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    Aug 2014

    Alex Raymond (1909 – 1956)

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    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.

    Fellow comic artist, Dave Sims started a series, way back in 2008, called The Strange Death Of Alex Raymond. It is currently unfinished, so Mr Sims has turned to Patreon for help to complete it.

    You can find much of Alex Raymond’s work around the web, but if you want to invest in a couple of his books I strongly recommend Alex Raymond: His Life and Art (if you find it at a good price) and IDW’s Rip Kirby’s reprints.

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    Aug 2014

    Conrad Roset

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    I cannot overemphasise how beautiful Conrad Roset’s illustrations are. I am particularly besotted with his work for the children’s book Ensueños. Mr Roset is from Terrassa, Spain and studied at the Joso School and at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona. Straight out of university, his online portfolio caught the attention retailers Zara. Working there for a year he developed his style and took the opportunity to learn from other illustrators.

    After Zara, Mr Roset was confident to start a freelance career and, has had many triumphs working for different brands, agencies, and publishing companies. Some of his notable clients include Adidas, Coca Cola, Disney, Mulberry, Laurence King, Random House Mondadori and Wieden+Kennedy. On top of his freelancing successes he also shares his knowledge teaching illustration at the School of Design BAU.

    To see more of Conrad Roset’s exquisite artwork pop over to his website.

  3. 21

    Aug 2014

    Hanna K

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    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.

    You can find more of Hanna K’s work on tumblr and deviantArt.

  4. 19

    Aug 2014

    Cleon Peterson

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    Cleon Peterson is an LA based artist. His stark paintings depict a constant chaotic power struggle between broods of grotesque figures. In a bitter irony his dystopian landscapes have law breakers and law enforcers on equal footing, putting personal entitlement above morals.

    Mr Peterson’s work has been exhibited across America, Europe and Australia. His art is regularly featured in magazines, it graces walls, and the cover of Philip K Dick’s novel, The Man in the High Castle.

    You can see more of Mr Peterson’s artwork on his website. Yes, it is violent and on the unsettling side, you have been warned.

  5. 18

    Aug 2014

    Manga Mondays ~ Gilang Andrian

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    Gilang Andrian aka alchemaniac is an 18 year old freelance illustrator based in Singapore. Since graduating from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, she has gone on to work for the likes of Madefire, DISCORD Games, and Golden Ruby Games.

    Ms Andrian has created illustrations for card games, advertising, video game cover art, videos game assets, character design, and comic books. She has also picked up a few awards along the way, including ImagineFX +deviantWATCH and Tokyo Otaku Mode Special Creator.

    You can find more of Gilang Andrian’s work on her website and deviantArt page.

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