Archive for January, 2015


 

Hero Complex Gallery is back with the return of the ‘Young Guns Invitational‘, an inspired show that highlights some of today’s hottest, emerging and rising stars of the poster print world. Each of the artists contributing to the show has personally chosen their own mini-theme and will be presenting 3 or more pieces of artwork for the show!Visit The Hero Complex Gallery Website for more details and how to buy these posters: http://hcgart.com/

This year’s show looks particularly strong.

My favorites are: Adam Rabalais “Clock Work Orange“, Casey Callendedr’s “Blade Runner“, Dan Mumford’s dragon piece, David Moscati’s “The Thing“, and Tom Miatke’s “Toy Story

Adam Rabalais "A Clock work Orange"
Adam Rabalais “A Clock work Orange”

Website: http://adamrabalais.com/

Casey Callender "Blade Runner"
Casey Callender “Blade Runner”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaseyCallender

Dan Mumford
Dan Mumford

WEBSITE: http://www.dan-mumford.com/

David Moscati "The Thing"
David Moscati “The Thing”

Website: http://www.moscativision.com/

Guillaune Morellec "Back to the Future"
Guillaune Morellec “Back to the Future”

Website: https://www.behance.net/GuillaumeMorellec

Kevin Wilson "Ape Meets Girl"
Kevin Wilson “Ape Meets Girl”

Website: http://apemeetsgirl.com/

Matthew Rabalis "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Matthew Rabalis “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Website: http://www.matthewrabalais.com/

Nick Runge "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Nick Runge “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Website: http://www.nickrungeart.com/

Patrick Connan "Jurassic Park"
Patrick Connan “Jurassic Park”

Website: http://www.patrickconnan.com/

Patrick Connan "Jurassic Park"
Patrick Connan “Jurassic Park”

Tumblr: http://barbarianfactory.tumblr.com/

The Dark Inker (Stephen Samson) "Moon"
The Dark Inker (Stephen Samson) “Moon”

Website: http://www.thedarkinker.com/

Tom Miatke "Toy Story"
Tom Miatke “Toy Story”

Website: http://www.tommiatke.com/

Tony Hodgkinson "Dredd"
Tony Hodgkinson “Dredd”

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EpicToneDogg

Tracie Ching  "Inglourious Basterds"
Tracie Ching “Inglourious Basterds”

Website: http://www.tracieching.com/

Vance Kelly "Star Wars"
Vance Kelly “Star Wars”

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Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground


 

The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending was originally scheduled to be released last summer. It was delayed to February 6th in order to fully finalize the massive amount of SFX shots used in the film. From its most recent trailer, Jupiter Ascending will be visually spectacular. Whether it will be successful financially is up to the movie-going audience to decide.

The film stars Mila Kunis as a space opera Cinderella who does not realize that it is her fate to be the Queen of the Universe and of particularly the mother planet whose inhabitants were the first to populate a small little blue planet known as Earth. Helping her in her quest to become Queen is Channing Tatum as a genetically engineered soldier cultivated specifically for this role. Eddie Redmayne (recently Oscar nominated for his Stephen Hawking portrayal in The Theory of Everything) is an ambitious royal eager who also has eyes on the throne.

The concept art is absolutely stunning, particularly the work done by Philippe Gaulier and Olivier Pron who were responsible for some of the space station designs.

Philippe Gaulier has worked on films such as Iron Man 2 and 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: The Age of Ultron. Gaulier is currently working at Method Studios in London as the art department lead concept artist where he splits time between Soho and the onset film studios art departments.

Olivier Pron has worked on movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 3 , Cloud Atlas, Watchmen and X-Men: The Last Stand. He is a concept artist and matte painter currently working in the film and entertainment industry at Method Studio based in London as well.

You can see more concept art for Jupiter Ascending at the movies look-book page.

