Kyonghwan Kim is a Korean digital concept artist. His work, which often includes reimagined medieval characters or anthropomorphic cats, is simply stunning. Kim’s costume design is full of layers and often dramatic but, for me, it is his painterly rendering that really sets his work apart. Each and every texture is careful considered and the details he adds to his foliage would make the Pre-Raphaelites proud.
Michelle Woodward is a Sheridan College graduate born and raised in Southern Ontario. She works as a freelance illustrator with clients including Creative Quarterly, McGraw-HIll Ryerson, Canadian Running Magazine, and Dirt Rag Magazine. Many of Woodward’s illustrations have a feeling of trepidation or unease, which she creates with great use of desaturated tones and lone figures.
Director Lucinda Schreiber has created a hypnotically looping animated music video titled ‘Saint Joan’ for Australian band Husky’s sophomore LP ‘Ruckers Hill’. The video is broken into animated loops inspired by key lyrics in the song. Refined and edited together with connecting animation, the video is seamless from start to finish like an infinite loop.
Schreiber is an international award-winning Australian director, animator and illustrator currently based in New York.
Living in Copenhagen, Irene Kold is an illustrator specialising in fashion illustration, print and surface design. Graduating in 2006 from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Kold became a freelancer in 2010. Many of her clients are within the fashion and lifestyle industry, including Vila, Kokoon, Envii, and Journalisten. She is also represented by Anna Goodson Management, putting her amongst very good company.
Footloose and unconstrained, Kold works with various materials to create expressive illustrations. Her handmade look is accentuated by using very relaxed and unfinished lines, splashes of colour and pattern. Kold’s typography is equally dramatic, complimenting her illustration perfectly.
You can find much more of Irene Kold’s illustrations on her website.
This list is based on webcomics that I have enjoyed or am currently enjoying. Undoubtedly there is always going to be some crossover with the many other lists out there, which is usually a good indication that you should read it already. With that said, I have also included some webcomics that don’t often make these types of lists. Seasoned Loungers may recognise quite a few of the names, as many illustrators on the list have been featured previously.
In no particular order, here is the Illustrator’s Lounge’s list of 15 Webcomics You Really Should Read:
1. His Face All Red
Emily Carroll regularly puts out short webcomics, with her most recent being the creepy horror, All Along the Wall. One of my favourites, however, still has to be His Face All Red, which was released in 2010. Last year Emily Carroll published a collection of five of her most chilling tales in a the book, Through the Woods.
2. Sarah and the Seed
Ryan Andrews is another illustrator who has released multiple short webcomics. It is very hard to choose a favourite, I settled on Sarah and the Seed, but Our Bloodstained Roof is definitely a close second.
3. Spera Comic
The fantasy world of Spera, created and written by Josh Tierney invites artists from around the world to collaborate to each tell a small part of a greater story. The story so far has featured over 40 artist including Afu Chan and Timothy Weaver. The ongoing main Spera story has been collected into hardcover books, with three volumes currently released.
4. Tiny Kitten Teeth
The Tiny Kitten Teeth is a beautiful hand painted comic by Becky Dreistadt & Frank Gibson. It features a charismatic cat named Mewsli, which we follow in a world of vibrant and surreal adventures.
Nimona is the fantastic medieval tale of the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart and his spunky sidekick, Nimona. Created by Noelle Stevenson, who is currently writing for the Lumberjanes comic and Wander Over Yonder animation. You can read the first three chapters online, and read the story in its entirety in the HarperTeen collected verion.
6. Delilah Dirk
The stunning artwork of Tony Cliff really brings the characters of Delilah Dirk, and her sidekick Selim, to life as they travel around early 19th century Constantinople. You can read the first two volumes online now, which concludes in the First Second published book, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. Tony Cliff is currently working on the follow-up which is set to be an even bigger visual feast.
7. Skull Chaser
Jake Parker is no stranger to delightful children-friendly comics, as proven with his contributions to the Flight Anthologies and his character Missile Mouse. Skull Chaser marks Jake Parker’s first webcomic, and with issue one already under his belt, it is shaping up to be an action-packed sci-fi tale.
8. As the Crow Flies
As the Crow Flies is the touching tale by Melanie Gillman. Illustrated entirely with colour pencils, it began life in 2012 and is still ongoing, with updates usually falling on Mondays and Fridays.
9. Sin Titulo
Cameron Stewart is the current co-writer of Batgirl and artist of Fight Club 2 comics, but way back in 2007 he started a compelling mystery webcomic called Sin Titulo. It was completed in 2012, compiled into a book and published by Dark Horse in 2013.
Winner of the Eisner, Harvey and Shel Dorf Award for best webcomic, Battlepug is Mike Norton’s Conan-inspired oddball action-adventure. Originally created to back up the creation of Norton’s t-shirt design, the webcomic spawned a life of it’s own, and has recently concluded volume 4. Our hero, The Warrior, fueled by revenge rides around on a gigantic talking pug battling monsters and mages. Exactly, what’s not to love.
11. Axe Cop
I do believe that most people have heard of the incredibly popular Axe cop webcomic. Its success has birthed toys, t-shirts, card games and even a TV Show on Fox. Created and drawn by Ethan Nicolle, it is based on the musings of his 5-year-old brother, Malachai.
12. Table Titans
Updated every Thursdays, Kurtz started Table Titans in 2014 as a spinoff of PvP. The creative team consists of Scott Kurtz writing and illustrating, the incredible Steve Hamaker (of Bone fame) as colourist, and Brian Hurtt doing the breakdowns.
13. The Abominable Charles Christopher
Starting way back in 2007, The Abominable Charles Christopher is sensitively illustrated by Karl Kerschl. It follows our protagonist, a sasquatch called Charles Christopher, and the lives of his forest friends. The story so far has also been collected in two volume, both in soft cover and strokable faux suede hardcover, which you can find in Karl Kerschl’s store.
14. Twilight Monk
I have been a fan of Trent Kaniuga ever since his Creed days, so it is no surprise that I am loving his current series Twilight Monk. It started in 2010, with the intentions of being a video game, it has so far concluded two books. Kaniuga is constantly expanding the Twilight Monk universe and is now working on an illustrated novel called The Man and The Moonkin.
15. Green Monk
From one monk to another, Green Monk concludes our lists. Starting late last year, the bi-weekly webcomic follows the adventures of the lone monk Alexey armed with a magical grass-blade. It is the continuation of Brandon Dayton graphic novel, of the same name. The webcomic artwork and storytelling is a big step up from the original graphic novel, which makes for some stunning illustration.