With a particular view and talent for detailment and completion, Ethan is one of the most singular comic artists to illustrate traditional super heroes like Superman, Flash and Batman. Nowadays, Ethan is a comic book artist for DC comicsYou can see more artworks from Ethan at his Comic Art Community profile.
Paul Pope is best known as the creative mind behind Batman: Year 100, Pop Gun and Heavy Liquid, he also one of the artists from the recent Before Watchmen Comics. I dig a lot his handstyle, he use a lot of brush strokes and flat colors on his illustrations it's something pretty unique. You can see more artworks and new from Paul Poepe at his Blog.
Mike Deodato Jr. it's a brazilian comic book artist that got really exposed during the 90's, having his own studio and working for all big comic brands as Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse. His classic comic style reminded us that masters like Jim Lee, Frank Frazetta and Wil Eisner, having a great appeal to lightning and shading effects. You can see more from this awesome brazilian artist at his Official Website or on his DevianArt Gallery.
Frank Miller turned into one of those comic book artist that don't need any presentations. He's not only did some of the best comics from the 80's and 90's , but also a really awesome storyteller, writing great stories as The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City. You can see more from Frank Miller at his Official Website.
Although most people think that comic book artists work mainly for big companies as Marvel or DC, this is actually untrue. Dan McDaid, for example, is more about a commissioned comic book artist, working more on freelance projects than regular issues. I really admire him for this, as he has lots of freedom to mix and remix elements of the comics universe. You can check more about Dan at his Blog.
Mateus Santolouco is a one of the emergent comic book artist from Brasil. Along with Rafael Albuquerque, he already had the opportunity to draw great comics as American Vampire and TMNT. I can't describe his style in other words than monstruous and epic. You can see more graphic frenzy at his Devianart Profile.
Some may say that cartoonists seem to have always the same style, I personally disagree with that. One of the best example is Anton Emdin is a cartoonist from Sydney, Australia with more than 15 years of experience in the field with undeniable talent and style, just take a look at his work!. If you want to know more about Anton, please access his Official Website.
Regardless the fact that Todd Macfarlane is the creator of Spawn and most of the characters of the series, the credits of great part of the series success should definetely goes to Greg Capullo. Greg has being the main penciler for the series for quite sometime, creating a really remarkable detailed and sick style. It's really a pleasure to feature him here, since he was one of my favorite artists back on the 90's when I started drawing. You can check more of his recent artworks at his Devianart profile.
The internet is a wonderful and beautiful thing. It used to be that if you had the talent to draw your own comics you were still limited by the avenues of distribution like newspapers and magazines. Now all you need is a computer and a small chunk of change (some web design skills wouldn't hurt.). Here are 9 of my favorite web comics that I think you will also like. Diesel Sweeties You 8-bit graphic lovers out there will like this one because it's illustrated in an 8-bit style, but the videogame nostalgia ends there. It takes place in a world were robots exist and even have relationships with humans. It's very witty and fun to read. Cyanide & Happiness This is one of my favorite web comic series. It's very simply drawn and so dark in its humor. They also produce animated versions of their comics which are incredible as well. Freak Angels A very popular web comic written by Warren Ellis, an experienced writer who has worked with Marvel, DC, Image, and others, and an amazing illustrator named Paul Duffield. It's a more classic comic-book style. The Brads Brad Colbow is web designer and illustrator. He also releases a web comic series titled "The Brads" which is about two web designers making fun of the issues that some designers face with their clients and technology. If you're a designer you will certainly enjoy this comic. You might have seen his work in Smashing Magazine or Vector Tuts. Octopus Pie Octopus Pie is an ongoing comic series about two women living in Brooklyn, NY - their jobs, social circles, and some problems. Ctrl+Alt+Del A sci-fi/geek/videogame culture comic in the same vein as Penny Arcade. One awesome thing that they do is a choose-your-own-adventure style mini-series where they ask readers to email which decision should the character make. Antics Comics This one is similar to Cyanide & Happiness. Dark humor and simple drawing style. Creased Comics It's really a bunch of comics and video-comics in one. They are weird, dark, and funny. Penny Arcade And last but not least, Penny Arcade, the godfathers of web comics. A geek-culture comic strip about videos games, role playing games, movies, and even fatherhood. They've expanded into a little geek empire with an online TV series, an animation series, and 3-day gaming festivals held on both coasts of the U.S. WIRED magazine even did a nice profile on them in 2009, read it here.
