Born in France, Ben Fiquet is an animator and illustrator for video games and comics. My first introduction to Mr Fiquet’s work was the 2006 short animation he, and his fellow Gobelins students, produced for the Annecy Festival called Pyrats. It is one of my favorite Gobelins animations to date, and I remember at the time of seeing it hoping it would become a series. I’m secretly still holding out for that one.
Equally adept in character and environment design, Mr Fiquet puts that to good use in his comic work. Titles include Les chevaliers de la Chouette and four volumes of Powa. More recent he contributed to the star-studded, and much anticipated, Kickstarter project Masters of Anatomy.
We are back! Hope our absence didn’t bare too heavy on your creative heart. Today’s dose of inspiration comes from manga author and artist, Tsutomu Ohno. He has contributed to the very popular magazine Weekly Young Jump, the comic anthology Tiger & Bunny, and most recently Shippo! Enhancement.
Mr Ohno’s predominate style is upbeat and energetic, however when sketching with a brush his work becomes less restrained and more “gritty”. However both his polished and exploratory work always show a high level of draftmanship and detail.
You can find more of Tsutomu Ohno’s art on his blog.
Scott Campbell, better known as Scott C., is an American artist and production designer. Mr C. began his career at LucasArts as concept artist, then went on to join Double Fine Productions as Art Director.
In his spare time he paints, illustrates children’s book and also makes comics. His paintings have been showcase around the world. Many of them depict, what Mr C. calls “Great Showdowns”. The showdowns are often of cult favourites, and his ability to capture character likeness with such little detail is incredible. In keeping with his playful style, the showdowns are not actual showdowns per se, more like meetings, where the opposing parties stand and smile at one another. A more enjoyably interpretation of the term, there has not been.
To see more of Scott C.’s work head over to his website.
Alexander Gillespie Raymond was born in New Rochelle, New York. An American cartoonist, best known for creating Flash Gordon. He is the definitive “artist’s artist”, with a host of admirers as well as impersonators. Most of comic leading figures have singled out Mr Raymond as significant influence on their work, include Jack Kirby, Bob Kane, John Buscema, Joe Kubert, John Romita Jr. and Alex Toth. With many, many others, it’s probably easier to list the artist whom have not been influenced by Mr Raymond’s work.
Alex Raymond showed an early interest in illustration and was encouraged by his father. After graduating from the Grand Central School of Art in New York City he went on to become an assistant illustrator on strips such as Tillie the Toiler and Tim Tyler’s Luck.
In a space of 20 years he created and worked on multiple titles across a range of genres. In 1933, Mr Raymond created the science-fiction comic hero Flash Gordon. Before long it had become more popular than it’s competitor, Buck Rogers. In 1946 he created the detective strip Rip Kirby. Another huge hit running for over 50 years, until 1999.
In 1956, Mr Raymond died in a car crash at the age of 46. Herald during his life, he was awarded the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society and was posthumously inducted into both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.
Hanna K Nyström is freelance illustrator from Stockholm, Sweden. She studied traditional animation at Fellingsbro Folk High School, and is currently working on a comic book space saga titled Newest Frontier. She has already completed and released the first part, Third Wheel.
Hanna K is also part of the Peow Studio collective along with previously featured Elliot Alfredius. Though she does work digitally, she predominately uses watercolours and inks to illustrate her wide-eyed, offbeat characters.