Saturday, November 3, 2007

And now for a little artwork: Ivan Reis

Many comic book readers are discovering what devoted Green Lantern readers have known for a while now, which is that Ivan Reis is one of the best artists Green Lantern has ever had, if not one of the best comic book artists around. Granted, over the decades, Green Lantern has been illustrated by some of the best artists period. But occasionally, as in the case of Mr. Reis, an artist comes along whose work takes one’s breath away. With the Sinestro Corps War, especially, Ivan Reis is gaining a reputation for being among the best of the best. And one mustn’t forget the contributions of inker Oclair Albert and colorist Moose Bauman. Reis, Albert, and Bauman are a formidable artistic team, and together their work glows with grace, beauty, and good-old-fashioned super-hero excitement.

I wish I had a better image to post of the following drawing, from Green Lantern #11 (2006). Unfortunately, because I have only a small scanner, and the original drawing is 17 inches high by 21 inches wide, I had to resort to photography with a low-quality digital camera. As result, this image really doesn’t do the original justice. In particular, the flash’s glare off of Oclair Albert’s inks is quite noticeable:

More Ivan Reis art will be posted at a later date, but this is a start. Here is a scan of the finished, printed two-page spread:

This particular post is dedicated to the divine Ms. Sally P. Her blog, Green Lantern Butts Forever!, is not only a humorous tribute to the physiques of various members of the Green Lantern Corps, it’s also filled with insightful and entertaining reviews of comics in general. Highly recommended!

1 comment:

SallyP said...

Oh Heavens, you're making me blush. I'm SOOOO glad you have a comments thingie now, because your latest posts have been fantastic.

That is one HELL of a picture! Nothing like showing Hal from his best angle.