Sunday, May 06, 2012

MAKING A MARK: Robert Ball's Marvellous Medicine Puts Vector Art Through It's Paces

Twice a week, Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes to Robert Ball, vector artist and illustrator who proves sometimes the most powerful pieces, come from the simplest of compositions.

The Thing is a brilliant choice for a mosaic style piece and by cropping right in on his rocky face, Robert still manages to convey the spirit of the hard-done-by hero. In another stroke of genius, using the shreds of fabric that form Elektra's costume as the only thing that defines her from the paper, Ball makes the assassin as timeless as her namesake.

Now that's an imposing Dr Doom! As for the Silver Surfer on the left, I dig how Ball highlights the loneliness and majesty of the character, while focussing on the scale of his task. Next to this art Robert placed "Can the Silver Surfer come out to play?" "No sorry, he's Norrin." Simple, but it made me laugh.

Speaking of Marvel men, how can I forget Daredevil?

 What do you think?  Does Robert's art make your radar sense tingle? Sound off below in the comments section or click here for more great Making A Markists. To see Robert's gallery in full, visit his website after the jump.


  1. Pensol8:14 am

    This reminds me of an idea I once had: an issue of a mainstream comic (DC, Mavel, whichever) done entirely in Cubism. With no warning at all, mwahahaha! I wonder what the reaction would be...

  2. Ha - probably one of witchcraft Pensol! I remember reading Darkhawk and artist Mike Manley switched to a cubist like style for the final chapter in the Heart of the Hawk crossover. Sure it was different but next months letter column was full of fans screaming and the style quickly reverted.

    Sometimes I think mainstream fans just want George Perez like artists to pencil every book. While that would be awesome because no one does great comic art like one of the all time masters, it's nice to have a bit of rocky road in with the traditional flavours. Don't you reckon?