Eye Candy for Today: Jean-Pierre Gibrat comics panel

Jean-Pierre Gibrat comics panel, Flight of the Raven, Quai de Valmy
Jean-Pierre Gibrat comics panel, Flight of the Raven, Quai de Valmy

Quai de Valmy, Flight of the Raven, Jean-Pierre Gibrat; ink, watercolor and gouache on paper; roughly 25 x 20 inches ( 65 x 51 cm).

Link is to listing on Christie’s auction, where the original art sold for almost 44,000 Euros (roughly $46,000). The listing desctiption is in Franch; (Google Translate to English here).

This is the art from a single panel, part of a single page of a more than 100 page French graphic story (or bande-desinées — literally, “strip of drawings”) titled Flight of the Raven (link is to Amazon used listing). The Englich translation volume is unfortunately out of print and going used for about twice its cover price used, but several English translated editions of Gibrat’s other graphic stories are still available at regular price, and I recommend them highly.

This story, and Gibrat’s drawings, beautifully evoke the look and feel of Paris during the German occupation in WWII.

I love the details of daily activity that Gibrat has worked into the panel. Just beautiful.

For more, see my previous post on Jean-Pierre Gibrat.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Hal Foster Prince Valiant strip

Panel from Hal Foster Prince Valiant strip
Hal Foster Prince Valiant strip

A beautiful Hal Foster 1939 Prince Valiant Sunday newspaper comic strip from the glory days of newspaper adventure comics.

This is a photo of the original art. It would have been printed in color as a full newspaper page, at a time when newspapers were much larger than the ridiculous size they’ve been reduced to today (in an apparent effort by publishers to remove the last remnants of what used to make newspapers a pleasure to hold and read).

I place Foster in the tradition of great pen and ink artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as he, Alex Raymond, Winsor McCay and others followed in their footsteps.

Sourced from Heritage Auctions, large image here.

 
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Free Comic Book Day – May 6, 2023

Free Comic Book Day - May 6, 2023
Free Comic Book Day - May 6, 2023

Tomorrow, May 6 is Free Comic Book Day 2023. Stop by your friendly neighborhood comic book shop, who will be even friendlier than usual, to see what’s happening in comics and pick one more (depending on the shop) free comic books created by publishers just for the occasion.

The shops will often have special deals, events and other things going on. If you’re curious about the state of modern comics, this is a good opportunity to check it out.

 
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Alfonso Font

Alfonso Font, Spanish comics artist
Alfonso Font, Spanish comics artist

Alfonso Font is a Spanish comiics artist and illustrator. He has worked o a number of comics projects with other creators, as well as on his oen self-penned stories, Taxi, Clarke & Kubrick and Prisoner of the Stars.

Font’s drawing style is a delightful combination of solid draftsmanship and loose gesture ink rendering — given them a lively sense of energy and life.

As good as his work looks in color, I thiink it’s a treat to see his orignials in black in white, which you can do in the Original Art ssection of his website.

If you want to see more of his work in color, you might want to simply do a search for Alfonso Font on Google Images.

You can find a number of the projects he’s illustrated on Amazon (Affiliate link).

 
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Arantza Sestayo

Arantza Sestayo
Arantza Sestayo

Arantza Sestayo is a Spanish painter and illustrator who works promarily in the genres of fantasy and imaginative realism.

Her highly refined paintings and drawngs show the influence of Victorian painting, Art Nouveau and the Pre-Raphaelites. (Her image above, bottom, may be a nod to J. W. Waterhouse’s depiction of jealous Circe.)

Sestayo applies her skills across several mediums. If you scroll down on the home page of her website, you will find categories that translate as “Oils, Watercolor, Pencil, Comic, Sketches and Digital”. There is also a section featuring her book cover illustrations.

A number of her pieces are illustrations for a deluxe limited edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from Easton Press.

You can find several videos of her process on YouTube.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Illustration by François Schuiten

Le panorama de Calvani, from Le Musee des Ombres by Francois Schuiten

Le panorama de Calvani, from Le Musee des Ombres by Francois Schuiten (details)

Le panorama de Calvani, François Schuiten, illustration for Le Musée des Ombres by Schuiten & Peters

A wonderful illustration by Belgian comics artist François Schuiten who is known for his striking drawings of imaginative architecture. From this page on the Alta Plana website.

 
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