During New York Comic Con I stumbled upon artist Paolo Rivera’s booth, I didn’t know he was attending the event. Having loved what he did on both Daredevil and Spider-Man I knew I had to peruse the art he was selling. While I did come away with a print or two, I saw him working on a headshot of Nightcrawler. I was dazzled by how realistic it looked and how beautiful it was. After doing some research I found out that he takes a few comissions per convention for these headshots. He’s done a lot and they are all pretty fantastic.
I think you’ll agree.
With this year’s tax return calling my name I decided it was high time to get something that I’ve always wanted, a commission done by a comic book artist. I already knew that it was going to be some kind of dark Film Noir vibe I just had to find the right person to fulfill my idea. I had to look no further than Stephen Mooney, the author and artist behind the recent IDW two fisted pulp bonanza miniseries Half Past Danger. While the series was much more of an old school Indiana Jones type of adventure rather than a dark shadowy Noir I still thought he would be able to pull it off perfectly. Better yet, Half Past Danger already contained it’s own 1940’s Femme Fatale in Agent Elizabeth Huntington Moss who could be transported seamlessly into that world. I recently received the end result and I couldn’t have been more pleased. He absolutely nailed it.
Might I detect a hint of Rita Hayworth from Gilda?
Alex Maleev very well might be one of my favorite comic book artists in the medium today. He’s magnificently talented, but I stumbled upon some of his water color paintings that showcase another dimension of his work. If your lucky enough to see him at a convention he often sells these one of a kind creations and does commissions. So check it out and get yourself a healthy dose of some serious nerd art today.