Sunday, March 25, 2012

MAKING A MARK: Tom Fleming - Proving It's Not Just Alex Ross Who Can Paint The DCU

Twice a week, Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes to Tom Fleming, an American illustrator whose paintbrush holds a hint of 80's airbush magic, creating art so spectacular, you would kill to see it emblazoned on the side of a panel van or aross a polished chrome car bonnet (click to enlarge).

See what I mean? While Dr Fate and Firestorm are two of Fleming's most well-known pieces, just look how powerful each subject is. While the infamously mystical might of Dr Fate is more subtle, Firestorm, who can be often written off as an unsure jock by some, is a lot more in your face - and confident!

While this art created for the Flair Ultra X-Men trading cards (remember those?) will probably be Fourarm's first and only appearance on IADW, Catwoman shows off the detail and time Tom puts into each piece, before he applies the paintbrush!

You know, Dr Midnight is the Justice Society member it took the longest for me to click to. Now I not only think he's as wicked as the rest of his overlooked teammates, I even have my own ideas for how a Dr Midnight series should work. What? Like this image doesn't cry 'first issue cover' to you?

 What do you think?  Sound off below in the comments section or click here for more great Making A Markists. To see more of Tom's artistic wizardry and a whole lot more, visit his website after the jump.


  1. I'm loving this guy's work. Especially the Justice Society characters. Great stuff.

    FYI Dr. Fate has made his presence known in the Young Justice series. If you get a chance, check it out. I think I enjoy it more than the kids do.

  2. Will do Craig, I'm not sure where it airs in the land of Oz, but if it has Dr Fate in, I'll find it!

    Be sure to check out Tom's gallery for more JSAer's too - Fourarm almost lost out to Hourman for a moment there!

  3. I love me some Tom Fleming! I've got framed prints of the Firestorm, Doctor Fate, and Aquaman hanging in my home office. Amazing artwork! And he's a super nice guy! I've met him a few times at DragonCon.

    When we spoke, he mentioned that at first he wasn’t too excited when Upper Deck commissioned him to do the Firestorm painting. After all, puffy sleeves can be a real pain to illustrate. However, his wife was kind enough to sew him some real-life puffy sleeves which he could then photograph and use for reference. Kind of fun to hear the real story behind a painting.

    The Irredeemable Shag

  4. Wow thanks for the great comments and behind the scenes tid-bits Shag!

    The puffy sleeves can be hard enough to draw let alone paint, but to have your work become such a definitive Firestorm piece must make all your frustrations (and wife's efforts above and beyond the call) worth it!