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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Sean Gordon Murphy

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 Skottie Young, the extremely popular artist (I believe he recently made Wizard’s “Top Ten” list) who is currently doing stunning work on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and a bunch of covers every month. Here‘s his website.

Skottie’s pick is Sean Gordon Murphy.

For as long as I’ve had this blog, I’ve been extolling the virtues of Sean Gordon Murphy, so it really comes as no surprise to me to see that his peers think he is pretty darn awesome, as well.

Here are two pages from a Batman/Scarecrow: Year One mini-series he did.

Here are two striking covers he did for a Spike (from Buffy and Angel) series…

Here are two cool Storm Shadow covers he did (Storm Shadow was a fun book). Murphy also did a slight re-design of Storm Shadow’s costume…

Here are four pages from a Hellblazer story he drew…

Here are two cool covers he did for Marvel – the Spider-Man one is particularly striking…

Here are three pages from his neat original graphic novel, Off Road…

Here are two pages from a Star Wars story he did…

Finally, here are a bunch of absolutely GORGEOUS preview pages for his new project (the name will be revealed as you go along)….

WOW, those most recent pages are absolutely stunning.

Check out more of Sean’s work at his website here.

Thanks to Skottie for the great pick!


Tom Fitzpatrick

June 8, 2009 at 5:11 am

“WOW, those most recent pages are absolutely stunning.”

Uh, I’d have to agree with that.

Those pages of Hellblazer, were the ones written by Jason Aaron, weren’t they?

Why in the HELL, Vertigo, didn’t get those two together for the next Hellblazer creative run after Diggle, is beyond me.

His earlier stuff reminds me of Vertigo era Chris Bachalo. The more recent stuff is going off in its own direction. Let’s no one hires him to draw the Hulk before his style has its own fan-base.

I first saw his stuff in the house of mystery issue where he did the side story. Since then I’ve been trying to find all of his stuff. Wish I could find a copy of Off Road that wasn’t 100 bucks.

Just wow.

When will Punk Rock Jesus see print?

Although having read his description of it on his website I really hope it’s not a sympathetic IRA story unless. I can’t stand how they, of all murderers, can be romanticised in popular fiction so much.

[Punk Rock Jesus that is – Dunc]

His style is gorgeous. I am very, very excited for his upcoming Vertigo mini with Grant Morrison, “Joe the Barbarian.”

Sean is indeed a rock star. Looking forward to watching him continue to grow!

also! he’s pretty active on his deviantart account.

man, these Artist’s Choice choices are really hitting some of my favorite artists out there. i hope at least one of the artists doesn’t just pick a penciler and selects a colorist or letterer. but anyway, about Murphy, i loved his work in Crush, which was an AWESOME mini from Dark Horse a few years ago.

Fuck yes.

Murphy is amazing. He started out great and has only gotten better. He, like Skottie Young, actually, has really come into his own lately, loosening up his style and including all manner of techniques (benday dots! spatter! thumbprints!) to achieve the best possible results.

I absolutely can’t wait for Joe the Barbarian and his next Hellblazer run.

That’s good. I liked his art in Off-Road and it looks like he’s got even better since then

I knew I recognized that name! OFF ROAD was a beautiful book, but that newer stuff is amazing. Too bad I have no interest in most of these books beyond the art …

I spent a good chunk of time discussing his techniques with him at NYCC. Seeing scans or even printed pages doesn’t really convey some of the really amazing textures in his work. To this day, he is the only artist from whom I own an original page. It is from an unpublished Teen Titans story, and depicts Robin and Ravager fighting the Rogues. It’s also only 2/3 the size of a regular page, which is extremely impressive considering how much detail is on it.

I love seeing the fact that the artists that other artists look to are all creative and original, and do not come from the Land school of photorealism.

I’m delighted to say i actually own one of those Hellblazer pages.

Sean is a obviously a fantastic artist in how he executes various techniques, but what’s less obvious is how much work must go into his storytelling, layout, design, etc. He’s firing on all cylinders. One of the most interesting artists working these days for sure.

dude is awesome. would love to know who the most frequently mentioned name is btw.

I second the request for a date for Punk Rock Jesus. Looks powerful.

[…] I have been quite impressed by Murphy’s new project… You can check it in Brian’s related post, just scroll down to the end until you reach the last few […]

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