Anything painted directly, on the spot, always has a strength, a power, a lively touch that is lost in the studio. Your first impression is the right one. Stick to it and refuse to budge.
- Eugene Boudin
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
- Henri Rousseau
 

 

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Christopher Moeller

Posted by Charley Parker at 7:48 am

Christopher Moeller
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.

Moeller has done a number of painted comics stories, numerous comic book covers as well as illustrations for games, gaming cards and posters. There is checklist of his work (from 1991-2003) on the site. There are also prints and original art available.

In the late 90′s he illustrated (and wrote, or co-wrote with Kevin Moeller) an extended painted-comics science fiction series that builds on his interest in military history to create a rich setting for stories of interstellar conflict and intrigue. The stories have been collected in two graphic novels: Iron Empires Volume 1: Faith Conquers and Iron Empires Volume 2: Sheva’s War. There is a site devoted to the series, but it’s still incomplete. There is a preview of Volume 1 and Volume 2 on the Dark Horse Comics site.

DC comics has just released Book One of a two-issue superhero/sci-fi series, written and painted by Moeller: JLA Classified: Cold Steel.

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  1. Comment by enam
    Monday, January 2, 2006 @ 1:37 am

    I’m checking out that 8-panel piece above. What work is this?

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Monday, January 2, 2006 @ 1:56 am

    It’s from Book 2 of JLA Classified: Cold Steel (linked in the post). Book 1 was in stores when I wrote the original post, Book 2 should be out in a week or two.

  3. Comment by enam
    Tuesday, January 3, 2006 @ 3:13 am

    Belated thanx! And Happy New Year in 2006 and beyond!

  4. Comment by enam
    Wednesday, January 4, 2006 @ 1:35 am

    I did not get a chance to stop by a comic shop because of work. Can you tell me WHAT IS THAT on the end panel? I don’t want to get cataracts from squinting. Can’t enlarge the photo. What it is? A ship? What the hell is it? It looks cool but I don’t know what it is. It looks like it is hovering above a body of water. It looks KEWL though!

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Wednesday, January 4, 2006 @ 1:47 am

    It’s Batman in space armor coming at you more or less head-on. His cape is sort of streamers instead of one sheet. Go here for an enlarged version.

  6. Comment by enam
    Wednesday, January 4, 2006 @ 1:48 am

    Holy shit! Excuse me…sorry. Thanx!!! Aw, man, C. Moeller godammn love the imagery!!! Love it!!!!! Thanx again!!! Big ups!!

  7. Comment by enam
    Wednesday, January 4, 2006 @ 1:50 am

    Gawd. It’s got this weird science-fiction/monster epic feel to it!!! It’s like I’m seeing something imagined right!!!!!!

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