Illustrator of the Week: Ben Templesmith
After a serious hiatus from the “Illustrator of the Week” part of this blog I’ve decided to come back with a treat. This week’s artist is one of my particular favourites. His unique style and talent reintroduced me to my childhood admiration of comic art. He is another artist that fuses traditional mediums with new tools seamlessly to create work that is distinctly his.
This week’s artist/illustrator is Ben Templesmith…
Ben Templesmith is an Australian-born comic book artist and writer best known for his work on the 30 Days of Night series which led to a major motion picture of the same name starring Josh Hartnett. Some other works he is known for include Welcome to Hoxford, Fell, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse and most recently Choker.
Templesmith’s artistic process often starts with pens and watercolours to produce a preliminary piece which he then finishes with various Photoshop layering techniques. To explore his process in-depth check out issue 44 of Advanced Photoshop Magazine. He also occasionally provides insights into his process on his personal website where he posts progress shots of various works.
One of the best things about Ben Templesmith is the amount of access he allows his fans. He is active on virtually every major social media network. Follow him on Twitter @Templesmith. It’s not uncommon for him to comment or respond to a fan who reaches out to him. One could make an argument that a fair amount of his success is contributed to his online social networking habits.
To look at more of his artwork, go to his personal website.
Check out a podcast interview with Ben Templesmith over at Sidebar Nation.