Monday, October 18, 2010

Bernard Krigstein




Some fine examples of composition for comics. Bernie is a hell of a painter as well.
Check out the color work by Marie Severin on the top images.

8 comments:

Rooniman said...

Interesting.

Eric Noble said...

If only modern comics had artists with half the talent that Bernie Krigstein had. He really had a talent for creating drama through his composition and storytelling. I also admire his ambition for comics, seeing them as a vehicle for great literature.

Roberto Severino said...

Who exactly was Bernie Krigstein? I haven't really heard of his name before, embarrassingly and strangely enough, but these drawings are beyond superb in terms of draftsmanship.

Jim Smith said...

Roberto, he did work for many publications, including EC, war comics and I think some early Mad maybe. Another unknown genius, there two hard cover collections from Fantagraphics.

Kirk said...

Love that ol' EC Duo-Tone board work! Wonder if they still manufacture something comparable today?

Jim Smith said...

Kirk, they also call it zipatone or something but not sure if it's still available. I haven't seen a computer program that will get the same effect.

Kirk said...

Jim! I think you can still find old cut-and-paste zip-a-tone, or the equivalent. Duo-tone, as I've heard tell, was brought out with a brush applied chemical. So you got this great brushwork together with like a mezzotint or engraved patterning. They say the duo-tone artwork from alot of the old EC's is fading out.

A thousand blessings upon you.

Jim Smith said...

Thanks Kirk, I forgot about the chemical kind, which was said to be more flexible to use. I remember cutting Frisket for airbrush masking. What a pain, but worth the effort.