Sunday, May 04, 2014

MAKING A MARK: Mike Mitchell's Marvelous Portraits

Making A Mark gives an insanely talented artist some IADW brag-space. Today goes to Ant Lucia, an artist who has taken headshots of Marvel's A-listers, right back to the C, and given them portraits worthy of royalty. Light on backgrounds and detail, yet strong on colour, clear lines and character, let's kick this post off with the elf.

Part of the Mondo Gallery Show, which lasts until the 17th of May in Austin, Texas, what is really stunning about this portfolio is the range of characters included. Sure Spider-Man, Thor and Hulk are there, but so is Archangel, Ant-Man, and the white Vision. As that range of depth suggests, Mike admits to being one hell of a Marvel fan;

“My love for Marvel Comics was an integral part of growing up. Not just the comics, but the action figures, video games and cartoons. My intention with this show was to take those characters out of their action-oriented world and give them a moment of silence to catch their breath. 

There's a humanizing quality to that which I find extremely interesting. This has easily been the most ambitious project I've ever taken on, and it’s due in part to my love for their universe; which is fictional by definition, but real in my mind and in the minds of others.”

There are a number of flashbacks and "I remember when's" when you flip through Mike's collection. Buy following Mondo's Twitter or website, you can even see when each is for sale, to the public, should you want Colossus or Doctor Octopus on your walls.

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