Rad Sechrist

Rad Sechrist
I don’t know much about Rad Sechrist, except that he is a contributor to the Flight anthologies and he draws wonderful short comics that you can read online. His confident linework and use of a palette that manages to be simultaneously colorful and restrained remind me of Kazu Kibuishi’s wonderful drawings.

There are pages for two different features on the site: Beneath the Leaves and Wooden Rivers. Pages are arranged chronologically from the bottom up. There is some more art on the Gallery Nucleus site, the Flight 2 Preview and on Michael Gagne’s site.

 
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Andrew Loomis

Andrew Loomis
Andrew Loomis was a highly regarded commercial illustrator who was prominent in the 40’s and 50’s. He was a superb draughtsman and the author of several how-to books on drawing that are classics in their genre, particularly Figure Drawing for All it’s Worth and Drawing the Head and Hands. Anyone interested in drawing people can benefit from studying Loomis, particularly illustrators and comic book artists.

The bad news is that his books are out of print and collectors want upwards of $70 for them. There are a couple of recent books that are extracted from the originals, Drawing: Figures in Action and Drawing the Head. They’re worthwhile (and inexpensive), but incomplete compared to the originals.

The good news is that there are archives of the original books online. The link below is to a terrific site at saveloomis.org that has an archive of most of his books. There is also a less-well organized archive at fineart.sk. Bud Plant Illustrated Books has a Loomis bio and is a place other than eBay to buy Loomis books. There is an archive of some of his finished illustration here.

 
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Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola
Donato Giancola is one of my favorite science fiction and fantasy artists. His respect for the old masters shows in his excellent draughtsmanship and superb command of painting technique. The site includes several galleries of illustration as well as life drawing, traditional portraiture and concept art. The illustrations are sometimes accompanied by preliminary sketches and the site includes an illustrated section on technique.

His work is imaginative, colorful, subtle and always beautifully executed. If you like science fiction and fantasy illustration, Giancola is not to be missed.

 
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Bengal

Bengal
French comics artist Bengal has a fresh, open style influenced by both traditional French comics and Japanese manga. The gallery features color images, sketches and a few comic panels. Bengal is also a designer and the drawings have a terrific design sense and use of color. The linework is vigorous and varied and the images are imaginative.

The site contains nudity and sexually suggestive images. Avoid it if you’re likely to be offended.

 
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