Lots of good-sized reproductions of Superman, Batman and Jack B. Quick art by this superb comics draughtsman. Click into Original Art for Sale to see some full pages of his inks over others’ pencils.
William Whitaker ia s contemporary American realist who paints mostly portraits and full length figures of women in a refined painterly technique. The paintings are sometimes accompanied by nice detail images. The galleries are somewhat awkwardly arranged but it’s worth clicking around. The Retrospective Galleries are kind of tucked away and they contain 50 works.
My father was a WWII veteran and when I was growing up there was always a copy of Up Front on the bookshelf. Bill Mauldin’s terrific cartoons about “Willie n’ Joe” tell about life in wartime from a footsoldier’s point of view. They weren’t pro-war or anti-war, they were just about life as it was for the soldiers on the front line. Many of them are just as relevant today as they were 60 years ago.
These selections are from an archive presented by Stars and Stripes, the long-running newspaper for military personnel in which they first appeared. There is also an article in the S&S about a current reservist named Chris Grant who is in some ways following in Mauldin’s footsteps.
Addendum: The curator from the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City writes to say that the museum has a collection of more than 200 of Mauldin’s original cartoons, many of them from his peak period of 1944-45. The museum’s site has visitor information here. For more detail, see the Comments for this post.
Speaking of War of the Worlds (this time referring to the recent movie), James Clyne was a concept artist for that film and many others, including Galaxy Quest, Minority Report, and Tron 2.0.
His gallery includes his concept paintings for many of the films, arranged by film title.
Dark Horse Comics is publishing this webcomic adaptation of the H.G. Wells’ novel (not the recent movie), by Ian Edginton and an artist who goes by the name of D’Israeli. The art (particuarly the color) is wonderful. Dark horse publishes a new page on Fridays.
Edginton and D’Isreali also created Kingdom of the Wicked and Scarlet Traces, which is sort of a follow-up to War of the Worlds. Both of which are published in hardback editions by Dark Horse. Ths company wisely provides an 8-page online preview of each book. Click on the cover image of the books for the preview. Check out this page and this page (a double page spread) from Scarlet Traces.
Dylan Cole has done matte paintings for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Lord of the Rings – Return of the King, Riddick, Daredevil and others. He is also a conceptual artist. He does some traditional painting but works mostly digitally. The “Matte Painting” section of his galleries contains some of his professional work (arranged by project), but the stuff I found most appealing was in the “Sketches” section.
The galleries, thankfully, have an intelligent click-through navigation that makes them easy to browse.