by Julya Buhain . July 22nd, 2014
It’s hard to tell what makes a Phil Noto pieces absolutely captivating. If it’s not the excellent use of low saturation colour palettes that deal with an experiment of cover. The gorgeous use of textures and rendering in his pieces. The really sharp and crisp line art compliments the very painterly feel to his illustrations, making each piece of art extremely unique and masterfully done. Noto – is practically a household name in the illustration world. Primarily an illustrator for Marvel Comics – his works include titles such as Black Widow and X-23. He’s also done pieces for DC, illustrating titles such as Jonah Hex and Batgirl.
Phil Noto’s background hadn’t always been in comics and beautiful portraits however. Originally a student at Ringling School of Design in Florida for about 3 years, he actually managed to live the dream most of illustrators have. He had gotten an internship at Disney and worked with them as a Clean Up artist for 10 years. He was a member of the teams that gave us such beloved films such as the Lion King, Pocahontas, Tarzan, and Lilo and Stitch. He was then discovered by the amazing Ink Artist – Tim Townsend on e-Bay when Noto had sold a painting of Batman to him.
Since then Noto has had an extremely fruitful career in comics and in illustration, amazing us with his masterful use of the craft. If you want to follow more of Noto’s work – you can check out his art blog on Tumblr or you can also follow him on Twitter
When it comes to illustration, Phil Noto is unabashedly easily in my top-three for my favourite artists. He’s a big influence on my personal illustrations and I really hope sharing his works inspires you as much as it did me! Have you been inspired as well? You can let us know by leaving a comment below. You can also hit us up on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ profiles. Lastly, our RSS Feeds is open for subscription so that you can stay creative!
Julya leads the double life of being a graphic designer and a writer. Some of her favourite things in the world are nicely kerned typefaces, bubble tea and nerd humor. She holds the world record for watching the film Inception more times than necessary.