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Artist Of The Month

Day 17: The Art Behind The Horror

artist collageToday I want to focus on the artists who I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working with.  These people, featured in my Artist of The Month spotlights, are not just super talented, but take passion in what they do.  What else is there to say other than this picture is only a small sample of how they brought my comic book spinoffs to life?

 

My novels are always my focus, but it is artists like these that make me enjoy doing the comics as well.  Click here to see more from them.  Of course, you can always purchase copies of the comics via the specified link on the right of the page.


Artists of the Month: Recap April 2014

Typically, we’ve chosen an artist of the month each month since the beginning of sCrypt Comics.  Well, for the past 3 months we took a hiatus with it.  Think of it as an end to season 1.  Season 2 is about to start with more amazing artists.  If you are an artist (that includes writing or any type of art), and would like to be considered for an artist of the month spotlight, please email scryptcomics@gmail.com and put “ARTIST OF THE MONTH” in the subject line.  We will discuss how we present each artist and what info we need from you.  Spread the word too!  Here’s a recap of past artists we’ve featured (with links to the spotlight page).  Click on the name listed to see their work:

FEBRUARY 2012 – DAN PIPITO

MARCH 2012 – LEANNE WIEDMEYER

APRIL 2012 – ASHER HUMM

MAY 2012 – JOE PARISI

JUNE 2012 – ANGELA MCQUILLAN

JULY 2012 – FRED LOEFFLER

AUGUST 2012 – TIFF PUGLIESE

SEPTEMBER 2012 – TJB

OCTOBER 2012 – PHILLIP ALLIE

NOVEMBER 2012 – J.C. SPENCE

DECEMBER 2012 – SAKURA JONES

JANUARY 2013 – IVY DUFFY

FEBRUARY 2013 – SCOTT MODRZYNSKI

MARCH 2013 – VINCE PIPITO

APRIL 2013 – KELLY SWANN

MAY 2013 – MIKE COPPOLECCHIA

JUNE 2013 – KEN HENSLEY

JULY 2013 – MICHAEL GARARD JR

AUGUST 2013 – KRISTIE VANDERZEE

SEPTEMBER 2013 – JACOB GREENAWALT

OCTOBER 2013 – MUHAMMAD NURUL ISLAM

NOVEMBER 2013 – MAO ESTHEIM

DECEMBER 2013 – RICK PIPITO


Artist of The Month December 2013: Rick Pipito

Rick Pipito, AuthorAlthough not a visual artist by trade, Philadelphia native, Rick Pipito, is talented in a variety of art forms.  From a young age, he dipped his hand in the musical pool by learning classical and jazz saxophone.  Over the years, he expanded his instrument ability to guitar, piano and harmonica, as well as singing lead in various rock bands and a choir.  After writing lyrics for many original songs, he expanded even further by turning his writing toward stories.

In 2010, his dreams began to emerge.  His series of horror novels focused each on a different scare, while vowing never to do the same thing twice.  With a bachelor’s degree in communications from Temple University, Rick expanded his novels into comic book form, by writing several spinoff stories.  sCrypt Comics became a partnership with his brother, Dan, with the goal to get other struggling artists’ names out there for the world to see.

Being in the arts can be difficult, and while Rick’s plans for the future are countless, his focus will always remain… that being to expose his own works and those of others to a broader audience.  Rick’s novels can be bought on Amazon.com for the Kindle, or on www.lulu.com in print.  The graphic novel comic books are available in print as well.

In addition to music and writing, Rick is also the co-host of a podcast called “Think About This” (which can be found here: www.thinkaboutthis.podbean.com), and has been a featured author on various other blogs.  He also assists with www.homemadedelish.com as a part time mixologist and advisor.

Rick’s books include: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS; BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING; BONES AT BREAKFAST; SOULS 4 SUPPER; DEVIL’S DESSERT; TECHNO FEAST; NO IT’S NOT YES IT IS: ARGUMENTS

His Graphic novels include: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS; BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING: LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE; BONES AT BREAKFAST: IN CASE OF WEREWOLF; SOULS 4 SUPPER: GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS

He also edited and designed Roberta Pipito’s Homemade Delish debut cookbook: CREATE IT, PLATE IT, STYLE IT, EAT IT, LOVE IT

Rick can be contacted by email at rickpipito@hotmail.com; He is on twitter @Rickpipito; Follow his author page on facebook at www.facebook.com/fleshandleftovers


Artist of the month November 2013: Mao Estheim

Mao was born in Japan.  She went to an art school from the age of 5 to 15 years old.  The Japanese culture surrounded her with a lot of good arts, comics and animes, so it’s no wonder she dreamed of being a comic artist.  Later she found pursuits elsewhere and stopped drawing, which didn’t resume until film school in Tokyo.  Now her passion for working on comics has been reinstilled through her work with sCrypt Comics on their graphic novel “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings.”  She plans to continue working in the comic realm in the future.

As a side note, Mao is also a professional cosplayer.  She can be reached by email at ma.xoxo111@gmail.com


Artist of the month October 2013: Muhammad Nurul Islam

Born in the Netherlands and later grew up in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, Muhammad Nurul Islam or “Roel” was always scribbling on the back of his school books and later making comics for his high school magazine. Failing the exam for Graphic Design university he went on to study Economics where he met his fellow ‘cast away comic artist’ and went forming Komik Karpet Biru (Blue Carpet Comics) publishing more than 14 indie compilation, taught comics in schools and joined dozens of exhibitions and comic Cons. Later his comic making experience brought him to designing book covers, illustrations and web design.

