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I do this periodically where I feature some Relativity art with commentary. Not wanting to spam everyone, I had originally hoped to post these every 6-8 weeks, but it looks like it's turning out to be every 3-4 months (though this time it turned into 6 months
). Anyhow, looking back over the gallery submissions at RelativityComic
during that time, I typically choose fifteen to showcase with some anecdotes about them. Note that this doesn't mean I like the other pieces in the gallery any less. Usually it just means that I want to simply "talk" more about these pieces and how the imagery fits into the series.
I adore the work of IrenHorrors
. Her art is dark and beautiful; she created one of my all-time favorite commissions! I was ecstatic when she agreed to take on the task of creating a gothic-inspired Overcast and Dark Flame. The look of the characters is great, the styling perfect, and it's great to see our heroic alter-egos looking so sharp. It's always so exciting when one of your favorite artists works on your OCs, and this is no exceptions. I love Iren's work.
Emmy and Michael.
This piece makes the list because I adore this couple. Emmy is the OC of NurulKamil
, who also did the art. Michael doesn't have a lot of "outside" loves. But the few he has usually stay with me. In this case, Emmy and him are like oil and vinegar. They are more likely to be fighting than kissing. But, when they kiss... *swoon* I love the pose on this one and the tie-in to the song. It totally gets me thinking about "what happens next."jen-and-kris
have done a lot of work for the series over the past few months, and we are so grateful. Their art is amazing; they have a great grasp of the characters that comes through in all of their work. It was hard to pick just one of their teasers to feature (but I try to limit the number in these features so I can showcase more artists). This one gets the spotlight because it's such a dynamic shot and Torrent looks great. This scene is from "Target" an upcoming story in Book 6. Looking at this inspires me so much -- I can't wait to get to it!
All I can say is...LOVE. Seriously, I fan-girled so hard over this picture. Gray Cyclone (formerly called Gray Tornado) is a character who is introduced later in the series, but he is a total bad-ass, and he will play an important part in future stories. SaraSaeed95
did an amazing job in capturing not only his look, but his stature. This is such a strong depictions of the character, I can't imagine a better picture. One of my favorite commissions as of late.
This is a piece by fee-absinthe
shows a scene from a collaboration I am work on with artist/writer, Gnewi
. I adore sketch art, and it's not simply a price consideration (though, admittedly that is a factor). There is a certain charm to sketches that is often lost in the lining/coloring process. I love this teaser particularly since I have a soft spot for art which features the heroes in their costume, but without their mask -- just makes them feel more human. The boy who is shown with Dark Flame is Raham, a kid who has a special gift which is a core element of the story.
It never ceases to amaze me that Vincent is by far one of our most popular characters, even though he hasn't officially appeared in the series yet. While I have a pretty clear picture of what Vincent looks like in my mind, I have to admit, model deswitath
comes very close to that mental image. He has that sinister vampire look down, which is why he's been featured in a few Relativity/Vincent pictures. Photo-manipulation artist Maryneim
did an amazing job working with various stock pieces and creating this scene from Vincent's history. One of my recent favorites.
Despite being the star of the show, there really aren't a lot of pictures of Michael Bruce. And there certainly aren't enough with him looking like the sexy beast that he is. I adore this sketch from CristianaLeone
. She managed to capture his handsome features, awesome body, and that look of fierce determination that he wears a good deal of the time. One of my all-time favorite pictures of him. *swoon*
I have long wanted a picture of Sara during the "dark period" where she is captured by the vampires. Granted, that happened in her original history (and there is no guarantee it will happen in Relativity), but it's one of my favorite mental images of her and I thought it would be neat to have a picture of it. jen-and-kris
did such an amazing job capturing how I envisioned the piece. Sara is simply beautiful, and you can see she's not just sitting there, playing the role of the victim -- she's definitely planning something.
This piece is probably my favorite art featuring Yule, ever. It's also one of my all-time favorite commissions. The intensity and the emotion in this piece blows me away, every time. Yule is such a complex character, and despite his confident demeanor, there is an ocean of pain and hurt underneath. Seriously, I don't think the artist could have done a better job at conveying the scene portrayed here. Yule's torment summed up perfectly. I love it.
Jim and I were so excited to finally be approaching the part in the story where Phanthro was introduced. We hoped to tie it in with a "real-life" portrait from ThreshTheSky
. We were not disappointed. For a character who has been around for two decades, it was simply amazing to see him and say, "OMG, that's him!" My mental image of the villain is now this, period. Though, I do need to give a nod to Smoludozerka
. She created the image that Thresh used heavily as a reference. It excites me so much when our artists bounce off of each other.
While I enjoy getting art of the main players, I get a particular joy receiving pictures of the secondary characters. Relativity is so much more than the heroes. There's so many other players, big and small, who have an impact on the series. In this case, Penny is a character who will have a significant role, but she doesn't appear until Cycle 3. Sweet, shy, and a bit of a nerd, ilAyanami-sato
managed to convey those things, while still making her pretty and approachable. Lovely work.
This was a gift from my friend, PizzaPotatoNBacon
. I love the stylized cartoon drawing. I joke about Dark Flame's hair a lot (and I've gotten much more relaxed about it over the past year or so). I thinks it's way cool how PPNB depicted it. Plus, that bad-ass look Flare has is great. A super-fun piece and lovely present I wanted to showcase.
Tony! Michael's friend doesn't get enough love, but part of that has to do with the fact that he's not around much in the story at the moment. Still, the consummate playboy is one of our favorite, as is his best friend, and confidante, Mona Andris. I wanted a piece that had Tony showing off his powers a bit, and Mona tagging along for the ride. TovioRogers
did a lovely job of depicting the couple and capturing their close friendship.
A birthday gift from the sweet Gnewi
. This picture shows Sara when she is going through a difficult period in her life. Honestly, aside from the scene itself, I simple adore the art on this. The monochrome coloring is beautiful, and the park/city is gorgeous. So many road bumps in the series. I am continually awed and grateful that the various artists are able to depict the ups and downs of the characters so beautifully.
Two words: Vincent! Overcast! Again, Vincent seems to be the villain of the hour, and for good reason. He will be making his first official appearance soon in the story "Cold Case", and what an appearance it will be. Unfortunately, Overcast will be at the receiving end of his rancor. As to how it actually plays out, well, you'll just have to wait and see. Smoludozerka
did an amazing job with this scene. Vincent looks sufficiently cool and composed, and Overcast seems quite aware he's in deep trouble. As for their location...that is the sewers. Gah, so much awesomeness in this picture, and so much awesomeness to come.
While I tend to handle the art, Ravenswd
certainly enjoys looking at it and gets just as excited as I do about receiving new pieces. Most of the time he agrees with my "best picks," though on occasion he likes to choose a few of his own.
Just one this time. Jim was really taken by this teaser image. You get a great sense of what is going on in the scene, even if you don't know what's happening. Wren's expression is dead-on, and you can totally guess what is going to happen next. Poor Michael, seems his love life just gets more and more complicated. As a side-note, this teaser is from an upcoming story in Book 6. Art by the loverly CristianaLeone