We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.
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Check out this amazing series of illustrations that reimagines Disney characters as survivors from The Walking Dead. They were created by DeviantART user Kasami-Sensei, and I would love to see a Disney animated zombie film where these classic characters are thrust into a post-apocalyptic world where they are forced to fight for survival.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunntweeted out this delightful piece of geek art that features Rocket Raccoon and Groot as Han Solo and Chewbacca from Star Wars. It was created by J-Po, and it definitely put a big smile on my face.
Artist Mingjue Helen Chen has awesomely redesigned several popular super heroins wearing streetwear style fashion versions of their classic costumes. I would love to see some cosplayers bring these costume designs to life.
These Justice League-inspired Red Bull cans don’t actually exist, but maybe one day they will. They definitely look awesome! The designs were created by Diego Fonseca, a New York-based art director, and he calls the concept “The Red Bull Superheroes Project.”
“The Red Bull Superheroes Project depicts a playful union between the Austrian energy drink and the Justice League universe…. Inspired by the uniforms of his favorite superheroes from various ages of the comic books.”
If Red Bull actually took this idea and ran with it I bet their sales would take a huge jump. I’d probably even start drinking Red Bull again! Can designs sell.
Listen: I am a dude who has a framed portrait of Destro from G.I. Joe hanging in my living room directly across from the front door so that visitors know exactly what they’re getting into from the moment they set foot into my crib, so I think I know a little something about fine art. Now that my credentials are in order, I’m pleased to announce that we are currently living in the greatest artistic renaissance of all time. Why? Because we are living in a world where art galleries feature exhibits of black velvet paintings of professional wrestlers.
The gallery in question is, of course, the Los Angeles based Gallery 1988, known to CA readers as the host of the Adult Swim art show and other pop cultural delights, and it’s the brainchild of gallery owner Jensen Karp and artist Bruce White. The exhibit, which opens this Friday night, will feature 35 portraits of stars from WWF’s “New Generation,” including Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect and “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels. Check out a preview below!
This series of custom-made, Game of Thrones woodcut action figures comes from artist Mick Minogue. All of the characters represented here are battered and beaten. The series is part of the ’ Winter Is Coming’, A Song of Fire and Ice art show at the Ltd. Gallery, in Seattle. This is what the artist had to say about his creation,
“When making work for the show we were asked not to make any reference to the HBO game of Thrones show. We could only take our influence from the series of books. This was a great idea for the artists to go deep into their imaginations and not work off likeness of or create homages to the actors involved in the TV series.
I have wanted to make a little collection of figures based on the series for a long time. This seemed like the perfect opportunity so I created 8 action figures all based around a ‘Battle Damage’ theme. I picked 8 characters who have been battered bruised or have some iconic scaring for their troubles. It was very hard to cap it at 8 as there was so many to choose from. Who knows I might just keep making more.
Each figure is a one of a kind hand painted woodcut.”
I love the bloody violent nature of these adorable designs.
We’ve got an awesome eye-catching art series featuring portraits of some of our favorite superheroes. They include Batman, Hulk, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America. They were created by Dave Merrell, and I like the over-exaggeration of the characters’ builds and features. It’s a fun style, and I hope you enjoy them.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 6th, and the day can’t get here soon enough! While we patiently wait for the series to return, here’s an awesome piece of fan art created by Mark Englert. It’s called “Fist of the First Men,” and it glows in the dark.
The poster is a 12 x 36 inch, 4 color screenprint with glow in the dark ink. The run is 150 and will cost $60.
This is part of the Song of Ice and Fire art show the George R.R. Martin will be presenting at the Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington.