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Who are your favorite artists currently?
I really like these two guys Jim Phillips from the 1980s Santa Cruz skateboard scene.
and this guy who goes by the name Quiton Hoover he did the some of the coolest cards for magic the gathering back in the early 90s.
He has a yahoo group which I subscribe to so I had to bug him about his techniques.
Miwa Shirow... Dunno if the gallery there showcases any sequentials or what, but the action in those comics is insanely hot. This artist is relatively fresh even on the Japanese scene, with only one series (and only a couple volumes of that) available. His (her?) art often showcases some spectacular perspective angles.
Ogure Ito (aka Oh! Great)... no link at the moment, he's the creator behind Tenjho Tenge and Air Gear, the former had most of the mature content, both visual and story, scrubbed by CMX, the latter was just licensed by Del Rey for release beginning in June. I'm still trying to figure out how CMX will scrub the later issues of TJTG when it gets really ultraviolent and graphic. Anyway, he's just... friggin' amazing. I don't know if it's him or his team or what, but he can literally draw anything and it looks like hot buttered sex. Backgrounds, vehicles, weapons, action, emotion, perspective, symbolism, it's all beautiful and I don't know how he does it.
Yukito Kishiro... most famously known for Battle Angel Alita and a handful of others, I believe he's one of the leading digital comics artists today, I'm nearly positive he does his work entirely in Comic Studio EX and Photoshop. And it's soooooo pretty, probably because he was pretty damn awesome back when he was using traditional tools, too. He's great at fight scenes, espescially.
Kentaro Miura... again, no link, but he's the creator of the epic (over 30 volumes, 6000 pages and still going strong) fantasy horror series Berserk. Dark Horse is up to volume 10 and it looks pretty good, but by volume 30 his artwork has reached some dizzying heights. He's got a brilliant eye for detail, like, a manga Geoff Darrow, it's crazy.
All of these artists exceed at the depiction of action and motion in sequential art, something that appeals to me greatly. It's not that I don't have love for artists outside of Japan, but I rarely find any that can bring the same level of intensity to their material that these guys do. Right now I'll purchase almost anything I can buy from these four, whether I can read it or not.
Last edited by Inkthinker; 01-25-2006 at 12:26 AM.
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Olivier Coipel and Jim Cheung have been to of my favorite artists recently. Their character designs and storytelling really blows my mind.
I found three issues of Strange Days, and have been digging on Brendan McCarthy since. If only I could find that Swimini Purpose thingamajigg.
Frank Quitely is near the top of my list, since All-Star Superman #2 displayed his mastery of body language, among other things.