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This Comic Book Art by John Aslarona Belongs in an Art Gallery

By: Jason Soy - Published: • References: johnaslarona.tumblr & blog.thaeger
I've seen many hyperrealistic depictions of comic book art so I've become a little jaded, but what fascinate me about these John Aslarona illustrations are his unique brushstrokes. Aslarona, who works primarily in the digital realm, illustrates his pieces with extremely sharp pen tablet strokes, making his figures appear extremely rough. But that's exactly why his art stands out from his contemporaries: he can easily blend in textures in with an airbrush, but chooses to sketch in everything in a manner similar to using a pencil or ballpoint pen.

If you're still questioning John Aslarona's badassery, you should know he describes himself as "Purveyor of Pure Awesomeness."

Implications - Consumers gravitate towards artwork featuring pop culture staples because it offers them new content they're already familiar with, leaving artists free to simply demonstrate their talent. Corporations may similarly garner consumer attention by referencing familiar media materials in promotional campaigns.

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