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Month of Art Stars: Artist’s Choice – Guy Davis

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 Bob Fingerman, acclaimed writer/artist of Minimum Wage (which was collected as Beg the Question) from Fantagraphics. Bob just recently released From the Ashes from IDW. Check out his website here.

Bob’s pick is Guy Davis.

Guy Davis is a lot like José Luis García-López, in the sense that he is not so much unknown as he is under-appreciated for just how amazing he is.

He is most well known for his work on B.P.R.D.

Here are some sample pages, from a variety of volumes…

As you can see, Davis is adept at both bizarre situations and extremely human ones, as well. In fact, his abilities to convey emotions and characterizations are what makes his action and horror scenes that much more effective, as you really feel that the terror is coming from a “real” person.

Here are some of his non-BPRD works…

From The Zombies That Ate The World…

and from The Phototaker

You can see much more work from the amazing Davis at his website here.

Thanks to Bob for the pick!

11 Comments

Nice pick, just wish you’d promoted THE MARQUIS, NEVERMEN, or BAKER STREET – the stuff that he owns / co-owns.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting the first BPRD page repeated on the places where there should be the other, non-BPRD images.

And Bright-Raven is right, his creator-owned books deserve a mention. They are really good!

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Yeah, that was a weird glitch.

It should be working correctly now.

Thanks, Pedro!

Interesting enough, Guy doesn’t have preview pages up at his site for those works (Marquis, Nevermen, Baker Street).

Davis also did some good work on Sandman Mystery Theatre, which I’ve been reading in trades recently. I really disliked his style the first time I read that, but it’s grown on me a lot – a good fit for Wagner/Seagle’s storytelling.

Actually, he is much more famous for his long run as Steve T. Seagle’s partner in crime at Sandman Mystery Theatre.

No way!

BPRD all the way!

"O" the Humanatee!

June 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

There’s a lot to like and respect about Davis – his design sense, his characterization, the sheer thoroughness of his drawing – but I have some difficulty seeing past those wide, flat, somewhat distorted faces* and weird noses (look above at all the noses that end in a strange outward “hook” near the bottom). I had a better opinion of his portrayals of Wes and Diane as plain-looking people in Sandman Mystery Theatre (which you certainly should have mentioned, Brian) until I realized Davis has difficulty drawing conventionally good-looking people.

By the way, Brian, I’m loving this series. I really enjoy hearing about which creative people other creative people admire, whether it’s comic book artists, musicians, movie-makers, etc. I only wish there were more commentary from the artists making the choices, so we could hear in their own words just what they like about the artists they’ve chosen.

* Davis commits the error, common among amateur artists, of portraying the face as occupying a lot more territory on the head than it does, leading the eyes to be placed too high and wide, the mouth too low, etc. This mistake presumably reflects the fact that the face is by far the most perceptually salient aspect of the head (we’re just not that interested in foreheads).

"O" the Humanatee!

June 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Rereading my comment, I think it might sound like I was calling Davis an “amateur artist.” I wasn’t – rather, I meant to suggest that as a professional artist, I think he should be beyond an error made by many amateurs.

Guy Davis is a God.

I was about as big a SMT fan as there was in the 90s. His artwork totally sucked me into pre-WW2 NYC.

I just re-read Deadline over the weekend. That’s a nice little story (has it been largely forgotten), with a great chance to see Davis tackling various cameos by Marvel Universe regulars.

Bob Fingerman has excellent taste.

I’m with Ricardo. I knew him first from Sandman Mystery Theatre and also read Nevermen (which I hated, but it looked great) and I have Baker Street waiting to be read, but I didn’t know until today that he’d done BPRD

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