Back to my favorite artists series! This list isn’t any sort of order; I’m just putting together names as I remember them. I’ll have more posts on the way as well, as I undoubtedly come up with more artists I love and forgot to add. You can find part one here, featuring Emanuela Lupacchino, David Yardin and Marcio Takara.
Mike Choi (Gallery)
It wasn’t until X-23’s second miniseries and my introduction to Mike Choi’s art that I began to truly appreciate what great art can do for a story. His art is always clean, clear, expressive and gorgeous. He wouldn’t be as fantastic without his colorist partner Sonia Oback; the pair make a dynamic duo I find hard to beat these days. Take a look at Choi’s artwork in the Uncanny X-Men issues of the Second Coming arc (namely the incredible 8 pages of nothing but action) a look at his best work to date. One of my prized possessions is a print of X-23 (below) signed by the pair.
I first noticed Gurihiru (who are a pair of artists) when I picked up Thor and the Warriors Four, my love for which has been clearly documented in the past here. Their art is available for all ages, but isn’t so slanted toward children that it alienates adults. At least, I like to think so, because I enjoy it so much.
Amanda Conner (Gallery)
Come on, you all saw this coming, didn’t you? Amanda’s art is amazing in that she has such a talent in showing a huge variety of emotion whenever she draws characters. Take her run on Power Girl, for instance; in five pages you’d see about ten different emotions on PG’s face, none of which looked similar to another. A lot of comic book art is insanely gorgeous, but it’s also seems incredibly limiting when it comes to various emotions – which is where Amanda Conner’s art stands out.