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Awesome Art Picks: Hulk, Elektra, Joker and More

The coolest comic book art you won't see in comics.

Each and every week we like to gather up great comic book art by the professionals that won't actually end up in comics. The reason they won't is many artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites and Tumblrs. They're too good to be missed. Some artists even arrange commissions or pre-commissions for upcoming shows through their sites so be sure to check them out.

Todd Nauck was crazy busy at WonderCon and posted the last batch of sketches on his Tumblr.

I haven't checked out Michael Cho's blog in a while and he recently posted some sketches of the Frightful Four for a fundraising auction for the Doug Wright Awards. You can find out more information about that HERE. Michael noted he doesn't normally draw in this style but wanted to try it out.

Mad Men returned last weekend and Phil Noto couldn't resist posting a Don Draper piece on his Tumblr. He also posted a stunning Carol Danvers sketch.

I've mentioned it on our podcast before but you really should check out Paolo Rivera's blog. He often posts behind-the-scenes process looks at how he creates different covers and crazy reference posts. He also posted a Spider-Man commission from last year because he misses drawing the eyes 'his" way.

Gene Gonzales is getting ready for Heroescon in June. He posted his commission info on his blog and you can contact him to be added to his advanced sketch list. He also has some art for sale (like this Elektra piece) on his blog.

Chris Giarrusso posted a Captain America sketch cover he did (with colors by Laura Martin) on his website. He also posted a sketch and finished version of G-Man's pal, Tan Man riding a broom (it makes sense if you read CAPE CRISIS). There was also another installment of Tales from the Con posted. You can see loads more HERE.

Rafael Grampa posted this amazing Batman and Joker sketch on his Instagram.

Sean "Cheeks" Galloway posted a Hulk "Got Milk?" sketch on his Deviant Art Page.

Robert Atkins posted a Atomic Robo vs. Dr. Dinosaur on his blog along with a Joker sketch (with colors by Simon Gough).

Agnes Garbowska posted some more sketches and her new convention banner on her Tumblr. I goofed last week (obviously) when I mentioned she was at Boston Comic Con. I wish I was going to that but I will be at C2E2 the following week, as will Agnes. We'll see if we can make another Mystery Art Challenge happen. Check out Agnes' post to see the rest of her schedule for this year. She's a busy lady.

Ale Garza posted a couple Batman sketches on his Instagram. Pretty cool stuff.

Speaking of Batman, Dustin Nguyen posted on his Tumblr his apologies that LI'L GOTHAM will only happen one time this month. He does assure us it will only be for the month of April. Hopefully you've been reading the installments digitally or you picked up the first printed issue this past week.

That's it for this week. It was a little lighter but many great pieces, as usual.

Posted by InnerVenom123

The Lil' Gotham pics. <3

Posted by Mbecks14

Phil Noto.

That is all.

Edited by ArtisticNeedham

THIS is exactly how I feel. "Can't wait to finish all this drawing and Deadlines... so I can finally kick back, relax, and... draw." Heh. Exactly.

@g_man Do you know how much these artists charge for comissions? Like Todd Nauck or Dustin Nguyen or Paolo Rivera or Noto?

Posted by LordRequiem

Why draw Charlize Theron as Ms. Marvel? That's just completely wrong.

Posted by dondave

Phil Noto and Robert Atkins did a good job

Posted by DonFelipe

Ms. Marvel looks absolutely stunning!

Posted by OldManDuncan

Love me some Mad Men

Posted by longbowhunter

Words can not express how much I love Rafael Grampa.

Posted by Cavemold

That joker is freaking amazing holy mold

Posted by Decept-O

Would have liked to have seen more than just one piece by Gene Gonzalez but that Elektra is wonderful. Only other work of interest to me is Robert Atkins and possibly the Captain Marvel by Phil Noto. Too many cartoons for my taste; don't hate 'em, just wanted more "regular" comic book art. I understand being diverse with the art, so I am not complaining too much...maybe....

Posted by Twentyfive

I'm loving that Captain Marvel pic!

Edited by dcfox

That Captain Marvel pic is amazing!

Posted by comicace3

The last pic with mr. freeze is funny

Posted by EMH_Bruce

Oh my god! What happend to Hawkeye's arm? Iron Man give him back! O__o!

Edited by KnightRise

Get Robert Atkins and Simon Gough on a Batman title immediately.

Edited by judasnixon

I think Phil hand painted it on a piece of wood. (Which is pretty cool) You can still his pencil lines......

Posted by The Average Bear

Dustin Nyugen always does amazing things, and I feel like Phil Noto can do no wrong in my book. Michael Chos sketches are really fun.

Naucks beat-up Spidey is... pretty cool actually. I'm usually not a fan of his work

Edited by umbrafeline

lol my little pony spider-man lol

Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie

Man, that Joker pic looked great

I think the Captain Marvel one was my favorite, though.

Some truly awesome art.

Edited by SimonM7

I'm not sure about the proportions of her lower body, but that Carol "Captain Marvel" Danvers stole the show for me. Holy crap.

Edited by Big_Nasty

Lil' Gotham pics never seem to fail me .

Posted by Donovan Montgomery

I love Carol Danvers new costume, she actually looks like a headline female character in it. I hope the writing lives up to the look. Unfortunately I can't pick up any books at the moment :(

Oh, the rest look good this week as well.

Posted by iaconpoint

Joker and Cap are both awesome!

Posted by Dabee

@cavemold said:

That joker is freaking amazing holy mold

Posted by DocFishstick

i love the joker one. its amazing.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

Love the tiny Beast one

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Phil Noto's on fire this week.

And Mr. Freeze with a box of comics. That just won the day for me.

Edited by xanthiss

@judasnixon: Probably just Photoshop layers. Not Wood.

Posted by judasnixon

@xanthiss: Yeah I thought about that after I posted that comment...... Phil Noto is a beast at SketchBook Pro. I really want to get that program for my Mac......

Posted by DadaHyena

Cute version of the Frightful Four!

Posted by CitizenJP


Posted by Mega_spidey01

i love the captain marvel & joker art !

Edited by ninjanan123

thought the one with ackbar was hilarious

Posted by sweatboy

Amazing Paolo Rivera. I wish Garbowska was easier to spell. I love her Gambit+Jubilee card game, ms Marvel and Jessica Drew tea party and The Beast. Lol adorable Beast. And Spider-Man Ponies (wtf???) Atkins art is always great too. Heck all these guys are great

Edited by Teerack

Why is Hawkeye feeling Hulks dick in the the cute avengers pic O.o

Edited by RedheadedAtrocitus

Atkins' Atomic Robo FTW for me. BIG Atomic Robo fan here ^_^

Posted by Xanni15

Whoa, those are awesome!

Edited by JesterretseJ_v2


Posted by HolySerpent

Mr. Freeze love