Clayton Crain is an American comic book artist who focuses on painting digitally. Crain is well known due to his work with Marvel on titles like X-Force, Carnage and Ghost Rider. He is also known for his work with Todd McFarlane and his unique sketch cover acrylic paintings.
Joe Quesada said in an interview that Clayton Crain's work was like a mixture of the world's greatest tattoo artist and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Clayton grew up in Moxee WA with his parents and older sister. At the age of 14 he already made the choice to be a comic book illustrator after having sketched on his schoolwork from a very early age. Todd McFarlane's artwork is and was an inspiration for him.
Crain's career began with Acclaim comics after showing a 5-page original story board of his artwork to the editor Fabian Nicieza. Starting with illustrating Shadowman #16-20, Clayton continued to work on various projects for Todd McFarlane, Top Cow Productions, Marvel and DC.
Crain currently works on the book Rai for Valiant and Savior for Image.