Mike Dutton has been a writer/illustrator most of his life. He completed his first book when he was seven, a stapled mass of dot-matrix printer paper filled with leaping dinosaurs. He once drew the entire Sunday Funnies during class, but none of the jokes were funny. In fact, his teacher found them to be quite rude and his parents were asked to pay a visit. Since then, Mike has gone on to make children's storybook illustrations, comics, coloring books, magazine articles, landscape paintings, video game art, and quite possibly a portrait of your dog. He is still learning to be funny, but thinks you might enjoy his increasingly popular online comic, One Swoop Fell (www.OneSwoopFell.com). For more information about Mike visit http://duttonart.net/. Mike is also one of the designers behind the Google Doodles (http://www.google.com/logos/) Childrens Book Illustrations for Ages 2 to 202 Comics and Coloring Books Tiny Works Landscapes, Industrialscapes, and Other Escapes
Christian Nauck is an illustrator, comic designer, and game designer from Berlin, Germany. We have stumbled upon some of his works through the Daily Inspiration and were completely dazzled by the quality. Therefore nothing better than a full feature post on Christian Nauck's work. For more information about Christian Nauck, visit the links below. Tip: be prepared to spend some time. Homepage Blog Behance Flickr Deviantart "Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire" Cover Yep, my first (and hopefully not my last) Marvel-cover. :) It's for the last/#6 issue of the Ghost Riders Miniseries, solicited for January 2010. Rex Plode Rex Plode from from the great comic series Invincible! Grifter yeah, another fan art. ;) This time Grifter from Wildstorm! Kick Ass Character! Spidey vs Hulk Am I completely in marvel fanart mode?! ...seems so... ;) This time good ol neighborhood Spidey again and his good pal Hulkyschmalky! Wolvclops Started as a little Cyclops sketch .... :) First time I painted a whole scene I guess! Deadpool vs. Cap yep, another fanart. Ever awesome Deadpool vs. Captain America: Darkstalkers My contribution to Udon's Darkstalkers tribute book Daredevil Dared Evil ...uhm Daredevil portfolio work. :) I don't dig that the style looks a bit too similar to Marko Dj.'s stuff, but anyway. It's a me! Mario! I think I did the first scribble of this pic almost a year ago after I've had played Mario Galaxy. And finally I managed to finish it. It's a collab with my girlfriend Steffi aka Miss Matzenbatzen! http://miss-matzenbatzen.blogspot.com/ concept and Mario by me, background by Steffi. Crimson Viper This time something new. Only the colors are done by me, the lineart is done by Steven Cummings for Udon. The colors are personal work, though - kind of try-out how my colors would look on a lineart like this/which style I would end with. Randon Works Sketches
In Part Two of my Comics and Graphic Novels inspiration articles, I will be looking at the caped crusader, Batman. Arguably the most famous superhero without super powers, "he makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime" (Wikipedia, 2008). Our second look at comics and graphic novels takes us to the most enigmatic hero of them all: Batman. With the amazing success of Superman (see Part One), DC Comics requested more characters for their titles, and artists Bob Kane and Bill Finger came up with the Bat-Man. Originally intended to wear a domino mask, Finger suggested using a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, a cape instead of wings, and gloves, and removing the red sections from the original costume. With the disguise complete, now the task was to think of alter ego's alter ego. The name Bruce Wayne was devised from the Scottish patriot, Robert the Bruce and former American army general Anthony Wayne. Much of the inspiration for Batman's look and personality came from the films of that time, including The Mark of Zorro, The Bat Whispers and older characters such as Doc Savage, The Shadow and Sherlock Holmes, for his master detective skills. From then on, Batman's adventures began, starting with The Case of the Chemical Syndicate in the Dark Knight's debut in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). As the issues rolled on, Batman's character grew and grew with every new villain, but with the war in full flow, DC Comics decided to alter the dark and bleak atmosphere of Gotham City and