Tuesday, July 12, 2005

This Artist is Good - Brian Michael Bendis

Brian Michael Bendis is currently a very popular writer, but one significant drawback in the volume of his work output these days is, in my opinion, the decrease in the amount of art he is doing...a decrease from "drawing all his work" to "drawing nothing," which I think is a shame.

Bendis' early work in comics is admittedly a bit rough.

Looking at his pieces here from some of his early comics, you can see that they can be a bit more polished...

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But what each piece possesses is a remarkable sense of storytelling abilities.

An artist can always polish his or her work, an artist cannot always learn how to be a good storyteller.

Bendis achieves this in his work, and adds a nice sense of drama to the pieces.

In addition, he works well with shadows, which always impresses me.

As his dramatic work progressed, Bendis began to work with photographs for his work, which I think helped a LOT.

Think about it...he already had the storytelling and the mood down, so all he needed was to polish his characters...well, one way to do that is to import the characters from photographs.

This was used by Bendis is perhaps his greatest work to date, Torso....

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Aren't those pieces striking?

Finally, Bendis also has a very entertaining cartoon style, as seen here in his Fortune and Glory story.

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So while Brian Michael Bendis might be a popular writer, I also think he is a good artist.

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Blogger Chad said...

It seems that in some higher dimensiona a law, a universal compulsion, has been passed proclaiming to the stars and all the little lights on Earth that no more than ten minutes shall pass without some form of commentary on Brian Michael Bendis.

His art, like his writing, is nice but not stellar. His art, like his writing, would not draw me to a book. His art, like his writing, has a certain level of craftsmanship.

But was there really some burning need to give his art its every own post? There are far better artists with far lower profiles.

Bendis, it would seem, has become the Madonna of the comic book world- endlessly speculated on and endlessly picked apart.


7/12/2005 06:08:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

I think Bendis' writing IS pretty stellar. I even think he's more well-rounded a writer than Grant Morrison. The only other mainstream comics writer at the big 2 nearly as well-rounded I'd say is Ed Brubaker.

7/12/2005 12:53:00 PM  
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