Rather than illustrating the faces of comic book superheroes the way so many other artists before him have done, Matthew Gallagher has decided to render only the torsos of big names like Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye and Spider-Man. The resulting images are quite astonishing as viewers get an intense close-up of what the costumes and bodies of these crime fighters actually look like. The detailing on the metal of Iron-Man’s armor, the leather of Captain America’s garbs and the mesh on Spider-Man disguise is simply incredible.
Applying this concept to characters outside the comic book world, Matthew Gallagher also has torso illustrations of Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog. Again, the furry texture of Mickey’s bare chest and the felt texture of Kermit’s body are standout details in Gallagher’s work.