I was looking through my bookshelf earlier this morning and I came across this book called Marvel, Five Fabulous Decades of the World’s Greatest Comics. The book covers the history of Marvel including behind the scenes looks at art and stories that tell a little bit more about how the Marvel universe was created. I totally gushed over this book as a kid, but looking at it now it’s kind of silly.
But in the back of the back they reprinted some original stories from some classic comics, and one page in particular definitely caught my eye. It’s from Fantastic Four #51, a story called This Man… This Monster! about The Thing being shunned by society. The story isn’t really relevant, it’s all about the art above drawn by Jack Kirby. As the description in the book reads:
During the 1960′s Jack Kirby experimented with photo collages as a device for altering the look of comic books. The idea never really caught on, but it influenced the work of later artists from Jim Steranko to Todd McFarlane.
Why wasn’t this done more?! I’m guessing this was a bit far beyond what people were used to in the 60′s, especially in a comic book, but it absolutely looks like something someone would create now. Jack Kirby was certainly a pioneer far beyond his time.
Today seems like a random smattering of goodies, and this is about as random as it gets. The picture above was drawn by the talented Mr. Saiman Chow, which he describes as “a bitter sweet series that examine our fascinating yet frightening views on sexuality in our exploitative society.” As creepy and weird as it is, I have to say that I really like it. This image is like a train wreck, you absolutely can’t take your eyes off of it, even if you don’t want to look. Excellent work, Mr. Chow.
Found through Buzzfeed
Talk about inspirational, the video above is a speed painting by Danny Roberts, an artist living in California who has an incredibly diverse style. He took a sketch that he did and blew it up into the incredible piece you see at the end of the video. The whole thing was inspired by Walt Disney’s multiplane camera, which he used on movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It’s pretty awesome watching him work, I think that’s half of the fun. The fact that the painting turns out beautifully in the end is simply a bonus. Also, big props for the Edith Piaf scoring the whole thing, it definitely sets the mood.
Check out more of Danny’s work on his blog, Igor + André.
Every time I look at this image I start to giggle. This dashing sailor seagull with a pipe, aptly named Sammy, was created by Wayne Pate, an illustrator from Brooklyn, New York. Wayne’s style is really simplistic and almost kind of retro, using lots of great patterns and the perfect pairings of color. I’d also recommend checking out his shop, which features a ton of prints, all 18 x 24″, and 95% of them are only $35… that’s such a good deal for such rad prints and there’s just about something for everyone.
I got an email from an artist named Msxi the other day, a graduate from Central Sain Martins School of Art who is originally from Singapore, letting me know about her work. As I was browsing I came across this great illustrated project she did called An Effort Most Futile. The series tries to illustrate “the negative effects we have made and continue to make on our environment.” The story also goes about showing how difficult it can be to try and make these changes.
The drawings are really intricate and beautifully done, and definitely put a lot of perspeective on the situations. I had to crop into a couple of these drawings, which are absolutely huge and epic in scope. Really great stuff.
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