A lesson in composition while admiring the Original Masters of Comic Book Art
What a joy to spend the day with the masters of comic art. Kirby the King, Joe Kubert , John Romita, Jack Davis, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Curt Swan, John Buscema and so many more. Comic Art to me is always underappreciated. I'd rater look at a great page of Comic Art over any Fine Art piece. Not that I'm not a fan of all art.
One thing that makes all great art and one thing that is a strong component of comic art is composition its what draws your eye in and around the page. I wanted to post a photo of me in front of a Jack Kirby page of art and I noticed one thing about the photo....
My Head is poor composition...
That's right. My photo of me in front of a amazing Kirby Fantastic Four page draws your eye away from the art. First my hair curves in bringing you to a black frame that pulls your eye down and my beard for some reason curves in drawing you out of the page and the same with my collar and shoulder.
So the best place to learn composition is through a master of comic art the worst teacher is my face.
Here are some of the wonderful art from the collection of Charles David Viera at the Arts Council of Princeton
All kidding aside this was an amazing private collection and I wish my photos do them some justice.