The Mighty Thor – inks & colors over original Kirby pencils, courtesy of Jim Engel.
A host of Kirby recreations courtesy of French web designer Michel Ravey.
To discover the illustration process behind Michel’s recreations, click on each of the Kirby
‘Kirbyesque’ Marvel NOW! trading card illustrations courtesy of Layron DeJarnette.
Layron is an Emmy nominated, award-winning artist who provides illustration, animation, storyboards and conceptual art for the entertainment industry for such clients as Disney, Warner Bros., Marvel and HBO. A renowned GARBAGE PAIL KIDS artist for The Topps Company Layron has also instructed students in illustration and animation at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. You can find more of Layron’s work at his website, blog and DeviantArt page.
Our final post this week from Doug Hazlewood.
Doug writes, “Here is my recreation of the classic Marvel Pin-Up of THE MIGHTY THOR. The original pin-up art is by Jack Kirby and Chic Stone. This was done on 11 x 17 Strathmore Bristol board over printed bluelines – HAND-INKED. I tried to remain pretty faithful intentionally and tightened up the face a little.”
Doug Hazelwood inks the Mighty God of Thunder from original Kirby pencils.
Tom Kelly shares his contribution to Hero Initiative‘s recent “Wake Up and Draw” event. On August 28th, 40 plus artists marked the occasion of Jack Kirby’s 96th birthday with morning warm up sketches. These one-off pieces are to be auctioned later in the year and have been collected in a special gallery at ComicArtFans.
Tom’s Thor vs. Darkseid piece was created on “6×10 Bristol Board using tech pens, black marker, brush and ink, plus a tooth-brush for the spatter effect”.
Today marks the 96th anniversary of Jack Kirby’s birth and to celebrate KIRBY-VISION proudly presents our annual portrait gallery in honour of ‘The King of Comics’.
Craig writes, “I’m more a writer than an artist, so I took one of my favorite pieces of Jack’s work and … well, rewrote it.” – Click Image to enlarge.
Also joining in the Birthday celebrations with non-portrait pieces:
And finally, Italian Renato Stevanato gifted not one but five portraits which will form part of his own celebratory post at his blog, cartoonstherapy.
A huge thank you to all the artists who took the time to contribute to today’s Birthday celebration, making it our biggest portrait gallery ever. And of course a huge thank you goes out to Jack Kirby for his continuing inspiration. Long live The King!
We round off a week of guest posts from Steve Coates with some of Steve’s own artwork, rendered in Copic Sketch Markers on marker board, “Everyone should recognize the iconic Jack Kirby images used for inspiration”.
Steve is an active member of the Jack Kirby Museum. He has provided logistics and physical support in bringing the awareness of Jack Kirby’s contribution to Pop Culture and Jack’s insurmountable influence on the comic industry. Although Museum Trustee Rand Hoppe has travelled to the major Alberta show (Calgary Expo), Steve has assumed the duties for exhibiting on behalf of the Jack Kirby Museum at the minor and intermediate shows within Alberta, Canada.