Currently Roel is a regular contributor for “Cns Magazine” in Jakarta, making comic strips explaining about English idioms also maintaining “Jampang & Eneng” a strip on Facebook. Roel is also taking his Master degree in Art and Design at the Bedfordshire University, UK where he has been residing for 4 years.  He is one of the artists for sCrypt Comics’ fourth graphic novel spinoff entitled “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings”

More of Roel’s work can be find on http://roelworks.deviantart.com, http://igetitcomics.com, or his personal blog http://roelworks.wordpress.com


Artist Of The Month September 2013: Jacob Greenawalt

Jacob Greenawalt has been drawing his entire life.   This meant his Father’s hopes of having a Baseball All-star in the family dried up and withered away at the sound of Saturday morning cartoons.  After many bowls of cereal, Jacob graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a BFA in Animation.  Character Designing and Storyboarding are what started his Freelance career.  Along the way Jacob has also been an Illustrator, and Animator, a Director and even a Sign Artist at Trader Joe’s.  However, cartoons and comics have always been his true passion.

Jacob continues to breath life into his art career by screening his animated short cartoons at film festivals, drawing comic book art for sCrypt Comics (he has contributed to issues 3 and 4 “Bones At Breakfast In Case Of Werewolf” and “Souls 4 Supper Ghostly Hauntings”), and Speaking to students about Freelancing, maintaining his art blog, and posting Caricatures of Celebrities on his Facebook Page!

Jacob’s long-term goals include working in the Animation Industry full-time, but he wouldn’t say ‘no’ to working his butt off as a Comic Book Artist either.  He currently promotes his Animation work under Whatever Jake Makes Animation, so check it out!   As long as Jacob is doing art, you’ll find a giant smile on his big, meaty face.

More of Jacob’s work can be found at the following links:


Artist of The Month August 2013: Kristie Vanderzee

Kristie Vanderzee grew up on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – “The City of Brotherly Love” and the home of possibly the best cheese steaks known to man.

Her childhood love of Disney and Dreamworks films ignited a desire to create expressive characters that would entertain future generations in the way it had impacted her. Eager to pursue a life of animated design, Kristie attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where she was blissfully thrown into a vortex of creative minds, peers and teachers alike, before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts and Animation in the Winter of 2010.

Upon her graduation from The Art Institute, Kristie quickly secured her first professional career position as an Animator at ToonUps, a small gaming company with altruistic goals for what they termed “Cause Gaming”. ToonUps became an exciting learning experience for Kristie, giving her the opportunity to glean new animation and illustration techniques alongside fellow animators, who shared Kristie’s dedicated passion for creating and animating a new world for gamers to experience.

Kristie is currently exploring the world of freelance Illustration, Comics, and Story-boarding, eagerly in search of her next exciting project and occupation.  With sCrypt Comics, she has been a part of “Bones At Breakfast: In Case of Werewolf” as well as “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings”.

More of Kristie’s work can be found at www.kristievanderzee.com and she can be contacted at kristievanderzee@gmail.com


Artist of the Month July 2013: Michael Garard Jr

The amazing summertime art keeps coming.  Check out our latest installment.

Michael Garard Jr. studied media art and animation at the art institute of Los Angeles and always had a passion for comic book art. He is an accomplished freelance artist with multiple art showings and artwork commissions. He specializes in comic book style artwork but am also well versed in still life, landscape and graphic design.

His long term goal is to work in the comic book industry full-time. He feels that working on sCrypt Comics’ fourth issue, “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings” is a gigantic step in the right direction.
Catch more of his works at: www.navalkosmos.wordpress.com.  Email him at: navalkosmos@gmail.com

Artist of the month June 2013: Ken Hensley

I didn’t even realize how fast this summer was going.  I apologize for not posting this sooner, but here is June’s artist of the month.

Ken Hensley studied graphic design at Lynchburg College in central Virginia, and worked as a freelance illustrator and designer until relocating to New Jersey in 2011, where he was introduced to Rick and sCrypt Comics through a mutual friend. He says: “War Wolf was a nice departure for me; most often I am doing conventional super hero stories, and this was my first real swing at a horror/supernatural/period piece. For all you hard-core nautical enthusiasts out there, I beg forgiveness… I left out so much rigging on those ships! Don’t hang me from a yardarm. At least Sherby doesn’t think the Navy hangs people from yardarms anymore. If you know where I got that last line then we could have a beer.”
Ken was a major contributing artist for sCrypt Comics’ third graphic novel, “Bones At Breakfast In Case Of Werewolf.”  You can see more of Ken’s artwork at http://www.drz73.deviantart.com, and if you are interested in commissioning new work he can be contacted via email at kentheartslave@yahoo.com.

Artist Of The Month May 2013: Mike Coppolecchia

After attending art school in Philadelphia, Mike Coppolecchia spent a few years working as an artist and designer making video games for Acclaim before they went under. He worked on the All Star Baseball and Turok franchises, as well as lent a helping hand on Quarterback Club & Vexx when it was needed.  Since leaving Acclaim, he’s spent most of his free time doing freelance work, including commissions for Marvel, Fleer, Skybox, and various local businesses and websites. He is currently the colorist on two titles for Bluewater Productions – Victoria’s Secret Service and a new Clash of the Titans book.  Work with sCrypt Comics includes “Bones At Breakfast: In Case of Werewolf” as well as their upcoming graphic novel “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings”.

More of Mike’s work can be seen at: http://michaelcopp.deviantart.com/gallery/.  Follow his illustrations on facebook at www.facebook.com/MichaelCoppolecchiaIllustration .  He also is a member of a humorous and fun comicbook podcast at: http://www.superpodcasto.com/, and can be reached by email at: mcoppolecchia@hotmail.com

Click on the images in the gallery below for a larger view.  **Note: Mike only worked as the colorist on the below Avengers, Captain Britain & Psylocke, Tomb Raider, and Spidey pieces.  He did the full art from start to finish on all of the rest.  Enjoy!