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Inspiring Art: Ernest Chiriacka

Ernest Chiriacka Offers a masterclass in telling a story with just one image
Ernest Chiriacka Offers a masterclass in telling a story with just one image

Ernest Chiriacka (1913-­2010) is internationally known as an impressionistic painter of dramatic Western moods and the American landscape. He is one of few fine artists that successfully made the leap from illustration, leaving behind a large commercial legacy including pulp covers, pin­ups for Esquire, movie posters, and illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Argosy.

Art by Ernest ChiriackaArt by Ernest Chiriacka

Art by Ernest Chiriacka

I think you’ll agree his pulp work is amazing, but his work as a fine artist, particularly his Western-inspired art, is stunning.

Western art by Ernest Chiriacka

There’s a useful bio and wonderful images spanning many areas of his work here, posted on the Casweck Galleries web site, who also offer prints of his work here in partnership with Rageon.

The brilliant Today’s Inspiration blog paid tribute to him on his passing in 2010 here (an article that includes links to other features on the same site) and there’s also a smashing album of his book covers here on Flickr

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The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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