Alex Ross is one of the most influential and well-respected comic book artists in history. His perspective and style have ultimately changed illustration forever.
History and Background
Masterfully blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, Alex has taken a medium traditionally confined by two dimensions and given it the illusion of a third.
His gift for photorealism was discovered during his time at the American Academy of Art, where he developed his unique aesthetic. Indeed, his lifelike depictions and attention to detail have lent him the title of the 'Norman Rockwell' of comics.
Working almost exclusively with gouache, Alex's expert use of light and shadow, dramatic composition and command of figural motion make his work 'fully believable'.
One could argue 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 was replicating the world around him. Encouraged by his artist mother, he pursued his passion for drawing and quickly fell in love with superheroes.
Alex’s 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.
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.