Thursday, 20 December 2012

Sienkiewicz' Santa

Comic book artist Bill Sienkiewicz is renowned for his groundbreaking graphic work on edgy titles such as Stray Toasters, Elektra Assassin and Voodoo Child. Even the man who brought us these dark visions is not immune to the festive season however, as evidenced by his work on the storybook Santa: My Life & Times from 1998.

Below are just a few of the illustrations featured in the book. He's obviously reigned in his style to some degree to suit the audience but his mixed media approach still provides us with some luminous, at time almost vision-like work.

The book seems to be out of print but it's still possible to pick up a good second hand copy from the usual online suspects or a second-hand book store.

Happy Christmas!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Paul Slater's A traveller's Christmas

Below are just a few of the illustrations provided by the magnificent Paul Slater for the Folio Society's A Traveller's Christmas. I've long been a fan of Mr Slater's editorial illustrations and covers, so was really pleased to track this down.

All above illustrations copyright Paul Slater

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Cult of Dark Knight Rises.

The recent DVD/Blu-ray release of the Dark Knight Rises reminded me of how I'd been struck by similarities between some of the shots in the film's trailer and artwork from Bernie Wrightson and Jim Starlin's Batman comic series The Cult. I started wondering if perhaps the plot of DKR was going to follow that of Cult pretty closely, with the character of Bane possibly standing in for Cult's villain Deacon Blackfire.

As it turned out this wasn't to be the case, but there are enough similarities in the plot and visuals to suggest that either Goyer or the Nolan brothers were under the influence of The Cult.

The Sewer hideout - both Blackfire and Bane are based beneath the streets of Gotham...

In both stories the sewers are used to spring a trap, on the army in Cult and the Police in DKR...

Batman visits a hospitalized Jim Gordon....

The villains hang the bodies of their victims in public...

Batman wields a non-lethal gun, the EMP rifle in DKR and the tranquilizer gun in Cult...

Batman takes back the city with the aid of a new hi-tech vehicle...

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Doctor Who - Dinosaurs storyboards

Some very nice storyboards from the recent 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship' episode of Dr Who. There's a whole sequence of these on show at the BBC's online Doctor Who Gallery. It doesn't mention who the artist was. Anyone know?

Monday, 17 September 2012

Sniffing out Izak Zenou

I wasn't really aware of the work of Izak Zenou until I happened upon the above illustrated perfume tester card on a visit to Henri Bendell, New York. Luckily his signature led me to his website, and more of his beautifully loose lines and striking colours...

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Openings - Superman, Cinema and Inspiration

Superman: The Movie (1978) magazine ad, Philip Gips/Gips & Balkind Associates, art director; Steve Frankfurt/Paula Silver, creative directors; Henry Sandbank, photographer.

I'm pretty sure that it was a version of the above magazine ad that appeared as a poster outside my local cinema when I was taken to see a re-release of Superman: The movie as a two to three year old. It's probably the earliest memory I have of a movie poster, or perhaps any graphic work or illustration not aimed specifically at children.

Superman I (the movie) poster by me... age 6

It had such an impact on me that I was was still drawing it three years later, though being illiterate, I was clearly still unsure what the superman insignia was supposed to represent. It just looked like a bunch of abstract yellow shapes on a red background to me.

Clearly though, I wasn't the only one to be influenced by this...

The Man of Steel, No 1, cover art, John Byrne and Dick Giordano (1986)

Newsweek cover, May 7, 2012. Cover illustration by Michael Koelsch.