Greetings fellow Artists!!Every Friday, for an indefinite period of time, I will be featuring an artist of my interest and choosing, unbeknownst to them, in order to give them much needed exposure and allow them to hopefully get one step closer to flourishing here on dA.
Our featured Artist for today, coming in at #2, is: Who is He?
Another aspiring "mangaka" in our community that utilizes a strong sense of inking and contrast in his work.
What He Is Working On?
Currently he appears to be working on his latest manga project, ManaZero, along with doing the occasional contest and illustration here and there. History:
I first met Talabert towards the beginning of my stay at deviantArt; at the time, however, he went by a different username. He had been uploading consistently, but all of a sudden real life called and he went AWOL for a while online (This tends to happen a lot, I've noticed). He came back sometime last year and watched me again, and when I saw his art, I knew immediately he was back! I always appreciated his work and was happy to be able to view it again. Since then I've been following his recent work closely. What I like About His Art:
Stylistically, you can't deny the manga roots of it all. But what is so intriguing is that the influences (or what appear to be influences) are so varied, it creates something unique. Many of you may not know, but a key method to producing your own style lies in the styles you absorb; the more styles you gain inspiration from and apply to your own work, the more individual your art becomes. Think about it for a second; people love Masashi Kishimoto's work on Naruto, and people love Tite Kubo's work on Bleach; what if some guy came along and mixed the two? It'd be familiar, but different! And we also add this person's own unique way of doing things on top of two stellar styles, and boom; uniqueness. Talabert's art is seemingly a living testament to this.
My favorite parts of his art are his highly saturated colors, the way he handles blacks in his line art, and his style on faces and expressions. Highly saturated colors have always appealed to me. I don't think they appeal to everyone, but if you like color that pops, Talabert has that.
His inking in particular is fascinating. The way he utilizes black to elaborate on the stark contrast between the white in a piece reminds me heavily of Oh! Great, author of the hit series Air Gear. Another thing that intrigues me are the facial proportions. Similar in vein to Hiromu Arakawa (creator of FullMetal Alchemist) in that the faces are wider and the eyes less pronounced, Talabert still manages to add his own personal flare using other features of the face, such as the nose, mouth, and rendering around the eyes, to make it distinctly different. Oh, did I mention, really, REALLY clean lineart? Because that's a thing with his work that I love, just like with Masa-chan from the first feature. Examples:
If you want to stay up-to-date with his current endeavors, please check out his page
and give him a watch, some faves, and some comments!
That's all for Featured Friday #2! Please be sure to check back for the next installment!
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