Artist to Watch – Douglas Frey

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Douglas Frey goes by the screen name of Darkwaterfrey over on the Deviant Art page and produces some of the most amazingly detailed pieces. If I remember correctly I first stumbled upon Doug’s work while surfing through other people’s friends pages over on Livejournal, where for a long time I maintained a blog and followed others.

I think what probably got my interest the most was his series of Katmandi pictures. I am a HUGE Jack Kirby fan and his comic Kamandi is to this day one of my all time favorite works by him. When I saw Doug doing these pictures with a new take on the character I just had to keep watching in the hope of seeing more. Doug has since gone on to complete a whole story based on Katmandi which he then did a small print run of (Which reminds me, I never got around to ordering a copy of that… Have to get on that!)

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The way in which Doug does his coloring is wonderful. In a world over run with digital coloring it is nice to see someone still creating in a good old fashion real medium! Water color is something that I have been playing around with as of late, so I know how hard it is to use. Doug makes it look perfect. He creates a level of excellance in these pages that I dream of reaching!

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Artist to Watch – Patrick Schoenmaker

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A lot of the artist I follow I first found from their work on doing sketch cards for various trading card sets.

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Artist to Watch – Travis Hanson

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I found Travis Hanson on Deviant Art, where he is known as Travsthebean, as I was poking around other artist favorites pages. I instantly fell in love with his work.

a55b9a294a158793de7b3469f324b8adThe art that Travis creates is filled with a joyful happyness. The feeling I get looking at the prints that Travis creates reminds me of the joy I use to get reading Calvin and Hobbes, a sense of youthful adventure and fun.

Travis fills his art with a brilliant coloring style and amazing inks. In his one panel prints are told better more thrilling stories then I have seen in some full comicbooks!

Recentlly in his journals on DA Travis has been taking polls about two art books he will be putting together this year. One to feature his Forgotten Folks works and the other to focus on the Teddy Bear Pirates. Although I have seriously been cutting back on my book purchases of late, these will be additions to my collection for sure.

The final thing, and the item from the future of Travis that I think has me the most excited is that he has been talking a little bit about a weekly comic. The idea of an illustrated story by Travis something that I will follow, and buy if given the option, with out a doubt!

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Artist to Watch – Katie Cook

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Back when I was working on creating a story titled Abbie and the Monsters I did a whole bunch of web searches to make sure I wasnt using a name that already exsisted somewhere else. when I was doing that I came across The Mosters Republic of Monstairia. a webcomic by Brodie H. Brockie with art done by Katie Cook. That was my discovery of the genius that is Katie Cook.

 

Katie is best described (in my opinion as well as half of the internet I would think.) as the queen of cute. Her talent doesnt end with cute though.

 

Katie is one of those talented people who seem to have a perfect eye for layout. Her pages look wonderful As seen in Myspace Dark Horse Presents #4 “Tricks of the Trade” and her issues of the online Star Wars comic.) and her sketch cards are amazing. This ability at layout makes her one of the greats at sketch cards. Where some artist well create a multi-card set to be put into packs that will leave someone with a card of a shoulder or something equally lame or stupid Katie makes everysingle card something a collector would love to have.

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My favorite all time piece of Katie art though, has to be the drawing she did for me of my family as Hobbits!

Artist to Watch – Michael Cho

ed_lisa_chodrfate_drstrange_blue_choNot going to write much about Michael Cho. I really dont know much about him at all. If I remember right I found his art via Michael May’s blog, and have been following his work ever since.

I love his use of single colors in his work. I really think that it gives a cool feel to his drawings. By using the one color, he makes it so that the lines of the picture are what grabs your eye first and not a vibrant stand out color of a picture.

More then anything,I love his none superhero art. His pictures of everyday people and normal settings. I think that he does a wonderful job of capturing a feeling of a person in his pictures. His drawings of locations give a feel of an old photograph. Kind of a nostalgic feeling of a place you haven’t seen in a long time when you look at them.backalley18_cho

Artist to Watch – Brent Schoonover

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One of the big things I like in artists in the comic field is when they have an Old School feel to them. A respect for the greats that have come before them if you will. Brent Schoonover has that feel.

thespiritinkedI first became aware of Brent’s work when I was working at a LCS. Brent and Brandon Terrell (the writer) had sent around promotional material for their new comic Horrorwood to encourage the shops to carry the books on their shelves. I ended up adding their comic to my pull list and it ended up being one of those titles that I didn’t read until way after all the issues had come out. When I did finally sit down and read the story, I loved it. The story, a old pulp like thriller/mystery, and Brent’s art seemed to belong together. From that point on I was hooked.

Shortly after having read the series, I ended up sitting across the aisle from them at a local convention. At the con all the artist had been asked to do a piece of art to donate to a charity auction. Brent had done a picture of Will Eisner’s The Spirit, one of my favorite comic characters. At the auction the piece quickly went for well out side of my price range much to my disappointment. Really wanting a picture of the Spirit in Brent’s style I asked him if he would be willing to do a commission for me. Since the con was wrapping up, we agreed to do the transaction using the internet and the USPS. When I received the picture(shown on the left side of this page.) from Brent I was blown away. I had expected nothing more then a quick sketch and received a full page instead. He really went above and beyond on the piece for me.

Brent in my opinion is one of the greats.

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Artist to Watch – Evan Shaner

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I first stumbled upon Evan Shaner on Deviant Art, where he goes by the screen name of DocShaner. A name that I thought truly fit the hardcore old school feel of his art.

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The Screen name gave me this image of someone who had been around in the grand days of comics and pulps (and at the very least had a good appreciation of them!) so I was truly surprised to find out that the talent behind the elegant simplicity of the lines of these drawings is just a young pup in his early 20’s.

DocShaner puts more life and talent into his drawings then most artist I see out there today and he does it with out making them seem over done or crowded. His art is something that truly amazes me and I never get tired of looking at.

When I look at his work it invokes a feeling of nostalgia of reading my older step brothers Fantastic Four and Defenders comics when I was a kid.

Seriously, take it from me. If you have any appreciation for the true talent of the industry be it pulp or comic take some time and check out Doc’s blog and DA page!

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