Turkish comic book artist Mahmud Asrar (M.A.Asrar) first grabbed attention through his work on the independent anthology Digital Webbing Presents, before moving onto much bigger and better things in both the American and non-American comic book markets.
Primarily associated with Image comics thanks to his run on Dynamo 5 in America, Mahmud is also known for producing some wonderfully muted palette pieces, like this beautifully rendered Zatanna with Giant Bunny bit of artwork as a prime example of his skill.
Star Trek #70 of DC Comics’ second series run features part two of the four part 1995 “A Wolf in Cheap Clothing” storyline from writer Howard Weinstein and art team Rachel Ketchum and Arne Starr carries the synopsis:
Kirk’s investigation on Zantak Prime unearths a familiar face and a beautiful magician. Orana Della Monica weaves her spell on Kirk while Sulu tracks the familiar face, who has a deal brewing with angry Klingon colonists. Stardate 8688.8
With Rachel handling all the interior work, it fell to comic book artist Jason Palmer to come up with this particularly striking (and fiery) comic book cover art!
Related Link: http://www.startrekcomics.info/dc2tos.html
Chris Samnee has done comic work for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Vertigo and Oni Press, and is particularly well known for his bold and striking black and white sketches, which quite literally litter the Internet (do a Google Image Search to see just how popular his moody black and white pieces are!).
Anyway, for today’s bit of beautiful comic art, we get New Gods’ Big Barda, being, well not her normal fearsome ferocious self, courtesy of Mr. Samnee.
She’ll probably beat him if she knew that’s how he was portraying her!
Filipino Canadian comic book artist Francis Manapul has put in some great work for Top Cow, Aspen, and Image (most notably Witchblade) and is currently signed on with DC busy handling the art chores for their rebooted Flash series.
He has an enjoyable art style to take in and is certainly capable of producing some stunningly beautiful and striking pieces of work, one such beauty being this depiction of Diana, Princess of the Amazons, and better known to us as Wonder Woman of course!
I’ve always been a huge fan of American comic book artist Chris Bachalo’s darkly emotive (and often quite cartoony) artwork, and this particular piece of artwork featuring the hulking figure of Colossus of the X-Men against a brilliant yellow background (with the aid of inker supremo Tim Townsend), ended up being the cover for issue 3 of the X-Men: Colossus Bloodline 5-part mini-series from Marvel that ran back in 2005.
2007 saw the launch of Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper by Virgin Comics from writers Guy Ritchie and Andy Diggle, with interior art from Mukesh Singh.
Plucked from the depths of Wikipedia: “The man known only as Brock lives a quiet existence as gamekeeper on a secluded Scottish estate. The tranquility is disrupted when Russian paramilitary mercenaries storm the estate and kill Jonah Morgan, Brock’s friend and owner of the estate. To avenge Jonah’s death and protect a secret equation, Brock must turn predator and journey deep into an unfamiliar, urban underworld.”
Issue two of this series featured the cover art of one John Cassaday, a popular American comic book artist known for both his cover and interior work. A self-taught illustrator, John is known for his meticulous quest for perfection, and has done some fantastic work for all the big boys in terms of Dark Horse, DC, Image, and Marvel!
In any event, this well done and particularly menacing cover showcases how simple lines and effective, but simple, coloring really can make a cover stand out!
Related Link: http://www.johncassaday.com/
American artist Khary Randolph (Kharupt) has been in the cartooning and illustration business for over ten years now, and has in the process worked on a huge number of clients in the animation, advertising and comic book space, leaving his mark on dozens of popular franchises like Spider-man, Wolverine and the X-Men, Hellboy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Boondocks and Teen Titans to name but a few.
Today’s artist sketch takes one of the more popular characters to arise out of the short lived Milestone DC imprint, none other than the electricity generating smart alec of a kid Virgil, better known as Static Shock! (Who even managed to wangle his own animated cartoon in the process).
Slovenian artist Blaz Porenta is a fantastic artist, illustrator and digital painter who comes up with the most atmospheric and detailed portraits you could ever imagine.
Marvel’s The Mighty Thor of Asgard finds himself in the midst of a heated battle in this piece of mastery, courtesy of Mr. Porenta!
1995’s volume 4 issue 66 of DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes saw writers Tom McCraw and Mark Waid introduce a number of new characters in their story entitled “Membership Drive”, including the likes of Andromeda (Laurel Gand), Violet (Salu Digby) and Kinetix (Zoe Saugin).
Penciller Lee Moder was tasked with introducing a suitable cover for the issue, and came up with this wonderfully fun piece depicting Andromeda at her jaw-dropping best!