|Simon Bisley art – click on thumbs to enlarge|
Instead of talking about me and my boring life today, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite artists in the industry. People have often asked me who are my favorite artists working today? Well, I have a short list of artists that I follow religiously.
And Simon Bisley is on that short list.
I discovered Simon Bisley in high school. He just started doing “Lobo” at DC Comics. I enjoyed his strong but off-beat style right away. It was a weird blend of Ralph Steadman, Bill Sienkiewicz and John Buscema with a dash of Frank Frazetta. But college happened and I got out of the comic scene completely due to my lack of funds, and Simon Bisley was pushed back into my memory with my comic collection and my art books.
Then few years later, “Lobo’s Back” came out. It was an explosion of hyper-violence, humor and something primal. This miniseries cemented my love for Simon Bisley completely.
His bold, colorful and outrageous style was infectious. I like his comic book line art but I love his paintings. If by magic, Simon Bisley took the best of Frank Frazetta and turned it up 2 notches. Every painting was a mini-masterpiece of chaos and color. His cover run on Grendel: War Child and Doom Patrol are some of the best paintings that I’ve ever
seen. Sure, some of the anatomy were stretched, distorted and downright wrong, but he made them work. He made them beautiful. When Simon Bisley was on, he was on. He was untouchable.
His style has changed over the years under the influence of Kevin Eastman, but Simon Bisley is still kicking ass and taking names.