Variations of Comic Book Art

Looking at The Talented Artists In Comics Today

When it comes to looking for good artists many people pack their bags and head out to the latest galleries to see who has got their latest work on the walls, but this is far from the only (or most accurate) way of finding new talent. One place that has been hugely overlooked for artistic talent until recently is the realm of comic books. For some reason comics have been marked down as a lesser medium, with storytelling inferior to the novel and with visuals inferior to animation or film but this couldn’t be farther than from the truth.

Few working artists really get to practice as much as those creating pages for ongoing comics, putting their talents to weird and wonderful action-packed scenarios and simultaneously arresting single page pictures (and covers). Comics also don’t just have one style, with some of the best new talents showing off just how different they can be from the standards set by comic creators of the past. Just look at the variation in style in the following creators.

Jen Bartel
Jen Bartel

Jen Bartel

Known for her super sleek female characters and her use of vivid colours that often come across as neon, Jen Bartel has seen some much-deserved love recently from fans. After spending time drawing for daring women, she has come to cement her easy to appreciate style that features clean sweeping lines and aesthetically pleasing faces. Recently commissioned by Adidas to design some equally dynamic footwear that features the look of heroine Captain Marvel, this comic book creator shows just how clean comics can look today.

Ryan Browne
Ryan Browne

Ryan Browne

This madman who is known for creating his own wacky series God Hates Astronauts has a look that is easy to recognise. With an uncanny ability to draw seemingly every animal known to David Attenborough and beyond, Ryan Browne loves to mix things up. His excitable style shows a playful side, which is supports his odd ideas for melding fauna together or even overlapping famous characters by making them emerge from all manner of body parts.

Andrew Maclean

Creator of Headlopper Andrew Maclean has a unique look that works in contrast to the gory goings on within the pages of his action-packed series. With so many rounded edges, minimalised detail, rounded shadows and just a smidge of hatching his easy to love trademark style looks like a loveable cartoon. With this he has gone on to create his own range of merchandise named Laser Wolf Attack that sees more of his style slapped onto T-shirts, bags, badges and more.

James Harren
James Harren

James Harren

Probably the most ‘classic comic’ looking artist out of the bunch and yet still miles away from the exact visuals that made up the comics of the golden age. Harren has an incredibly detailed and kinetic look, with movement being depicted imaginatively on every page. His heavy jawed characters can look clumsy or frightening while his ability to create an action scene on a page is nothing short of impressive. Using techniques that include hatching, solid inked shadows and the career inherited screen tones, he manages to create works that sit comfortably on the line between realistic and fantastically fun.