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    Feb 2015

    Robbi Rodriguez

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    With the release of the anticipated Marvel title Spider-Gwen nearly upon us, I thought now was a great time to feature American Designer and Cartoonist, Robbi Rodriguez.

    With just over a decade of making comics, Rodriguez in that time has worked on a host of great titles including his creator-own title Frankie, get your gun, Vertigo’s FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Image’s Night Club, 24seven (Vol.2), Hazed and Oni Press titles Tek Jansen, Maintenance and Polly and the Pirates (Vol.2).

    Speaking of Polly and the Pirates, I was deeply disappointed to read all the negative comments it has on Amazon. Mostly from readers who preferred the author and original artist, Ted Naifeh’s style. With all respect to Naifeh, these commenters don’t know what they are talking about. I realise that Rodriguez’s work by no means needs defending, but I can not help but put these comments in their place. Yes, art will always be subjective, but Rodriguez brought more energy and better-developed characters to the book. Which, for a swash-buckling pirate book, can only be a good thing.

    Interestingly, comparing his artwork from Polly to his recent work with Marvel, really showcases his versatility. Looking at the pages of Polly, you can see a strong European influence in his work, especially from the likes of Pierre Alary and Denis Bodart. His Marvel work has a rougher more edgy feel to it, in a similar vain to artist like Paul Pope and Jeff Stokely. Then there is his personal work where he really goes to town and experiments with his style, medium, and incorporating more graphic design elements.

    Check out more of Robbi Rodriguez’s work on his website and DeviantArt page. Also don’t forget to pick up a copy of Spider-Gwen #1 when it hits the comic stands on February 25th.

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    Jan 2015

    Dave Grey

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    Having only recently discovering Dave Grey, I sadly know too little about him. However, I can share with you two titbits, 1. he is based in Bristol and 2. he is a pixel artist. If you flicked through the gallery, you may have guessed “fact” number 2 already.

    Grey’s work is inspired by pop-culture, with a particular affinity towards video games. He has an excellent collection of Christmas-inspired illustrations which he created as part of his December Advent Calendar.

    You can find more of Dave Grey’s work on his website, and follow him on Twitter.

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    Jan 2015

    Amanda Winterstein

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    Presenting the beautiful background art of Amanda Winterstein. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, more informal known as CalArts. She cut her teeth at animation studio Divide Nine before going on to become a designer for late-night Fox animated series Friends Night ADHD. Winterstein has now found a home at Cartoon Network working as a background painter on their popular series Steven Universe.

    Winterstein’s work for both Steven Universe and much of her previous work use soft pastel tones to great effect. Harmonising colours to create relaxed airy environments. Her paintings often mimic watercolours which help add to their calming appeal.

    Pop over to Amanda Winterstein’s tumblr to see more Steven Universe backgrounds and more of her personal artwork.

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    Jan 2015

    Matt Taylor

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    Matt Taylor is a “Tall, semi-dashing” illustrator. At least that is the description on his twitter profile.

    Based in the sunny countryside of Sussex Taylor has created illustrations for huge brands including Adidas, Google, Sony, Paramount Pictures and Penguin Books. Matt Taylor is however, best know for his Americana inspired movie posters for Gallery1988 and Mondo.

    Taylor has also self-published a short comic titled, The Great Salt Lake, about a shipwrecked cast away struggling to make his way home. Recently Taylor produced interior art for Ales Kot’s Zero, published by Image.

    You can find more of Matt Taylor’s on his website and tumblr.

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    Jan 2015

    Greg Wright

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    Greg Wright is a Philadelphia-based freelance illustrator. A University of the Arts graduate, Wright is the head designer, as well as a contributor, for the t-shirt company, InksterInc. Wright’s work utilises a restrained pallet, often without any shading. His simplified shapes and limited details makes his illustrations ideal for pretty much any product he chooses to put them on. All of which combines to make his Society6 shop off-limits for me, and only fit for those who have some self-control, or deep pockets.

    You can find more of Greg Wright’s illustrations on his website and tumblr.

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