Jean-Pierre Gibrat

Jean-Pierre Gibrat, French comics artist, Flight of the Raven, bandes dessinées

Jean-Pierre Gibrat, French comics artist, Flight of the Raven and others, bandes dessinées

Jean-Pierre Gibrat is a French comics artist and writer noted for his graphic historical novels set during wartimes in France.

He gained the attention of American readers of European comics with the translated version of his 2002-2005 graphic novel, Flight of the Raven, set in Paris during the WWII occupation.

The book is beautiful, filled with lush evocations of Paris. Gibrat studied various locations in pen and watercolor before translating them into story backgrounds in his comics drawing style, which is also done in pen and watercolor. Gibrat is also noted for his appealing depictions of female characters, and his attention to the visual details of everyday life.

Flight of the Raven was preceded by a related story (but not a direct prequel) set in the same time period, The Reprieve, and was followed with a three volume story, Mattéo. — also set against the backdrop of war, but further back in time, in this case WWI.

You can find a number of his books on Amazon, some translated into English, some in French and other language editions.

The Reprive and Flight of the Raven were published in multiple volumes in France (three and two volumes, respectively) but were combined into single titles in the English language versions. The three French volumes for Mattéo are apparently being translated individually; only one has been released so far, the second English language volume is due in November of 2019.

Though he is both the artist and writer for his current work, Gibrat’s history of comics art goes back further, through collaborations with Jackie Berroyer and other writers, and work in the French comics magazine Pilote.

As far as I can determine, Gibrat does not have an official website, so I’ll point you to what resources I can find. You can also just try a Google images search for “Jean-Pierre Gibrat“.

[Note: Some of Gibrat’s work is erotic in nature, particularly a graphic novel titled Pinocchia, and a search may turn up images that are NSFW.]


Heinrich Berann’s panoramic map paintings

Heinrich Berann's panoramic map paintings of US national parks

Heinrich Berann's panoramic map paintings of US national parks

Heinrich Caesar Berann was a painter and cartographer from the mountainous region of Tyrol, Austria.

In the latter part of the 20th century, he was commissioned by the U.S. National Park Service to create panoramic map paintings of several of our national parks. These are available online as fairly large images on Wikimedia Commons, at resolutions of roughly 3500 x 5000 pixels (about 8 to 10 MB file size).

I’ve posted an image and two detail crops of his painting of Yellowstone above. The bottom one is about maximum resolution of the image on Wikimedia.

The National Park Service has published super high resolution images of four of the paintings at more than twice that resolution and considerably bigger file size (roughly 100 MB).

Berann also did imaginative figurative paintings and more down to earth location drawings, which you can find on a website maintained by one of his grandsons.The site includes a list of all of Breann’s panoramas of locations in various countries on several continents.

(I previously featured a contemporary artist, James Niehues, who applies a similar approach to images of ski and golf resorts.)

[Via Boing Boing]


New Argon Zark! webcomic page

Argon Zark webcomic new page

Argon Zark webcomic new page (detaile)

It’s not that often that I feature my own work on Lines and Colors, but this is special occasion for me. I’ve just posted the first new page to my webcomic, Argon Zark!, in quite some time.

I’m really pleased to have the comic moving again, and looking forward to continuing the story. (It will not interfere with my work on Lines and Colors. If it garners enough support, it may actually free up more time for writing Lines and Colors posts.)

For those who are familiar with Argon Zark!, you can see the new page here.

If you’re not familiar with the comic, but are curious about my endeavor, start with the first page of the current story, or go to the home page.

You can also read my recent Lines and Colors post with a little background about the comic, and about how I’ve gone over the current story and brought it up to date with bigger graphics and current web technology: Argon Zark! remastered.



Alyssa Winans

Alyssa Winans, illustration

Alyssa Winans, illustration

Alyssa Winans is an illustrator and concept artist for the gaming industry based in the San Francisco area. She is also a Google Doodle artist.

Winans often uses restrained palettes, along with subtle graphic and textural elements, to give her subjects presence and focus. I enjoy the way she controls her values in textural passages, usually in contrast to the overall value dynamics of the composition.

Her website has a selection of her illustrations and spot illustrations, as well as Google Doodles (see my posts on Google Doodles).

You can also view a somewhat wider selection of her work on her Behance portfolio, as well as on her Tumblr and Instagram accounts.

Winans has prints of her work available on inPrint.


Greg Rutkowski

Greg Rutkowski, concept art, illustration, fantasy art, dragons, Magic: the Gathering

Greg Rutkowski, concept art, illustration, fantasy art, dragons, Magic: the Gathering

Greg Rutkowski is a freelance concept artist and illustrator from Poland, whose clients include Wizards of the Coast.

Among his other fantasy subjects, Rutkowski paints terrific dragons, with a feeling of leathery textures and lots of creative variations.

His digital paintings often have a nicely naturalistic and textural painterly approach. In addition to his concept pieces you’ll find digital paintings of landscapes in his online portfolio and deviantART gallery.

Rutkowski has digital painting tutorials available through Gumroad, along with downloadable Photoshop brushes. You can find previews and other videos on his YouTube channel.

He also has prints available through deviantArt, and (larger, if I understand correctly) through Displate.


Joseph Mugniani

Joseph Mugniani, science fiction illustration, Ray Bradbury

Joseph Mugniani, science fiction illustration, Ray Bradbury

Joseph Mugniani was an Italian/American artist, printmaker and illustrator active in the 20th century.

He is best known for his illustrations for the works of Ray Bradbury, who was also his longtime friend. Mugniani was also the author of several books on drawing and painting (Amazon link).

I particularly enjoy his darkly textural lithographs.

The best source I’ve seen for images of Mugniani’s work is this article on Monster Brains.