Eye Candy – William Vance

Everyone who lives in our little country Belgium should be very proud of the work that this guy delivers !! William Vance is one of the highly talented artists that live here… and his most famous comic XIII is a pure joy for the eye !

The story of XIII has big similarities with the story of the Borne identity, one man gets picked up, doesn’t remember anything and seems to be capable to defend himself very good ! But unlike the movie the ‘plot’ is much thicker ;).

The drawings are sharp and very life like… the quality standard for European comics.

Currently listening to: CureThe lovecats ( Greatest hits of the Cure (CD 1) )
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the Howling – Wolf – X-23

Ever since I’ve started reading comics, there has been a small set of characters I favour very much !!

One of those characters is Wolverine ! It’s just my fascination about wolves that’s behind this ( and werewolves for that matter ).

But this post isn’t really about Wolverine, but about his clone X-23… At first I just discarded this character: “Not interested” was my line ! But then Marvel came up with a prequel to let the readers know how exactly this girl became what she is today !

And as of that day, I’m hooked on the design capabilities of Billy Tan ! I just loved the action packed story of X-23’s origin and the design of Billy Tan just add to the flavour ! It’s sharp, modern and clear… just the way I like it !

The rest of his work can be found on his beautiful website here.

More on X-23 – http://marvel.com/universe/X-23
More on Wolverine – http://marvel.com/universe/Wolverine_%28James_Howlett%29

 

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BuscemiLost ( Retro Nuevo )

Eye Candy – Matthew Savage

Well I’ve always been a sucker for Sci Fi series… and most of the time this is due to the fact that several series have very impressive props !

Like big scary monsters or huge spacecrafts and so on ! Now there is a new Dr. Who series ( 9th and 10th doctor ) airing on the BBC and the person behind the design of a lot of props for this new series is Matthew Savage !

Some previews :

Currently listening to: UnderworldJumbo ( Everything Everything (Retail) )
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Feeling nostalgic II

Remember this ? Well Whimsy Press a high-design gift wrap company, has created a new wrapping that is very similar with the wall paintings πŸ™‚ !

So if you want to surprise the family with a very nostalgic paper wrapping under the Christmas tree, just buy this one !!

Ooh so nice πŸ˜‰

Currently listening to: FreaksThe Creeps ( Switch 4 – Cd2 )
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Eye Candy – Alé Garza

Well if you follow my blog, you’ll know I like Jim Lee very much ! That’s why I follow his blog ( called Gelatometti )… but that blog isn’t being maintained by Jim alone. No, there are also other pencilers that contribute on this blog and that’s how I got in touch with Alé Garza’s work !! 

He has a wicked style that is very funny but still detailed ! When you see some of his drawings, you can immediately identify other things he has done !

There is one figure ( comic series ) that he has done, that I like the most… and that is his version of batgirl Cassandra Cain !

Much of his work is available on his msn group page, but he’ll post things on the Gelatometti blog too.

Update: Seems Ale started his own blog now !! Check it out here

A Cassandra preview :

Currently listening to: Boards Of CanadaSlow This Bird Down ( The Campfire Headphase )
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Eye Candy – Travis Charest

Like I said earlier, my first encounter with comics/graphic novels was through the European format !

One of my big time favourites was the Metabarons saga ! In Europe this series has been illustrated by Juan Gimenez, who’s drawings had made a big impression on me

Now there is a conversion going on to create an American comic version of this European saga… and the artist who has been assigned for this is Travis Charest. Man they nailed it down very good to get the same look and feel ! But the comic look is more present, so a 10/10 for DC !

Update: the project name is the Dreamshifters and will come out through Humanoids’s publishing

To get more material from Travis, just take a look here and here. Some previews :

 

Currently listening to: StarflamSoir de Deche ( Survivant )
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Eye Candy – The human kind

As long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with cats ( just check my special set on Flickr ) ! I don’t really know why, but I just am… the way they move has some kind of mystique thing surrounded around them !

Also as long as I can remember, my parents always had a domestic cat in the house…  but since I got married I haven’t adopted this habit in our own home. ( well the apartment is just a bit too small )

But now that we are moving into a a bigger place, I kindly sweet talked the misses into agreeing with getting ourselves a pet cat πŸ™‚ !

But there is one big problem. I tend to have a ‘special’ flavor, I would love to own a British Shorthair… and this is due to the commercial branding following cat food producer brings πŸ™‚ ! A British Blue would be ideal.

So not that we now actually bought one yet… I received following pictures in our mailbox yesterday !!!! ( Got myself an option on this little one πŸ˜‰ but still have to swing by at the cattery to get a closer look )

Sooooooooooo cute

Currently listening to: Everything But The GirlLow Tide of the Night ( Temperamental )
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Eye Candy – Don Lawrence

My current favourite comic genre goes out to the American superhero style ( or anti-hero for that matter ).

But when I was a bit younger, I only read the European format ! One of my all time favourites is the comic STORM. A comic penciled by the artist Don Lawrence ( who sadly passed away on December 2003 ).

The Sci-Fi retro setting always got me hooked and damn that Ember is a hot looking female πŸ˜‰ ! I think that Don Lawrence his drawings were the first that made me see that there are real artists that actually take their time to create little detailed paintings  for us to behold !

For an overview of his work check out the official site. ( I wouldn’t mind having one or two replica’s hanging on my wall at home )

Currently listening to: De La SoulMe Myself And I ( Studio Brussel-De Maxx (Long P )
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Eye Candy – Drew Struzan

I’ve always been a big fan of Sci-Fi movies ( more the horror/thriller kind ) ! So when I find the time, I go out and watch a movie… ( or stay at home and open up the DVD archive πŸ˜‰ )

And with this passion for movies also comes the interest for movie posters ! And guess what… most of my movie poster favourites, are ‘drawn’ !! ( yes your read this right, drawn )

For this special kind of craftsmanship, there is actually only one reference that sets a very high standard; his name is Drew Struzan ! Read more about this artist here on the wiki page.

For the record, the following 3 Star Wars special edition posters are put up nicely in our hallway at home πŸ™‚ ( told you I was a big fan )… and the Thing poster is on my ‘wish list’ !

 

Currently listening to: Cypress HillStreet Wars ( Till Death Do Us Part )
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