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365 Reasons to Love Comics #280

The path that today’s artist took from not even working in comics to, one year later, being one of the most popular and acclaimed cover artists in the business is quite an interesting one. Why not find out what it is? Check out the Archive first, though!

10/7/07

280. Marko Djurdjevic

Djurdjevic worked for a number of years as a concept artist, working mostly in the role playing game field. He had produced work for Feder & Schwert, FanPro, Alderac Entertainment Group, White Wolf, Moloch Studios, and Rackham Confrontation.

In fact, he just recently released a DVD solely on the topic of creating characters, called (appropriately enough) “Marko Djurdjevic: Character Ideation.” Here is a link to a site where you can read more about the DVD, and maybe purchase a copy (I’m looking out for you, Marko! ;)).

In any event, one day, while talking with his friend, fellow concept artist, Nic Klein, Djurdjevic worked up some redesigns for the X-Men, and posted them on a messageboard. He relates the experience as such:

They get into the fangs of some hardcore comic fans, who start ripping them apart. People are actually brewing shitstorms against me, I get tons of beautiful hate-mail with recommendations on how to improve my designs skills, if I ever want to make it in the comic industry.

Sadly (for us), the X-Men redesigns are no longer up on the net.

Here is an example of Djurdjevic’s redesigning skills, though, as he turns his pen on He-Man…

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While the redesigns may have drawn the ire of some comic fans, it also drew the interest of Marvel Comics, who quickly hired Djurdjevic to draw some covers for them.

“Some” covers soon turned into “a whole crapload of” covers, and soon, Djurdjevic was signing a 3-year exclusive deal with Marvel Comics, and drawing about 2,493 Marvel covers a month, all of them using his unique sense of style, as he uses interesting angles to make his images pop off the pages, all the while infusing his covers with a distinct sense of fun (and sometimes, outright humor).

His covers for Blade probably highlight his sense of humor the best (I especially love the quote on the third cover)…

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Here are examples of where I think Djurdjevic uses angles and differing perspectives to give his covers life where a similar scene by a different artist would almost seem listless…

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Here is a more traditional cover he did for Daredevil’s 100th issue, but I still think it is very impressive – the amount of coherence he packs in there while using a TON of characters in the drawing is striking…

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I also admire his ability to make his painted drawings seem fluid, and not stiff like some other painted artists. Here are some examples of his work from pencils to finished cover (all these covers and drawings, by the by, are courtesy of his MySpace page, which you can find here).

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Meanwhile, Djurdjevic’s concept art background is not going to waste at Marvel, as they allowed him to do the character designs on the current Annhilation Conquest storyline (where his friend, Nic Klein, is doing similarly awesome covers for Starlord). Check ‘em out…

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Last year, Djurdjevic also got marred to Jelena Kevic, who is also an artist (she even did some recent sequentials in this year’s Iron Fist Annual – and they were quite nice). Here is an example of her cover work, on a comic out this week…

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Two great artists in the same family…pretty impressive, huh?

7 Comments

His Quasar gleams.

his stuff really belongs to the videogame world

God, I remember the NERD RAGE on the boards I visited when his X-Men and He-Man redesigns first hit the net. I always thought they were pretty awesome, especially the X-Men ones.

Admittedly his concepts behind the X-Men redesigns seemed somewhat obsessed with street-level crime and drug abuse, but it still sounded better better than Brian Wood’s aborted NYX pitch, which came off like a 14 year old’s juvenile attempt to shove “edgy” sex and violence into the X-Men franchise.

Marko Djurdjevic

October 10, 2007 at 12:33 pm

HAHA! Wow, I didn’t expect this to happen. Thanks for the shout out Brian, very nice.

Whoever might be interested in really seeing what I’ve been up to in my first year at Marvel can check out this link. It’s my entire collection of covers from a year and some more:)

http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=107294

Cheers

Dude! Some of those issues aren’t out yet….

I’m not usually a fan of the more photo-realistic painted stuff, but Djurdjevic’s got a lot of style in his work, and it’s undeniably beautiful.

I wish I could see those X-Men redesigns.

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