Towering above all others in the land of the comic book gods stands Frank Frazetta, a powerhouse of science-fiction and fantasy art, sadly no longer with us, but whose work remains as popular and sought-after as ever. The Frazetta Sketchbook is a welcome addition to the collections of available work, offering a previously unseen look at the creative process behind this great artist.
From simple scraps of paper revealing roughly blocked out shapes that test a composition, to fully rendered pen and ink drawings that capture powerful physical forms and action-pack set pieces it’s all trademark Frazetta and work to be savoured by fans. Much of his most popular and well-known images are here including the Conan and The Death Dealer book covers, early cartoons and Eerie comic book covers, plus we’re treated to a chapter showing his life-drawings that present a more realist Frazetta that you might be used to. Abandoned comic book illustrations from EC’s unfinished “Came The Dawn” story that were left in preliminary and mid-inked states offer an interesting look at his approach to comic work, if only leaving the reader slightly disappointed that only half has been included here, with the remaining due in the upcoming Volume 2.
Like IDW’s brilliant Dave Stevens sketchbook collections, the opportunity to study the process of such a talented artist is one that fellow illustrators and fans will not want to miss and comes highly recommend. Those who haven’t already should also check out the superb documentary “Painting With Fire“, available on import via Amazon.
The Frazetta Sketchbook – By J. David Spurlock and Frank Frazetta
Hardback 134 pages
1.9 x 22.9 x 29.2 cm
I was thrilled to have been invited to contribute to the Mail Me Art project for 2013 and after much procrastinating popped my C5 effort in the post yesterday. I eventually decided on a fashion portrait inked on parcel paper with black and yellow acrylics with white gouache for the hair. A very loose, sketchy […]
The 1980s was a fertile time for fantasy movies, delivering classics such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Willow and Ridley Scott’s excellent Legend in 1985. A film with a much darker edge than your average family fare thanks to Ridley Scott‘s gothic fairy-tale visuals, superb character design (and performance from Tim Curry as The Lord […]
Robert Maguire (Aug 3rd 1921 – Feb 26th 2005) was an American illustrator synonymous with the world of pulp fiction producing over 600 covers for paperbacks and magazines during a prolific career spanning the 1950s – 1980s. Only a few of his contemporaries (artist’s such as Charles Copeland and Rudy Nappi) could match his ability […]
In the mood for some trashy pulp pop? Try The Midnight Caller. In a new piece for my portfolio, i’m entering the world of pulp fiction with a cover illustration for The Midnight Caller. A story in the tradition of the classic pulp paperbacks of the 1940s and 50s, full of sex, murder, intrigue and now sporting […]
Illustration Friday’s theme of Whiskers led me down the path of Catwoman, and specifically Michelle Pfeiffer’s version of Catwoman from Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. After all the different Batman movies including Christopher Nolan’s excellent trilogy, Batman Returns remains my favourite (I could even say that Michael Keaton is my prefered Batman) with its festively dark atmosphere, […]
I was recently commissioned by the New York based children’s toy and accessories company Skip Hop to produce an eight page comic book for use as a fun way to advertise their products at an upcoming trade fair. I jumped at the opportunity of working with the company whose celebrity fans include Selma Blair, Ricky Martin and Joel Madden, […]
To coincide with Sign Painters – The Movie, due for release later this year, Princeton Architectural Press bring us Sign Painters (the book) by co-directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon. A brief history of the hand painted sign industry told through anecdotes by those working during its heyday and those dedicated to keeping the art […]
A Naked Gun Poster illustration from the files of Police Squad! Leslie Nielsen was surely one of the funniest men to have ever lived, and the Frank Drebin character from The Naked Gun movies was a perfect example of his brilliantly deadpan brand of humor. An absolute classic of the Zucker/Abrahams 80′s comedies and an easy […]
After losing the entire crew of the Nostromo on LV-426, nobody was going to convince Ellen Ripley to return. Corporate lackey, Carter Burke manipulates her into facing the Alien for a second time in this scene from James Cameron’s 80′s classic, Aliens. This week’s Illustration Friday submission.
If the living dead riding a skateboard wasn’t enough, how about wakeboarding? Continuing my series of illustrations for the upcoming extreme sports brand Live Over Board, i’d like to introduce you to the Wakeboarder of the living dead! For those who missed my previous post, this is the second in a series for the Florida based company […]
Ever wondered what a zombie on a skateboard might look like? Coming soon to a T-Shirt near you is my brand new illustration for Live Over Board, an up-and-coming extreme sports company based in Jacksonville, Florida! I was commissioned to produce this illustration as part of their new range of T-Shirts covering all aspects of […]
“Long before Willis O’Brien, myself, and Steven Spielberg, Charles R. Knight put flesh on creatures that no human had ever seen.” – Ray Harryhausen – Film Director; One Million Years B.C. Released this March from Abrams is the biography of esteemed wildlife artist Charles R. Knight (1874-1953). Written by award-winning author Richard Milner (also editor […]
There’s a conversation between the characters Cher and Josh in the movie Clueless about how Marky Mark (aka Mark Wahlberg) would like to use his popularity for a good cause. My intention was to use that as the basis for my Illustration Friday sketch this week. It didn’t quite work out so I give you […]
This week’s Illustration Friday theme of Forward comes courtesy of Rocky Balboa.
Army of Darkness gets a comic book style Alternative Movie Poster Treatment. Another new movie poster illustration to start the week based on my personal favorite of the EVIL DEAD Trilogy, Army of Darkness. Starring Bruce Campbell on top form in a pitch perfect horror/comedy, my poster illustration adds 1980′s inspired fantasy/adventure styling to the mix. See […]
John Huston’s Classic Key Largo gets an Alternative Movie Poster Illustration by Christopher King. I’m a big fan of John Huston’s noir classic Key Largo so it was an easy choice to start the new year with this poster illustration. This was inked by hand with brush and pen, mostly as separate parts and brought together […]
Given the topic of ‘Grounded’ by Illustration Friday this week, the best my primitive intellect could come up with was Star Trek IV, in which Kirk, Spock and the crew are grounded in 1986, where they are forced to locate the ‘nuclear wessells’ in order to power their voyage home while also saving the whales.
With the imminent release of IDW’s Chuck Jones: The Dream That Never Was (review coming soon) I thought it was an appropriate time to look at an earlier book titled Chuck Amuck: The Life And Times of Animated Cartoonist. Originally released in 1989 and reprinted several times since, this entertaining memoir predominately covers Chuck Jones’ time […]
A very quick pen and ink sketch as my submission to Illustration Friday this week. This time depicting a scene from Silent Running.
It’s back! It’s Alive! It’s the return of the Halloween competition!!! The rules are simple… Name all five of the classic horror movies as drawn here by myself and you could win a free print of your choice from my Society 6 shop!* Place your entry in the comments section below. Only one entry per […]
As a follow up to my The Good, The Bad And The Ugly poster, I bring you… 12 Angry men. The two versions on show here (one portrait and one landscape) were hand drawn with pen, brush and ink, scanned into Photoshop and assembled to fit my pre-planned layouts. Extra texture elements are added last […]
Presenting my foray into the world of Burlesque poster art with this series for L.A’s premier burlesque troupe The Dollface Dames. The first poster is a re-working of an old illustration of mine that’s been re-inked and coloured to bring it in-line with two brand new posters, creating a series that I now call ‘The […]