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Friday, January 11, 2013

Aquaman Art Gallery: Chuck Brouilette

Sometimes ideas for posts come from right out of the blue. This one came from Aquaman scribe Geoff Johns himself who received this wonderful Kirby-esque image in card form from the artist and newest member of F.O.A.M., Chuck Brouilette.

We just LOVE it and contacted Chuck immediately to ask him to share about the inspiration and his process for this super-fun update of a classic piece so take it away, Chuck!

"I've been working on this style of pop imagery in the world of my favorite comic universe for over a decade - I'm generally inspired by upcoming storyline concepts and character interaction - when I read press info, web site tips etc. I research images from my 'formative years'  as a comic fan (early '70's and back) to create an image inspired by the past but related to the current, and as they say, when it all comes together, you know you're doing something right - the Throne of Atlantis image was a prime example - the New 52 DCU and especially The Justice League, has a very primal feel - it opened as a result of Fourth World intervention - in this regard it feels like the mid '80's Super Powers series by Jack 'The King' Kirby and others - using that as a source, I furrowed through the appropriate long box of my 'research library' for inspiration and came across a stunning Aquaman-focus cover that I adapted to include Ocean Master and Cyborg - when I create an image via digital illustration I generally take it back to the fine art gestalt by ultimately painting it as an acrylic canvas (a la Litchenstein or Warhol) and from the digital prints I also create one-of-a-kind art cards - each card is unique in that the image is collaged with various art papers to create a different look to each one."

You can check out more of Chuck's ode to DC Comics and pop culture at Gawker and Saatchi  and the man himself on Twitter @ChuckBrouilette!



Earth 2 Chris said...

That is all kinds of awesome. I've always loved that original cover, even though it's one of Aquaman's worst moments inside, whining like a Bee-Yotch when Super-Savage grabs him.

Great re-interpretation!!!


Designer Daddy said...

Okay, where can I get that cool Ocean Master Super Powers figure! :)

Joseph Brian Scott said...

Bravo! For a moment I actually thought I was looking at some sort of cover to a long-forgotten series from the Super Powers era that just coincidentally (cough) had had the title "Throne of Atlantis." I was thinking, "Whaaat? How have I never heard of this?"

Anonymous said...

Too cool!!! Thanks for sharing this.

r duncan said...

That made my day.

Andy Luckett said...

Oh man, this is great! Very cool to see such a talented artist inspired by the DC Universe.