Comic Artist Evolution

A year-by-year retrospective of some of the greatest comic book artists to put pencil to paper. Now featuring the incredible work of: BILL SIENKIEWICZ! 

drdavidmrmack:

Gallery exhibit Sept 20: Bill Sienkiewicz & Stephanie Inagaki & David Mack.Century Guild Gallery. Los Angeles. A clip of us discussing our show together here:http://vimeo.com/102807815MUSE Art Book Release party at the exhibit.Bill Sienkiewicz & Stephanie Inagaki are making some incredible works for this. You can get ORIGINALS of theirs and mine at the show. And for those that missed the MUSE book in advance… a very LIMITED supply of them at the opening.
sinfarquharSAVE THE DATE! Next weekend “MUSES III” opens at Century Guild on Saturday, Sept 20th at 7pm. Bill Sienkiewicz and I are showing with David Mack for his book release of “Muse,” a collection of his beautiful ink drawings.You can RSVP for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469236563349153

What serendipity: this is literally just up the street from me, just a few days shy of my birthday!

drdavidmrmack:

Gallery exhibit Sept 20: Bill Sienkiewicz & Stephanie Inagaki & David Mack.
Century Guild Gallery. Los Angeles.
A clip of us discussing our show together here:
http://vimeo.com/102807815
MUSE Art Book Release party at the exhibit.

Bill Sienkiewicz & Stephanie Inagaki are making some incredible works for this. You can get ORIGINALS of theirs and mine at the show. And for those that missed the MUSE book in advance… a very LIMITED supply of them at the opening.

sinfarquhar
SAVE THE DATE! Next weekend “MUSES III” opens at Century Guild on Saturday, Sept 20th at 7pm. Bill Sienkiewicz and I are showing with David Mack for his book release of “Muse,” a collection of his beautiful ink drawings.

You can RSVP for the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1469236563349153

What serendipity: this is literally just up the street from me, just a few days shy of my birthday!

(via brianmichaelbendis)

brianmichaelbendis:

Frankenstein’s Monster by Bill Sienkiewicz

brianmichaelbendis:

Frankenstein’s Monster by Bill Sienkiewicz

(Source: marvel1980s)

alexhchung:

Bill Sienkiewicz Sketchbook (Fantagraphics Books, 1990).

Special request by comicartistevolution and scanned my copy! Luckily I found this for cheap a few years ago. Highly recommended.

A much-appreciated fill-in by Alex Chung!

Personal message to Gerd from Germany:

Send me your email address so we can discuss further.

Cheers!

comicblah:

Warlock by Bill Sienkiewicz

Love seeing this iconic shot of Warlock in its raw state!

comicblah:

Warlock by Bill Sienkiewicz

Love seeing this iconic shot of Warlock in its raw state!

(Source: comicartfans.com)

Pro Tip

If you want to be able to remember how to spell Bill Sienkiewicz’s name from memory, start a Tumblr blog showcasing his work, forcing you to type it over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

Amazingly, his name is easier to tackle than it could have been: he was born Boleslav Felix Robert Sienkiewicz.

Culturally, [Sienkiewicz] means something like “Son of the son” in Polish. In Poland, it’s as ubiquitous as “Smith.” I wanted to know what the actual pronunciation was. Very early on, when I first started, I did what one of my uncles had done, which was to spell it as it was pronounced. S-I-N-K-W-I-C-H. [Later] I decided no. Whereas my mother and my sister pronounced it SINK-O-WITZ. Whatever way somebody would approach it, as long as they got within the general ballpark, they’d respond. It sounds like splitting hairs. “Mr. Sinkowitz…” No, it’s SIN-KEV-ITCH.

CBR Interview

Bill Sienkiewicz Draws Elektra

If you have not seen this video, set aside ten minutes and press  ▶︎. 

This blog has been showcasing the finished products of some incredible artwork. But to see the art taking shape — even a quick (but deliciously expressionistic) sketch at a comic convention — is an amazing sight to behold.

The Mark(s) of a Master

One thing that gradually revealed itself to me as I went through the Bill Sienkiewicz retrospective is how he signs his work. Usually an artist will arrive at their signature and stick with it (while abstracting it) for their career.

Not so Bill Sienkiewicz.

His signature has evolved as much as his artwork over the years. Not only that, but he will use different ones during the same period and even go back and resurrect old ones. It was interesting enough to me to merit it’s own post as I wrap up my Sienkiewicz retrospective…

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1979: The first instance I found was this combo signature in which he does this bookends thing with the S and the Z. Only saw this once.

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1980: first iteration of a written signature

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1981: experiments with a version with the stem of the K towering above everything else

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1983: boxed and unboxed variations of a stacked BS. He used this one a lot and has even cropped up in recent pieces.

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1984: a new iteration of a handwritten version

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1985: The boxed BS lightning bolt

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1985: An expressionistic extended written version

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1986: Scribble-y handwritten version

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1987: Three-story stacked version. Seldom used

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1990: added a graphic “db” shape, usually next to handwritten signature. not sure what it’s supposed to represent, if anything. Only used a few times.

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1994: as Sienkiewicz started using the computer, he began using actual type. Early version with tracked-out sharp capitals

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Late 90s/early 2000s: understated generic type

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2010s: Stretched handwritten with a long tail.

2010s: Another handwritten variant with some vertical pen stroke flair.

fuckyeahmeikokaji said: Two questions: Is there any Sienkiewicz stuff you're still looking for? Do you have a list of some sort of what has already been posted? This whole run has just been the fucking best. Thanks!

Thanks for the kind words — I am an unabashed sucker for compliments. This blog is a labor of love, but a labor nonetheless so it’s really rewarding to hear that people like it. All the “Likes” and “Reposts” certainly help in that regard, but I know that when people do that, it’s because of the awesome artwork by the famous artist, not because of some anonymous obsessive curator behind the scenes.

Yes, there are a few things that I didn’t get. Usually that means:

  • I didn’t already own it,
  • a decent quality image of it wasn’t already floating around the internet (other Tumblr blogs, Marvel Unlimited, eBay scans, etc),
  • it was just too darn pricey to purchase in addition to the stack of things I already purchased, or
  • I just couldn’t find it(!)

There was even one instance of comic I bought online but the condition was too beat up to post. I’m good with Photoshop, so sometimes I can perform some digital restoration (the box covers to the political card sets were insane examples of this). But that comic cover was too darn faded and scuffed up to use.

I do use a spreadsheet to research each artists’ work and keep track of what I have, what I’m missing, and what’s been posted. I exported a copy of it to a Google Doc (link below). That’s the full list — the items in red are the ones I couldn’t track down or afford.

My Bill Sienkiewicz Punchlist

Bill Sienkiewicz 2014: excerpt and back cover from The Sakai Project:  Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo 

Sienkiewicz had two spots in this book: one modeled after Stan’s style and another that is all Sienkiewicz.

Bill Sienkiewicz 2014: Elektra #1 variant cover
Better than ever.
Bill Sienkiewicz 2014: Moon Knight #1 variant cover
Still crazy (good) after all these years.
Bill Sienkiewicz 2014: Starlight #2 cover
Bill Sienkiewicz 2013: Locke & Key: Alpha #2 variant cover
Bill Sienkiewicz 2013: excerpt from Ashes: Chapter Five: The Glass Hive (published in Smoke/Ashes trade paperback)