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For the love of comic books

I have wanted to write a blog post on this particular subject for quite some time. There’s only one problem- where do you start? It’s an undeniable fact that the realm of comic lovers has some incredibly talented artists and illustrators amongst them, but I’m not even necessarily talking about the artists, inkers and colourists of the comics themselves. In this case I’m referring to Fan Art, to the readers who are inspired by this unique combination of art and fantasy. There is a remarkably broad spectrum of beautiful work in this category, from minimalistic and graphic to realistic.

One artist has stood out to me today though, and I think I have even found a fan of a fan artists, on Pinterest… His art does not just cover superheroes, but for my purposes I have only included images of these. His style has quite an endearing effect, and in looking at his renderings of much loved (or loathed) characters you can really tell that he loves what he does.

You can check out the large collection of Christopher Uminga’s water colour paintings, sketches and prints on his own website here, on CreepMachine here, and on DeviantArt here, as well as on the aforementioned Pinterest collection here.

The Crow

The Hulk

Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman

Batman and Robin

Hellboy v.2


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

None of these images are mine, and all link back either to the artists websites or additional blog posts about the artist.

Comments, links and feedback welcome.


2 comments on “For the love of comic books

  1. Kent Golladay
    May 22, 2013

    Thank you for a great segment on comic books and graphic novels and although I may not concur with you 100 percent, your aspects are nicely received after a quick review. It takes a great deal of your energy and effort to tell great stories however the the reality is, additionally, it takes a lot of time and work to tell poor ones also..

    • prettypinwork
      May 26, 2013

      Thank you for the feedback! I appreciate that not everyone will share my perspectives, that’s a fair portion of what I find so appealing about art in general.

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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