Comic book artists often avoid using watercolors to illustrate superheroes, but not only does Andrea Jen harness this neglected media, she excels at using it. Rendering the likes of Gambit, Batgirl, Black Canary and more in her hyper elegant style, Jen brings a welcomed feminine touch to the testosterone-filled worlds of graphic novels. The resulting images are worthy of gallery exhibitions, with its ethereal colors and masterfully painted subjects.
Andrea Jen describes her own work as being, “based in manga style.” Certain traits of the Japanese aesthetic are definitely inherent in Jen’s work, such as the use of doe-eyes and pixie noses. However, Jen transcends simply borrowing the illustrative techniques and has devised her own method of illustrating subjects that’s an amalgamation of Western and Eastern influences.
Fanciful Watercolor Superheroes
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