Who Doesn’t Love a Superhero?
Whether we are talking Ironman or Batman or Spidey, or even the Hulk, we all love the superheroes we grew up with. The wonderful thing about a superhero is that they stay true to themselves. Whether we are talking integrity or visual design there are certain elements that always make them who they are.
We can always trust that Superman will save the day or Batman will come to the rescue. We know that Wolverine will conquer the evil around him, despite his personal trials, and we love him for that.
A New Art Movement
In today’s world of art, and especially online, there is a minimalist movement that is becoming very popular; some of the best examples are contained in recent original movie posters that show elegance of design and yet are minimal in treatment.
Artist Ibraheem Youssef is a Canadian who is exemplifying some of the best in minimal design in the movie poster world. His art is so tasty that it outshines even the original poster art and looks as if it absolutely belongs in the professional film poster category. Youssef’s fan base is growing in leaps and bounds and he has established himself as a talented and serious artist.
Of course, new and different art has always inspired and elicited response from admirers and other artists. Many of today’s artists are honing in on the minimal movement and creating their own versions in design, fine art and even music.
Superheroes in Minimal Design
So, what does this have to do with superheroes?
One of the most interesting segments of this interesting visual arts movement is the new look in superhero art. Enterprising and talented artists such as Mark Grambau or Fabian Gonzalez, although different in their approaches, are moving into a new territory of superhero minimalist design and creating work that is simple, creative and sometimes stunning.
Of course all superheroes have certain designs, insignias and colors that fans associate with them. Artists who are talented in minimal expression can take those elements and with just a touch here and a hint there, create an immediate vision of Superman in an observer’s mind, without the all details usually in superhero comic book art.
And, of course, because of the Internet, minimal superhero design is taking off like wildfire and is starting to become well known and popular among superhero fans, as well as artists and designers.
Mark Grambau has a talent for making his superhero designs elegant and sweeping, while still kept in minimal design. His artwork is completely eye catching and magnetic.
Fabian Gonzalez is simple and minimal beyond belief and yet his superhero designs and insignias give the viewer an immediate sense of whatever superhero has caught his eye and imagination.
Less Is More:
So, the lesson in minimal art and design, even with our favorite superheroes, is that less is more; great minimal art can open the windows of imagination to a place that not only seemed impossible, at first, but was not even in the visual ballpark.