MY COLLECT!ON

My name is Jakob Westman and I'm an art director / Illustrator / Designer from Stockholm, Sweden. This is a blog where I'm trying to catch up with cataloguing and sharing my collection of art prints and originals.

Justice League Beyond #16, page 9 by Ben Caldwell

Here are the pencils of a gorgeous page from Ben Caldwell’s Beyond Origins: Barda. What you see here isn’t Barda however, but her mother, Big Breeda. These pages were drawn in landscape format to work as a digital comic, while also being arranged two on top of each other for the printed comics. The bluelines you see in the background are from a rough Ben did and printed out as a guide for the pencils.

Also, here’s a really nice Wonder Woman of Ben’s that I have since earlier. And here’s a great Big Barda pinup.

Size: 28 x 22 cm (11 x 8.7 inches)
Edition: Original art

Inked Big Barda by Ben Caldwell

A really nice Daily Doodle from Ben Caldwell. Gotta love Ben’s bold inks and black spotting on this one. I asked Ben if the pencils were available on a separate sheet of paper, but “unfortunately” he inked the finished piece straight on the pencils. What you see here, apart from the inked original, are the pencils as they looked before inking and the digital colors Ben did to finish the piece.

Also, here’s a really nice Wonder Woman of Ben’s that I have since earlier. And here’s a great page from his Justice League Beyond comic.

Size: 7.5 x 21 cm (3 x 8.5 inches)
Edition: Original art

Spider King Pinup by Jake Wyatt

Jake Wyatt’s work has been an influence on my own art since I first saw it. I love the way his lineart looks, those loose and textured pencils are just to die for.

This specific piece features Sigrid and is something Jake did as a pinup for Josh Vann and Simone D’Armini's comic The Spider King. What I have is the original pencils (top image) which then had a black and white background added from a separate piece of vellum with some digital colors on top.

Jake’s own comic is called Necropolis and if you haven’t already, you should definitely check it out!

Size: 21 x 29 cm (apprx 8.3 x 11.4 inches)
Edition: Original art

Quit Being Lazy… by Terrence Bunting (aka Terbywonder)

Canadian artist Terrence Bunting has a driven style that balances painting/realism and  illustration/stylization in a really great way. This large piece in pencil, ink and acrylics reminds me a bit of Amy Winehouse, only nicer. Very happy to have been able to pick this up from Terrence.

Size: 31.5 x 42 cm (apprx 12.4 x 16.5 inches)Edition: Original art

Quit Being Lazy… by Terrence Bunting (aka Terbywonder)

Canadian artist Terrence Bunting has a driven style that balances painting/realism and illustration/stylization in a really great way. This large piece in pencil, ink and acrylics reminds me a bit of Amy Winehouse, only nicer. Very happy to have been able to pick this up from Terrence.

Size: 31.5 x 42 cm (apprx 12.4 x 16.5 inches)
Edition: Original art

Just Sitting There by Jonathan Edwards

The other of two pieces that I picked up from Jonathan’s exhibit at the Wales Millenium Centre (December 5th 2013 – January 5th 2014).

Here’s The Cloud Juggler, the first piece I picked up from the Hiber-Nation exhibit. And here’s yet another original of Jonathan’s that I have. 

Size: 21 x 29.7 cm (apprx 8.3 x 11.7 inches)Edition: Original art

Just Sitting There by Jonathan Edwards

The other of two pieces that I picked up from Jonathan’s exhibit at the Wales Millenium Centre (December 5th 2013 – January 5th 2014).

Here’s The Cloud Juggler, the first piece I picked up from the Hiber-Nation exhibit. And here’s yet another original of Jonathan’s that I have.

Size: 21 x 29.7 cm (apprx 8.3 x 11.7 inches)
Edition: Original art

The Cloud Juggler by Jonathan Edwards

This is one of two pieces that I picked up from Jonathan’s exhibit at the Wales Millenium Centre. Together with Louise Evans (Felt Mistress) he had an exhibit called The Hiber-Nation that ran between December 5th 2013 and January 5th 2014. Ever since I first got to know Jonathan and Louise I’ve been so impressed with them. The way Jonathan renders those jagged lines and the way that Louise turn many of his illustrations into gorgeous felt creations just blow my mind! Through work I’ve had the pleasure of working with them twice, once for a poster series and once for a great stop-motion commercial we did.

Here’s Just Sitting There, another beautiful piece from the Hiber-Nation exhibit. And here’s yet another original of Jonathan’s that I have. 

Size: 21 x 29.7 cm (apprx 8.3 x 11.7 inches)Edition: Original art

The Cloud Juggler by Jonathan Edwards

This is one of two pieces that I picked up from Jonathan’s exhibit at the Wales Millenium Centre. Together with Louise Evans (Felt Mistress) he had an exhibit called The Hiber-Nation that ran between December 5th 2013 and January 5th 2014. Ever since I first got to know Jonathan and Louise I’ve been so impressed with them. The way Jonathan renders those jagged lines and the way that Louise turn many of his illustrations into gorgeous felt creations just blow my mind! Through work I’ve had the pleasure of working with them twice, once for a poster series and once for a great stop-motion commercial we did.

Here’s Just Sitting There, another beautiful piece from the Hiber-Nation exhibit. And here’s yet another original of Jonathan’s that I have.

Size: 21 x 29.7 cm (apprx 8.3 x 11.7 inches)
Edition: Original art

Rock’n’Roll Have Messed My Mind Up by Gerhard Human

I very recently ran across Gerhard Human’s work and fell instantly in love with it. It’s so fun and playful and the colors and (often) inclusion of typography make me really connect with it.

