To an art crusade
This issue we’re turning our attention to comics. 2014 is the 75th anniversary of Batman’s creation, so over on page 42 we take a look at the dark art history of arguably the world’s most enduring comic character. Which artistic era of Batman you prefer will probably depend on your age, so our feature on the Caped Crusader delivers imagery for every type of fan – from the likes of Jock, Frank Miller, Neal Adams and many more brilliant artists.
Taking you back a little, in 2011, on the bustling convention floor at San Diego’s Comic-Con, I stood silently in awe behind artist Ken Lashley as he set about using marker pens to draw a Star Wars mural on a car (if you haven’t seen it, Google it – it’s a thing of beauty). Three years later and Ken is using his intricate and unique skills to depict Batman on our cover. Subscribers of ImagineFX will get the full effect of his detailed work (see below). You can also turn to page 66 to see how he created this extraordinary piece of art.
Our comic fest continues with a flick through Simone Bianchi’s sketchbook on page 60, a delve into creating a Wolverine fight scene on page 72, and a look into how the gorgeous cover art for Fables gets created – George Pratt shares his process on page 76.
Elsewhere, Kan Muftic reveals how he creates a scene from a film script, and Chris Legaspi helpfully passes on his shadow and light knowledge so you can incorporate it into your art. All in all it’s another packed issue, which I sincerely hope you enjoy.
Our special cover for subscribers this issue.