Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is Monstrous Sucess...get it?
So, this post is going to be about the wonders of Jamel Akib. He is a fantastic illustrator who has done the covers for an absolutely absurd amount of classic revamp covers, ranging from The Animals Christopher Columbus Saw to Frankenstein. He has also done a smattering of editorial illustrations, prints and portraits.
I love this overachiever's style and subject matter. He combines a whimsical approach to his work with an incredibly realistic and detailed figure form and background.
I chose this particular piece because I especially enjoy the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I'm a big steampunk enthusiast and thus love the setting in which Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde takes place and the emphasis on fantastical experimental science. I believe this illustration captures the feel of the story so well with a modern painting style that only adds to the feel of the piece.
In summary, this is one awesome piece by one really awesome dude.