BEST ART EVER (THIS WEEK): 08.01.14
Compiled by Andy Khouri
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
Above: Rocket Raccoon by Karl Tagle.
DAVID GOH GIVES A BEAUTIFUL DESIGN SENSE TO HARRY POTTER, FINAL FANTASY, ATTACK ON TITAN AND MORE
By Chris Sims
We are living in a cynical age, my friends. A few short decades ago, if you had told someone that they could have virtually unlimited access to art inspired by their favorite pieces of pop culture and the only thing they’d have to worry about was accidentally seeing some very romantic drawings of Sonic the Hedgehog, they would’ve been starry-eyed with the possibilities. But here in the future, we see that sort of thing all the time, to the point where we’ve become a little jaded by the whole experience. But sometimes, every now and then, you see someone doing it beautifully, and it is still breathtaking.
Case in point, David Goh, a Singapore-based artist whose posters and prints bring a truly phenomenal design sense to art inspired by Harry Potter, Frozen, and even the classic Final Fantasy VII! Check it out below, but spoiler warning: Aeris dies.
One of the big selling points of Iron Man 3, other than Ben Kingsley’s crazy and wonderful Mandarin voice, was the sheer volume of Iron Man armors that appeared in the film. There were a ton. Considering the likely weight of the armor, probably more than a ton. But not every armor designed by artist Josh Nizzi was used in the movie, and he was kind enough to share some of his unused designs, including one that I can only call the Metal Gear Solid/Metroid armor.
You love charts. You love superheroes. But you don’t know of any media that combines the two, like so much peanut butter and jelly. Your suffering has come to an end.
Or at least it will August 3, when former ComicsAlliance contributor, Comic Foundry founder and noted design maestro for Complex and Wired Tim Leong's new book, Super Graphic, makes all your superhero-y infographic dreams come true. (There’s info about other comics, too, such as The Walking Dead.) You can sample the book’s full cover, and get a quick look at three of the graphs that you’ll find in the new book after the jump.
In case you missed it, my first book, Super Graphic, will debut from Chronicle Books this Fall. It’s an infographic look at the comic book industry, from superheroes to indie comics to manga. It was a blast to work on and I learned a lot about comics and infographics along the way. You can learn more about it here.