Alex Ross is considered one of the most influential and well-respected comic book artists in the history of the field.
History and Background
Masterfully blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, Alex takes a medium traditionally confined by two dimensions and gives it the illusion of a third. His new perspective and style has ultimately changed comic book illustration forever.
Alex's gift for photorealism was discovered during his time at the American Academy of Art, where he developed the aesthetic he is now synonymous with. In fact, his lifelike human depictions and attention to detail have led to him being known as the 'Norman Rockwell' of comics.
Working almost exclusively with gouache, Ross' expert use of light and shadow, dramatic composition and command of figural motion are all a testament to his efforts to make his work 'fully believable'.
One might argue that they have seen Superman or Batman a hundred times, but they do not truly know these characters until they have seen them illustrated by Alex Ross.
Ideas and Inspirations
Even as a three-year-old boy, Alex Ross was replicating the world around him through his illustrations. Encouraged by his artist mother, Alex pursued his passion for drawing and quickly fell in love with the notion of superheroes. His admiration of his ministerial father's moral framework and the heroic deeds of his fictional characters intertwined to spark a passion for creating dynamic, fantastic personas.
Throughout his teens and early adulthood, he began to take his draftmanship more seriously, and researched comic book illustrators like George Pérez and Bernie Wrightson. Then during his time at the American Academy of Art, he discovered the work of Salvador Dali, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Loomis and Leyendecker. It was these formative years and exposure to different artists that nurtured and shaped Alex's talent.
Today, he is one of the most respected and admired comic book artists in the world, with more than 1,000 pages and covers for DC Comics and Marvel to his name.