Seriously stunning work from today’s feature, the award-winning illustrator, Nimit Malavia. Born Ottawa, Canada in 1987, he studied Illustration at the Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Currently based in Toronto, Mr Malavia’s work has been exhibited across North America and Europe in galleries including Gallery Nucleus, Spoke Art Gallery, Bold Hype Gallery, Thinkspace Gallery, LeBasse Projects, and London Miles Gallery.
Mr Malavia’s has created numerous comic covers for Marvel, DC, and IDW. He is also the current Fables series cover artist, starting at issue #139 it is expected that Mr Malavia will continue until the series conclusion issue #150. Outside of the world of comics, he has worked with companies including PEN Canada, Soapbox Design, the National Post and 20th Century Fox.
You can find Nimit Malavia’s portfolio on his website, and I strongly recommend you check out his instagram too.
John Alvin was an American movie artist who painted movie poster art for over 130 films, including E.T., Blade Runner, The Lion King, The Princess Bride and Jurassic Park, as well as the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He also produced work for Disney Fine Art (Disney character official portraits).
The Book Review:
I have been going afoot with The Art of John Alvin under my arm for about a week now, and I have been stopped by people who recognize the E.T. image. Once I say, “yes, it’s the art of John Alvin”, they just stare back at me blankly.
The book’s first line of introduction surmises, rather well, the career and work of John Alvin:
“Hollywood’s best kept secret”
No doubt reading through the list of films in the editors note you had a vivid image of each of the movie posters mentioned. John Alvin’s artwork is entwined with movie history, with many of his poster just as memorable as the films themselves.
Reading through the book you get a real sense of what Mr Alvin built, and what boundaries he broke. Way before photo compositions were common place, he was achieving them using friskets made from transparent paper. There is a nice quote right at the end of the book that perfectly sums up Mr Alvin’s work ethic and his keenness for innovation, written by Farah Alvin (John’s daughter), she says:
“If there was no tool to make something happen, he’d make it himself”
One of the things I really appreciated about this book is that 30+ plus posters have at least two dedicated pages each. The first page of each poster explains the clients requirements, any possible problem, and the solution. It is a real treat to have this amount of insight. It also helps you admire the work, that little bit more, knowing the restrictions faced.
Another interesting tidbit I found out from reading the book was that John Alvin was allowed to sign a few of his movie posters. I bet you have never spotted the small “Alvin” hidden in his posters despite probably staring at them hundreds of times. I naturally then spent the following hour carefully looking for his signature in many of his posters. If like me, you now have time and that uncontrollable urge to satisfy, you can start with the Blade Runner poster.
I get the feeling Mr Alvin was quite content contributing to such a prodigious industry from in the adumbrate walls of his studio. However, it is somewhat a shame an artist like John Alvin with work so recognizable to have his name be virtually unknown. Thankfully The Art of John Alvin aims to remedy this, with a beautiful collection of work, cementing his name to the art for moviegoers and illustrators alike.
Small sidenote: It is particularly enjoyable if you were a child of the 80s and 90s when whilst reading the book you suddenly realize that John Alvin is responsible for a great deal of your moviegoing joy.
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.
Paolo Rivera is an American comic artist working for Marvel Comics. While still in high school, Mr Rivera met Jim Krueger at Megacon whom helped him get into the industry. His skilful oil painting, due to it’s time-consuming nature, is perfect for covers which he regularly works on. However from 2006 to 2008 Mr Rivera produced richly-painted interior and exterior artwork for the six issue one-shot Mythos. Mr Rivera has since worked as a penciler, inker, and colourist. In 2011 he penciled six issues of Mark Waid’s multiple award-wining Daredevil series.
Paolo Rivera’s blog, The Self-Absorbing Man, is an absolute treat as it is filled with behind the scenes to Rivera’s creative process and artist advice. Also check out Rivera’s YouTube page which has glorious videos of inking and colouring.
Matthew Woodson is an American illustrator whom I have admired for some time. His illustrations are not just beautiful, they are poetic. Mr Woodson graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2006, landing a job straight away, and has been freelancing ever since.
Though predominately keeping busy with editorial work, Mr Woodson has worked with a variety of clients and projects. Some of his notable clients include American Express, Dazed & Confused Magazine, ESPN, Mondo Posters, The New York Times, Randomhouse Publishing, Royal Mail, Vogue, and the list goes on.
If you have a penchant for the more verbose illustrator, you will definitely enjoy his blog, where he often gives a some background to his work and some insight to his process. You can also check out more of Mr Woodson’s work on his website.