Portfolio Review: Alexander Alza

Oh hey there, I wasn't expecting to bump into you here, on my website. How have you been? Me? I was just taking a look at the website of this incredible artist named Alexander Alza, who is currently a senior environment artist at High Moon Studios. He's mostly a 3D environment artist, and he has worked on some really big names such as God of War and Destiny 2. Here, have a little peek:


Now those are some impressive stuff. But wait, these are just his artworks. What about his website? Is is just as good?

"Yes, yes it is." - Howard Lin

For starter, the whole interface is a pretty toned down and easy on the eye. He uses black and grey theme, white text, and some small doses of colours here and there - good for not being too distracting and gives the spotlight to his art. The whole page just look clean and pleasant. His resume is relatively short and to the point, no useless information at all like some of those art students with nothing to show. The icons of his software proficiency session is a good touch. What's even better though, is the fact that he listed everything he has worked on, categorized them neatly, and put all of their cover arts right beside them. If that's not a eye catching visual resume, I don't know what is.

Now let's take a look at his home page. Right off the bat, we see banners of his work samples, organized into ENV personal, ENV professional, props, and misc. The horizontal samples look amazing together. It's user friendly and professional. It's always good to put the same links on some big pictures because people are far less tempted to click on things when they are just words, but that doesn't mean you could slack on that!

Overall, it's a clean, professional, and beautiful portfolio website. In the distant future, I will have the same quality site without being a lowly slave of wordpress. JUST WAIT AND SEE.




Batman's Ontario Illustrator Draws Own Dream


Jason Fabok featured on DC Comics cover

A southwestern Ontario artist has sketched his way onto the cover of one of the largest comic book franchises in the world — Batman. Jason Fabok, 27, of Harrow, Ont., southeast of Windsor, said he has dreamed of drawing superheroes since he was six, and now he's is doing what he only fantasized about — illustrating Batman for DC Comics.

"It was a huge break for me," said Fabok. "I knew getting an opportunity to do art on this and the book is going to be seen by so many people. I was blown away." His drawings are also plastered inside the annual Batman edition comic book.

As early as age six, Fabok has had a dream to draw. He often found himself doodling in class, which helped him focus on achieving his straight-A status all the way through college. "I've always had a passion for art and for drawing, especially illustrating with pencil and a paper. It's been a lifelong thing," said Fabok, who graduated from the three-year tradigital animation program at St. Clair College in Windsor.

Comics in the computer age

But Fabok is using more than just a wooden pencil and sketch pad to fuel his career. He's sketching with a 61-cm Cintiq monitor, which allows him to digitally draw superheroes right to a tablet. Fabok is using this technology on his next superhero saga: DC's Detective Comics. Starting in October with issue No. 13, he will be the lead artist on the original 1938 comics in which Batman made appearances. "It's amazing to me that it is actually coming true and that my dreams have come true so quickly," he said. "I'm going to have to start thinking what I'm going to do after this. I have to start new dreams I guess." Fabok doesn't feel like a celebrity, but said it's surreal to waltz into a comic book shop and see his own name on the cover. "It's just weird," he said.

Jason's First DC Comics Cover

Jason's First DC Comics Cover

"It's a very different feeling to see that your name is up on something that people are reading all over the world,"

One of the book's main writers is Scott Snyder, an inspiration to Fabok. "Everything he touches just turns to gold," said Fabok. But Batman didn't just land in his lap. One part of his journey to success, he said, is knowing someone to get your foot in the door. He also attended several comic conventions, sent numerous portfolios to various companies and did the little jobs to gain experience.

Comic books a 'hard business to get into'

Fabok said it's unheard of to get an opportunity like this after just a few years in the business. But it's not impossible, he said, and encourages any young artist to pursue his or her dreams because they do come true. "This industry is a terribly hard business to get into," said Fabok. Growing up, Fabok was always fascinated by cartoons, and as a teenager, comic books became a basic necessity. Home-grown Windsor comic book artist David Finch, who has worked for DC Comics and Marvel, was a mentor to Fabok and played a pivotal role in his rising career, he said. Finch also recently brought Batman to Toronto by putting the city's backdrop on the cover of DC Comics' Batman: The Dark Knight, issue No. 11.


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