Sunday, February 09, 2014

MAKING A MARK: Jason Oakes - The Man Adding A Little Jackson Pollock To Comics Best

Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes digital artist Jason Oakes. He's the Texan proving that comic heroes being clad in primary colours isn't necessarily a bad thing, and doesn't need to be toned down. Infact it works quite well if you digitally crank it up...

Never on Making A Mark, have I featured some one whose work I would hang on my wall more than Jason's. The mix of textures, the colours, the big strokes and splashes - it all adds up to art that is as vibrant as the fun and talent that went into its creation.

Flash crackles with speedforce, Iron Man's saddened faceplate leaks tears, and while the work of Deathstroke and Black Cat isn't as refined as the others, the gaze of each still captures everything about their respective character in one go.

One of Jason's favourite characters due to her complex relationship with Spider-Man, Felicia Hardy here looks more dangerous than Catwoman ever did. It almost looks like a movie poster - or preferable a Black Cat #1 cover - just waiting to be used.

Counting amongst his influences Michael Turner, J. Scott Campbell and Jackson Pollock, Oakes was inspired after his military service to fuse the worlds of comic and fine art. Seems to me, he's already doing a damn fine job.

 What do you think?  To see Jason's full artistic gallery, including Loki, Star Trek, Predator and Hulk, click here. To go straight to his Etsy store or take up his offer to suggest a character, click here.


  1. That Black Cat is amaze-balls!!! That's a pretty sick style he has... Like if Bill Sienkiewicz was a bucket of paint that exploded.

  2. Anonymous3:37 am

    Um ótimo abstrato!

  3. Hey Alves - you are right - Jason's abstracts are some of the best I have seen. I'm even thinking about getting that Captain America one for my studio.

    Black Cat needs her own book don't you reckon King? Enough of the mini-series and guest spots I reckon. 1 out of every 3 cosplayers is Felicia Hardy, she's been a Defender, a villain and a spider-girl, it's long overdue. And yup, amaze-balls the painting sure is.

    1. Well- her miniseries have not been that... good? Really. The Kevin Smith one was nice! -Took like five years to complete its run, though... Claws was pretty good too- but, you know- because of JML. -I've got something featuring her scheduled at the site in a couple weeks.

  4. Love the Black Cat painting. Felica for the win, although the Deathstroke one is pretty damn cool as well. But yeah,BC for the win. Hey, I have a soft spot for felica....or as Karl would say, a very hard one;)

  5. Looking forward to it King! I think Kevins worked because Terry Dodson nailed the character. So it was great seeing him draw her again in The Defenders.

    Dale I dont think your alone on that one. Infact she's probably the significant 'other' in many happy relationships. And even a few moderatly happy ones too.

  6. Anonymous1:38 pm

    I just stumbled onto your site through a Google image search, but I can tell you this guy is painting over photos he finds online using Photoshop brushes to give the work a painterly texture. Not a big deal, but he unfortunately doesn't give proper credit to his source material.

    Original photos:

    Flash -
    Deathstroke -
    Iron Man - This is harder to find. It's definitely either from the original Iron Man promotional material or perhaps from the Hot Toys figure.
    Black Cat - Cosplay photo, I'd bet.

    1. Anonymous12:38 pm

      Yuuuuuuuup....noticed this too. A little to Granito-y for my taste.

  7. Thanks for the info Anon! Hopefully Jason does say in future, his style adds so much it's great to see whatever the reference.

    Cheers for the comments!

    1. Elizabeth Caudill3:28 pm

      Dan you can ask Jason and he will show you the step by step process. From the original line drawing to the finished product. I have witnessed it first hand with my own eyes. He was not using photos found on other sites. He uses many references but it is all his own work done by is own hand.