1. 5

    Jun 2014

    José Luis Ágreda

    by
    jose-luis-agreda-01 jose-luis-agreda-02 jose-luis-agreda-03 jose-luis-agreda-04 jose-luis-agreda-05

    I am absolutely in love with the work of José Luis Ágreda. Born in Seville, Spain He is an illustrator and cartoonist working in editorial, advertising and publishing. He has worked on a children book series called Carla, which has 14 titles to date. Mr. Ágreda also received the Best Spanish Comic award at the Barcelona and Madrid comic shows for his graphic novel Cosecha Rosa, and is currently working on it’s follow up.

    Mr. Ágreda’s style varies, his children book art is very distinct to his editorial pieces. His colours can range from using just tones of a single colour all the way to full colour. A consistent element throughout his work are his fluid stylised shapes. This simplified and abstracted style allows his work floats between child-friendly and mature themes effortlessly.

    You can find more of José Luis Ágreda work his website, Flickr, and tumblr. Mr. Ágreda is featured in the recent edition of Nobrow magazine, Nobrow 9: It’s Oh So Quiet.

  2. 3

    Jun 2014

    Antoine Carrion

    by
    antoine-carrion-01 antoine-carrion-02 antoine-carrion-03 antoine-carrion-04 antoine-carrion-05

    Antoine Carrion is comic artist based in France. He has collaborated with authors Christian Lehmann to create No Pasaran and Antoine Ozanam on L’Ombre blanche. Partnering for a second time with Ozanam, they produced the successful one-shot, Temudjin. Illustrated entirely digitally, Temudjin tells a fantastical version of an adolescent Genghis Khan, guided by a shaman, on a journey to becoming the man history knows.

    Antoine Carrion’s artwork is consistently rousing and emotive. Beautiful use of thin line hatching give his work a very traditional feel. Not to mention how incredible his digital paintings are! You can find more of his work on his tumblr site (warning: some nudity).

  3. 27

    May 2014

    Johnny Craig (1926 – 2001)

    by
    johnny-craig-05 johnny-craig-04 johnny-craig-03 johnny-craig-02 johnny-craig-01

    John Thomas Alexis Craig (also known pseudonymously as Jay Taycee and F. C. Aljohn) was an American comic book artist. Talented as both an illustrator and a writer he was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2005.

    Johnny Craig was a very active part of many EC Comics’ best-selling horror titles including, Tales from the Crypt and The Haunt of Fear. Impeccably pencilled and inked, his clear and uncluttered style gave his stories the type of suspense found in a Hitchcock film.

    For those of you acquainted with comic book history, you may already recognise his work. During the whole Seduction of the Innocent debacle. At the Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency Mr. Craig’s Crime SuspenStories #22 cover was exhibited by the prosecution. The cover, which depicts an axe-wielding man holding a woman’s severed head, was presented and question whether it was “in good taste”. Which EC publisher Bill Gaines obtusely responded, “Yes, sir, I do, for the cover of a horror comic”.

    The uproar surrounding Seduction of the Innocent and outcome of hearing led to the creation of the Comic Code Authority, which subsequently resulted in EC’s horror titles folding. Bitter irony but not all bad, Mr. Craig continued to work briefly in horror comics and later went on to do several jobs for Marvel and DC.

    A good place to see more of Johnny Craig work is in the EC Archives, specifically Vault Of Horror and Tales From The Crypt.

  4. 26

    May 2014

    Man Arenas

    by
    man-arenas-01 man-arenas-02 man-arenas-03 man-arenas-04 man-arenas-05

    Jacinto Manuel Arenas is Belgium born, but a citizen of Spain. He is a motion picture production designer, art director and a comic book creator. Mr. Arenas is a visual development artist for Walt Disney Animation Studio and has worked as production designer on the animated films Help! I’m a Fish (2000), Space Chimps (2008), The Gruffalo (2009).

    I was introduced to his work via his book Yaxin le faune Gabriel. Co-authored with Dimitri Vey, Yaxin is part comic and part poetry. His artwork, poetic in it’s execution, suites the fantasy fable perfectly.

    His personal tumblr is filled with sketches, and pictures of his process. I particularly love seeing his water-colour thumbnails.

  5. 30

    Apr 2014

    Ryan Lang

    by
    ryan-lang-01 ryan-lang-02 ryan-lang-03 ryan-lang-04 ryan-lang-05

    Hailing from Kailua, Hawaii, Ryan Lang is an artist at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios. Recently he has worked as a lead designer for Hero’s Duty, and a visual development artist for Wreck-it Ralph, as well as the upcoming Disney/Marvel feature animation, Big Hero 6.

    Mr. Lang’s work has only recently come to my attention when his amazing rendition of Goliath (from Disney’s Gargoyles) started to make it’s rounds on tumblr. An incredibly skilled digital painter, Mr. Lang’s styles span from ultra realistic, to simply stylised shapes. However it is his technique that he uses for his character pieces, like the Goliath one, that are truly captivating. I can’t put my finger on what makes them so beautiful, but I get the feeling that it has something to do with a personal connection for these characters. His love for them undoubtedly shines through in his work.

    Keep track of Ryan Lang’s work by following his Blog.

Back to Top