This illustration is one of two originals Gerhard did for the One in a Million Exhibition at Salon91 in Cape Town. When I first saw it I thought it was much smaller and done with colored pens. But it turns out Gerhard used acrylics and calligraphy ink on a gorgeous Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper. And it’s HUGE; 70 x 100 cm in size, so you can really feel the acrylics on the paper. I love it! Plus, she’s got a Frankie Goes To Hollywood top, hard not to get all emotional…

Gerhard’s also got some really nice prints for sale through Big Cartel.
Check ‘em out!

Size: 70 x 100 cm (apprx 27.5 x 39 inches)
Edition: Original art

Hellboy by Wayne A. Wong
Here’s a piece I picked up on eBay in 2002. The art is drawn with markers, colored pencils and inks and the yellows and oranges still (11 years later) really jump off the page. 
Size: 9 x 12 inchesEdition: Original art 

Hellboy by Wayne A. Wong

Here’s a piece I picked up on eBay in 2002. The art is drawn with markers, colored pencils and inks and the yellows and oranges still (11 years later) really jump off the page. 

Size: 9 x 12 inches
Edition: Original art 

Arkham Asylum: Living Hell (Sketchbook) by Ryan Sook

More scans from Ryan’s sketchbook that I previously have written about here.

Size: 200 pages, 9 x 11 inches
Edition: Original art

Arkham Asylum: Living Hell (Sketchbook) by Ryan Sook

More scans from Ryan’s sketchbook that I previously have written about here.

Size: 200 pages, 9 x 11 inches
Edition: Original art

Arkham Asylum: Living Hell (Sketchbook) by Ryan Sook

More scans from Ryan’s sketchbook that I previously have written about here.

Size: 200 pages, 9 x 11 inches
Edition: Original art

Aliens: Salvation, Color Guide, pages 5, 6, 7, 22 & 30 by Matt Hollingsworth

Mike Mignola on pencils, Kevin Nowlan on inks, Dave Gibbons on story and Matt Hollingsworth on colors. How about that for a lineup?

Aliens: Salvation was released in 1993 and in my head I’m having a hard time separating my memories of this from those of Mignola’s Wolverine: Jungle Adventure that he did three years earlier. It could be that I picked them both up at the same time. I remember being in London on holiday and going to the Virgin Megastore to look for some Judge Dredd comics and stumbling onto the Jungle Adventure. What a kick that was! And when Mignola did Aliens: Salvation his style had evolved even further away from the soft and embellished look. I was hooked!

What you’re looking at here are the color guide originals where Matt Hollingsworth laid down colors and value notes on a black and white photostat of Mignola and Nowlan’s lineart.

See this earlier post if you wanna get more aquainted with color guides and how they compare to painted and digital comic book colors.

Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
Edition: Original art 

Hellboy: The Corpse, Color Guide, page 18 & 20 by Matt Hollingsworth

Two gorgeous color guides featuring Hellboy, Grom and every sane person’s favourite Corpse. This story was originally published as two-page installments in Capital City’s Advance Comics #75–80, between March and August 1995. Then in January of 1996, the entire story was collected with a new opening page, in The Corpse and the Iron Shoes. And that explains why the first page says 18 whereas if you’d go to your comic or TPB and count the pages you’d end up on 19.

These pages were colored by the awesome Matt Hollingsworth, who’s process (and color guides in general) I wrote more about in this earlier post.

Size: 8.5 x 11 inches
Edition: Original art

Hellboy vs The Killer Bunny by Craig Rousseau
I might have discovered Craig when he worked on the Batman Beyond comic, not really sure. But I was (and still am) a big fan of the whole animated universe from that period. I also used to have a huge and gorgeous Poison Ivy print on watercolor paper of his on my living room wall. I’ve met with Craig a few times (in San Diego) and he’s a super nice guy. But just like with the original art from BPRD: Hollow Earth I couldn’t help to be a little bit disappointed that the word balloon wasn’t in the original art on this one. I think it’s such a great finishing touch to the gorgeous art. And also, a cute nod to Monty Python’s The Holy Grail.
Size: 11 x 17 inchesEdition: Original art

Hellboy vs The Killer Bunny by Craig Rousseau

I might have discovered Craig when he worked on the Batman Beyond comic, not really sure. But I was (and still am) a big fan of the whole animated universe from that period. I also used to have a huge and gorgeous Poison Ivy print on watercolor paper of his on my living room wall. I’ve met with Craig a few times (in San Diego) and he’s a super nice guy. But just like with the original art from BPRD: Hollow Earth I couldn’t help to be a little bit disappointed that the word balloon wasn’t in the original art on this one. I think it’s such a great finishing touch to the gorgeous art. And also, a cute nod to Monty Python’s The Holy Grail.

Size: 11 x 17 inches
Edition: Original art

Hellboy: Hurricane Katrina print by Mike Mignola
Love this illustration. I love the scale of St George (which I assume it is) and how the spear and the horse’s head lead the eyes down to Hellboy.
This print was released as a benefit for the Red Cross’ Hurricane Katrina Relief. That circumstance could explain that the paper stock isn’t quite as nice as most other prints and that the print quality looks almost like a photo stat. With very high contrast mid-tones. I assume this print was produced in a very short time to benefit the Katrina victims as soon as possible.
Size: 11 x 17 inchesEdition: #222/250 

Hellboy: Hurricane Katrina print by Mike Mignola

Love this illustration. I love the scale of St George (which I assume it is) and how the spear and the horse’s head lead the eyes down to Hellboy.

This print was released as a benefit for the Red Cross’ Hurricane Katrina Relief. That circumstance could explain that the paper stock isn’t quite as nice as most other prints and that the print quality looks almost like a photo stat. With very high contrast mid-tones. I assume this print was produced in a very short time to benefit the Katrina victims as soon as possible.

Size: 11 x 17 inches
Edition: #222/250