Croatian illustrators Tonči Zonjić (pronouced TAWN-chih ZAWN-yitch) has been called “a master of cinematic comics”, which, I am inclined to agree with.
Zonjić was born in 1986, originally studied Math at the Natural Sciences High School, with the intentions of going into Computer Programming. Then one fateful day the wonderful word of art took hold of him. Originally Zonjić studied Graphic Design, but found it was not a good fit for him due to a desire to draw more, so after a year he switched gears and joined the Fine Arts Academy to study Animation. Though happier there, the course did not sustain him and Zonjić dropped out after two years to become a freelance illustrator.
Succeeding fan favorite Gail Simone would be no easy feat, but as soon as the first image of Batgirl’s new costume was released, the internet went crazy, the likes had never been seen. Within hours there were hundreds of fan art. About a week later there was a blog to showcase the huge amount of artwork and even some cosplay costumes.
Outside of the bat-mania Cameron Stewart is a very decorated illustrator, with both Eisner Award and Shuster Awards and Eagle Award and Harvey Award nominations. He has worked for all the big comic companies DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics, on titles including B.P.R.D., Catwoman, Batman and Robin, Seaguy, and Seven Soldiers: The Manhattan Guardian.
In 2007 Mr Stewart released a webcomic called Sin Titulo. The noir mystery-thriller earned him an Eisner Award, and later went on to be published by Dark Horse Comics. Earlier this year it was announced that Cameron Stewart will be illustrating a Fight Club comic. Set to be realsed in 2015, written by the novel’s author Chuck Palahniuk, it will be a direct sequel to the 1999 movie.
You can find more of Cameron Stewart’s work on his website.
Joshua Middleton’s career began in the comic book industry, with his clean-cut style attracting several major comic book publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and Image. He later went on to work in television animation and feature films for companies such as Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Universal and Sony Pictures Animation. Joshua is also one hell of a book cover artist…see more on his website.
João Ruas’s atmospheric and ever so haunting illustrations are without doubt, sensational. Hailing from São Paulo, Ruas works as a freelance illustrator/artist, creating original artwork, prints, and books. He does make time to produce some commercial work, including covers for the excellent DC’s Fables series. Here is a wonderful quote from his website by Amanda Erlanson that offers great insights into his work:
“João Ruas paints a haunting world inhabited by enigmatic figures and regal beasts awash in a maelstrom of mysterious energies. His explorations of the darker realms of the spirit evoke states of emotional turmoil, spiritual hunger and troubled passion. Weaving together history, mythology and cryptic symbolism in a misty dreamscape where twilight is ever at hand and the bounds of gravity seem optional, he describes an ethereal mythos that is somehow deeply personal and disquietingly universal at the same time.”
Presenting the unmistakeable style of Carlos Meglia. Born in the city of Quilmes, Argentina, Meglia began his career in illustration way back in 1974. Early on in his career he joined Hanna-Barbera Studios, where he worked on cartoon series including The Smurfs, The Flinstones, and Scooby Doo. Steadily moving into comics, it was not until he partnered with famous Argentinian writer, Carlos Trillo, to work on titles Irish Coffee and in most notably Cybersix where Meglia really made waves in the industry. Cybersix itself bringing about both a live action television and animated series.
By the mid-90s Carlos Meglia was working heavily with the US comic publishers. Such as Dark Horse, on their titles Star Wars and Spyboy, DC’s Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle, Adventures of Superman, as well as Marvel’s Elektra. In 2005, along with Belgian comic artist Didier Crisse, Meglia released the series Canari. Cybersix and Canari are some of his flagship works, however, my favourite English-language comics of Meglia are his Superman titles.
Santi Ikari is a manga artist from Spain. His pin-ups are visually stunning; his characters pop off the page. I think there seems to be a Western influence in there too, perhaps in the colouring technique. It’s interesting to see Western characters like Supergirl in manga style, too. Santi Ikari does work in various styles. He is a talented fantasy artist as well as being able to draw comics in both manga and American styles. See more of Santi’s work on his Deviant Art page.
Francesco Francavilla has worked on a host of great comic titles including Zorro, Hellboy and Green Hornet. His illustration style is a combination of various decades, with strong influence from early cinema movie posters. He is a brilliant draftsman and it’s a real joy flicking though his portfolio.