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Storm Sunday: Josh Ellingson

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Storm Sunday is proud to present the original artwork of San Francisco illustrator Josh Ellingson!  Josh contributes artwork and writing to galleries, publications, and websites worldwide.  He has worked with clients ranging from toy makers to tequila companies.  Josh also contributes writing and reviews to publications and websites such as Laughing Squid and Hi-Fructose Magazine.

Regarding his work, he says, “I’m influenced by popular culture, particularly television and movies, and I’ve also always been a fan of comic books and collectible toys. I’m enamored with science and scientific advancements and lately, astronomy has had a big impact on my work. There’s something about the scale of the cosmic level that makes my brain buzz.”

Josh was very gracious to create an original work of art for this Storm Sunday after I asked him if would like to contribute to my Ororo Munroe obsession.  When he sent me the final image, I immediately fell in love with his interpretation of our Weather Witch.  This portrait pays respect to the depth of Storm’s character.  She looks cool, calm and collected, but somehow Josh gave her a consciousness that is difficult to do with a character that doesn’t always have pupils.  It’s awesome that Josh chose to pay homage to Storm’s Dave Cockrum designed outfit complete with tiara and ruby.  I don’t even mind his artistic license with the lines of her collar and cape.  I think his iteration is streamlined and classy.  Her eyes are drawn in a more cat-like fashion as per her original appearances and her eyebrows have a unique lightning bolt shape to them (I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone draw them this way before).  Her hair is animated in wispy tendrils and the background weather patterns are a beautiful contrast to the colors in her hair.  Josh has a great sense of composition as well as mad skills with color.  Check out his original black and white drawing and then compare it to the image above.

In addition to his illustrations, Josh has animation, case studies, and an amazing Flickr archive of his work available for your perusal.  I found his answers to frequently asked questions to be insightful about his artistic motivation and process.  Josh strikes me as an artist who takes his art seriously.  His intention is focused and his designs are concise and robust, but his art is also humorous, whimsical and joyful.  What more could you want in an illustrator?

Contact Josh about creating art for you!  Follow him on Twitter.

The Entire Cast of She-Ra: Princess of Power!

Who doesn’t love She-Ra?  She’s like Barbie with a broadsword.  How is that not cool?  I didn’t watch the show as avidly as say, G.I. Joe or Super Friends, but I loved it whenever I got the chance.  I remember really liking the Catwoman rip-off Catra and the only dude on the show, the hunky archer (named Bow as it were).  I’m loving this image because it showcases every character in She-Ra’s cast.  love the peacock lady (Peekablue) and the lady with the pink feathered wings.  Go ahead and say it loud, you know you want to:  “For the honor of Grayskull!  I am She-Ra!”

Wolverine & The X-Men Trailer

So Comic Book Resources has had the trailer for the upcoming Wolverine & The X-Men cartoon up for a while and while I love it (I mean, really, really love it), I’m a bit irked at the lack of Storm promo scenes. I had to watch it frame by frame to see Angel carrying her to actually get a glimpse of her costume. At least she’s featured prominently in the team photo images, but I would’ve like to see Ororo whip up some lightning just once.

There’s so many characters! I love Kitty Pryde’s look and it looked like Cannonball was standing next to her in a quick shot that pans across the team, but it might’ve been Iceman (but Bobby’s not a blond, folks!) Nice to see Nightcrawler too! And Scarlet Witch and Polaris! Woo Hoo! Looks like Emma Frost is featured prominently. That could be pretty cool, especially if we get to see the beginnings of her and Cyclop’s romance. I bet Jean Grey fans are disappointed though. This will be the first X-Men cartoon without her. She’s shown briefly in the very beginning when something strikes her and Xavier down. Then Xavier is okay and Jean’s nowhere to be seen. *sigh*
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