Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Alex Ross

Posted by Charley Parker at 7:20 am

Ask comics fans about Alex Ross and you’ll get mixed but strong opinions. Many think his highly rendered watercolor and gouache comic illustrations “inappropriate” for comics storytelling, others find his work exciting and beautiful. I fall into the latter camp and have a tremendous respect for his water media technique. I also have no problem with his extensive use of photographic models. I feel that practice falls squarely in the tradition of great comic illustrators like Hal Foster, Alex Raymond and Al Williamson. Much of the most interesting art is to be found in the Ross Report newsletter section of the site.

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  1. Comment by Nita Leland
    Wednesday, October 19, 2005 @ 9:54 pm

    I loved Alex Ross’s magazine illustrations years ago, but really liked his later fine-art watercolors best.

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, October 20, 2005 @ 9:31 am

    If I’m not mistaken, that’s another Alex Ross. I’ll dig for some information on that.

  3. Pingback by lines and colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, webcomics, cartoons, concept art and other visual arts » Christopher Moeller
    Thursday, December 15, 2005 @ 2:48 am

    [...] Christopher Moeller is an illustrator and comics artist who is one of the foremost proponents of fully-painted comics art. Rather than the traditional um… lines and colors format, each panel is a painted image. Many painted-comics artists use watercolor (see my post about Alex Ross), but Moeller uses an opaque medium (it looks like acrylic or possibly gouache). There are only a handful of artists who can really make this work and Moeller is superb at it. [...]

  4. Comment by Ryan
    Tuesday, October 3, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    I love Alex Ross’s artwork. He is amazing! Genius!

  5. Comment by Matthew
    Sunday, March 28, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    Could anyone tell me what comic book/graphic novel the above image was taken from?

  6. Comment by rupam
    Friday, December 24, 2010 @ 3:37 am

    @Matthew: It’s the scene from the 1st installment of a 12issue comicbook (limited) series by DC, called JUSTICE.
    You can get more info at this wiki-entry:
    Also there’re ISBNs for the collectible editions of the book, in case you wanna have’em. All the best.

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    Friday, November 9, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    [...] Ross, who I profiled briefly in 2005, is an American comics artist and illustrator known for his work in the “fully painted” [...]

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