time to watch it.

That’s all for now. I also believe this might be my longest post to date. More to come!


on a side note. Congratulations to all the recent grads of this year's Illustration Academy. I visited for lecture week and was once again blown away by the program. Amazing work. Amazing program.

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