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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Gabriel Hardman

Every day this month I’m going to feature the work of a great artist, only instead of me picking the artist to feature, they will be picked by their peers, fellow professional comic book artists who are picking out artists (from the past and present) who they think deserve special attention. Do note that most artists I asked about this gave me multiple answers and I picked out one choice out of a number of suggestions, so these are not definitive answers, like “Artist X likes Artist Y and he thinks all other Artists are terrible!” Here is an archive of the artists featured so far!

Today, we have the pick of Mitch Breitweiser, the great Marvel artist that I’ve actually featured before in Month of Art Stars (click here to check out the feature I did on Mitch).

Mitch’s pick is Gabriel Hardman!

Gabriel Hardman was a freelance comic book artist during the 1990s but soon transitioned into film work. More recently, he has returned to comic book freelance work once again.

Here are some of his recent work from Agents of Atlas…

As you can see, he has a nice, clear smooth style of storytelling. He tends to go with a “less is more” approach to his storytelling, and it’s a beautiful approach.

Here are some various comic pin-ups he did…

And if you’re interested in seeing some sequentials, here is a comic he did for Ape Entertainment…

You can find more of his work at his galleries on his website here.

Thanks for the great recommendation, Mitch!


Hardman, like the other Black Coat artist Francesco Francavilla, always strikes me as someone who draws on all the right parts of both Alex Toth and John Severin. An amazing artist.

Hmm… the form thinks I’m “Sean Shapiro” today…

Nice choice. I’m not familiar with the guys art, but he looks like he’d be a good fit on Brubaker’s Captain America run


Very, VERY Steve Yeowell…

In a good way…

It amazes me that guys like this can’t get work on an A title book, when there are people who copy for a living that get cherry jobs.

Boy, that last page of the Black Coat is beautiful.

It’s all beautiful. I agree, this guy should be drawing something — anything — by Brubaker. Or anybody else who could keep up wth him.

It’s probably a blessing he’s not higher profile. I’d hate to think of him being wasted on some big-event crap by Jeph Loeb or something.

I think that the factors that there are probably three factors that tend to keep certain creators away from top titles:
1. Exclusivity contracts. If you are a Marvel exclusive guy and the slots at the top titles are filled by established creators, then you have to get into line. You can’t suddenly jump to DC when the Batman gig opens up.
2. On the other side, non-exclusive guys are not going to get the first look at something unless they are plugged into another higher profile creator. So, it becomes a networking thing. The quickest way up for an artist to to become a preferred partner for Geoff Johns, or Brian Michael Bendis.
3. Speed. Creating dynamic, super creative lay-outs takes time for most people. The X-Men gig probably doesn’t just get offered to a non-brand name person. It is probably a last minute fill-in. A stressed out editor isn’t going to call a freelancer who is famous for being slow for a last minute fill-in for the X-Men.

That is why I think what Brian is doing here is awesome. The only thing working against those three forces are fans.

it’s the GECKO!!! let’s get some of his War Machine pics up in this post!!!

Great choice! He’s really good.

That Sword of the Atom drawing is killer.

Hardman’s the best thing about Agents of Atlas right now.

Thanks for the spotlight, Brian! Thanks for all the great comments, everybody. Most of all, thanks to the great Mitch Breitweiser!

Not surprising that Breitweiser would pick Hardman, as I believe his wife is currently coloring his work on Agents. Or some of it, at least, I think. It looks like a lot of changes in the art team over the next couple issues.

Devyn Rodriguez

June 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Gabes the man.
He also did a graphic novel for Image called Heathentown. Looks beautiful, but I have yet to read it.

Wow, great stuff. Particularly the Atom page with the frog.


June 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm

That’s some great stuff!

I concur. I have been loving Hardman’s work on Agents.

being an artist is itself an art. this is boon which is provided to some only. you can very well see the talents of artists everywhere. an artist lives for his art. i really liked your work and i am seriously moved by your writing style. good keep going….

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