Philippe Gaulier Concept Art:

Olivier Pron Concept Art:

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Jupiter Ascending 2015 Wall Calendar


 

For all of us who are having a hard time waiting until May 1st to see the Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has announced a mercy package. They will be offering up variant covers of the famous battle royal Avengers: Age of Ultron (seen above) poster. Here is the official press release:

Before Earth’s Mightiest Heroes do battle against Ultron in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st 2015, don’t miss your chance to own a piece of the action with these epic Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variants in April.
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Originally debuting at Comic-Con International 2014, these epic pieces of theatrical concept art by Ryan Meinerding, Charlie Wen & Andy Park combine to form one stunning image of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes locked in combat against Ultron’s massive army. Coming to eight Marvel comics in the month of April, these covers are just like the Avengers – better when assembled!
Don’t miss a single variant when they come to these exciting Marvel comics in April!
Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover A
Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover B
New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover A
New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover B
Avengers #44
Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover A
Uncanny Avengers: Ultron Forever #1 Variant Cover B
New Avengers #33
“These epic posters were really the hit of last year’s San Diego Comic-Con,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We’re glad that fans who attended the convention were able to get their hands on them but we’re even more excited to bring thousands of fans who may have missed this stunning image.”
No fan will want to miss the chance to own this stunning, epic image when the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON MOVIE VARIANTS hit comic shops this coming April!

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Avengers 2 : Age of Ultron poster 32 inch x 24 inch / 17 inch x 13 inch


 

Like most comic superheroes everyone should live by their own Historic Words of Wisdom. Carbondale, Illinois digital artist artist Adam Thompson has re-purposed some of the art and writing of DC artist Jim Lee, Francis Manapul and others and matched it with the most relevant life statement of several DC Superheroes. The series called Heroic Words of Wisdom becomes a testament to why we keep on reading superhero comics.In his artist statement Thompson explains the idea behind the project:

My work, centered around comic book characters, comes with the challenge of reaching to an audience beyond those who are already fans of those characters. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy very much to see existing fans of these characters who enjoy my work. However, up until this project, I’ve been indulgent of being a fan, and neglectful of the challenge of reaching that larger audience.

Superheroes already have a prominent place in pop culture. Their images can be seen anywhere. As a fan I enjoy seeing the strength of these characters in the spotlight, but because I am looking to reach a new audience, I needed to find a new light. I had to consider that comic books are a series of images accompanied by dialogue, and since it’s the images that are already so prominent, I decided to focus on the dialogue.

In my mind, one of the most famous pieces of comics dialogue is the oath sworn by Green Lantern. I gave this some deeper thought and realized that the oath is, in a way, applicable to real life. Anyone, should they choose, can swear an oath to stand against evil. Then it hit me. Have all comic heroes said things that are applicable in real life? Have they all said things that can inspire any of us, comic fan or not?

Re-purposing the artwork of Jim Lee, Francis Manapul, and some others, along with my own, and combining it with my usual minimalistic style, I’ve developed this project spotlighting some quotes from these heroes that can inspire us all daily. Enjoy!

You can find more Adam Thompson art at his Behance page.

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DC Comics: A Visual History


Freelance colorist Nicolas Chapuis has gotten the knack of drawing Disney villains in their velvety darkness.

There are the long angular faces and the big square teeth that grimace evil. Show as little gum line as possible or punch a crooked smile to match the twisted jawline and stern chin. Get the eyes rights, especially the egg shell thin eyelids. If all those hard angles feel like they will cut and slash you open you are on the right track.

A nicely drawn villain has a grand reptilian neck or almost no neck at all.

And don’t forget the accessories. A good hat that crests like a horn is a must– or two (in the case of Maleficent) even better.

A good evil hairdo is a requisite for the non-hat villain. The only requirement: make it jagged like glass shards and look on fire.

In profile they must reveal evil. No warts or moles, please. That is so passe and Shakespearean.

Evil must always look wickedly stylish and well-groomed so simple goodness can stand out in stark contrast. They can be beautiful, preferably alluring so, but it all must be built on a pedestal of fragile ego that can come crashing down around them at the right moment. They must never look wholesome. Wholesomeness is solely for the heroine/good girl.

I’d say Nicolas Chapuis’ works live up to all of these requisites. Take a look below!

For more of Nicolas Chapuis art see his deviantart page.

Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty

Captain Hook from Peter Pan

Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians

Dr. Faclier from The Princess and the Frog

Governor Ratcliffe from Pocahontas

Hades from Hercules

Jafar from Aladdin

Lord Igzorn from Disney’s Gummi Bears

Scar from The Lion King

Urusla from The Little Mermaid

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Learn to Draw Disney’s Villains: Featuring favorite villains, including Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, Jafar, and others! (Licensed Learn to Draw)


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georgia,palatino; font-size: 14pt; color: #000000;”>Back in 2009 NASA launched the Kepler telescope with the hope of finding similar earth-like planets far far away. The telescope has already cataloged over 3199 planets and has confirmed that 1795 are terrestrial or earth-like. NASA quaintly calls these exoplanets because they revolve around stars beyond our own sun. They are routinely broken down into 3 common types: gas giants, hot-super-Earths in short period orbits, and ice giants.In an attempt to have future generations keep watching the skies and eventually go there, NASA’s jet propulsion lab has commissioned a travel poster series for some of the real planets discovered by the telescope. The posters also come with appropriate JPL generated publicity blurbs.Go here to see HD versions of the posters.

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georgia,palatino; font-size: 14pt; color: #000000;”>Kepler-186f is the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially ‘habitable zone’ around another star, where liquid water could exist on the planet’s surface. Its star is much cooler and redder than our Sun. If plant life does exist on a planet like Kepler-186f, its photosynthesis could have been influenced by the star’s red-wavelength photons, making for a color palette that’s very different than the greens on Earth. This discovery was made by Kepler, NASA’s planet hunting telescope.

 

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georgia,palatino; font-size: 14pt; color: #000000;”>Twice as big in volume as the Earth, HD 40307g straddles the line between “Super-Earth” and “mini-Neptune” and scientists aren’t sure if it has a rocky surface or one that’s buried beneath thick layers of gas and ice. One thing is certain though: at eight time the Earth’s mass, its gravitational pull is much, much stronger.

 

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georgia,palatino; font-size: 14pt; color: #000000;”>Like Luke Skywalker’s planet “Tatooine” in Star Wars, Kepler-16b orbits a pair of stars. Depicted here as a terrestrial planet, Kepler-16b might also be a gas giant like Saturn. Prospects for life on this unusual world aren’t good, as it has a temperature similar to that of dry ice. But the discovery indicates that the movie’s iconic double-sunset is anything but science fiction.

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Ant-Man
Ant-Man
At last year’s New York Comic-Con Marvel announced that 20 of its February 2015 covers will have retro variants done by Phil Noto. Fifteen of them have been released randomly over the past year. You can see those below (and above).Yet to be revealed at the time of this writing are the covers for Avengers, New Avengers, Deadpool, Legendary Star-Lord, and SHIELD.

The covers were inspired by a series of drawings Noto did back in 2011 that captured the glam parties thrown by the Marvel Superheroes back in the 50’s and 60’s. They are candid and Time Magazine style photos taken by the fictitious Hank Pym, the future Ant Man and photographer friend of choice for all Marvel heroes bashes. You can see some of that collection here.

In an interview with Phil O’Shea at NYCC in 2014, Noto talked about how the project all came about:

It all started when I began posting some retro-candid “photo” sketches on my blog featuring Marvel characters. I had been looking at some old photos of Hollywood stars from the 50’s and 60’s just hanging out and thought it would be fun to do a comic version of that. I started adding little anecdotal stories to them as told by Hank Pym, the supposed photographer. I don’t know why I chose him but I just thought he seemed like a good choice to be a shutterbug and would’ve been around a lot of these characters. I ended up calling the series the Hank Pym Photo Archives. They became popular on Tumblr and Jeanine Schaefer, my editor at the time, really dug them and wanted to do something more with them. We got very close to doing a retro series but it ended up becoming too complicated in terms of schedules, continuity, etc. So I just kept posting some on my blog from time to time.
Cut to earlier this year and I get a phone call from Jeanine with the brilliant idea of doing a series of covers in the same retro style. It was a no-brainer. I’d be able to do the various characters and not have to worry about any specific storyline or anything.

Angela Asgard Assassin
Angela Asgard Assassin
Captain America
Captain America
Daredevil
Daredevil
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hulk
Hulk
Inhuman
Inhuman
Spider-man
Spider-man
Thor
Thor
X-Men
X-Men
Deathlok
Deathlok
Rocket Raccoon
Rocket Raccoon
Uncanny X-Men
Uncanny X-Men

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Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread