Saturday, June 26, 2010

Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta: R.I.P.

I first encountered Al Williamson's work on his Star Wars newspaper strips. His lush and detailed illustrations quickly caught my attention. This man was a master of rendering and illustrative composition, as well as the lazy artist's nightmare!

 


Frank Frazetta, on the other hand, wowed me with his powerful coloured illustrations for book and comics covers. His most memorable works, to me, were his paintings of Conan the Barbarian. I learnt much later about his commendable illustrations on newspaper strips in the 50s!



These were artists who loved what they did. They were not just interested in knocking out the next page. They gave serious attention to details. Imagine my sadness to learn of the passing of both great artists this year. Please take some time to read about them and view a little of the wonderful works they left us in the following New York Times articles.
Al Williamson
Frank Frazetta

Oluronbi and the Iroko Man: Pencils






I have been working on various projects other than the Paranoia! story line. My comics adaptation of the Yoruba folk tale: Oluronbi and the Iroko Man is now being converted to strips. I saw the need to add more details hence the additional pencil illustrations, some of which are posted here for your viewing pleasure.