change it to that of a "bright and colorful" environment, where Batman became the commendable "father" of Gotham. By the 1960s, Batman's popularity had begun to wane dramatically, thanks in part to the lack of interest in the genre. In order to regain fans, massive changes were made, including the yellow background added to the Batman logo, the removal of characters such as Batwoman, Bat-Mite, Ace and butler Alfred and a redesign of the Batmobile. In 1966, the well-known Batman TV series was released, starring Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The show was in initial success, with Batman comic sales of nearly 900,000. However, the camp undertone of the show began to wear thin on fans and it was eventually cancelled in 1968. The 70s saw a return to the Gothic feel of Batman, but this wasn't enough, and by 1985, sales had reached an all-time low. It wasn't until a year later that Batman became reinvigorated, thanks to the famous comic book mini-series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. With Batman now 50, and witnessing the death of second Robin, Jason Todd, the hero decided to retire his cape and turn to drinking. Without Batman, Gotham became a Dystopia, with crime rife and overwhelming. According to Wikipedia, Bruce retook the mantle of Batman after he encountered a group of gangs known as the Mutants in the alley where his parents were murdered. A new Robin was introduced, name Carrie Kelly. The change of characters and darker feel of Batman had fans buying the comics once more. This was then perpetuated with the Crisis on Infinite Earths series, redefining the origins of the Caped Crusader and one-shot comic Batman: The Killing Joke, starring infamous villain The Joker. Coupled with Tim Burton's Batman film in 1989, Batman had become popular once again, and the fame hasn't waned since. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 1986 Batman: Knightfall, when Bane breaks Batman's back, leaving Azrael to take the role of Batman. Azrael as Batman Without Frank Miller's mini-series, there would be no Batman Begins, and certainly no Dark Knight movies. Batman is one of the few superheroes people can feel especially close to, having lost his parents at a young age, and seeking vengenance, with nothing but his own body and mind, as he possessed no superhuman powers. People may also draw parallels with the change in character between the solemn Batman and the flamboyant billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, seemingly a two-faced character, but made so as to detract any kind of suspicion of a familiarity between the two identities. With the dark undertone of Batman comes some of the best designs, which tie in very well with the popular grunge designs of today. And who could forget the Joker, Batman's long term counterpart. Some may say one could no longer exist without the other, something I tend to agree with, especially if you've watched the movies. Related sites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/ http://www.batmantas.com/ http://www.dccomics.com/sites/batman/ http://www2.warnerbros.com/batmanbegins/
I know it's been quite awhile since the last time I published a Pixelmator tutorial, but the wait is over. This weekend I took some time to play around with Pixelmator and I also had the opportunity to test out the new beta version called Tempo. I must say, the new features are really neat. That’s all I can say about that. In this tutorial you’ll see how easy it is to create a comic style effect inspired by the stupendous work of Roy Lichtenstein. Pixelmator has very useful and fast Halftone filters that allow us to reproduce this effect from regular photos. Inspiration Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. I used 500x500 pixels. That's just for the first frame of my comic book. Step 2 Over at OfficialPsds you can download nice images without a background ready to be used for this project. Download the image below at http://www.officialpsds.com/Abigail-Clancy-2-PSD15018.html. Step 3 Place the photo in your document. Resize the image a little bit and move the girl to the right side of the document. Use the image below for reference. Step 4 Click on the Magic Wand Tool (W). Create a marquee selection like the image below. Step 5 Go to Edit>Refine Selection. Then change the Contraction/Expand to -11. Step 6 Create a new layer, rename it to "color 1", and fill select