Ah ... Maleev's gritty style is so excellent. He has a great way of translating mood and emotion through the "texture" of his art.
Sometimes his work is too realistic, which leads to some stiff poses, but I really dig his style.
Speaking of too realistic, I found his rendition of the vomited-up creature at the end of the Decalogue storyline to be way gross ... that thing almost gave me nightmares!I think what I really enjoy about his style is the amount of effort that has to go into creating what he does ... its the same deal with most of the other artists I enjoy ... like Adi Granov or Alex Ross.
I like both Adi Granov and Alex Ross but I think they're both too... perfect.If you've seen who my favorite artists are... Bill Sienkiewicz, Alex Maleev, Gabriele Dell'Otto, Denys Cowan...You'll notice that they all have something in common.They're gritty. Sometimes to the point of abstract.Matter of fact, Sienkiewicz and Cowan both ended up too abstract for me eventually.But it was that middle point where they were bridging over that I liked the most.Take for instance Sienkiewicz's work.His early Moon Knight was good, but too clean. At that stage he was drawing like Neal Adams. And it worked for him.But then in the last year of the title and his New Mutants work he really shined as he was experimenting more.He was doing the abstract kind of approach but it was still grounded in a regular art-style.Elektra: Assassin was the height of the moment.And then he lost me with Stray Toasters and everything since then. He's just been too detached from the basics for me now.
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