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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Aquaman Vs. Painting by Diego Latorre

A few months ago I posted a Vs. game card featuring this painting by Diego Latorre. As I said at the time, I thought it was a great piece.

Well, just this week Mr. Latorre emailed me and sent me this scan of the painting in its full glory!

As we've seen before, the paintings made for these cards frequently are real humdingers, and we only get to see a tiny, cropped representation of it, so its great to see an original like this.

I told Diego I think its a beautiful illustration--Aquaman looks mysterious yet majestic, and I love the near-blinding light above the surface of the water. It really gives Aquaman an other-worldly feel, an aspect to the character rarely touched upon.

Thanks Diego, and keep up the good work!


Wings1295 said...

What a beautiful piece of art! Thanks for sharing it, Rob.

Anonymous said...

That's quite the interesting painting, and the seeing the whole scope of the piece puts it in a much better light than the cropped version on the card. I do really like the speed that is conveyed through his pose and the blurring of his body lines.

Dixon said...

That is a lovely piece. And I agree completely, Rob, regarding the oft-unexplored other-worldly aspect to the character. Aquaman is inherently other-wordly, but this is rarely shown to us deliberately in the art. It's the sort of thing that comes through in Karl Kerschl's depiction of Aqualad. It's also something that I'd like to see various artists experiment with more often, to be honest.

Diabolu Frank said...

That's fantabulous! Reminds me of that great first cover from the Giffen/Fleming/Swan '80s mini-series that the actual book failed to live up to. It never occurred to me before, but Aquaman is suited to impressionistic abstraction in a way few classic super-heroes are.