the Paint Bucket Tool (N). Use a cyan or very light blue and fill the layer with the blue color. Step 7 Duplicate the "Color 1" layer and go to Filter>Halftone>Line Screen... Use 114 for the Angle, 6 for the Width, and 70 for the Sharpness. After that, change the blend mode of the layer to Screen. Step 8 Select the "girl" layer, then with the Magic Wand Tool (W) create 2 marquee selections in the areas between the arms and body. See the image below for reference. Then go to Edit>Refine Selection. Use - 8 for the Contract/Expand. After that, create a new layer and with the Gradient Tool (G) fill the marquee selection with the gradient. Step 9 Repeat the same thing you did in the previous step, but now in the top right area. This time fill the new layer with magenta. Duplicate the magenta layer and go to Filter>Halftone>Line Screen. Then change the Blend Mode of this layer to Multiply. Step 10 Select the "girl" layer and go to Filter>Halftone>Dot Screen... Use 30 for the Angle, 4 for the Width, and 70 for the Sharpness. Step 11 Go to Edit>Select All, then go to Edit>Refine Selection. Use - 9 for the Contract/Expand. Then go to Edit>Inverse. Step 12 Create a new layer on top of the others, and fill it with white. Step 13 Add a new layer behind the white border layer you have just created. Repeat Step 11. Go to Edit>Select All. Then go to Edit>Refine Selection. Use -14 for the Contract/Expand. After that, select black for the color and go to Edit>Stroke. Use 4 for the width, and select Inside. Step 14 Select the black stroke layer and the white frame layer, then go to Layer>Merge Layers, and rename it to border. After that go to Filter>Distortion>Glass. Use 12 for the Scale. That will create a nice effect on the stroke. Step 15 Go to Image>Canvas Size. Change the Width to 1000 pixels, and the anchor to the right part of the canvas. Step 16 Duplicate the "border" layer twice and position the new layers like the image below. Now you will have a layout like a comic book. After that, with the Magic Wand Tool select the bottom frame. Step 17 Add a new layer, and with the Gradient Tool (G) fill the selection with a gradient. Use one starting at orange and fading to yellow. Step 18 Here I used another image from the OfficialPsd.com site. You can download the image at http://www.officialpsds.com/Katt-Williams-PSD15004.html Step 19 Select the bottom frame again and mask the "Pimp" layer. To do that, just make sure that the "Pimp" layer is selected and go to Image>Add Layer Mask. Step 20 Now let's repeat the Halftone filter again. This time apply it to the "Pimp" layer. Just go to Filter>Halftone>Dot Screen. Use 30 for the Angle, 4 for the Width and 70 for Sharpness. Step 21 Now select the orange to yellow gradient layer, behind the "Pimp" layer. Go to Filter>Halftone>CMYK Halftone. Change the Width to 6 and the UCR to 50. Step 22 Add a new layer, and create a selection from the top frame layer. You can use either the Magic Wand Tool (W) or the Rectangular Marquee Selection Tool (M). Fill this layer with a beige. After that, select the layer, and add another layer on top of it. Fill this new layer with a black to white gradient. Step 23 Change the gradient layer Blend Mode to Overlay and the opacity to 70%. Then go to Filter>Halftone>Hatched Screen. Use 35 for the Angle, 6 for the Width, and 75 for the Sharpness. Step 24 Now just add the title and the other text. You can download pretty cool Comic style fonts at dafont.com. The ones I used in this tutorial are: Badaboom BB for the Pixelmator word and Comic Book for the other text. Also, every time you create a new element like rectangles use the Glass filter. That will give a drawing look to the element. Conclusion Pixelmator has very powerful Halftone filters that allow us to create super cool comic style effects. Also, they are incredible fast. You can preview the effect in real time which is always helpful. The important thing is to always look for inspiration, try different colors, and as usual play with the tool you are using. Pixelmator is a really cool app with great filters, and it's getting better with each new release. Video Tutorial This is just a short video showing how to create this effect. It's not the whole tutorial, but it will help you to execute the written tutorial. Comic Style Effect in Pixelmator from Fabio Sasso on Vimeo. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file for this tutorial.